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Bob van Dillen (Caritas Europa): “EU development strategy is in contradiction with the UN Agenda 2030”

Brussels – Tomorrow the European Foreign Affairs Council will officially adopt the new EU Consensus for development, a key document that should align the EU’s policy with the UN 2030 Agenda. But behind the scene, other interests prevail. According to Bob van Dillen, Caritas Europa‘s policy and advocacy officer, “it now seems that stopping migration and returning migrants to their countries of origin has become the primary objective of EU development cooperation, which is in contradiction with the UN 2030 Agenda which rather sees migration as a force for development”.

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Burundi: No great hopes for Arusha results

Whereas the second session of inter-Burundi dialogue is to start soon, different opinions from both the civil society and some political protagonists show that they don’t believe in the dialogue results.

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Joseph Kabila knows young people in Congo want him gone

One year ago, on December 15, 2015 in the capital Kinshasa, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila’s security forces kidnapped youth activist Jean-Marie Kalonji, the coordinator of “Quatrième Voie” (the Fourth Way in English) and “Il Est Temps” (The Time is Now). Kalonji was detained for 134 days during which time he was held in a hole and tortured. He did not know whether he would live or die.

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Small Win for NGOs as UN Members Try to Exclude Critical Voices

An UN Committee responsible for giving non-government organisations (NGOs) UN accreditation has had one of its decisions overturned by other UN member states as it seems to be restricting NGOs which are perceived to be critical of governments.

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What can Development Banks do to Protect Human Rights?

In a petition signed by 150 NGOs, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development have called for development banks to make sure that human rights are respected by their beneficiaries.

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Valletta Summit: at least Civil Society invited, but too late

Fixing a glaring omission as requested by civil society leaders from Europe and Africa, EU and African governments have agreed to participation of two representatives of civil society as observers in the high-level  Valletta Summit on Migration expected to convene at least 50 heads of states in both regions 11-12 November in Malta. Organized by the EU, participation in the Summit had originally been reserved only for governments and international organisations. continue reading »

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