Workshop on Natural Resources

THE ONLY LEGAL WAY TO NEGOTIATE AGREEMENTS RELATED TO WESTERN SAHARA IS THROUGH THE CONSENT OF THE SAHARAWI PEOPLE, EXPRESSED BY ITS REPRESENTATIVE RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED NATIONS, THE POLISARIO FRONT.

Let us require companies operating or intending to operate in Western Sahara a firm and public ethical commitment to act on the basis of respect for International Law in relation to the consent of the people of Western Sahara in relation to any exploration, development or use of their Natural Resources.

To negotiate, or, falling this, to act by the contentious administrative route initiating an action of liability claims against the European Commission for trying to continue maintaining the authorizations that allow the illegal activities of the European companies quantifying its value, as regards the fishing and transformed products from it, phosphates and other minerals, sand, agricultural exploitations…etc. These amounts should be returned to the Saharawi people.

Work closely with MEP to determine precisely what is at stake in such a claim, in coordination with them, a legal action against the European Commissioner in charge of economic affairs for his decision not to claim the customs duties of companies that have illegitimately benefited from exemptions from such duties, in flagrant contradiction with the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 21 December 2016 and February and July 2018.

To begin the necessary actions to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court. The ICC has jurisdiction over crimes committed in the territory of states that have ratified its statute. Thus, Spain has ratified this text and it is also legally still the administrative power of Western Sahara.

To create a monitoring committee that undertakes to transmit to its members and other interested persons outside the committee the relevant information in order to create a reliable database on European companies involved in production and/or import activities in the occupied territories and which are therefore liable to possible claims.
This same committee will also be responsible for quantifying the natural resources available in Western Sahara, in order to assess their weight in economic terms.

This monitoring committee specialised in natural resources will be made up of a dozen representatives and will be coordinated by the TaskForce, in coordination with the Western Sahara Campaign UK. All the committees that wish to be part of it are invited to express this interest.

With regard to the question of sand, legal proceedings must be initiated to obtain payment by clients of the price of sand to the Saharawi authorities, thus depriving the Moroccan side of this money. The sand is a Saharawi good, since it comes from a land under Saharawi sovereignty so a European company that imports it cannot legitimately pay for it to others than the Polisario Front, sole representative of the Saharawi people. We are going to initiate preliminary requirements for this payment. Any payment made to third parties is null and void before the Polisario Front, which is the only one that can receive the counter-value for this property under its sovereignty.

There is a possibility of bringing legal action against the insurance companies of the companies that illegally exploit and/or import products from Western Sahara. The insurance companies are the ones who assume the risks in case of malpractice and, therefore, incur the financial risks. The limit of this field of action is how to finance such legal proceedings.

Following an appeal from the coordinator of the international campaign against the Moroccan wall of shame, Sidi-Mohamed, everyone is invited to join the campaign.

The aim is to raise public awareness of this issue during all the meetings, as well as to participate in projects for demining and moral and physical support for the victims of anti-personnel mines.

OTHER EUROPE IS POSSIBLE, centred on the human rights of individuals and peoples, and not on spurious economic interests which make us mere spectators of the illegal plundering of the Natural Resources of Western Sahara.