Policy and Information Workshop

For many years now, European and Western governments and institutions in general have endeavored to hide or disguise both the causes and consequences of the conflict in Western Sahara, as well as their own responsibilities in it.

Undoubtedly, the low interest of the mainstream media, the pressure of economic interest groups and the ineffectiveness of social movements to pressure political power, have contributed to the political blockage of the issue, so that a layer of oblivion seems hovering over the obligations and responsibilities that correspond to the Spanish, European and international public powers to end the colonization of the last non-autonomous territory of Africa. 

Meanwhile, the unjust situation suffered by the Saharawi people continues to be without remedy both in the occupied territories due to the unbearable repression exerted by Morocco, and in the refugee population camps and in exile where they suffer harsh living conditions. The people and groups that participate in the Political Action and Communication working group of this 44th Conference want to jointly reflect on the most effective ways to demand that European governments and institutions and, first of all, the Spanish state, in its capacity as administering power, that they assume their responsibility explicitly to guarantee effective and concrete steps towards self-determination.

How can we influence the media so that they faithfully reflect what are the obligations, non-compliance and the real policies of the European governments and institutions with regard to Western Sahara?

How to involve the most active agents and social sectors in the claim for truth, justice and reparation for the Saharawi People?

How can we effectively influence political formations to force governments to act in accordance with international law regarding Western Sahara?

How to contribute from the whole of Europe so that the Spanish state recognizes its special responsibility and acts accordingly?

What social pressure and mobilization measures can be most effective in achieving our specific objectives?

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