Moroccan occupation authorities prevent Catalan parliamentary delegation from visiting occupied territories of Western Sahara

El-Aaiun (Occupied Territories), 1 March 2020 (SPS) - The Moroccan occupation authorities prevented on Friday a delegation consisting of eight deputies from the Spanish Catalan Parliament from conducting a field fact-finding visit on the grave violations of human rights in Western Sahara.

The Catalan deputies were detained at the so-called Al-Hassan I airport in the occupied city of El-Aaiun, under the pretext that the elected representatives refuse their visit to the city and that they are not welcomed, to be forced to leave for Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands.

The parliamentary delegation was trying to conduct a field visit to support the family and children of Sahrawi political prisoner and human rights activist, Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir, who is in prison in the occupied city of El-Aaiun.

The delegation was also trying to hold meetings with Sahrawi human rights organizations in order to get a closer look at the deplorable human rights situation, the suffering of the Sahrawi people, the conditions of detention, the media embargo, and the military cordon imposed on the region for more than four decades.

The parliamentary delegation consisted of Ms. Susana Segovia, Mr. Ferrán Civit, Mr. Vidal Aragonés, Ms. Guadalupe Moreno, Mr. Oriol Puig, Mr. David Minoves, Ms. Gemma Aristoy, and Mr. Toni Royo. (SPS)