MEP Pernando Barrena asks Borrell to clarify measures taken by the EU in the face of Moroccan repression in Western Sahara

Brussels, May 17, 2021 (SPS) – MEP Pernando Barrena Arza has addressed a series of questions to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, to explain the European Union’s position on the current escalation of Moroccan repression and violation of human rights in the occupied areas of Western Sahara.

In the letter addressed to the High Representative, Pernando Barrena recalls that “since the end of the ceasefire by Morocco with the attack on Sahrawi civilians, the Alawite Kingdom has been increasing the pressure against the Sahrawi population, reaching permanent harassment against activists who denounce the occupation ”.

The member of the group The Left denounces the case of Sultana Khaya, her sister and her mother, who suffer from the permanent siege of her home and who are not allowed visits. He also denounced that the Moroccan security forces broke into her house destroying it and that they raped her and her sister with batons.

He also denounces the case of Mina Baali, an ISACOM activist, who has been under house arrest since May 7, which she has also denounced having been brutally beaten by the Moroccan military police.

Given the worrying situation and the Moroccan offensive against the civilian population, the also member of the Intergroup in Support of the Saharawi People in the European Parliament asks Josep Borrell to clarify whether the European Union has contacted the Moroccan regime “due to the deterioration of human rights in Western Sahara, and specifically for the sexual assaults against Sahrawi activists ”.

Pernando Barrena Arza has also asked the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to argue whether “the current situation affects the need for the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara – MINURSO- to monitor the protection of the Human Rights in Western Sahara ”.

Finally, the MEP asks the High Representative to answer whether the current escalation “by the Moroccan occupier in Western Sahara is a sufficient basis for activating the clause for the protection of human rights in the trade agreement between the EU and Morocco.”