PUSL.-In the recently published Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 – Western Sahara, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the US Department of State confirms that Morocco is committing and ongoing of the Practice Relating to Rule 130 of International Humanitarian Law: Transfer of Own Civilian Population into Occupied Territory, which constitutes a War Crime.
The report states:
“As an inducement to relocate to the territory, workers in the formal sector earned up to 85 percent more than their counterparts in internationally recognized Morocco. The government also provided fuel subsidies and exempted workers from income and value-added taxes.”
The transfer of Moroccan population into Western Sahara, the territory it occupies, is prohibited by international humanitarian law. The transfer of an occupying power’s population to a territory it occupies amounts to a war crime that may engage the individual criminal responsibility of those responsible.