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Western Sahara

On 16 February, the European parliament approved liberalisation of EU trade in agriculture and fisheries with Morocco, which campaigners say will encourage the exploitation of the natural resources of Western Sahara by Morocco.

Western Sahara has been occupied illegally by Morocco since 1975.

Solidarity activists are still trying to use the renegotiation of the EU-Morocco fisheries treaty to put pressure on Morocco to improve human rights in the territory and to move towards a referendum on the territory’s future.

A referendum was ordered by the United Nations in 1975 but has always been blocked by Morocco.

The Western Sahara Campaign is calling on organisations and individuals to press the UN security council to monitor human rights in the territory.

The UN mission for the referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is the only contemporary UN mission that does not monitor human rights.

wsahara.org.uk

Topics: Western Sahara