Unilateral Declaration by Polisario under API accepted by Swiss Federal Council

by Katharine Fortin, Armed Groups and International Law, September 2, 2015

On 21 June 2015, the Polisario Front made the unilateral declaration on behalf of the people of Western Sahara to the Swiss Federal Council that it undertook to apply the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I to the conflict between it and the Kingdom of Morocco. Remarkably it is the very first time that the Swiss Federal Council has accepted such a declaration by a national liberation movement and a non State entity under international law.

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