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European Commission has not presented info on Saharawi consultation

There is no way for the EU member states to know whether the EU fisheries in Western Sahara is according to the wishes of the people of the territory, as international law prescribes.
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UK government has stated that the European Commission has not forwarded any information relating to consultation with the Saharawi people regarding the EU fisheries in the Saharawi waters. This was stated by Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Envionment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), on 4 May 2011.

"The European Commission has not presented DEFRA with any information regarding consultation with the Saharawi people on the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement. The Commission has forwarded information which the Moroccan authorities submitted to it on how the EU funds allocated under the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Morocco have been used. DEFRA is still assessing this information to see how the population of the Western Sahara have benefited".

The statement came as an answer to the following question from parliamentarian Mark Williams (Liberal Democrat), "To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the evidence presented by the European Commission on whether the Saharawi people were consulted on their wishes in relation to the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement."

corell_conclusion_250.jpgThe UN legal office has concluded that natural resource activity in Western Sahara is in violation of international law if the Saharawi have not been consulted. Download the UN legal opinion here. See its conclusion on the right.

The European Parliament's Legal Services, and the author of the UN Legal Opinion, have stated EU fisheries is illegal, since the wishes of the Saharawi have not been taken into account.

More than 100 UN resolutions, and the International court of justice, state that the Saharawi people has right to self-determination over their land.




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.
عريضة لوقف النهب


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.


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