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Inaki Irazabalbeitia

Former MEP, Aralar

Inportant statement on Western Sahara in EP

Dec 17, 2015

Today the annual report of the European Parliament on Human Rights was aproved. Very surprisingly a very positive amendment on Western Sahara by GUE group was adopted.

This is text of the adopted amendment:

'Calls for the fundamental rights of the people of Western Sahara, including freedom of association, freedom of expression and the right to assembly, to be respected; demands the release of all Sahrawi political prisoners; demands access to the territories of Western Sahara for members of parliament, independent observers, NGOs and the press; urges the United Nations to provide MINURSO with a human rights mandate, in line with all other UN peacekeeping missions around the world; supports a fair and lasting settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, on the basis of the right to self-determination of the Sahrawi people, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions;'

This is a very strong political win for the sahrawi cause.