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

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).

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

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.

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

EU/Morocco fisheries agreement – European countries insist on respect of ECJ rulings

fr.allafrica.com.- Brussels – Sweden opposed the conclusion of the new fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union and Morocco, reiterating that the extension of the geographical scope of the agreement to the territory of Western Sahara must receive the consent of the Saharawi people in accordance with the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 27 February, while Germany, Denmark and Ireland insisted that an agreement must be in accordance with European law and international law.

When the text of the agreement on the EU’s Competitiveness Council was adopted on 29 November in Brussels, Sweden issued an explanatory declaration following the vote in which it expressed its opposition to the Council decisions on the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Morocco.

Sweden explained that this agreement did not respect the judgments of the CJEU which stated that Western Sahara was a “separate” and “distinct” territory from the Kingdom of Morocco and that any extension of agreement to that territory requires “consent “of the people of Western Sahara.

Leer más …EU/Morocco fisheries agreement – European countries insist on respect of ECJ rulings

MEP Paloma López (GUE / NGL) asks Morgherini about the situation of Saharawi political prisoners

PUSL.- The MEP Paloma López (GUE / NGL) has presented two questions with a written request to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on the situation of the Saharawi political prisoners from the Gdeim Izik group, Sidi Abdallah Abbahah, Mohamed Bourial, Mohamed Lamin Haddi and El Bachir Khadda.

The prisoners in question are being held in the Moroccan prison of Tiflet 2, being victims of continuous I’ll treatment by prison officials and confinement in punishment cells for 22 or 23 hours a day, as has already been reported on several occasions by PUSL.

Leer más …MEP Paloma López (GUE / NGL) asks Morgherini about the situation of Saharawi political prisoners

EU Explanation of Position: United Nations 4th Committee: Resolution on the Situation concerning Western Sahara

17 October 2018, New York – European Union Explanation of Position before the vote on the Resolution on the situation concerning Western Sahara at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee

Monsieur le President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbiaand Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this statement.

We look forward to the consensual adoption of the resolution on the situation concerning Western Sahara.

Leer más …EU Explanation of Position: United Nations 4th Committee: Resolution on the Situation concerning Western Sahara

Portuguese MEP of PCP questions Morgherini about Saharawi political prisoner in Hungerstrike

PUSL.- Miguel Viegas, MEP of the Portugues Communist Party presented a written question concerning the Gdeim Izik prisoners currently detained in Tiflet2 prison.

Mr. El Bachr Khadda is in Hungerstrike for 16 days (since 18th September) and Mr. Sidi Abdallah Abbahah started a hunger strike two days ago. The Portuguese MEP is particularly worried about the detention conditions and the prolonged confinement these prisoners endure for several months since their transfer to Tiflet2 prison as well as the violence of the guards and the prison administration against these prisoners.

El Bachir Khadda, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, and Sidi Abdallah Abbahah are the three Saharawi political prisoners of the group Gdeim Izik who are in Tiflet2 prison the remaining 16 prisoners are in Kenitra, El Arjat, Ait Melloul, and Bouzakarn. Tiflet2 is the prison that is farther away from El Aaiun, over 1300km.

Leer más …Portuguese MEP of PCP questions Morgherini about Saharawi political prisoner in Hungerstrike

Report of the EP delegation visiting the occupied territories omits and invents data

PUSL.- The European Parliament’s International Trade Commission (INTA), which paid a visit from the 2nd to 5th of September , published its report in which it omitted data from the meetings held with the Saharawi associations in El Aaiun and did not mention the demonstration by the Saharawi population which took place during the visit and whose dispersion by the Moroccan occupation authorities resulted in several injured among the demonstrators.

They also “forgot” to mention several Saharawi associations with whom they had gathered, choosing to say “and other representatives”. In the report submitted by the 3 INTA members, there is also the name of an activist who was not even in the occupied territories on September 4 between 3.10 and 4 pm when the delegation claims to have met him, the activist at that time was in Granada, Spain according to photos published on facebook.

According to reports by activists from various associations who met at the Hotel Parador in El Aaiun with the EP delegation, everyone clearly reaffirmed to the delegation that the legitimate representative of the Saharawi population is the Polisario Front, another fact that was “forgotten”.

Leer más …Report of the EP delegation visiting the occupied territories omits and invents data

Hmad Hamad: “The rights of our people were kidnapped”

PUSL interviewed the Vice-President of CODAPSO, Mr Hmad Hmad, on the recent visit on 4 September of the European Union delegation to the occupied territories of Western Sahara. The purpose of the visit was to “consult” the population on whether or not it benefited from the EU / Morocco agreements for the exploitation and marketing of natural products and natural resources of this non-autonomous territory occupied militarily since 1975 by Morocco. We recall that the Court of Justice of the European Union in two judgments found that Western Sahara is a separate and distinct territory from Morocco and can not be included in the agreements. A legal victory for the Polisario Front, the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people with international organizations and the UN.

PUSL: What was the purpose of the visit of this EU delegation to the occupied territories?

Hmad: This delegation from the European Union said it wanted to “consult” the Saharawi population on whether or not we had any benefit from the exploitation by Morocco and foreign companies of the vast natural resources of this non-autonomous territory.

A rhetorical question, since the EU is aware that the Saharawi population does not enjoy anything. We denounce daily the various violations of human rights, apartheid in which we live politically, socially and economically, and we must not forget that the Saharawi population is not only in the occupied territories, our families are also in the refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, on the other side of the military separation Wall erected by Morocco, they not only do not enjoy anything as have have been dependent on humanitarian aid since 1975.

Leer más …Hmad Hamad: “The rights of our people were kidnapped”

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