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31 Dec 2010 description

Protracted conflicts

Can you get used to living with war? Probably, in the same way that you can somehow get used to living with physical pain, with constant stress, with disturbing noises. You get used to it, you bear with it in silence, because you have no other choice. You don't know of any alternative.

One thing is for sure: the surrounding world can "get used" to protracted conflict. The international community, the media, the aid organisations - they can all turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to suffering that does not have any news value.

29 Dec 2010 description

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 15:21

Vicenç Fisas, Director of the School of Peace Culture, Universitat Aut=F2noma de Barcelona.

Confidence-building measures (CBM ) are those military actions, political, social, humanitarian, cultural, economic or diplomatic efforts to ease the tension between two opposing sides or opposing interests.

23 Dec 2010 description

Ruhakana Rugunda, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations, called today for a greater focus by the Security Council on preventive diplomacy and peacebuilding as he surveyed a range of situations in Africa.

Speaking at a Headquarters press conference on his country's two-year tenure on the Council, Mr.

23 Dec 2010 description

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During its participation in the Security Council over the last two years, Mexico had focused on strengthening the role of conflict prevention and resolution; the promotion and protection of human rights and international humanitarian law; and enhancing transparency of the Council, the country's Permanent Representative, Claude Heller, said today at Headquarters.

Briefing correspondents on Mexico's work in the primary body …

20 Dec 2010 description

Vicenç Fisas

(Director of the School for a Culture of Peace, UAB)

It is a demonstrable fact that many conflicts in which peace processes are present experience in a standstill their negotiations. The years pass and the nature of the conflict remains the same without the mechanisms for dialogue producing any progress.

14 Dec 2010 description
report Human Rights Watch

State Recognizing More Amazigh, or Berber Names, but Choice Still Restricted

(New York, December 14, 2010) - A government directive liberalizing Morocco's policy on recognizing Amazigh, or Berber, given names for newborns is having positive results, Human Rights Watch said today.

In April 2010, the Ministry of Interior issued a directive that for the first time defined Amazigh names as meeting the legal prerequisite of being "Moroccan in nature." In the eight months since, there have been fewer complaints from citizens that local bureaus of the Civil Registry have …

10 Dec 2010 description
report UN News Service

10 December 2010 - The next round of informal talks between the parties to the conflict over Western Sahara will take place from 16 to 18 December in New York, the United Nations announced today.

Participating in the talks, which are being held at the invitation of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, will be delegations of the parties to the dispute - Morocco and the Frente Polisario - and the neighbouring States, Algeria and Mauritania.

Mr.

09 Dec 2010 description
report Geneva Call

INTRODUCTION

Albert Camus, the French philosopher who was no stranger to insurgencies and resistance movements, warned that "good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding". The motivation behind In Their Words: Perspectives of Armed non-State Actors on the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict is to help ensure that international efforts to protect children from the effects of armed conflict, and particularly the impact of armed non-State actors (NSAs), do not fall victim to such a prophecy.

Much has been accomplished …

09 Dec 2010 description
report Oxford Analytica

December 9, 2010

EVENT: The Polisario movement on December 7 called on the UN to investigate Morocco's clearing of a Sahrawi protest camp outside Laayoune last month.

SIGNIFICANCE: Riots and violence at the time of the clearing saw at least eleven people killed and constituted the most significant unrest since Morocco took control of the territory. The events and their aftermath could prove to be a game-changer.

ANALYSIS: The Western Sahara conflict is often described as the oldest decolonisation conflict in the world, as well as a relic of the Cold War.

02 Dec 2010 description

Le démantèlement du camp de protestation Gdaim Izik par les forces marocaines, le 8 novembre dernier, a constitué "un point de non retour, tout doit changer maintenant", a déclaré le représentant du Front Polisario Ould Salek, devant le Parlement européen, qui a également entendu le ministre marocain des Affaires étrangères, Taïb Fassi-Fihri.

29 Nov 2010 description

Plus d'un million de Marocains auraient manifesté dimanche à Casablanca, selon les chiffres communiqués par le gouvernement, pour protester contre la Résolution du parlement européen relative à l'ouverture d'une enquête sur les violences commises début novembre à Laâyoune dans le cadre de l'irruption des militaires marocains dans un camp de réfugiés sahraouis. Pour la presse gouvernementale, près de 3 millions de manifestants auraient revendiqué la "marocanité" du Sahara Occidental en brandissant le portrait du roi du Maroc.

26 Nov 2010 description
report Human Rights Watch

Investigate Violent Response to Disturbances

(New York, November 26, 2010) - Moroccan security forces repeatedly beat and abused people they detained following disturbances on November 8, 2010, in the Western Sahara capital city of El-Ayoun, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces also directly attacked civilians, a Human Rights Watch investigation showed.

18 Nov 2010 description

After the expulsion of almost all foreign activists and access barred to journalists, it is increasingly difficult to obtain any news from the Western Sahara, around ten days from the Moroccan army raid on a Saharawi camp set up in a peaceful protest a few kilometres from the main city of the former Spanish colony El Ayoun. Based on reports from sources close to the Saharawi, also last night dozens of people were arrested in police operations and loaded onto buses that headed north, into Moroccan territory.

18 Nov 2010 description

Avec l'expulsion de presque tous les militants étrangers et l'éloignement forcé des journalistes, il devient de plus en plus difficile d'obtenir des informations en provenance du Sahara Occidental, une dizaine de jours après l'irruption militaire du Maroc dans un camp sahraoui installé à quelques kilomètres de Laâyoune. Selon des sources proches du peuple sahraoui, plusieurs autres personnes ont été arrêtées mercredi tandis que des dizaines de prisonniers auraient été emmenés en autocars plus au nord, en territoire marocain.

16 Nov 2010 description

Brussels, 16.11.2010

SEC(2010) 1428 final

Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT

INTRODUCTION

The Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) is responsible for formulating EU humanitarian aid policy and for funding humanitarian aid - including food aid - to victims of conflicts or disasters, both natural and man-made, in non EU countries.

16 Nov 2010 description
report Voice of America

16 November 2010, Margaret Besheer | United Nations

The U.N. Security Council has deplored last week's deadly clashes in Western Sahara, but has not said it will agree to a request from the pro-independence Polisario Front for a U.N. investigation into the violence.

The 15-member Security Council had private briefings Tuesday from the U.N.'s department on peacekeeping and the Secretary-General's personal envoy for Western Sahara, Christopher Ross.

15 Nov 2010 description

DOCUMENT DE TRAVAIL DES SERVICES DE LA COMMISSION

Direction Générale Aide Humanitaire et Protection Civile

Copie de courtoisie de la DG ECHO du document SEC(2010)1428 du 15/11/2010

INTRODUCTION

La Direction Générale pour l'Aide Humanitaire et la Protection Civile (DG ECHO) est responsable de la formulation de la politique d'aide humanitaire de l'Union Européenne et du financement de l'aide humanitaire - y compris l'aide alimentaire d'urgence - en faveur des victimes de conflits ou catastrophes, tant d'origine naturelle que d'origine humaine, dans …

15 Nov 2010 description

15 Nov 2010 17:55:00 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Independence group threatens to reconsider peace talks

* Polisario says U.N. failed to protect Sahara's people

By Patrick Worsnip

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Western Sahara's independence movement on Monday demanded a U.N. probe of recent clashes in the territory and threatened to reconsider its role in peace talks with Morocco unless they brought quick results.

The demands came in a letter from the Polisario Front's U.N.

11 Nov 2010 description

L'instauration d'une commission chargée d'enquêter sur les événements du 8 novembre après que les militaires marocains ont fait irruption dans le camp installé par les Sahraouis en signe de protestation à quelques kilomètres de Laâyoune a été invoquée par le Front Polisario, qui, à trois jours du début des opérations militaires, évoque un nombre de victimes "supérieur" à celui du gouvernement marocain. "Jusqu'à maintenant, nous avons récupéré 19 corps de civils sahraouis - déclare à la MISNA le représentant du Polisario en Italie, Omar Mih - mais nous …