sábado, 6 de junho de 2009

ACTU urges Australian Government to support self-determination in Western Sahara

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) passed Today a motion in support of the Saharawi cause during its Congress held in Brisbane on 2-4 June 2009, calling on the Australian government to support a just solution to the conflict.

The ACTU is a national organisation representing a large number of the unions in each state and territory of Australia. It was founded in May 1927. Today, 46 unions are members of the ACTU, representing 1.8 million of Australian workers.

ACTU Congress is held every three years. More than 500 delegates from around Australia attended the ACTU Congress, which is the first congress held under a Labor government in 14 years.

The ACTU retains a close relationship with the Australian Labor Party (ALP) which is currently in government.

Here is the complete text of the motion:

“Western Sahara

The ACTU Congress notes that:

(i) Morocco has occupied Western Sahara since 1975;
(ii) The United Nation’s efforts to accomplish the decolonisation process in Western Sahara has not yet been successful;
(iii) Over 165,000 Saharawis have been living in refugee camps in the South West of Algeria for the past 33 years, waiting to return to their homeland;

The ACTU Congress urges the Australian Government to support the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, in accordance with UN resolutions and relevant UN decolonisation process and the extension of the UN mandate in Western Sahara to monitor human rights.”

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