House of Commons
WESTERN SAHARA AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Tabled 11 March 2013
This is an amendment to an existing motion
Motion originally tabled by Jeremy Corbyn on 26 February 2013
This is amendment number 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.'."
Original 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.