Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

A Case of Ruthless Realpolitik

Posted in African Politics, Eritrea, Global Africa, Sudan by ruben eberlein on June 6, 2016

eritrean-refugees2Germany presses ahead with its cooperation with regimes in the Horn of Africa, among them the Sudan and Eritrea. As investigations by Der Spiegel and TV magazine Report Mainz have shown, the government-sponsored Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will realise a project aiming at tougher border controls between the Sudan and Eritrea. Doing so, it cooperates with the very same countries that are responsible for displacement and forced migration. Read my comment in Jungle World (pdf here) or use the link to JW’s website).

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Hospitality à la Germany: A Compact With Rogue African Rulers

Posted in African Politics, Eritrea, Global Africa, South Sudan, Sudan by ruben eberlein on August 31, 2015

titel_09-932f1118The new issue of Konkret is dedicated to the German and European debate about immigrants. Several articles focus on how the German government tries to limit the possibilities of refugees to ask for asylum. My own text (pdf here) reports about the so-called Khartoum process. The European Union – and especially Germany as a member of the steering committee – plans to cooperate and close a deal with several rogue states in East Africa including Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea. These contracts aim to block refugees in their countries by way of training of the police, a “strengthening of government institutions” and the establishment of training centres for migration control.

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Focus on Human Rights Abuses in Eritrea

Posted in African Politics, Eritrea by ruben eberlein on April 17, 2009

The government of Eritrea ‘is turning the country into a giant prison’, said Georgette Gagnon, Africa director at Human Rights Watch, while presenting an extensive report about the political situation in the country. (more…)