IYFSWS calls for urgent resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara

Ausserd (Saharawi Refugee camps) 13 March 2020 (SPS)- First International Youth Forum of Solidarity with Western Sahara (IYFSWS) adopted a Final Declaration on Thursday evening calling for an urgent resolution of the conflict of Western Sahara to allow its people to get their freedom.

The Declaration also tackled the Moroccan human rights violations, natural resources plunder, the ongoing crime against humanity embodied by the Moroccan military wall and many other issues.

Below is the complete text of the Final Declaration:

Final Declaration

We, youth organization, activists and officials participating to the First International Youth Forum of Solidarity with Western Sahara, organized by the UJSARIO in the Saharawi refugee camps from the 11th to 13th March 2020, under the theme: “Sustainable future for Saharawi youth, the fair political resolution of the conflict, human rights, natural resources and the Wall of Shame in Western Sahara”,

Call on the international community to:

  1. Urgently resolve the question of Western Sahara through the implementation of the relevant UN General Assembly’s and Security Council’s resolutions regarding the Western Sahara. Recalling that this territory remains the last colony in Africa, whose people have an inalienable right to self-determination and independence, and therefore any solution must pass through a referendum and a vote by the people.
  2. Immediately intervene in Western Sahara to put an end to the Moroccan gross human rights violations, denounced by all international human rights organization. Morocco is an occupying force in Western Sahara and as such should not be allowed to kill, imprison and threaten Saharawi citizens under its occupation.
  3. Support Saharawi citizens in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, providing them with the necessary international protection due to them under the relevant Geneva Conventions as citizens of an occupied territory.
  4.  Rigorously put the Saharawi natural resources under UN supervision and monitoring. The United Nations should constitute a special mechanism dedicated to the protection of the Saharawi natural resources as it did with Namibia back in the seventies. The UN should not allow Morocco, or any other entity to continue the plunder of the Saharawi resources.
  5. Closely work with Saharawi youth and women empowering them to actively participate in the Saharawi resistance against colonialism, occupation, human rights violations and other forms of violations.
  6. Dismantle the Moroccan military wall that constitutes a serious crime against humanity in Western Sahara. Morocco should not be allowed to maintain this crime with impunity.
  7. Support the Saharawi refugees with sufficient humanitarian aid, education, health support and help the Saharawi authorities build necessary institutions to serve them to the best possible.
  8. Release all the political prisoners in the Moroccan jails 
  9. Setting a date for solidarity with the Saharawi people universally
  10. Establishing an internal youth network which aims to gather information and raise awareness about issue .
  11. To ban the anti personnel mines and clean the buffer zone to allow the international  assistance to the victims and their families . 

Finally, the persistence of the violation of international law in Western Sahara and the lack of a fair and just solution that allows the people of Western Sahara to get their freedom and independence without any condition will probably push the region to instability and war again in the future.

In that case, the whole region will be in a more serious state of instability that would affect other countries, including European. This failure will also give a serious blow to the credibility of the UN, the AU, the EU and the authority of their resolutions and decisions worldwide.

It is big time for the EU and its respectable members to say to Morocco enough is enough, we do no more accept the persistence of colonialism, human rights violations, natural resources plunder, and military occupation in Western Sahara." (SPS)

090/500/60 (SPS)