British NGO Western Sahara Campaign UK (WSCUK) has obtained permission from the British High Court to seek a judicial review of the UK-Morocco Post-Brexit Association Agreement, which includes products from the occupied Saharawi territories, Leigh Day, the law firm representing the British NGO, announced Monday.
“Our client is pleased to have been granted permission to seek judicial review. This case will provide the court with an important opportunity to consider the legality of a post-Brexit trade agreement implemented in the UK in the context of international legal obligations,” Erin Alcock of Leigh Day was quoted as saying in a statement.
“This is an important step for the Saharawi people. The contestation of an agreement which authorizes the theft of natural resources from Western Sahara and further strengthens the Moroccan occupation (of Western Sahara) can now continue”, welcomed for his part John Gurr, representative of the NGO WSCUK.
The Western Sahara Campaign UK maintains that by extending the agreement to the goods and resources of Western Sahara, the British government is “violating its obligations under international law”.
The Western Sahara Campaign UK is an independent voluntary organisation founded in 1984 to support the Sahrawi people’s inalienable right to self-determination and independence and to raise awareness of the illegal Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara since 1975.