Western Sahara: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th November 2015.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

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 intimidation, harassment and kidnapping of human rights defenders in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara coinciding with the visit of King Mohamed VI.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I discussed Western Sahara on my recent visit to Morocco on 11 November.

We continue to monitor the human rights situation in Western Sahara and raise any concerns with the Moroccan Government.

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