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Morocco: Human Rights

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Moroccan counterpart the award of the 25th Annual Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award to Aminatou Haidar. (244365)

I congratulate Aminatou Haidar on her award. FCO Officials met with her in 2007.

The UK is concerned about the humanitarian impact of the ongoing conflict in Western Sahara and continues to discuss a range of issues relating to Western Sahara with Morocco.

The British ambassador to Morocco regularly holds discussions with Moroccan officials on Western Sahara. The most recent high level discussions took place at the Euro Mediterranean conference in Marseille on 3 November, where the Foreign Secretary discussed Western Sahara and human rights, with the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Taieb Fassi Fihri.