segunda-feira, 20 de julho de 2009

President Abdelaziz’s presence at the festival reaffirms IUSY firm solidarity with the Saharawi people

The International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) considered that the presence of the President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, as the guest of honour to the World Festival of the Union, as an expression of indestructible solidarity.

Here is the Statement made by the IUSY on the occasion of the President Mohamed Abdelaziz’s visit to the World Festival socialist Youth (15-19 July in Zanka, Hungary):

Mohamed Abdelaziz, President of the Sahrawi Republic and Secretary-General of the POLISARIO Front, is the guest of honour at the world festival of IUSY from 15-19 July in Zanka, Hungary. This marks the IUSY’s reaffirmation of its indestructible solidarity with the Saharawi people and their legitimate struggle for self-determination, freedom and independence.

The efforts of the Saharawi people are fully aligned with the values and universal principles of peace, freedom, justice and democracy which IUSY defends.

IUSY notes that the presence of President Mohamed Abdelaziz at its festival is a reminder that the Western Sahara problem is a problem of decolonisation, which can be solved by the Saharawi people exercising their inalienable right to self-determination, consistently with the UN Charter and the practice of decolonisation in international law.

IUSY demands the implementation of the UN resolutions relating to the Western Sahara and to the will of the Saharawi people to live as a free and sovereign people on their own territory. IUSY also expresses its support to the UN, particularly to its Secretary-General and to his envoy Mr Christopher Ross, in their efforts to bring about a fifth round of direct negotiations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the POLISARIO Front, in order to reach a just, peaceful and definitive solution which will permit the people of the Western Sahara to exercise their right of self-determination.

The illegal occupation of the Western Sahara has resulted in the flight of thousands of Saharawi refugees who live in precarious conditions. Many IUSY delegations have visited the Saharawi refugee camps and have witnessed for themselves both the difficulty of the situation but also the depth of the Saharawi determination to resist and fight against occupation. IUSY salutes the progress made by the POLISARIO Front and by the Saharawi state in promoting education, health, development and democracy among the Saharawi people.

Recent reports by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the European Parliament’s ad hoc delegation agree on the grave human rights situation in the occupied Western Sahara. All of the aforementioned reports agree on the urgent need for the UN to shoulder the responsibility for monitoring and observing the human rights situation through the peace-keeping MINURSO mission in the Western Sahara.

The participants of the IUSY festival, deeply concerned and shocked by Morocco’s policy of oppression in the Western Sahara, vigorously condemn the violations of human rights of the Saharawi’s living under occupation. These abuses, which stem from the failure to respect the fundamental right of self-determination, must cease. Participants demand that the Moroccan government end immediately its repressive practices, which violate human dignity and integrity. They demand:

the release of all Saharawi prisoners of conscience;
the ending of unfair trials and of torture;
the respect of all fundamental rights in the Western Sahara, in particular freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and the right to assemble peacefully
Unrestricted access to the occupied territory for independent observers, the media and NGOS.
Participants emphasise the particular responsibilities of the international community towards protection of the Saharawi people. In particular, they insist on the urgent need for the UN to establish a reliable and effective means of observing and monitoring the situation with regard to human rights in the Western Sahara, notably by broadening the mandate of MINURSO.

In addition, IUSY condemns the illegal exploitation of Western Sahara’s natural resources, given that the UN-led decolonisation process is not yet complete. The theft of Western Sahara’s resources is contrary to international law, violates territorial integrity and strikes against the Saharawi people. Participants in particular call on the European Union to explicitly exclude the Western Sahara from the Advanced Status offered to Morocco, and to reconsider the terms of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement so that it does not include Western Sahara waters.

THE IUSY of which the UJSARIO is member, will continue to reinforce their relations of friendship and cooperation with the Sahrawi youth organization. The IUSY is ready to campaign globally and internationally, raising awareness of the international opinion, for the rights of the Saharawi people and his legitimate struggle.

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