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18 Apr 2014 description

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.

12 Mar 2014 description

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.

31 Dec 2008 description
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General Situation during December 2008
Forecast until mid-February 2009

19 Dec 2008 description
report Human Rights Watch


This report is in two parts. Part one examines present-day human rights conditions in Western Sahara. Part two examines present-day human rights conditions in the Sahrawi refugee camps administered by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario), the Sahrawi independence organization, near Tindouf, Algeria.

For Western Sahara, the focus of Human Rights Watch's investigation is the right of persons to speak, assemble, and associate on behalf of self-determination for the Sahrawi people and on behalf of their human rights.

16 Oct 2007 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 16October 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is urgently in need of funding for our work in the Western Sahara and Algeria refugee camps and for our repatriation operation for Mauritanian refugees. Yesterday, we convened a special donor meeting to urgently appeal for funding for these operations. The meeting was attended by Mr.