The World Peace Council unanimously approved the membership of Western Sahara in the Council and the election of its representative as a member of the Executive Committee, expressing its support for the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination through a free and fair referendum under the aegis of the United Nations.
In the final statement of the twenty-second session of its General Assembly, held in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, from November 21 to 26, the World Peace Council affirmed its deep discontent with “the fact that Western Sahara is still the last African colony – which contradicts the trend of the current historical era towards achieving national liberation, independence, self-determination and sovereignty.”
The statement added that “the Council supports the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination through a free and fair referendum under the auspices of the United Nations,” expressing its strong condemnation of Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara, which it stressed is “an example of blatant injustice, oppression and violation of international law.”
The Council recalled the membership of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in the African Union and its diplomatic relations at the international level, reiterating its commitment to “defending the right of the Sahrawi people to end colonialism through the independence of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.”
It is worth noting that the World Peace Council is a global popular social council that was established in 1950, after World War II, as a result of the destruction and suffering the world witnessed in most societies, especially Europe, and declared since its first conference that its mission is to lead the movement of the peoples of the world to defend peace and security and oppose preparation for a new war.