Statement of vote by MEP Ana Gomes (Socialist Party – Portugal) Vote on the EU-Morocco agreement on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement

Vote at the Strasbourg plenary session on the EU-Morocco agreement on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement

Ana Gomes (Socialist Party – Portugal)

I voted against this agreement. In consciousness. The right of self-determination of the people of Western Sahara is not negotiable in exchange for political-economic advantages. I support that Morocco benefits from a privileged partnership with the EU, but not at the expense of the rights of the Saharawi people.

The EU must respect International Law and the negotiation process within the framework of the United Nations. By approving this agreement, the European Union institutions violate the International Law and disrespect the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). The CJEU has explicitly stated that the consent of the people of the Sahara is necessary.

It is unacceptable to confuse the “people” with the “population”, which also includes Moroccan settlers. Morocco has no legitimacy to represent the Saharawi people and the EU cannot agree with Morocco on the interests of the Saharawi people.

Leer más …Statement of vote by MEP Ana Gomes (Socialist Party – Portugal) Vote on the EU-Morocco agreement on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement

Statement by the Portuguese Communist Party on Revision of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco

pcp.pt.– In 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the association agreement between the European Union and Morocco illegal. This illegality has to do with the territories of Western Sahara that are illegally occupied by the Moroccan army and whose resources are included in the agreement.

By determination of the court the European Union was forced to revise this agreement. But the review by the European Union runs counter to the court’s determination and constitutes an affront to United Nations resolutions. The consultation allegedly carried out in the occupied territories was a simulacrum leaving out those who are, under the United Nations, the only legitimate representatives of the Saharawi people.

Leer más …Statement by the Portuguese Communist Party on Revision of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco

List of MEPs who do not respect the CJEU and international law

PUSL.- Attached is the list of the votes on the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco which took place this week.

PUSL found it necessary to publish the exhaustive list of Members by political group and country because of the serious consequences of this vote.

Regardless of personal or partisan opinion on the Western Sahara conflict, there was a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union which was very clear as to the illegality of the inclusion of the territory of Western Sahara without the consent of the Saharawi People in the now-voted EU-Morocco agreement.

In fact, it was not only a judgment but three (links below) which thus joined the resolutions of the United Nations, the African Union, the Hague Tribunal and several international tribunals.

Leer más …List of MEPs who do not respect the CJEU and international law

Moroccan Authority Brutally Kicks Out a Polish Lawyer From Western Sahara and Morocco

Nushatta Foundation Staff Fri, 18th Jan, 2019 Agadir- (Morocoo) Around 5 a.m., plains-clothes Moroccan police officers raided the house of a Saharawi student, and apprehended a Polish lawyer for having meetings with Saharawi students pro-POLISARIO. The Nushatta Foundation discovered that this incident took place the day before yesterday in Agadir city, Morocco, on 16 Jan 2019.

Moroccan secret service in cars had kept the Polish lawyer Mrs. Justyna Paulina Wróbel under close surveillance for 512,66 km since she was deported to Agadir last Sunday from the checkpoint at the entrance of El-Aaiùn in Western Sahara, where she had to endure an unlawful interrogation and investigation by the Moroccan authorities regarding of the reasons for her visit.

“You know the reason,” was the only response by one of the Moroccan officers to the questions of Mrs. Paulina Wróbel in protest against the misuse of authority, the unlawful arrest and the mistreatment that she experienced, which was fully out of the procedure of law due to the absence of a search warrant.

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EP approves extension of trade agreement with Morocco to Western Sahara based on a lie and disrespecting the CJEU

PUSL.- The European Parliament approved today an amendment to the trade liberalization agreement between the European Union and Morocco in order to extend to Western Sahara the preferential treatment accorded to Moroccan products in clear disregard for the judgment of December 2016 of the Court of Justice of the The European Union (CJEU), which upheld a complaint by the Polisario Front (legitimate representative of the Saharawi people) and considered that the agreement concluded with Morocco – which came into force in 2013 – did not provide a legal basis for the inclusion of Western Sahara since the territory is distinct and separate from Morocco and therefore could not apply to this territory except with the consent of the Saharawi people.

In the clear intention of disregarding the judgment, the EU Council then gave the European Commission a mandate to change the liberalization agreement by means of an unwarranted maneuver and a “free” interpretation, changing the meaning of the judgment. To that end, the term “saharawi people” is replaced by the term “local population”, which includes the Moroccan settlers introduced by the occupying state after the invasion of the non-self-governing territory in 1975. The aim was to establish the appearance of a legal base that would allow the saharawi products the treatment and benefits applied by the EU to Moroccan products. The plunder of the Saharawi resources by Morocco is so significant that it justifies and finances a massive military presence in the occupied territories and the maintenance of the world’s largest separation wall (2720km).

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Federica Morgherini responds to IU on the situation of Saharawi political prisoners

PUSL.- Federica Morgherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, replied in writing to the questions put by the Spanish MEP, Paloma Lopez, of Izquierda Unida on the situation of Sahrawi political prisoners in the Gdeim Izik Group.

Lopez had presented in the last months of 2018 two questions about the risk situation of the Saharawi political detainees held in Tiflet2, Morocco.

The four members of the Gdeim Izik group have been in prolonged confinement for over a year and have been victims of ill-treatment and intentional medical malpractice, have carried out several hunger strikes and their case has been widely denounced not only to the European Union but also to the United Nations mechanisms.

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Morocco denounces acts of the Polisario, but the UN does not see any violation

United Nations, Jan 11 (lavanguardia.com) .- The UN confirmed today that it has received a letter from Morocco with denunciations of several recent actions of the Polisario Front, but considered that none of them constituted a violation of the ceasefire agreements .

The UN mission in the area, Minurso, was present in the alleged incidents and “did not observe anything that would constitute a violation under the terms of the applicable agreements,” spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters.

The spokesman recalled that the Minurso has established procedures to observe this type of situation and that, when it identifies violations, it immediately shares them with the parties so that they respond and notifies them to the UN Security Council.

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The Polisario Front destroys the last land mines that it stored

Brahim Ghali informed the UN Secretary General about the destruction of the last stockpile of landmines stored by the Polisario Front

New York, January 10, 2019 (SPS) – The President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mr. Brahim Ghali informed the UN Secretary General about the destruction of the last arsenal of land mines stored by the Polisario Front.

Brahim Ghali added, in his letter, that “The destruction of the arsenal of landmines is a clear sign of the Polisario Front’s willingness to collaborate in the cleanup of the landmines that sow terror, especially in the liberated part of Western Sahara” .

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Family prevented from visiting Saharawi political prisoner Sidahmed Lemjeyid

PUSL.- According to information received from the family, the prison administration prevented several times the visit to Sidahmed Lemjeyid, Saharawi political prisoner, currently currently detained in the local prison of Ait Melloul 2.

The local prison administration of Ait Melloul, on the outskirts of the city of Agadir, south of Morocco, denied last Monday 7th January 2019, the right to family visit of the Saharawi political prisoner of the Gdeim Izik Group.

The prison administration denied the right of visitation three times in the las months on December 24th, January 2nd and January 7th, in violation of the Moroccan law regarding prisoners rights.

The prison administration did not give any justification for their arbitrary denial of the visit from the family.

Mr. Lemjeyid family protested for several hours in front of the prison but did not receive any explanation.

Leer más …Family prevented from visiting Saharawi political prisoner Sidahmed Lemjeyid

Reduction of food rations for Sahrawi refugees

diario16.com.- The United Nations World Food Program is forced to reduce food rations for Sahrawi refugees living in Algeria

The lack of funds available from the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations has as consequence that Sahrawi refugees living in the camps in Algeria receive reduced rations of food that do not meet the minimum daily needs.

WFP has had to distribute less food as a last resort in order to extend food assistance to refugees over time. The problem is that the hundreds of thousands of Sahrawis living in the Algerian camps have already received limited rations for decades that the cuts in the WFP budget have caused them to be further reduced to the point where the risk of malnutrition and anemia will increase dangerously.

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The US Congress excludes Western Sahara from Morocco

The Saharawi digital newspaper La Realidad, DLR. 06/01/2019.- In a new bill, the United States Congress excludes Western Sahara from the public spending budget for Morocco by 2019.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives of the United States approved a bill that excludes Western Sahara from the financial aid for the year 2019 destined for Morocco in the budget of public expenditure, unlike in recent years, particularly in 2018, an American position that confirms that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara.

Reuters said that “The bill states that aid to Western Sahara is completely separate from that for Morocco, and clearly refers to Western Sahara as a distinct political entity from that of Morocco.”

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