AU legal opinion: Any exploration and exploitation of natural resources in Western Sahara by Morocco is illegal
Addis Ababa, 3 Sep. 2015 (SPS) – The African Union (AU) has issued a legal opinion agreeing that any exploration and exploitation of natural resources in Western Sahara by Morocco is illegal as it violates international law and resolutions of the United Nations and the African Union relating to the right to self-determination and permanent sovereignty of the people of Western Sahara over their natural resources.
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF LEGAL OPINION ON THE ILLEGALITY OF THE EXPLOITATION OR EXPLORATION OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF WESTERN SAHARA BY MOROCCO AS OOCUPYING FORCE AND ANY OTHER ENTITY, COMPANY OR GROUP:
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights calls on UN Treaty Body to hold Morocco to account for human rights violations in Western Sahara
(Washington, D.C. | September 1, 2015) Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, in partnership with several other non-governmental organizations and academics, formally submitted observations to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR Committee) regarding human rights violations in Western Sahara. The ESCR Committee will review the Kingdom of Morocco’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in September 2015.
The report argues that Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara is illegal under international law, and that Morocco has also denied the Sahrawi people a range of key human rights, including the right to self-determination, the right to access and dispose of their natural resources, the right to work, the right to education, and the right to take part in cultural life.
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By joining Geneva Convention, POLISARIO has better arguments to advocate for the referendum (lawyer)
Geneva, August 26, 2015 (SPS) – By being recognized by Geneva Convention, the Frente Polisario gets better arguments to advocate for the need to conduct a referendum, said Dr. Anne Peters, Professor of International Law at the Swiss University of Basel.
For the international lawyer, the Polisario Front has now better arguments to advocate for the need to organize a vote on Western Sahara’s future.
“Being recognized by the Geneva Convention, the status of the Polisario has improved. It can now appear as the official representative of the population of Western Sahara and their right to self-determination. This what the Saharawis have been demanding for decades at the UN, but the referendum the UN wanted to conduct is still blocked by Morocco,” added Peters, in a statement published by the SRF1 Radio on August 20, 2015.
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Eirk Hagen, Chair of the Western Sahara Resource Watch on the plunder of Western Sahara natural resources and the prospects for the Saharawi cause: