Next week, the German managed bulk vessel 'Vega Taurus' will arrive Northport, New Zealand, with phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. The trade of phosphate rock from Western Sahara is considered to be in violation of international law - and highly unethical - since it is taking in disregard of the wishes of the people of Western Sahara.
The New Zealand fertilizer firms behind the trade pay the Moroccan government for the phosphates that they exploit in the territory Morocco illegally occupies.
Vega Taurus (IMO number 9495731) is Liberian flagged and managed by Vega Reederei, and is scheduled to arrive on 18 May.
Last shipment took place 2 months ago. From 15 to 18 March 2011, the vessel Stellar Eagle discharged phosphates in Tauranga, before heading to Timaru. Stellar Eagle (IMO: 9514004) is managed by Chinese firm Anglo Eastern Shipmanagement.
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.
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