Portuguese Communist Party MEP João Ferreria questioned Mogherini, Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the wave of repression in the occupied territories of Western Sahara against the Saharawi population in recent days.
João Ferreira warns that it is urgent to put an end to the situation and asks if Morgherini is aware of what has been done under the EU / Morocco agreement. which include human rights clauses.
Question with written answer (Priority)
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
João Ferreira (GUE / NGL)
Subject: Situation in Western Sahara – ongoing crackdown
A statement issued today by the Polisario Front reports that, since last Friday, July 19, a wave of repression has been underway in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, especially in the capital El Aaiun.
Following the victory of the Algerian team in the African Cup of Nations, the Saharawi people took to the streets to celebrate the victory peacefully and claim the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people.
According to the statement, a crackdown by the Moroccan authorities was immediately initiated, using firearms, water cannons and other devices against the population. Cases of arbitrary detention, including minors, beatings and house-to-house raids are mentioned. In the early hours of July 20, a young Saharawi was reportedly hit by a vehicle from the Moroccan authorities, suffering injuries resulting in her death.
In the light of the situation described and the urgency of ending it, I ask:
- Are you aware of this situation? What immediate action do you intend to take to halt the ongoing repression and its consequences?
- Do you consider proposing the suspension of existing EU-Morocco agreements, taking into account the human rights clauses contained therein?
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