Thu 26/11/2020

Swedish Parliament questions Minister for Foreign Affairs over deteriorating situation in Western Sahara

1 month ago at 19/Oct/2020 32

Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde, is expected to appear before parliament in the coming days to answer questions about the deteriorating situation in Western Sahara, particularly after Morocco’s chauvinist campaign against Sahrawi militants, notably human rights activist Aminatu Haidar.

In questions addressed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, a copy of which was obtained by the Sumoud website, Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Lotta Johnsson revealed that the acts of repression and persecution in the occupied part of Western Sahara have intensified dramatically over the past few months.

The Swedish official warned against the serious consequences of the intimidation campaign against the Sahrawi militants, particularly after the announcement of the establishment of the Sahrawi Organ against the Moroccan Occupation led by the prominent human rights activist Aminatu Haidar.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament called on the Swedish government to take urgent action to prevent further violations in Western Sahara, to revive its role at the international level to enable MINURSO to monitor human rights, and to appoint an independent investigation committee under the supervision of the United Nations to visit occupied Western Sahara.

The Deputy Speaker stressed that the Swedish government is required to include human rights violations committed by the Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara on the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament concluded by emphasizing that it is time to put Spain before its historical and moral responsibility as an administering power to complete the process of decolonization in Western Sahara.

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