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22 Dec 2009 description

Senia Bachir Abderahman's fondest childhood memories were the evenings she spent with her grandmother, both of them sitting on the soft, cool sand of the Algerian desert, looking up at the star-studded sky. Though she had completely lost her sight, her grandmother, Asisa, remembered the position of the planets and stars and would teach Senia about astronomy.

17 Dec 2009 description

Dec 17 (Reuters) - Campaigner Aminatou Haidar's hunger strike at a Spanish airport drew attention to Western Sahara's fight for independence from Morocco.

Western Sahara, a tract of desert the size of Britain, has been disputed since colonial power Spain left in 1975 and Morocco annexed it. Here are some details about the conflict.


- Following the Moroccan annexation, the Polisario Front waged a guerrilla war until the United Nations brokered a ceasefire in 1991.

17 Dec 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Fifth Committee
20th Meeting (AM)

With the United Nations poised to spend $599 million on 27 special political missions in 2010, including two large missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, speakers in the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today called for greater accuracy in budget projections, as well as greater clarity on the rationale used to decide the type, size and scope of each mission.

10 Dec 2009 description

Women often bear the brunt of poverty and human rights abuses; but as activists they use these roles to trigger positive social change. To mark World Human Rights Day, Amnesty International spoke to three women who put their lives on the line in defence of human rights.

Women are affected by poverty, violence and human rights violations more than men because of the discrimination they face the world over.

04 Dec 2009 description

TSHWANE - The Government of the Republic of South Africa has noted with concern the alarming reports of human rights violations in Western Sahara. The main one being the 8 October 2009's arrest and placing before a military tribunal of seven Saharawi activists for making contact with Saharawis living in the Western Sahara Refugee Camps in Tindouf, Algeria.

02 Dec 2009 description
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General Situation during November 2009
Forecast until mid-January 2010

30 Nov 2009 description

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …

30 Nov 2009 description

NEW YORK, November 30, 2009-Mine action initiatives in 27 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $589 million in 2010, according to the 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released by the United Nations today.

The portfolio is an annual analysis of the impact of landmines and explosive remnants of war in countries or territories with mine action programs. The portfolio also provides proposals for mine action projects and details their costs.

24 Nov 2009 description
report UN News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is concerned by the growing tension between the parties to the Western Sahara negotiations, which have increased following the recent detention of several groups of Saharawi activists.

"The Secretary-General has urged both parties to continue to cooperate with his Personal Envoy, Mr. Christopher Ross, in seeking to schedule another set of talks and to work together to achieve progress toward a mutually agreed political solution," UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.


16 Nov 2009 description
report AllAfrica

Aminatou Haidar, one of the most prominent human rights activists in the liberation of the Sahrawi people in Western Sahara, was detained, then deported, by the Moroccan authorities on her arrival in the territory last Friday. Some weeks earlier, she visited Washington, DC to receive the Civil Courage Prize, sponsored by the U.S.-based Train Foundation. AllAfrica interviewed her there.

Could you give us a brief description of the current situation in Western Sahara?

Western Sahara as you may know is a former Spanish colony.

16 Nov 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) - Morocco is taking another regressive step on human rights by blocking "unauthorized" visits by foreigners to the homes of Sahrawi activists in Western Sahara, Human Rights Watch said today.

Since October 19, 2009, police have interrupted five such visits by Spanish journalists and human rights lawyers, telling them in each case that these visits they require prior clearance from the authorities.

This practice, which has no apparent basis in Moroccan law, represents a new restriction on the rights of Sahrawis and of visitors to the region.

15 Nov 2009 description

Rabat - Morocco fully rejects the allegations made by certain foreign media outlets and NGOs, which rushed to truth distortion by reporting on the so called "arrest", "pressure", or "coercion" that Aminatou Haidar would have underwent to "in violation of the international law," Moroccan Foreign minister, Taib Fassi Fihri said on Saturday.

"Having refused to comply with normal airport formalities, Aminatou Haidar was held, without any prejudice to her moral of physical integrity, in the international zone of Hassan 1st airport in …

14 Nov 2009 description
report AllAfrica

Tami Hultman

Dar es Salaam - In the wake of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meeting with Moroccan King Mohammed VI last week, a prominent human rights activist was detained on her arrival in Western Sahara, which Morocco controls.

Aminatou Haidar was held overnight Friday and deported to Spain's Canary Islands, after stating on Moroccan entry forms that Western Sahara was her country of residency.

13 Nov 2009 description


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2 and Article 15(2) thereof;


(1) Sahrawi refugees have been living in camps located in the desert region of Tindouf (south-west Algeria) for over three decades, enduring very harsh climatic conditions and having access to very few resources apart from international aid;

(2) The situation of the Sahrawi refugees can be qualified as a …

04 Nov 2009 description

The humanitarian situation of Sahrawi refugees in the camps at Tinduf (ca. 1900 km. southwest of Algiers) dependent on international aid and "totally ignored by international media", said Yahia Bouhemiane, president of the Sahrawi Red Crescent during a press conference organized by the Algerian counterpart. Bouhemiane, fearing a reduction of aid because of the financial crisis, already believed to be insufficient, ha insisted on the "unique and exceptional" nature of the Sahrawi refugees.

02 Nov 2009 description

Situation Générale en octobre 2009

Prévision jusqu'à mi-décembre 2009

Une résurgence de Criquet pèlerin s'est développée début octobre dans l'ouest de la Mauritanie.

01 Nov 2009 description
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General Situation during October 2009
Forecast until mid-December 2009