Western Sahara

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

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of injuries by the Moroccan military and security services of demonstrators in El Aaiun, Dakhla and Smara, Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

We are aware of reports of recent demonstrations in cities across Western Sahara. 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, including human rights, during my visit to Rabat earlier this month.

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