Photos taken when the Greek owned vessel, Predator, arrived Port of Tauranga, October 12th 2007. Trucks contain phosphate imported from occupied Western Sahara in violation of international law.
The first photo shows sea lettuce bloom most likely caused by pollutants that Balance pour into the sea as effluent in the process of making superphosphate from the Western Sahara phosphate rock. In addition to phosphate and nitrates, the polutants contain high levels of flourine, cadmium and high but "acceptable" levels of radioactive isotopes.
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.
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.
Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.