Appeal on humanitarian grounds by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. António Guterres, in respect of Ms. Aminatou Haidar

Briefing Notes, 4 December 2009

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 4 December 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In light of the rapidly deteriorating condition of Ms. Aminatou Haidar, of Laayoune, on hunger strike at the airport in Lanzerote since 16 November, the High Commissioner appeals on the basis of UNHCR's good offices and on strictly humanitarian grounds, to the governments of the two states directly concerned, Spain and Morocco, to consider any measure that could facilitate her movement and end the current impasse.