2016 GA Motions: Recognition of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic

A motion by Gazte Abertzaleak to the 2016 EFAY General Assembly held in Aiacciu, Corscia

In February 2016, the declaration of independence of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) reached the 40 years anniversary, and the Sahrawi people are still effectively a stateless people, with the majority of its population in exile in Algeria or living under internationally recognized Moroccan illegal occupation. The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has proven useless, as since its establishment in 1991, there has been no referendum and human rights violations have inceased. In recent years, bills have been introduced in the Swedish and Danish parliaments asking for SADR recognition, but little action has been taken.

In the SADR’s 40th anniversary, The European Free Alliance Youth declares that:

1. European countries must recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as the legitimate state of the Sahrawi people, as other 84 countries have already done.

2. The UN Mission (MINURSO) must monitor Human Rights violations and organize the referendum that will determine the political future of the Sahrawi people.

3. Spain has to admit its role as, according to the UN, legal administrator state of the Western Saharan territory. Spain must provide for a democratic solution to the conflict and letting Sahrawi people choose their own future by means of a referendum.

4. European states must not yield to Moroccan blackmailing and must maintain, or increase, their economic development aid to the Sahrawian people and the SADR.

5. International treaties involving Morocco, which suppose the plundering of natural resources in the occupied territories must be rejected

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