I am contacting you to ask you to write to the Commissioner for External Relations, over the proposal to grant ‘advanced status’ to Morocco.
Morocco has occupied the major part of Western Sahara since 1975. Saharawi citizens who oppose the occupation are forced to live in intimidation and fear. There is extensive evidence of torture, rape, false imprisonment and unfair trials of Saharawi Citizens, documented by organisations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and also by the report of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights at the UN.
Despite this, the EU is considering further deepening its relationship and granting ‘advanced status’ to Morocco. It is an outrage that a body such as the EU, which holds human rights in such high regards can consider this without a full investigation into the human rights abuses.
Please will you write to the Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Fererro-Waldner, to ask that the EU upholds its fundamental principles of human rights and launches a full investigation into these human rights abuses perpetrated by the Moroccan authorities against Saharawi citizens.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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