Western Sahara: AFET Committee in the European Parliament urges EU to implement ECJ decisions

(APS.dz) BRUSSELS – The Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament has adopted an amendment to the draft report on Parliament’s recommendations to the Council on the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, urging the EU to support the UN process for the regulation of the conflict in Western Sahara and to implement the decisions of its Court of Justice concerning that territory.

The amendment tabled by MEP Barbara Lochbihler on behalf of the Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance calls on the EU Council to “implement the judgments of the European Court of Justice on Western Sahara”.

On 21 December 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that the EU-Morocco association and liberalization agreements are not applicable to Western Sahara, underlining the “separate” and “distinct” status of this territory. , listed since 1963 on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations.

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Press Release of Polisario Front on the meeting of the Trade Committee of the European Parliament

Monday 21 May 2018, Brussels

On May 17th, 2018 the Trade committee of the European Parliament held a debate on the state of play of the negotiations with Morocco on the amendment of the protocols on rules of origin under the EU- Morocco Association agreement and Fisheries partnership agreement in relation to Western Sahara.

We value the firm and responsible positions expressed by the members of the Trade committee in defence of the EU and international legality and requesting the EU Commission to abide strictly to the rule of law.

We note with concern the intention outlined during the debate by the Commission representatives to extend both the FTA and FPA with Morocco in order to cover the occupied Western Sahara. It is clear that the envisaged procedures aim to circumvent the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Commission representatives showed haughtiness and blatant disregard towards the decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In an attempt to distort the legal terminology used by the Court, the Commission officials dared to use the Moroccan illegal and unfounded terminology of “the southern provinces” when referring to the territories of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco. A terminology that is in full contradiction with the United Nations’ resolutions and shows contempt of the international status of Western Sahara as a non-self-governing territory subject to a UN-led decolonization process. Moreover, by using such provocative language and adopting the Moroccan occupier’s narrative, the Commission undermines the long-standing EU diplomatic position on Western Sahara.

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Human rights Morocco – Western Sahara: MEPs Express major concern

PUSL.- Tuesday in the European parliament in Brussels during a session of droi (subcommittee for human rights of the European parliament) dedicated to the human rights situation in Morocco and Western Sahara several MEPs expressed their serious concerns about the many violations observed on the ground and denounced at international level.

During an Exchange of views with the President of the Moroccan National Council for human rights (cndh), Driss El yazami, the Galician MEP of BNG, Ana Miranda said that she is “very worried” with the “serious violations” of the rights of Saharawi political prisoners, including the group gdeim izik and forced disappearance of saharauis, of which were recently reported new cases.

Recalling “serious attacks” on fundamental rights of Saharawi prisoners that are “victims of detention in isolation, mistreatment and torture” Miranda asked if Morocco would decide one day to respect the convention against torture and other cruel , inhuman or degrading treatments that the kingdom ratified but so far not implemented in practice.

She denounced as such, the ” unfair trial” of the gdeim izik group and the heavy convictions, lamenting the disregard of their fundamental rights.

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26 European Deputies denounce situation of Saharawi political prisoners – Gdeim Izik

In a letter promoted by Paloma Lopéz from the United Left, sent today to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Frederica Mogherini, MEPs from Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK urge the European Union and Mogherini to intervene to end the ill-treatment and torture to which the political prisoners of Gdeim Izik have been subjected and the liberation of these group of Saharawi Political prisoners.

These MEP’s are members of various political groups (Confederal Group of the European United Left / Nordic Green Left; Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance; Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament) highlight the worrying health situation of prisoners in Hunger Strike for more than 3 weeks, prisoners placed as “punishment” in tiny cells known as “coffin” without clothing, and the forced confinement of all prisoners of Gdeim Izik who are 22 hours or more detained in individual cells.

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