In 2009, the group of Swedish fishermen behind the activities were prosecuted for illegal business activities in the occupied Western Sahara.
“Nevertheless their companies can go on fishing there without being disturbed. Reflagged vessels can easily escape from the radars of Swedish authorities”, wrote the article.
“The massive Swedish presence in Western Sahara is extremely worrying and contributes directly to both legitimise and fuel the illegal occupation”, said Sara Eyckmans, representative of WSRW in Belgium, to Göteborgsposten.
The legal proceedings against the two Swedes were taken in April 2009 but the case will only start in October this year. GP unsuccessfully tried to reach the persons involved in the fisheries.
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.
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