Brussels, 10th November 2010
The European Parliament's Intergroup of Solidarity with the Western Saharan People denounces the violent attack on a Saharawi Dignity Camp in El Aaiun conducted by the Moroccan police and army.
Thousands of Saharawi had been camping in peaceful protest against living conditions in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara. As a result of this attack 19 Saharawi people have lost their lives, more than 723 have been injured and 159 have disappeared so far. Moroccan forces are also indiscriminately arresting young Saharawi.
This attack breaches all international law on decolonization processes. Western Sahara is one of the 16 non-self-governing territories under supervision by the UN Decolonization Committee.
This is an attack on the rights of Western Sahara people. It is unacceptable that Morocco's occupying forces have created a state of emergency in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara. This situation damages efforts to find a negotiated, definitive solution to the decolonization process in Western Sahara.
The Intergroup also denounces the decision by Moroccan authorities to seal off the camp, thus preventing access to international media and observers and obstructing the flow of accurate, transparent information on events in the Occupied Territories.
The Intergroup deeply condemns Morocco's decision to prevent Willy Meyer, MEP and Vice-President of the EP Intergroup of Solidarity from disembarking a plane in El Aaiun last week. The Moroccan police boarded the plane, violating all international aviation laws and against the captain's will, in order to prevent Willy Meyer from witnessing the situation in the Occupied Territories.
Parliament's Intergroup of Solidarity with the Western Saharan People demands that Baroness Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, issue a strong declaration condemning the events and instigates a more committed EU policy in support of efforts to find a solution to the Western Sahara decolonization process.