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19 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 91,093 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 17 October, with 42,494 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 145,193 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 320,033 at this point in 2016.

17 Oct 2018 description

Le Maroc appelle au recensement et à l’enregistrement des populations des camps de Tindouf, conformément au droit international humanitaire qui exige le recensement et l’enregistrement des réfugiés partout dans le monde, a déclaré, mardi, l’Ambassadeur, représentant permanent du Maroc auprès des Nations Unies, M. Omar Hilale, devant la 4ème Commission de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU.

17 Oct 2018 description
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CPSD/668
16 OCTOBRE 2018

Intégrité territoriale ou autodétermination? Ce sont là les deux principes défendus respectivement par le Maroc et l’Algérie au sujet du Sahara occidental lors de la clôture du débat général sur la décolonisation de la Quatrième Commission (questions de politiques spéciales et décolonisation).

16 Oct 2018 description
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GA/SPD/668

GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 8TH MEETING (AM)

Spiking insecurity and instability in Africa’s Sahel region indicates an urgent need to resolve the long-standing dispute over Western Sahara, delegates told the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today, as it concluded its general debate on decolonization.

16 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 88,736 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 14 October, with 40,598 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined. Spain’s numbers for the year are slightly higher than the figure printed (see chart below) and reflect arrivals only through last Wednesday.

13 Oct 2018 description
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CPSD/666

Assemblée générale Quatrième Commission
Soixante-treizième session, 6e séance – après midi

12 Oct 2018 description
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GA/SPD/666

GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 6TH MEETING (PM)

Delegates of France, Papua New Guinea Give Update on New Caledonia Referendum

Western Sahara is represented by a “shadow republic”, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) heard today, as it continued its hearing of petitioners in the context of its general debate on decolonization questions.

12 Oct 2018 description

Humanitarian activists on Thursday expressed outrage at the embezzlement by Polisario leaders of humanitarian aids sent to Tindouf camps populations in southwestern Algeria.

Speaking before the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, Eric Cameron, president of the Norwegian NGO "World Action for Refugees", lamented the inaction surrounding the Tindouf camps, noting that parties have failed in their responsibility to help these people by not seeking a political solution.

09 Oct 2018 description

Three aircrafts carrying 1.8 ton of humanitarian aid that will be sent to the Gaza Strip by land through the Rafah border crossing landed on Monday evening in the east of Cairo.

This humanitarian aid is sent upon the high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI in order to be delivered to the Palestinian people.

The reception of this aid was supervised by Morocco's ambassador to Egypt, Ahmad Tazi, who is also the Kingdom's permanent representative to the Arab League.

09 Oct 2018 description

Amman, October 2 - A third phase of Enhancing Food Security in Arab Countries began with the financial support of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD). The project’s technical committee met to discuss the achievements so far and develop the action plan for the next phase.

06 Oct 2018 description

34 people, including 2 children, have been found dead after a ship which was carrying approximately 60 refugees came into distress in the early hours of Sunday morning. The people on board called the Coordination Center for Maritime Rescue as the ship started to sink while still in the Moroccan Alawi rescue zone, but no help reached them for 36 hours.

05 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 84,345 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 3 October, with 38,451 to Spain, the leading destination this year.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 139,677 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 312,153 at this same point in 2016. Deaths on the Mediterranean remain high, at 1,777. However, that figure is well below fatalities recorded at this time last year (2,749) or 2016 (3,682).

03 Oct 2018 description

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi welcomed, on Tuesday in Geneva, the immigration and asylum policy adopted by Morocco, noting that the Kingdom sets the example in the field.

Responding to the statement made by Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations Office in Geneva, ambassador Omar Zniber, at the 69th session of the UNHCR Executive Committee, Grandi lauded the special interest that Morocco takes in matters of immigration and asylum, as well as the actions and initiatives undertaken by the Kingdom in this area.

13 Sep 2018 description

(Bruxelles) FIDH, EuroMed Rights, et l’Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture (OMCT) dénonce les violences commises à l’encontre des migrants à la frontière Espagne-Maroc dans une déclaration conjointe, et incitent les autorités des deux pays à en sanctionner les auteurs.

A nouveau, 116 personnes ont été expulsées depuis Ceuta vers le Maroc, le 23 août 2018, et deux ont perdu la vie lors des arrestations de masse au Maroc conduites depuis. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle démonstration des conséquences de l’approche violente, restrictive et sécuritaire des politiques migratoires.

10 Sep 2018 description

Through inclusive climate resilient development, the Arab States work toward the Sustainable Development Goals

The majority of the Arab States possess all the requisite elements to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. There’s a young, educated workforce, plenty of natural resources, a notable increase in investments in renewable energy, and a much-needed uptick in efforts to support equality. Climate change, conflict and other related factors threaten to derail this progress, and ruin any chances of a Pax Arabica.

10 Sep 2018 description

La répression d'envergure qu'exercent les autorités marocaines contre des milliers de migrants, demandeurs d'asile et réfugiés subsahariens en l’absence de procédure régulière est cruelle et illégale, a déclaré Amnesty International alors que le gouvernement multiplie les raids dans le nord du pays.

07 Sep 2018 description

A Court from Cadiz has reopened for the second time the investigation into the death of 14 people who were had tried to cross the border fence at the beach of Tarajal, that separates Ceuta (Spain) and Morocco, in 2014. It has ruled that the judge from Ceuta – who closed the case in January 2018 – did not have the “slightest interest in hearing the witnesses”.

07 Sep 2018 description

The Moroccan authorities’ large-scale crackdown on thousands of sub-Saharan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees without due process is cruel and unlawful, Amnesty International said amid ongoing intensive government raids in the north of the country.

Since the end of July, the Moroccan police together with the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces have carried out major raids on the neighbourhoods where refugees and migrants live in several cities, with particular intensity in the northern provinces of Tangiers, Nador and Tetuan, which neighbour the Spanish borders.