"It is sad to know that somewhere in Tasmania, recipients of this resource are unwittingly colluding in this denial of the rights of the Sahrawi people to decide their own future and benefit from their own resources", local school teacher Peter D. Jones wrote in a letter in the Hobart newspaper The Mercury yesterday.
"Morocco continues its illegal occupation, mainly because of access to the phosphate supply", he wrote.
The importing firm, Impact Fertilizers, admits purchasing the rock from the territory. The UN has stated that such activity is in violation of international law if the people of Western Sahara have not been consulted. They have not.
The images and video were taken in Hobart harbour on 3 November 2011.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.