The Legal Opinion, shared with the European Parliamentarians on Monday, focuses on three different questions.
1. Has Morocco declared an exclusive economic zone off the waters of Western Sahara? 2. If not, would Morocco have the legal basis upon which to make a claim of an EEZ there, and what would it be? 3. If not, what is the legal requirement for the EU to pay for fishing in international waters?
This is the follow up of the previous legal opinion which established that the wishes and the interests of the Saharawi people are paramount. Those references are no longer present in the current text.
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 five 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.