Western Sahara

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will (a) discuss with the Moroccan ambassador to the UK and (b) instruct the British ambassador in Rabat to investigate reports of injuries by the Moroccan police to Sultana Khaya, President of Saharawi Observatory for the protection of Natural Resources in Bojador when she was demonstrating against the use of Saharawi natural resources in Bojador, Western Sahara.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

We are aware of reports of a recent demonstration in Bojador. We regularly emphasise to Morocco the importance of full respect for human rights in Western Sahara, including when policing demonstrations. I raised issues relating to Western Sahara during my trip to Rabat earlier this month.

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