Last Friday, the Norwegian company R-Bulk said they will do their utmost to prevent further shipments from Western Sahara. Japan-Sahara Association has now sent a letter to the Japanese shipping company that rent their vessels.
"R-Bulk management said to Norwegian media on Friday that they apologise for the ‘Radiance’ shipment, and that “we have made contact with the shipping company that has chartered the vessel, so that they can do their utmost to prevent this from happening again in the future".
We, the undersigned, urge you to demonstrate your attachment to International Legality, Human Rights and basic standards of Corporate Social Responsibility by issuing a statement confirming that you have indeed taken measures to guarantee that shipments from occupied Western Sahara are avoided in the future."
The Radiance vessel that in April transported phosphates to Colombia is on a long term contract to Sonko Lines, who have in their turn rented the vessel out to Pacific Basin UK.
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.