Western Sahara: Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 6th December 2021.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2021 to Question 71375 on Western Sahara: Human Rights; what discussions she has had with her Moroccan counterpart on Morocco's lack of facilitation of a visit to Western Sahara by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights since January 2016.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are closely monitoring the situation in Western Sahara. We have regular discussions with the UN, both in New York and in the region, as well as with the parties. The UK has consistently supported language in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions which encourages the parties to sustain their efforts to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in Western Sahara and in the Tindouf camps.

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