The Situation in Western Sahara

3 August 2001

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom IEC held in lieu of the 27th Triennial Congress, July 27-August 3, 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland:

WILPF International Executive Committee Meeting 2001 calls for the protection of the human rights of the Western Saharan peoples and for a free, fair and United Nations monitored referendum before the end of 2001 that would give the peoples of the Western Sahara the right to decide over their future.

We call upon all governments of the European Union in particular, to encourage and support this referendum, which must provide a choice for complete independence from Morocco. The European Union should further recognise that a large portion of the resources received from the European Union by Morocco has been used to maintain the military occupation and subjugation of the Western Saharan people.