"The agreement violates the rights of European consumers. They will not be able to distinguish whether a product labelled as 'Moroccan' are in fact from that country, of if they are from Western Sahara", COAG wrote in a release today.
"European legislation establishes that agricultural products sold fresh can only be sold if they are clearly marked with its country of origin", COAG noted.
They underlined that the UN does not recognise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Therefore, they stated, it was a positive development that the Dutch government clarified that the EU consumers cannot be told a product is Morocco if in fact it is from Western Sahara. The statement also shows images of some of the 11 plantations that WSRW mentioned in the report "Label and Liability" earlier this year.
UN former legal chief stated regarding a similar agreement - that of EU fisheries in Western Sahara - that it would be in violation of international law if twas used for the territory of Western Sahara.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.