According to Mokhtar, Morocco has made "4,5 billion dollars" in 2012, on the back of the resources of the occupied territory. "Both the United Nations and Polisario know what is sold, so we have proposed that the UN force Morocco to put a fixed percentage of the revenues into a fund, which will have a direct impact on the Saharawi people".
Brahim Mokhtar states that a specific mechanism should be designed for this purpose, to make sure that the shared percentage "reaches the refugee camps in Tindouf and the population of the occupied areas, living under the systematic oppression of their human rights and which requires our help".
The Saharawi Minister stresses that this initiative will only serve to alleviate some of the consequences of a situation created by Morocco, a situation that is "extremely serious, but requires an urgent political solution with the intervention of the international community".
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.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.