PCP MEP questions Morgherini about arbitrary arrest of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir

PUSL.- The Written Question by Sandra Pereira, MEP of the PCP (Portuguese Communist Party), addressed today to Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, questions the circumstances of the arrest of Saharawi activist Mahfouda Elfakir who was detained in the courtroom of El Aaiun last November 15th.

Elfakir was attending the trial of her 15-year-old cousin, who was sentenced to one month in prison for celebrating Algeria’s victory in the African Cup of Nations.

Mahfouda Elfakir was beaten by the authorities, was heard by the Moroccan prosecutor without a lawyer present and was denied the daily supply of medicines she needed.

According to the text of MEP Sandra Pereira: “This is yet another example of aggression against the Saharawi population living in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, involving arbitrary arrests, repression of demonstrations and limiting the participation of the native population of that territory, occupied and colonized by the Kingdom of Morocco since 1975. The EU has been colluding with these aggressions and occupation, notably by establishing trade and fisheries agreements with Morocco, contrary to international law, UN resolutions and the decisions of the EU Court of Justice. ”

The MEP asks the High Representative if:

“- Is the EC aware of this prison? How do you intend to monitor Mahfouda Elfakir’s state of health, imprisonment and access to decent defense conditions?
– In the face of repeated human rights violations – where the case of Gdeim Izik’s arrests has gained particular visibility – does the EC consider terminating the agreements it has signed with Morocco, considering the human rights clauses in them? “

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