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The African Union calls for renewed efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara

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African Union

Addis Ababa, 15 April 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the report issued by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General on the situation concerning Western Sahara, on 10 April 2014.

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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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Sahara occidental : Ban insiste sur la surveillance des droits de l'homme

04/10/2014 23:45 GMT

NATIONS UNIES, 10 avril 2014 (AFP) - Le secrétaire général de l'ONU Ban Ki-moon a réaffirmé jeudi la nécessité de surveiller de manière "durable, indépendante et impartiale" le respect des droits de l'homme au Sahara occidental, tout en saluant les gestes faits par Rabat dans ce domaine.

Dans un rapport au Conseil de sécurité, dont l'AFP a eu copie, M. Ban "salue la coopération du Maroc" avec le Conseil des droits de l'homme dont des rapporteurs spéciaux ont été invités par le royaume.

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Resumption of family visit flights

The UN refugee agency today announced that the family visit flights under the Confidence Building Measures programme will resume. The first series of flights scheduled for 17 April includes four flights suspended in August 2013. UNHCR is in the process of submitting a list of applicants and the flights schedule for the rest of the year.

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Morocco + 1 other
Conflict analysis of Morocco, January 2014

Summary

Since the onset of the Arab Spring, Morocco has experienced protests about a diverse range of economic, political, and social issues. King Mohammed VI responded rapidly to the early protests, implementing a new constitution in 2011. However much of the literature suggests that, to date, these reforms have had a limited impact. Moreover, there have been rising levels of unrest in Western Sahara, which is increasingly being seen as a potential threat to regional security.

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Algeria + 1 other
GIEWS Country Brief: Algeria 07-February-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Delayed but abundant seasonal rains at the start of the 2013/14 cropping season

  • Above average cereal harvest gathered in 2013

  • Wheat imports expected to slightly increase in 2013/14

  • Annualized food inflation increases in December

  • Continued humanitarian assistance needed for Western Saharan refugees

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Niger + 12 others
Criquet pèlerin - Mise à jour 3 février 2014

Situation préoccupante le long de la côte de la mer Rouge et de la Corne de l’Afrique

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Algeria + 1 other
Une plus grande autonomie pour les réfugiés sahraouis en Algérie

TINDOUF, Algérie, 30 janvier (HCR) – Cinq camps de la taille de petites villes dans l'ouest du désert algérien accueillent Saleh Sidi Moustafa et des dizaines de milliers d'autres réfugiés sahraouis. Le premier d'entre eux fuyant le conflit qui a déchiré le Sahara occidental est arrivé dans ce vaste lieu une dizaine d'années avant même la naissance de Saleh.

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Restoring self-reliance among Sahrawi refugees in Algeria

TINDOUF, Algeria, January 30 (UNHCR) – Five camps the size of small cities emerge from the western Algerian desert, home to Saleh Sidi Mustafa and tens of thousands of other Sahrawi refugees. The first arrived in this vast terrain a decade before 28-year-old Saleh was born, fleeing the conflict that spilled out of Western Sahara.

The vast, empty landscape – "you turn right, you see the sky and an endless horizon," says Saleh, "you turn left, it is the same scene" – mirrors the frustration and limited prospects that too many young Sahrawis feel.

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Maroc / Sahara occidental : Les progrès réalisés en matière de droits humains sont loin d’égaler les promesses

Des procès inéquitables et des violences policières continuent, pendant que le gouvernement discute de réformes

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Occupied country, displaced people - 2

New report on refugees and rights in Western Sahara

NRC has launched the report "Occupied Country, displaced people" on the conflict in Western Sahara.

Half the people of Western Sahara have lived as refugees in Algeria since the former Spanish colony was invaded by Morocco in 1975.

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Yemen + 16 others
Bulletin sur le Criquet pèlerin (No. 423, 6 Jan 2014)

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée critique en décembre le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge. Des groupes de larves et d’ailés, des bandes larvaires et des essaims se sont formés au Yémen, en Arabie saoudite et en Érythrée. Des infestations plus petites étaient présentes au Soudan. Des opérations de lutte ont été réalisées dans tous ces pays.

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Yemen + 16 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 423 (3 Jan 2014)

General Situation during December 2013
Forecast until mid-February 2014

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Algeria + 1 other
GIEWS Country Brief: Algeria 02-January-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

• Abundant seasonal rains with delays in some areas at the start of the 2013/14 cropping season

• Above average cereal harvest gathered in 2013

• Wheat imports expected to slightly increase in 2013/14

• Annualized food inflation marginally increases in November

• Continuous humanitarian assistance needed for West Saharan refugees

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Algeria + 1 other
GIEWS Country Brief: Algeria 19-December-2013

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Abundant seasonal rains with delays in some areas at the start of the 2013/14 cropping season

  • Above average cereal harvest gathered in 2013

  • Wheat imports expected to slightly increase in 2013/14

  • Domestic food price inflation declining sharply

  • Continuous humanitarian assistance needed for West Saharan refugees

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Algeria + 1 other
Life in southwest Algeria: a civil service officer from USAID visits the remote Sahrawi refugee camps

Posted by Rachel Grant, Division Chief for the East, Central and Southern Africa Division of the Office of Food for Peace on Monday, December 16th 2013

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Algeria + 1 other
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Algeria (ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2014/01000) Last update: 15/10/13 Version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2014/01000 AMOUNT: EUR 10000000

1. CONTEXT

DG ECHO 's Integrated Analysis Framework for 2013-14 identified extreme humanitarian needs in the Sahrawi refugee camps. The vulnerability of the population affected by the crisis is assessed to be very high. The Sahrawi crisis scored 11, the most severe level, in the Forgotten Crisis Assessment index of DG ECHO in 2013.

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Yemen + 17 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 422 (3 Dec 2013) [EN/AR]

General Situation during November 2013
Forecast until mid-January 2014