[WSF-Discuss] Fwd: [DEBATE] : (Fwd) Was Cosatu right about solidarity with Sahawaris?

Jai Sen jai.sen at cacim.net
Sun Apr 5 05:04:36 CDT 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I have, just before this, posted a note by Peter Waterman regarding  
the proposed IC meeting in Morocco and the proposed boycott by COSATU  
– and now also by AFAPREDESA, the Association for the Families of  
Saharawi Prisoners and the Disappeared.

That was the most recent posting in the debate going on on Debate on  
the meeting and on the proposed boycott.

The debate is intensifying, and the positions becoming more  
polarised.  I am / we at CACIM are therefore now going back a step or  
two and also posting here the statement made by AFAPREDESA on April  
2, as posted on Debate.

It would of course be good if some of us here on WSFDiscuss were also  
to take up this important question, on this list.  Though Peter has  
pointed out the obvious – that this is not the first time in history  
that a body such as the WSF’s IC has faced a boycott, and to which I  
would add here that the WSF in Mumbai in 2004 was of course a time  
when the world meeting of the WSF itself was openly opposed (by the  
Mumbai Resistance) - it is however perhaps the first time that the IC  
itself has (right ?).



Begin forwarded message:

> From: Patrick Bond <pbond at mail.ngo.za>
> Date:  April 4 2009 9:21:43 AM GMT+05:30
> To: debate: SA discussion list <debate at debate.kabissa.org>
> Subject: [DEBATE] : (Fwd) Was Cosatu right about solidarity with  
> Sahawaris?
> Reply-To: pbond at mail.ngo.za, "debate: SA discussion list "  
> <debate at debate.kabissa.org>
> (Looks like Peter W. should take a new message back to WSF int'l  
> committee comrades and ask them to rethink, no?)
> -------- Original Message --------
> Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 11:54:23 +0200
> From: Bongani Masuku <bongani at cosatu.org.za>
> --- On Thu, 4/2/09, abdeslam Omar <abdeslam.omar at gmail.com> wrote:
> From: abdeslam Omar <abdeslam.omar at gmail.com>
> Subject: AFAPREDESA Position boycott regardinh Morocco meeting of  
> the World Social Forum's International Council
> To: "salah yahia" <muda0803 at yahoo.com>
> Cc: "Mohamed Beissat" <beissat at yahoo.com>
> Date: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 3:32 PM
> 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 defenseless 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 resources.
> 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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