[WSF-Discuss] AFAPRDESA calls to the boycott of the meeting of the WSF’s international Council

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SÁBADO, 4 DE ABRIL DE 2009AFAPRDESA calls to the boycott of the meeting of
the WSF’s international



The Association of the Families of the Saharawi Prisoners and Disappeards
(AFAPREDESA) launched today an urgent appeal calling to the boycott of the
meeting of the International Council of the World Social Forum, planed to be
organised in Morocco this May.

AFAPREDESA, joined the calls launched by South African Trade Union, COSATU,
and Saharawi UGTSARIO to the components of the World Social Forum, and all
progressive forces around the world to clearly express rejection and condemn
the decision of the International Council to organise its meeting in a
colonial country such as Morocco.

Here is the complete text of the open letter published today by AFAPREDESA
and addressed to the international public opinion about the matter:

Saharawi Refugee camps, April 02, 2009.

The Association for the Families of Saharawi Prisoners and the Disappeared
(AFAPREDESA) position regarding World Social Forum’s decision to host next
International Council meeting in Morocco

After consultations with the rest of the members of the Saharawi Social
Forum, AFAPREDESA would like to express its deep indignation and
astonishment about the decision to hold the next meeting of the
International Council of the World Social Forum in Morocco. AFAPREDESA’s
position is adopted for the following reasons:

- The holding of the meeting of an organisation as influential as this one
in an occupying country that is daily oppressing the Saharawi people is a
contradiction of the Charter of Principles of Porto Alegre, which clearly
declares in Article 10: "The World Social Forum is opposed to all
totalitarian and reductionist views of economy, development and history, and
to the use of violence as a means of social control by the State. It upholds
respect for human rights and the practices of genuine, participatory
democracy, peaceful relations, equality and solidarity among ethnicities,
genders and peoples; and it condemns all forms of domination and subjection
of one person to another".

- The hosting country of this meeting, the kingdom of Morocco, shows its
scorn and arrogance in the face of the resolutions of the international
community regarding the decolonization of the Western Sahara. Morocco
continues its refusal to hold a just and fair referendum on
self-determination within the framework of the UN-OAU peace plan that was
accepted by the two parties to the conflict, Morocco and Polisario Front, in
1991. Worse still, Moroccan forces of occupation in the Western Sahara
continue their policies of repression and terror against the defenceless
civilian Saharawi population, a fact which has been proven by reports by
international human rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch (2008),
Amnesty International, the Word Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), and
international bodies such as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
(report of the 2006 mission) and the Ad-hoc Mission of the European
Parliament to Western Sahara (report of March 2009), among other reports.

- True, the various members of the Moroccan Social Forum have shown a great
degree of maturity in making an effort to contribute to the reconciliation
of the visions of the Saharawi and Moroccan peoples in search of alternative
solutions, such as the establishment of the Maghreb of the Peoples–a move
that we embraced, mainly by facilitating the organisation of the first
Maghreb Social Forum held in El Jadida (in Morocco) without the
participation of the party of the Saharawi Social Forum in Exile. Still, we
are astonished that the Moroccan Social Forum has submitted an invitation to
host a meeting of the International Council of the World Social Forum.

- Unlike the members of the Israeli Social Forum, all parties included, who
regularly and openly denounce the criminal actions of Israel against the
Palestinian people, the Moroccan Social Forum does not express opposition to
the crimes committed on a daily basis by the troops of their country against
the Saharawi civilian population in the occupied territories of Western
Sahara. Worse, some of the representatives of the Morocan Social Forum still
defend the totalitarian, reductionist and colonialist vision in defending
the notion of the so-called "Moroccan Sahara" while they know that the
occupation by Morocco of a part of the territory of the Saharawi Arab
Democratic Republic is a flagrant violation of the international legality
and undermines the stability and progress of the Great Maghreb. The
deplorable role played by the Moroccan trade unions is very illustrative,
since they participate every day in the illegal exploitation of the natural
resources of Western Sahara, especially in regard to mineral and fish

For all the aforementioned reasons, AFAPREDESA launches an urgent appeal to
the boycott of this meeting of the international Council of the World Social
Forum as long as an end is not put to the occupation of Western Sahara.

Abdeslam Omar Lahsen
President of AFAPREDESA*
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