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2nd Jul 2020

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EU accused of funding 'forced labour' project in Eritrea

The EU has been accused by Eritrean human rights activists of funding a road construction project in the country that engages forced labour. The Dutch-based Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (FHRE) says conscripts are "trapped for an indefinite period within the service". It says Eritreans conscripted into national service are used as forced labour. FHRE says some €20m from the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa is being used.

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Eminent women appeal for EU action on Palestine

West Bank annexation "was conceived almost entirely by men" and will crush the "dignity and rights" of Palestinian women still further, a group of 40 women leaders have said.

Coronavirus

EU silent on US buying up world's remdesivir supplies

The European Commission says it is in talks with the US biopharmaceutical company Gilead to secure supplies of remdesivir but won't provide any details. The comments follow the purchase of the world's supply by the United States.

Regions urge EU to act on 'green hydrogen'

The EU's regions urged the unlocking of the potential of hydrogen produced from renewable sources, so-called 'green hydrogen', to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Opinion

On toppling statues

In Belgium, there are 443 statues, busts, plaques, and street names that celebrate that country's colonial past. As recently as 2005, school textbooks lauded Belgium for "civilising the black population, step-by-step."

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