Saharawi refugees celebrate today's victory of their people over the EU in the EU Court of Justice.
Today, the people of Western Sahara achieved a landmark victory in the EU General Court in Luxembourg. The ruling cancelled both the EU's trade and fisheries agreement with Morocco in the occupied territory.
All Saharawi groups have protested the EU's approach of lumping their occupied homeland in with Morocco. The condemnations were used by the European Commission to mislead the EU institutions into thinking that there was a dialogue with the Saharawis, proving consent. Today, the EU Court concluded that it was clear that no consent had been obtained from the people of the territory, through their recognised representation, the Polisario Front.
Polisario, from its part, has today issued a press statement on the matter.
Western Sahara Resource Watch has received a video of Saharawi refugees celebrating the victory. The video can be downloaded here.
Polisario has a case, but it should be pursued when the time is right, Court implies.
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The UK Court has concluded that the UK government has acted unlawfully in granting preferential tariff treatment to products from Western Sahara through a deal with Morocco, and in granting fisheries quota's for fishing in Western Sahara under a fish deal with Morocco.
According to the EU Council, it cannot make public a legal opinion on a future EU-Morocco trade deal in occupied Western Sahara as that would "carry the risk compromising the capacity of reaching an agreement on the dossier".