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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
E-004554/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004554/2018

The EU is committed to the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. As is the case in all countries, the EU follows closely the human rights situation in Morocco, including the rights of citizens from EU Member States.

The EU holds a regular dialogue with the Moroccan authorities, and supports the implementation of Morocco's commitments to respect fundamental rights in the framework of its 2011 Constitution and its international commitments.

In line with Article 23 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, consular protection is primarily a competence of the EU Member States.

Regarding this particular case, the EU Delegation in Rabat has been in close contact with the Belgian consular authorities in Morocco and with the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH — Conseil national des droits de l'homme) to follow the situation of Mr Kajoua, whose sentence was recently reduced to eight months in prison by the Nador Court of Appeal.

Last updated: 8 November 2018Legal notice