8 Swiss parliamentarians protest ethics of Tasmanian company
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This afternoon, a bulk vessel is set to arrive port of Risdon, Hobart, Tasmania, with phosphate rock plundered from occupied Western Sahara. 8 Swiss parliamentarians protest the continued imports.
Published: 09.09 - 2010 20:07Printer version    
8 Swiss parliamentarians protest ethics of Tasmanian company

Press release – for immediate release
10 September 2010 (Australian time)


This afternoon, a bulk vessel is set to arrive port of Risdon, Hobart, Tasmania, with phosphate rock plundered from occupied Western Sahara.

The trade to Tasmania takes place in violation of international law, and contributes to prolong one of the longest running conflicts in Africa. The cargo will be on board the vessel ‘Christine O’.
                                 
The vessel contains phosphate rock that Morocco is exporting from Western Sahara – a territory which was occupied by Moroccan forces in 1975. UN has stated that the exploitation of such resources cannot take place unless the people of the territory has been consulted, something which they have not been. Western Sahara is treated as a colony by the UN.

The importer, Impact Fertilisers, has admitted to carry out such imports. Since earlier this year, Impact is majority owned by the Swiss firm Ameropa. Last week, 8 Swiss parliamentarians urged Ameropa to instruct its Tasmanian subsidiary to halt the imports.

"By taking part in the trade of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara, your subsidiary, Impact Fertilisers is profiting from the illegal occupation of the territory and abuses the law. This contributes to undermine the efforts of the United Nations for a peaceful solution to the conflict”, wrote the parliamentarians.

The group referred to among other the world’s biggest fertiliser firm Yara, announcing that it would not import from Western Sahara as long as the conflict is ongoing.

“We ask you as a business conscious of its responsibilities, to take the regional geopolitical context into consideration and to ask your subsidiary, Impact Fertilisers based in Tasmania to abandon the importations of phosphates from Western Sahara so long as the people concerned are not able to exercise their legitimate rights over their own natural resources”, stated the 8 parliamentarians.

Read the whole letter from the Swiss parliamentarians here:
https://wsrw.org/files/dated/2010-09-09/ameropa_letter_english_02.09.2010.pdf

Monday this week, Saharawis in the occupied territories again protested the Moroccan plunder of the phosphate resources from their land.

Christine O carries Antigua & Bermuda flag, and is managed by Opielok Reederei, Germany.

For questions or comments, or pictures of the Saharawi demonstrations in Western Sahara:

Cate Lewis, Australia
Australian Western Sahara Association.
+61 407288358
lewis.cate@gmail.com

Emmanuel Martinoli, Switzerland
Association de soutien à un référendum libre et régulier au Sahara Occidental
(+41) 324-228-717
arso@arso.org

Axel Goldau, Germany
Kritische Ökologie
(+49) 3076-703497
redaktion@kritische-oekologie.de



    

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