SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

'Talking Eritrea' Series - On Sinai Human Trafficking & Torture

Meron Estefanos

Date: 3 March 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 3 March 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Vernon Square Room: V211

Type of Event: 0

The overwhelming majority of victims of human trafficking and torture in the Sinai Peninsula are Eritrean and the presentation will explore the genesis of how this under-reported tragedy takes place. Through discussing issues of trafficking and torture, themes of forced migration, the situation in the refugee camps and Eritrean domestic policies – topics which are covered in more detail in other seminars – will be touched on to differing degrees.

Meron Estefanos is an Eritrean journalist and human rights activist. She is a contributor to the leading Eritrean diaspora news site Asmarino and a presenter for Radio Erena. Estefanos is the co-founder of the International Commission on Eritrean Refugees, an advocacy organisation for the rights of Eritrean refugees, victims of trafficking, and victims of torture. She actively campaigns for freedom and democracy in her country, which has suffered under the dictatorship of Isaias Afwerki since 1993. She has co-authored a number of papers documenting the human trafficking situation in the Sinai of which Eritrean nationals are the primary victims. Furthermore she has been threatened and harassed for her work, especially her coverage of the case of Dawit Isaak, a Swedish-Eritrean journalist imprisoned without charge for more than ten years in Eritrea.

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