Morgherini’s response to MEP João Ferreira

PUSL.- High Commissioner Federica Morgherini answers the question of MEP João Ferreira on the death of a 24-year-old Saharawi girl at the hands of Moroccan authorities. Morgherini uses a common place response, saying that the EU is following the situation through the CNDH ( Moroccan National Human Rights Council). The CNDH is nothing but an extension of the Alauite Kingdom to give the illusion of democracy and to justify the scandalous sums received from the European Union.

Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002380/2019

The EU is aware of the tragic death of a 24 year old woman in Laayoune after the Algerian victory in the African Cup of Nations. According to the Moroccan authorities, inquiries are ongoing to clarify the circumstances.

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MEP João Ferreira from PCP questions Mogherini about wave of repression in Western Sahara

PUSL / Jornal Tornado.- Portuguese Communist Party MEP João Ferreria questioned Mogherini, Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the wave of repression in the occupied territories of Western Sahara against the Saharawi population in recent days.

João Ferreira warns that it is urgent to put an end to the situation and asks if Morgherini is aware of what has been done under the EU / Morocco agreement. which include human rights clauses.

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Letter from the Polisario Front to Federica Mogherini

HE. Federica Moguerini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

High Representative,

I refer to your Excellency with the urgency dictated by the serious events that take place in the territories of Western Sahara, illegally occupied by Morocco.

As is well known, the occupation forces unleashed an unprecedented wave of repression against the Sahrawi civilian population, in El Aaiún, when they celebrated with joy, and peacefully, the victory of the Algerian team in the Africa Cup of Nations.

This brutal repression had as a macabre result the violent death of the young Sabah Azman, 23 years old, deliberately hit by a vehicle of the so-called auxiliary forces. Abandoned on the ground, without receiving the minimum aid, she took her last breath. Many protesters suffered injuries of varying severity, others were beaten, and harassment and persecution lasted until the early hours of July 20.

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Statement: POLISARIO Front has seized the European Court of Justice an action for annulment of the EU / Morocco agreement of 28 January 2019

The Frente POLISARIO entered with the registry of the Court of Justice of the European Union an action for annulment against the decision of 28th January 2019, whereby the European Union concluded an association agreement with Morocco, deciding that this agreement would apply also to the territory of Western Sahara.

In its judgment of 21st December 2016, the CJEU ruled that Morocco and Western Sahara were two distinct and separate territories, and that there could be economic activity on the territory only with the consent of the people of Western Sahara. These principles were confirmed by two judgments of 2018, concerning fishing and airspace.

The POLISARIO Front had immediately demonstrated to negotiate the agreements necessary for the development of the territory, in compliance with the decisions of the CJEU. European leaders have made another choice. As the Court said that there could be no “de facto application”, they imagined a “law enforcement” mechanism, inventing an explicit process of extending the EU agreement / MOROCCO on the territory of Western Sahara. This is a serious violation of the principle of sovereignty. Read more

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EP ignores CJEU and approves EU-Morocco fisheries agreement that finances occupation of Western Sahara

PUSL.- MEPs today approved the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement which includes the waters of Western Sahara. MEPs not only failed to comply with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) but also directly violated international humanitarian law.

Refusal to bring the agreement to the European court

Before voting on the agreement, MEPs rejected by 189 votes to 410, with 36 abstentions, a petition asking the EU Court to assess their compatibility with the EU Treaty.

In an official communiqué the EU states that this vote ”
does not prejudice the outcome of the political process on the status of Western Sahara. “This statement is curious because the status is well defined and the CJEU itself has reaffirmed that Morocco has no sovereignty over the non-autonomous territory of Western Sahara. Read more

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HRW alerts MEP’s on Fishery agreement EU-Morocco

hrw.org.- MEPs: Seek European Court’s Opinion on EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement’s Compatibility with International Law

Dear Members of the European Parliament,

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Esquerda Unida (Galicia) denounces “cynical” attitude of the European Commission regarding Morocco and the to plunder the Saharawi resources

PUSL .- Izquierda Unida has released a press statement today in which it characterizes the response of the European Commission (EC) as cynical. The response in question is related to on the question put forward by the MEP Paloma Lopez of this political party asking whether the EC condemns the Moroccan action when trying to legitimize the occupation of Western Sahara, with the appropriation of Dakhla as a Moroccan city, or its attitude towards the constant breach of the agreements of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on fisheries matters. These questions where put forward last October on the occasion of the participation of the company Atlas Pelagic, based in the Saharawi city of Dakhla, in the Fair of Frozen Products of Vigo (Conxemar).

Atlas Pelagic, a Moroccan company dedicated to plundering the natural resources of Western Sahara, which represents a violation of the judgments of the European Court of Justice, which has expressed in three rulings that Western Sahara is not a Territory subject to the sovereignty of Morocco. “It is intolerable to continue seeing cases of Moroccan companies that take advantage of the plundering of the natural resources of Western Sahara, becoming accomplices of an illegitimate military occupation by participating in the sacking of the Saharawi people,” said the national coordinator of the United Left, Eva Solla. Read more

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Fishery Committee violates ruling of the Court of Justices of the EU

PUSL – [BRUSSELS, JANUARY 23] The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved today the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement which includes the maritime area of Western Sahara. The Commission in no way respects the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of February 2018, in which it is explicit that such an agreement could not be applied to Western Sahara. The agreement was approved with 17 votes in favor, 7 against and 2 abstentions.

Parliament’s Plenary (all MEPs) will have to make the final vote on 13 February.

Following the disastrous vote on the EU / Morocco trade agreement, which also violates the CJEU rulings, there seems to be no intention of European politicians to respect international law or it’s own court. Read more

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Polisario will denounce to the European Justice the agreement between the EU and Morocco

lavanguardia.com.- The Polisario Front decided to denounce again before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJUE) the trade agreement between Morocco and the European Union approved last Wednesday by the European Parliament, to include Sahrawi territories.

In a statement released today by the official news agency SPS, the Polisario warned that the battle for the preservation of the Saharawi natural resources “will be a factor of decisive pressure on the Moroccan occupier.”

“The battle will be fought in the judicial and executive bodies of Europe, which does not recognize the supposed sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara, as stated in its latest decision on the illegal trade agreement between Morocco and the EU,” the Polisario stressed. Read more

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Declaration by MEP Paloma Lopez of IU on the vote on the EU-Morocco Agreement

LOPEZ BERMEJO Paloma

PUSL.- Statement on the vote regarding Schaake (A8-0471 / 2018) EU-Morocco Agreement on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement

I voted against this report because it fails to comply with the rulings of the CJEU regarding the recognition of Western Sahara as an independent territory of Morocco and the necessary consent of the Saharawi people on the use of their resources.

The abuse has been repeated. The Saharawi people are again victims of an illegal decision about their territory and resources. This agreement also violates the Council’s negotiating mandate to the Commission on respect for EU principles and Human Rights. Endorsing this agreement that violates International Law, the EU is delegitimized by interfering in the peace process and the resolution of the conflict in the terms established in the resolutions of the United Nations. Read more

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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. Read more

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