16th UITBB, 15-17 April, Montevideo, Uruguay
Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
UITBB message of solidarity to the Saharawi Trade Union Confederation, UGTSARIO.
On 27 February 1976 the Polisario Front, a liberation movement of the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara and the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, proclaimed the creation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), taking responsibility for recovering territorial integrity and sovereignty of their country after being militarily occupied the previous year by the Kingdom of Morocco.
The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is recognized by a hundred countries and the African Union; the cause of the Saharawi people benefits from the solidarity of many international organizations. That a people is forced to live for forty years under occupation in their country or in refugee camps outside their homeland, is one of the greatest injustices of our time.
What should be in a context of compliance with United Nations resolutions, a case of application of the right to self-determination of a people against the colonizers, became a new colonial occupation, because of the economic, political and geo-strategic interests of countries such as Spain, Morocco, the United States and, more recently, the European Union.
The UITBB welcomes the announcement of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and expresses to the Saharawi people solidarity with their struggle aiming at ending the occupation of Morocco and for their inalienable right to self-determination and independence of their country.
The UITBB condemns the violence with which the Kingdom of Morocco represses the struggle for the most basic social and human rights of the Saharawi population in the occupied territories.
UITBB solidarity message with the Palestinian people
The UITBB condemns the brutal escalation of the Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza. Violence and death are loose. The Israeli army is perpetrating a real genocide against the Palestinian civilian population, killing hundreds of civilians – men, women and children.
The world and international institutions cannot remain indifferent to the policy of state terrorism, war crimes and serious violations of human rights practiced by Israel.
Tel Aviv authorities cannot go on with total impunity with such crimes against humanity. In this context, are particularly serious the responsibility of the US and NATO with their financial, military and political to the Israeli government and of the European Union and several of its Member States when they place on the same footing victims and perpetrators and maintain ample economic and political relations with Israel.
The massacre of the Palestinian people must end. It is urgent to impose peace.
For over six decades, Israeli governments have signed peace agreements only to break them the next day, pursuing what constitutes an authentic ethnic cleansing of a people.
We urge workers and supporters of peace to intensify the protest and to mobilize against this horrible murder of a defenceless population.
We urge the UN to use all its means at to stop the genocide.
The UITBB reiterates its deep and active solidarity with the workers, the labour movement and the people of all Palestine, and continues to demand an end to the aggression and occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel.
Palestine shall win!