MADRID- The right to self-determination is a “fundamental human right,” said the Spanish Coordination of Associations Supporting Sahrawi People (CEAS-Sahara) in a statement to mark the Human Rights Day, observed every year on 10 December.
“Spain, which will hold the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council in December, will work for the organization of a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara,” the CEAS-Sahara said in the statement, a copy of which reached APS.
“The Sahrawi conflict is among peace and security issues,” said the statement, adding that “all international resolutions aim at achieving a mutually acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of Sahrawi people.”
The CEAS-Sahara recalled that in addition to the UN institutions, including the Special Committee on Decolonization, as well as the Special Committee on the situation with regard to the implementation of the Declaration of the Granting of Independence to Colonized Countries and Peoples, consider Western Sahara as a non-self-governing territory and call to examine the question of its decolonization, in accordance with the international law, in order to remove all obstacles to its self-determination.
Western Sahara “is the last territory in Africa pending decolonization,” said the statement, adding that “Spain, which is still the administering power of Western Sahara, has not completed its decolonization process.”
“We are ashamed to be part of the States that are against international law and which maintain and strengthen the obstacles impeding the full exercise of the right to self-determination of peoples living under foreign colonial occupation,” said the CEAS-Sahara.
Colonialism “is an international crime as defined in the UN General Assembly’s resolution 1514” and the continuation of the colonial regime “is a threat to international peace and security and a crime against humanity,” concluded the statement.