EU Annual Report on Human Rights: European Parliament Rejects Amendment Hostile to Morocco

The European Parliament, met in plenary session on Wednesday in Strasbourg, rejected an amendment to the European Union's (EU) 2015 annual report on human rights, which is hostile to Morocco.


The rejection of this amendment by an overwhelming majority put an end to any attempt to introduce any idea of expanding the prerogatives of the MINURSO. It also refutes the perpetual claims of alleged violations of human rights in the Sahara, put forward by the separatists.


In a statement to MAP from Strasbourg, president of the Moroccan-EU Parliamentary Friendship Group, Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, commended the new diplomatic victory of Morocco.


"This rejection is the corollary of the achievements that Morocco is constantly accomplishing in many areas," he said.


He stressed the need to redouble diplomatic efforts and to work tirelessly to defend national interests and strengthen relations with the European Union in order to tackle common challenges, particularly security ones.


Several MEPs told MAP that the rejection of this amendment by 388 votes reflects the European Union's determination as to the need to work for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue.