Raluca Besliu is a freelance journalist originally from Romania, but currently living in Belgium.

She has previously reported from Germany and Togo, focusing on issues such as environmental degradation and political movements, for reputed outlets, such as The New York Times, Deutsche Welle and HuffPost. She is particularly interested in environmental and human rights issues, global governance as well as European affairs.

Raluca graduated from the University of Oxford with a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Ms. Besliu’s interests are in refugee and human rights issues, global politics, peace and post-conflict reconstruction.

Raluca Besliu

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Raluca Besliu
refugee, human rights, global politics, peace, post-conflict reconstruction

Supported projects

Endangered Fish Flood the EU market

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

BORTIANOR - this investigation brings into the spotlight the export of endangered small pelagic fish from Ghana to the EU. The EC still maintains a yellow card warning for Ghana, while allowing access to the EU market to certain industrial vessels and companies involved in IUU activities within Ghana.

Nigeria: Illegal crude oil mining

  • Environment
  • Exploitation

ODUOHA - This story focuses on Total's oil and gas exploration activities in Nigeria (Rivers State) that have allegedly resulted in death, environmental damage, and farmlands destruction.

SIAT’s Land Grabbings in West Africa

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Exploitation

PRIKRO The presence of SIAT, a Belgian company specialised in palm oil and rubber production, in Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria, comes with a significant socio-economic and environmental cost for the local communities. With the support of the national governments, the company is causing social division, food scarcity and restlessness. The locals are fighting back, reclaiming their lands both at the national and international levels.

Exporting Hazard

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Industry

ACCRA - ABUJA - The Dark Side of European Used Cars and Parts Trade in West Africa (Ghana and Nigeria)