The Swedish Green Party signs the international appeal from Western Sahara Resource Watch, WSRW, which demands that Western Sahara should be explicitly excluded if the EU and Morocco agrees on deepened cooperation.
"It is evident for the Green Party to support this petition. Unfortunately, today the world gives its silent consent to the occupation of Western Sahara and to the torture and discrimination of the Sahrawis. Morocco's actions violate international law and human rights, they defy the United Nations, the International Court of Justice in The Hague and the African Union. A close cooperation between the EU and Morocco, where the Saharawi territory is included, would help to give further legitimacy to the occupation", said Ellinor Scheffert, international spokesperson of the Green Party, in a press release today.
For further information:
Ellinor Scheffert, (+46) (0)702-93 55 74
Mattias Bengtsson, press secretary, (+46) (0)736-27 53 83
Read the press release here (in Swedish)
In its statement to the United Nations’ Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), Western Sahara Resource Watch called for the establishment of a mechanism to place the proceeds from the exploitation of Western Sahara’s natural resources under international administration until the conflict has been resolved, and for the inclusion of a human rights component into the MINURSO mandate.
Namibia and East-Timor have today recommended Spain to respect the Saharawi people's right to free, prior and informed consent with regard to the exploitation of Western Sahara's natural resources.
Next month, Spain’s human rights track record will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. WSRW asks UN Member States to raise the rights of the people of Western Sahara, for whom Spain continues to bear responsibility.