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Stop EU visserij in de Westelijke Sahara



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Protesteer tegen EU partnerschap plan voor Westelijke Sahara
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Op 5 december werd een petitie ondertekend door 426 organisaties naar de Europese Commissie gestuurd, met de eis om de bezette Westelijke Sahara uit te sluiten van de EU-Marokkaanse Advanced Status samenwerking. Haalde uw organisatie de deadline niet, maar wil u alsnog tekenen?
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Deze petitie, die ijvert voor de exclusie van de Westelijke Sahara uit de EU-Marokkaanse gesprekken over de Advanced Status en het daaruitvolgend akkoord, werd geopend op 1 november 2008.

Enkel organisaties kunnen tekenen.

Wie de petitie wenst te ondertekenen kan contact opnemen met Sara Eyckmans via advancedstatus@wsrw.org

Gelieve haar volgende informatie door te geven:
1). de naam van uw organisatie (in lokale taal, en eventueel een Engelse vertaling van die naam)
2). het thuisland van uw organisatie
3). de naam en de contactgegevens van de persoon die tekent in naam van uw organisatie.

De uiterste datum om te tekenen is 3 december 2008, 16h.00 (GMT). De dag erna wordt de petitie naar de Europese Commissie gestuurd.


Petition text
MOROCCO’S ADVANCED STATUS MUST EXCLUDE WESTERN SAHARA


We, the signatories of this petition, demand that the European Union do not grant a so-called Advanced Status to Morocco, unless the occupied part of Western Sahara is specifically excluded from the agreement.

The EU and Morocco are currently in discussion on deepening their ties through this cooperation but, so far, there has been no mentioning in the reports from the EU-Morocco talks as to what is being done to prevent occupied Western Sahara from being included into the cooperation agreement.

If the EU would actually grant Advanced Status to occupied Western Sahara, through its negotiations with Morocco as the occupying power, it will give an unfortunate sign of support to the unfounded Moroccan claims over the territory. It could also lead to the EU damaging the UN’s efforts to decolonise the territory.

We would like to underline that Morocco continues to be an illegally occupying power in Western Sahara, in violation of over 100 UN Resolutions which call for the Western Sahara’s people’s right to self-determination. A number of Resolutions point to the fact that Western Sahara is an occupied and annexed territory. Furthermore, the International Court of Justice has rejected Morocco's claims over Western Sahara, and the UN considers the Western Sahara case as a decolonisation issue.

Under international customary law, the EU and its member states have a duty of non-recognition of the Moroccan annexation of Western Sahara, and to support the decolonisation of the territory. It is also a moral obligation, as long as the Sahrawi people suffer either in exile or under severe human rights violations committed by the Moroccan forces in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The EU should therefore make sure that Western Sahara is unambiguously excluded from the territorial applicability of the Advanced Status cooperation, without delegating this responsibility to Morocco itself.

If the EU was to make such a precision, it would follow for instance the USA, who in their free trade agreement with Morocco have specifically excluded Western Sahara. It would also follow its own example of excluding the Palestinian territories from the EU-Israel Association Agreement. We urge the EU to follow these precedents and support the UN peace process by respecting its duty of non-recognition.

We, the signatories of this petition, are in principle not against a strengthened cooperation between the EU and Morocco. However, we demand that the agreement coming out of the Advanced Status talks will clearly specify that its applicability shall not extend further south than to Morocco’s internationally recognised southern border, namely 27°40’N.


Sincerely yours,
[signatories]

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Bij ons weten het eerste collectieve werk over de juridische aspecten van het conflict omtrent de Westelijke Sahara. Beschikbaar in het Engels en Frans. Bestel het hier.