Policy workshop

The aim is to highlight the significant progress made by the Saharawi people before the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union, and to assess how the Saharawi national question is advancing, thanks to the strength of its unity and organisation under the leadership of its sole and legitimate representative, the Polisario Front.

Recalling that it is the inalienable right to self-determination of the Saharawi people that must remain at the heart of the United Nations resolutions. Also denouncing the incoherence of the international community, which continues to regard Morocco as an “acceptable” interlocutor, even though it is in fact the country occupying Western Sahara. This unacceptable contradiction must be constantly brought to the attention of our political partners at all levels.

Legal successes must be transferred to the political level. This is something that will inevitably have to happen through the United Nations, since the UN remains the political organisation responsible for implementing the resolutions of the Council and the General Assembly, which have recognised the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people.

On the other hand, it is essential to increase the visibility of the Saharawi cause, victim of a deliberate information embargo, via the new media (social networks, infographics, easily understandable visual presentations…). In this respect, the working group recommends the implementation of a new communication strategy. This will have to be based on two axes:

1) Truthful information about what is at stake, the international humanitarian law.
2) To actively promote programmes and actions, which allow a change in the situation of intolerable violation of the fundamental human rights of the Saharawi people.

It is necessary to unite efforts in solidarity at the global level, raising the question of how best to coordinate our political and communication actions. In order to act in a coordinated and effective way, the committees will designate from among their members a delegate for each of the follow-up groups, this delegate will work together with the competent organisations.

The importance of the 4th UN Commission, in order to emphasize and amplify the responsibilities of the Secretary General in the defense of the rights to education, culture and other fundamental rights of the Saharawis.

On the other hand, the UN Secretary General must reaffirm the original mandate of MINURSO, which is none other than the organisation of a referendum of self-determination. It is his responsibility to put in place all the necessary mechanisms to guarantee the protection of human rights in Western Sahara.

As far as the European Union is concerned, ask both the Commission and the Council for explanations regarding the way in which they intend to apply the judgement of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) of 21 December 2016, February 2018 and July of this year.

In the same context, to denounce any attempt by the EU to ignore or evade the Court’s ruling. It calls on the Spanish and French governments to immediately cease supporting the positions of the Moroccan occupier.

It is also necessary that we strengthen our actions before the Council of Europe and that we achieve the admission of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as an associate member.

The European Intergroup for Western Sahara must coordinate all the Intergroups of the national parliaments.

With regard to the African Union (AU), we welcome its clear and responsible positions of firm support for the legitimacy of SADR. We therefore call on the European Union to take a serious position of cooperation with the AU and the UN, in order to reach a solution, within the framework of international law,

At the same time, to call on the UN to recognise the political role played by the African Union, which has recognised the existence of SADR since 1982 and works tirelessly for its recognition on the international stage.