A motion was addressed to the new US President, Joe Biden by 45 academics and lawyers urging him to reverse the decision of his predecessor, Donald Trump on Western Sahara, by affirming the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination.
The signatories of the motion urged President Joe Biden to rescind, “as soon as possible, the announcement made by Trump on Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara, stating: “as you are fully aware, Western Sahara is recognized as a non-self-governing territory by the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the Court of Justice of the European Union and a broad consensus of international legal scholars”.
In this context, they asserted the right of the Sahrawi people to determine its future, advocating to allow “the people of that nation have the right of self-determination and to independence should they decide to do so through a free and fair referendum as stipulated in United Nations resolution”.
“Western Sahara, formally known as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, has been recognized by scores of countries and is a full, founding member state of the African Union, the charter of which prohibits unilateral changes in colonial borders,” the same source added, explaining that Trump had made the United States a party supporting the colonisation of an African state recognised as such.
The signatories underlined “Trump’s proclamation, therefore, has put the United States on record endorsing the takeover of one legally-recognized African state by another. If allowed to stand, it could seriously damage the U.S. reputation on the continent and even encourage other countries to believe they could also get away with territorial expansion”.