PCP MEP questions European Commission on expulsion of Portuguese activist

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PUSL.- Sandra Pereira, MEP of the Portuguese Communist Party, today addressed a written question to the European Commission about the expulsion of Isabel Lourenço, a Portuguese citizen and human rights activist from El Aaiun, Western Sahara by Moroccan occupation authorities who subsequently sent her coercively to Moroccan territory.

The MEP asks:

– Has the Commission been aware of this illegal situation? Did you take any steps to find out about the conditions of the Portuguese citizen?

– In view of the repeated violations of human rights by the Kingdom of Morocco, does the Commission consider suspending the agreements it has signed with Morocco, considering the human rights clauses in them?

Question with request of Written Answer E-004415/2019 to the Commission
Rule 138
Sandra Pereira

Subject: Expulsion of Portuguese activist from Morocco

On December 10, Isabel Lourenço, a Portuguese citizen and human rights activist, was prevented from landing by the Moroccan police in El Aaiun – in the territories of Western Sahara occupied by Morocco. She had a valid passport and travel permit to contact relatives of Saharawi prisoners after the arrests of Mansour El Moussaui and Mahfouda Lefkir.

The Portuguese activist was coercively taken to Moroccan territory, where she was expelled (after deconfiguring her mobile phone and computer and leaving her uncontested).

Constraints on visiting and making contacts with Saharawi activists in the occupied territories are the current practice of the Moroccan government. This practice is contrary to the fulfillment of the various human rights agreements signed by Morocco, the mandatory clauses in the various agreements it has signed with the EU, and the various UN resolutions that frame the settlement of the conflict with Western Sahara.

In the light of the above, I ask:

– Has the Commission been aware of this illegal situation? Did you take any steps to find out about the conditions of the Portuguese citizen?

– In view of the repeated violations of human rights by the Kingdom of Morocco, does the Commission consider suspending the agreements it has signed with Morocco, considering the human rights clauses in them?