Australian Greens National Conference adopts strong resolution on Western Sahara

The Australian Greens National Conference held in Brisbane on 19 & 20 May 2018 adopted the following resolution on Western Sahara:

 “That National Conference:

1. Strongly supports the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence and urge the UN to organise a free and fair referendum on independence in Western Sahara without further delay;
2. Condemns human rights abuses in the areas of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco and urge the UN to extend the mandate of its mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to include human rights monitoring and reporting. The territory should also be opened for other international observers, such as NGOs and the media;

3. Demands the release of all political prisoners and civil society activists from their unlawful detention and an end to the harassment of human rights defenders and political activists;

4. Calls for an end to the plunder of Western Sahara’s natural resources and the damage to its environment particularly unlawful fishing and groundwater depletion;

5. Urges the Australian government to declare imports of resources from occupied Western Sahara not permitted until the decolonisation of the Territory is completed;

6. Demands appropriate reparation be paid to the Western Saharan people, for all the resources that have been exploited by both Moroccan and international companies;

7. Demands the UN and individual countries to take measures such as restriction of investments and trade, asset freeze and visa ban against the people and companies who are responsible for and who benefit from the occupation of Western Sahara.”