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Lauding peaceful polls, Ban encourages Algerians to work together to strengthen democracy

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UN News Service

24 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people and Government of Algeria on the peaceful holding of recent presidential elections and encouraged them to work together to strengthen the democratic process in the country.

Incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika reportedly won last week’s poll, garnering over 80 per cent of the votes cast in the North African nation.

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Violent Election-Eve Crackdown

Return to Repressive Practices After a Short Lull

(Beirut, April 18, 2014) – Algerian authorities on the eve of the April 17, 2014, presidential election forcibly dispersed a demonstration against a fourth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should abandon such repressive practices by rescinding the 2001 decree banning all demonstrations in Algiers, the capital, and by allowing people to exercise their right to peaceful assembly anywhere in Algeria.

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Family visit flights resume in Western Sahara

Following many months of suspension, family visit flights under the UNHCR's Confidence Building Measures programme resumed yesterday. People from Dakhla city in Western Sahara Territory and from the refugee camps in near Tindouf, Algeria were brought together with a total of 192 people taking part in the visits.

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Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record

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Amnesty
  • Freedom of expression, association and assembly under threat with restrictions on protests, private TV station taken off air and NGOs in legal limbo
  • International human rights groups and UN human rights experts barred
  • Independent trade unions harassed amid social tensions and employment protests
  • Laws fail to protect women from gender-based violence and criminal suspects from torture
  • Failure to tackle pervasive impunity
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Two dead in Algeria ethnic clashes

04/12/2014 14:11 GMT

ALGIERS, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - A man was killed Saturday in the southern Algerian town of Ghardaia, the second fatality in less than 24 hours of ethnic violence between Berbers and Arabs in the region, local sources said.

A Berber in his forties was stabbed early Saturday morning, Hamou Mesbah, a senior member of the opposition Socialist Forces Front, told AFP.

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UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara must monitor human rights

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Amnesty

The UN Security Council must expand the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Western Sahara to include sustained human rights monitoring, said Amnesty International, amid clampdowns on peaceful protests and reports of activists tortured in custody during the past year.

In a report to the Security Council yesterday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for independent, impartial and sustained human rights monitoring in the territory and Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria.

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Algérie : 35 blessés dans de nouveaux heurts à Ghardaïa

04/07/2014 19:00 GMT

ALGER, 7 avril 2014 (AFP) - Trente-cinq personnes dont 17 policiers ont été blessés à Ghardaïa, dans le sud algérien, où les heurts entre jeunes arabes et berbères ont repris depuis samedi soir, a déclaré lundi une source médicale à l'AFP.

"Trente-cinq personnes dont 17 policiers ont été soignés à l'hôpital de Ghardaïa, depuis la reprise des heurts samedi soir, pour des blessures légères", a déclaré à l'AFP Abdelbaki Bouhafs, le directeur de la santé de cette ville située à 600 km au sud d'Alger.

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Dozens wounded as Algeria ethnic clashes reignite

04/07/2014 19:15 GMT

ALGIERS, April 7, 2014 (AFP) - At least 35 people, including 17 police, have been wounded in renewed clashes between Arabs and Berbers in the southern Algerian town of Ghardaia, a medical source told AFP Monday.

The wounded were taken to hospital after the latest round of fighting broke out late Saturday, said Abdelbaki Bouhafs, a health official in the town, 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, on the edge of the Sahara desert.

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Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 426, 3 avril 2014)

Situation Générale en mars 2014

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-mai 2014

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin s’est améliorée en mars le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge suite aux opérations de lutte et au dessèchement des conditions. Néanmoins, il subsiste un risque que des groupes d’ailés et peut-être quelques petits essaims puissent se déplacer dans les aires de reproduction printanière de l’intérieur de l’Arabie saoudite et du Yémen, où une reproduction est possible.

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World + 5 others
ACLED Regional Report: North Africa, April 2014

In the last three years, the North African political landscape has been dominated by the Arab Spring uprising, and accompanying transformations in both the level and nature of violence across the region. Between 1997 and December 2013, the North African region (including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) constituted 12.3% of the total number of conflict events in the African continent recording over 9000 violent events in total.

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Somalia + 11 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 426 (2 Apr 2014)

General Situation during March 2014

Forecast until mid-May 2014

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Djibouti + 14 others
Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 425, 4 Mar 2014)

Situation Générale en février 2014

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-avril 2014

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Yemen + 6 others
Water in the Arab world: From droughts to flood, building resilience against extremes

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World Bank

The Middle East and North Africa is the most water scarce region in the world, and its water stress is likely to worsen. Governments are now under pressure to implement disaster risk management plans.

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Madagascar + 28 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for February with a Forecast till Mid-April, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active in February in the central outbreak region on the Red Sea coasts and the Horn of Africa. Aerial and/or ground control treated hoppers and swarms on some 50,000 ha in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and northern Somalia. Other countries in the region remained calm during this month (DLCO-EA2 , DLMCC/Yemen, FAO-DLIS,
LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

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Ghardaïa, la perle du Sud algérien paralysée par les heurts communautaires

03/17/2014 20:33 GMT

Par Abdelhafid DAAMACHE

GHARDAIA, 17 mars 2014 (AFP) - Ghardaïa, haut lieu du tourisme algérien avec son marché historique et son architecture classée, est paralysée depuis des mois par la peur née de heurts meurtriers entre communautés berbère et arabe dans cette ville millénaire aux portes du Sahara.

Lundi matin, la ville offrait un spectacle de désolation. Autour de la grande place du marché qui grouille habituellement de commerçants et de clients, les façades ocres étaient balafrées de noir: nombre de bâtiments ont brûlé.

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Deadly sectarian violence cripples Algeria desert city

03/17/2014 20:43 GMT

by Abdelhafid DAAMACHE

GHARDAIA, March 17, 2014 (AFP) - Daily life has ground to a halt in Ghardaia, a picturesque Algerian city on the edge of the Sahara turned into a ghost town by a wave of sectarian violence.

The UNESCO world heritage site, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, has been rocked since December by clashes between the Chaamba community of Arab origin and the majority Mozabites, indigenous Berbers belonging to the Ibadi Muslim sect.

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Algérie : manifestations à Alger, trois morts dans des heurts communautaires à Ghardaïa

03/15/2014 23:08 GMT

ALGER, 15 mars 2014 (AFP) - Partisans et adversaires d'un 4e mandat du président Bouteflika se sont rassemblés nombreux samedi en Algérie, où des affrontements intercommunautaires qui ont éclaté il y a cinq jours ont fait au moins trois morts et de nombreux blessés à Ghardaïa.

Aux portes du Sahara, dans la ville multicentenaire de Ghardaïa, à 600 km au sud d'Alger, les affrontements entre Mozabites (Berbères) et Chaâmbas (Arabes), qui ont commencé mardi, se poursuivaient samedi et s'amplifiaient, selon plusieurs témoignages.

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Bouteflika supporters, opponents rally in Algeria

03/15/2014 23:26 GMT

ALGIERS, March 15, 2014 (AFP) - Supporters and opponents of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to seek a fourth term in April elections staged rival demonstrations in the capital Algiers on Saturday.

The 77-year-old's decision to seek re-election had been expected despite concerns over his health after he was hospitalised for three months in Paris last year because of a mini-stroke.

Around 3,000 supporters of the president gathered in the capital for what they called "a national meeting to sensitise young people to voting".

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World + 16 others
Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Overview

The interplay of natural disasters, rapid urbanization, water scarcity, and climate change has emerged as a serious challenge for policy and planning.