Thai shipping company Precious Shipping is known to transport phosphates from occupied El Aaiún to the port of Barranquilla, Colombia. WSRW has monitored four Precious Shipping transports the stolen goods to Colombia in 2 years.
Its vessel Dusita Narree (IMO 9127071) has completed several transport to Colombia; On 2 April 2011 it discharged of 12.600 tonnes phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara On 7 September 2009 and 26 August 2010 with 13.500 tonnes of phosphates.
Also the vessel Apisara Naree, of the same fleet, did a shipment of 12.600 tonnes in March 2009.
"We wish to inform you that the cargo on board your vessels has been illegally sold and that its carriage by sea to a Colombian port is contrary to international law, and that the transports are highly unethical", stated WSRW in a letter to Previous Shipping 22 November 2010, urging the firm to halt future transports until the conflict is solved. The letter remains unanswered.
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.