The bulk vessel 'DD Vigor' arrived the harbour city of Baranquilla, Colombia, on 23rd of July 2008, discharging 14.700 tonnes of phosphate rock from Western Sahara. This is the 5th phosphate shipment that the Latin American country has received from Western Sahara this year.
So far in 2008, Colombia has received 72800 tonnes of phosphate. With today's phosphate price at 400 dollars/tonne, Colombia has imported for 29 million dollars.
This amount is approximately the same as all multinational humanitarian assistance given to the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria for the entire year of 2007, via UNHCR, WFP and ECHO.
Venezuela and Colombia cooperates on the imports of phosphates from Western Sahara. WSRW believes Venezuela can have imported a somewhat smaller amount than Colombia, perhaps about 48.000 tonnes (20 million USD). This comes in addition to the Colombian imports. Each vessel that discharge in Baranquilla, normally also discharge in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.
These are the vessels that Colombia has received earlier this year:
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.