British government seized over tragic situation of Sahrawi civilian prisoners in Morocco

London, 13 June 2020 (SPS) - British MP Ben Lake has seized his government over the serious and disturbing situation of Sahrawi civilian prisoners protesting in Moroccan jails amid the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr. Lake, who chairs All-Party Parliamentary Group on Western Sahara, in a question to Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa James Cleverly, inquired about the recent talks the ministry held with the Moroccan occupation ambassador in London on the detention of Sahrawi civilian prisoners in Morocco, especially after recording cases of infection and foci of the Coronavirus in various prisons.

In response to the question, Mr. Cleverly confirmed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had held discussions with Morocco on the issue of human rights as well as the conditions in prisons, as was regularly done by the British government.

He also added that the government is currently focusing on joint efforts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, which had reached a number of Moroccan prisons, including Ouarzazate prison, which was classified as a focus after the emergence of more than 300 cases of infection, as well as the prison of Qasr Lakabir, Ludaya, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé 2 and Ras El Maa in Fez.

It should be noted that the issue of human rights and the phenomenon of political arrest in occupied Western Sahara have become the focus of wide international attention, reflected in the large increase of voices calling for the protection and liberation of Sahrawi civilian prisoners in Morocco, as well as the constant accountability of the various governments and continental bodies before their legislative institutions regarding their role and efforts to reduce and the suffering of Sahrawis in the occupied territories and protect them. (SPS)