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?
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.
pcp.pt.– In 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the association agreement between the European Union and Morocco illegal. This illegality has to do with the territories of Western Sahara that are illegally occupied by the Moroccan army and whose resources are included in the agreement.
By determination of the court the European Union was forced to revise this agreement. But the review by the European Union runs counter to the court’s determination and constitutes an affront to United Nations resolutions. The consultation allegedly carried out in the occupied territories was a simulacrum leaving out those who are, under the United Nations, the only legitimate representatives of the Saharawi people. Read more
PUSL.- Miguel Viegas, MEP of the Portugues Communist Party presented a written question concerning the Gdeim Izik prisoners currently detained in Tiflet2 prison.
Mr. El Bachr Khadda is in Hungerstrike for 16 days (since 18th September) and Mr. Sidi Abdallah Abbahah started a hunger strike two days ago. The Portuguese MEP is particularly worried about the detention conditions and the prolonged confinement these prisoners endure for several months since their transfer to Tiflet2 prison as well as the violence of the guards and the prison administration against these prisoners.
El Bachir Khadda, Mohamed Lamin Haddi, and Sidi Abdallah Abbahah are the three Saharawi political prisoners of the group Gdeim Izik who are in Tiflet2 prison the remaining 16 prisoners are in Kenitra, El Arjat, Ait Melloul, and Bouzakarn. Tiflet2 is the prison that is farther away from El Aaiun, over 1300km. Read more
In the question addressed to the Government (through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) by MP Carla Cruz, from the Parliamentary Group of the PCP, on the “Situation of Saharawi political prisoners”, the PCP questions the government if it has knowledge or contacted international institutions about this subject.
The parliamentary group of the PCP has addressed several questions to the government on this issue and the grave violation of human rights by the Moroccan occupation force in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
This parliamentary group has also presented votes and motions for the liberation of Saharawi political prisoners and for the respect of the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination, which have been approved by a majority of the deputies of the various parties represented in the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic. Read more