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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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UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara must monitor human rights

Report
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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Western Sahara + 1 other
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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France + 4 others
Les mineurs non accompagnés se retrouvent bloqués aux frontières

Chaque année, 500 mineurs isolés sont maintenus en zone d’attente

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France + 4 others
Unaccompanied Children Detained at Borders

500 a Year Held in Transit Zones

(Paris) – France detains as many as 500 children who arrive in the country alone each year in transit zones at the borders, where they are denied the protection and due process rights afforded other unaccompanied children on French territory, Human Rights Watch said today. Any unaccompanied child who arrives in France should be admitted to the country and provided with shelter and care while their immigration claims are decided.

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Somalia + 11 others
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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Building Morocco’s Resilience: Inputs for an Integrated Risk Management Strategy

Top decision makers and governments worldwide are witnessing an accelerating number of major shocks-global financial crises, hyper-volatility in commodity prices, devastating natural disasters, intercontinental pandemics as well as the changing nature of terrorism threats. These shocks, which inflict human suffering and major social, economic and political disruption, are fundamentally changing how governments view the importance of good risk management and the need to strengthen national resilience.

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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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Spain + 1 other
Spain/Morocco: Protect Migrants, Asylum Seekers

At Meeting, Reject Summary Returns

(Brussels, March 24, 2014) – Spanish and Moroccan authorities should affirm procedures to protect rights for migrants and reject summary returns at the border, Human Rights Watch said today.

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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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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.

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Western Sahara + 3 others
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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Yemen + 13 others
Desert Locust Bulletin No. 425 (3 Mar 2014) [EN/AR]

General Situation during February 2014

Forecast until mid-April 2014

The Desert Locust situation remained serious along both sides of the Red Sea during February as outbreaks continued in Eritrea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and, to a lesser extent, in Sudan and northern Somalia, where hopper bands, groups and swarms formed.

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Spain + 1 other
Over 200 migrants force way into Spain's Melilla

02/28/2014 19:57 GMT

by Sylvie GROULT

MADRID, February 28, 2014 (AFP) - More than 200 migrants stormed over a fence into Spain's north African territory Melilla on Friday, leaving 35 injured in one of the biggest such crossings in years, officials and rights groups said.

Some 300 people rushed at dawn to cross the triple-layer fence into the city, which has one of Europe's only two land borders with Africa, and 214 made it across, Spanish authorities said.

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World + 14 others
Conflits et migration pèsent sur la sécurité alimentaire au Proche-Orient

Le Directeur général de la FAO intervient à la Réunion ministérielle de la Conférence régionale pour le Proche-Orient

27 février 2014, Rome – L'aggravation de la situation de la sécurité alimentaire au Proche-Orient est liée non seulement aux problèmes structurels de production vivrière et de dépendance croissante vis-à-vis des importations alimentaires, mais aussi aux conflits, aux flux de réfugiés et aux migrations, a déclaré aujourd'hui le Directeur général de la FAO, José Graziano da Silva.

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Conflict and migration worsening food security in the Near East

FAO Director-General addresses Ministerial Meeting of the Organization’s Regional Conference for the Near East

27 February 2014, Rome - The worsening of the food security situation in the Near East is not only caused by the structural constraints the region faces in producing enough food and an increasing dependence on food imports but by conflict, the flow of refugees and migration, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

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Spain + 1 other
100 African migrants force way into Spain's Melilla

02/24/2014 11:36 GMT

MADRID, February 24, 2014 (AFP) - Some 500 African migrants stormed a triple barbed-wire border fence Monday that divides the Spanish territory of Melilla from Morocco, with about 100 making it over, an official said.

The migrants targeted two different sections of the border and were "very violent" as they used "sticks and threw rocks at Spanish and Moroccan police", said a spokeswoman for the Spanish government's representative in Melilla.

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