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WESTERN SAHARA AND HUMAN RIGHTS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1113: tabled on 26 February 2013

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 51 Members. It has received 3 amendments.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Amendments to this motion

There have been 3 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House notes the concerns raised by Amnesty International and other organisations over the trial and sentencing of 24 civilian Saharawi human rights activists by a military tribunal; further notes the increasing human rights abuses in the Western Sahara; acknowledges the need for MINURSO to be given a human rights monitoring mandate; and calls on the Government to make representations to the Moroccan government to revoke the politically motivated and unjust sentences against the 24 Saharawi human rights activists, to release all Saharawi prisoners in Moroccan jails and to allow access to the Saharawi territories under Morocco's occupation by independent observers and international media.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2013
Blaydon
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 1 March 2013
Worthing West
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 March 2013
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2013
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2013
Gower
Champion, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2013
Rotherham
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2013
North Ayrshire and Arran
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 10 April 2013
Bolton North East
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2013
Leyton and Wanstead
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2013
Heywood and Middleton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2013
Holborn and St Pancras
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 27 February 2013
Foyle
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 February 2013
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2013
Birkenhead
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2013
Aberavon
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2013
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2013
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hain, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2013
Neath
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 March 2013
Portsmouth South
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2013
Luton North
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2013
Hampstead and Kilburn
Jowell, Dame Tessa
Labour
Signed on 17 April 2013
Dulwich and West Norwood
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2013
Manchester, Gorton
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 2013
Manchester, Withington
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 14 March 2013
Belfast East
Love, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2013
Edmonton
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 5 March 2013
Brighton, Pavilion
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 27 February 2013
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2013
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2013
Mansfield
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2013
Gateshead
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
Signed on 15 April 2013
Easington
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2013
Halifax
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 13 March 2013
South Down
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2013
Glasgow North West
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 21 March 2013
Glenrothes
Russell, Sir Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 2013
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 March 2013
Torbay
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2013
Ealing, Southall
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 March 2013
Upper Bann
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2013
Walsall South
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2013
Stoke-on-Trent North
Ward, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 March 2013
Bradford East
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 5 March 2013
Arfon

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

WESTERN SAHARA AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Amendment 1)
at end add 'further notes that the most serious sentences were for acts of violence leading to the deaths of 11 unarmed law enforcement officers and mutilation of their corpses; further notes that the convictions followed fair and open trials in a judicial process conducted in accordance with Moroccan domestic law and Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and United Nations Resolution 2005/30, monitored by the National Human Rights Council and international observers who reported it as 'transparent and balanced'; and recognises that civil protest and demonstrations in Morocco have taken place regularly and peacefully, but where injury and death occurs the country has every right to enforce the law and through judicial impartiality ensure justice is accorded to the families of the deceased, to whom this House expresses its condolences'.
Conservative, Monmouth
8
signatures
EDM 1113A1: tabled on 6 March 2013
WESTERN SAHARA AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Amendment 2)
leave out from 'tribunal;' to end and add 'further notes that when the Moroccan security forces moved to break up the protest, 11 security personnel were murdered and their bodies mutilated by extremists who had infiltrated the protestors' group; further notes that the Moroccan government has stated that their trial took place using the permanent military court because the crimes involved were murders of Moroccan armed forces; further notes that sentences passed varied between 20 and 30 years; further notes that the Moroccan government has stated that there is a right of appeal to the appropriate higher court; and further notes that a number of domestic and international human rights groups were able to observe the trial and that, whilst some have raised concerns, others have welcomed the openness of the trial and reported that correct procedures were followed.'.
Conservative, The Cotswolds
3
signatures
EDM 1113A2: tabled on 11 March 2013
WESTERN SAHARA AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Amendment 3)
at end add 'further notes that the most serious sentences were for acts of violence leading to the deaths of 11 unarmed law enforcement officers and the mutilation of their corpses; further notes that the convictions followed fair and open trials in a judicial process conducted in accordance with Moroccan domestic law Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and UN Resolution 2005/30, and were monitored by the National Human Rights Council and international observers who reported it as 'transparent and balanced'; and recognises that civil protest and demonstrations in Morocco have taken place regularly and peacefully, but where injury and death occurs the country has every right to enforce the law and through judicial impartiality to ensure justice is accorded to the families of the deceased, to whom this House expresses its condolences.'.
Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster
1
signature
EDM 1113A3: tabled on 14 March 2013