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7 Dec: Conference on EU fisheries in European Parliament
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A cross-party seminar, entitled “The EU and Western Sahara: trading fish, ignoring rights?” will be held in the European Parliament, Wednesday 7 December.
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eu_seminar_07.12.2011_280.jpgThe European Parliament will soon vote over an extension of the EU fisheries in occupied Western Sahara. A confidential evaluation from the European Commission reveals that the agreement is a complete waste of EU tax payers’ money and destroys the fish stocks. The Parliament’s legal services consider the agreement to be in violation of international law.

A cross-party seminar, entitled “The EU and Western Sahara: trading fish, ignoring rights?” will be held on this topic in the European Parliament, Wednesday 7 December, 14h – 15h30.

Speakers are Pal Wrange, Associate Professor at Stockholm University and former legal counsel to the Swedish government. Also attending is Ali Salem Tamek, one of the best known Saharawi human rights activists who has spent years in Moroccan jails for his peaceful activism for the right to self-determination. In October 2009, he was arrested upon his return from a visit to the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria, and referred to a military court charged with treason. He was temporarily released a couple of months ago. Find more info about him at Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, among others.

In addition, MEP Isabella Lövin will present her findings as the EP Development Committee's rapporteur on the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.

The event is organised in cooperation with Western Sahara Resource Watch.

Registrations and further information at: coordinator@wsrw.org

    

News archive:
01.12 - 20117 Dec: Conference on EU fisheries in European Parliament
24.11 - 2011Parliament committee approves Morocco fisheries deal
07.11 - 2011Two EU Parliament committees reject EU-Morocco Fish Pact
06.11 - 2011Bastagli: Europe turns its back on the Arab Spring's forgotten nation
03.11 - 2011Sharks in danger of extinction in Western Sahara
24.10 - 2011Scottish fishing sector favours illegal fisheries in occupied waters
11.10 - 2011Budget rapporteur calls for rejection of fish pact
10.10 - 2011Development rapporteur urges Parliament to thumb down fish deal
04.10 - 2011Commission criticised over handling of Morocco agreement
24.09 - 2011Fisheries rapporteur recommends end to EU-Morocco fish pact
07.09 - 2011Divisive Fish Pact possibly referred to European Court of Justice
01.09 - 2011MEPs' disappointment with fisheries agreement with Morocco
08.08 - 2011Ireland unsatisfied by Moroccan fish report
13.07 - 2011EU Council and Morocco sign extension illegal fish pact






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The EU considers to pay Morocco to fish in occupied Western Sahara. An EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement from 2013 would be both politically controversial and in violation of international law. The international Fish Elsewhere! campaign demands the EU to avoid such unethical operations, and go fishing somewhere else. No fishing in Western Sahara should take place until the conflict is solved.
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يحضر الاتحاد الاوربي لإبرام اتفاق غير اخلاقي جديد للصيد البحري مع المغرب في سنة 2013.

مرة اخرى، يعتزم الاتحاد الاوربي الصيد في المياه الاقليمية للصحراء الغربية المحتلة في خرق سافر للقانون الدولي. وقع هذه العريضة للتنديد بذلك.

"EU fisheries in Western Sahara must be stopped"




Western Sahara human rights activist Aminatou Haidar hopes for increased attention to the EU plundering of occupied Western Sahara.

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10.04 - 2012
Guardian: EU taking its over-fishing habits to west African waters?
15.12 - 2011
EU Observer: Morocco expels EU fishing boats
15.12 - 2011
BBC News: Morocco's fish fight: High stakes over Western Sahara
15.12 - 2011
European Voice: MEPs reject EU-Morocco fisheries pact
15.12 - 2011
Reuters: EU lawmakers reject Morocco fisheries pact






Human rights activist Malak Amidane denounces EU fisheries