Correspondence with New Zealand's Ravensdown
The New Zealand does not wish to clarify its trade relations with occupied Western Sahara, nor to explain what it has done to seek the consent of the people of the territory.
Published: 04.06 - 2014 07:18Printer version    
The New Zealand farmers' co-operative Ravensdown has for several years imported phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. The trade directly contributes to finance Morocco's illegal occupation of the territory.

The UN legal departement is clear that mineral exploitation of such kind will only be in line if it is in accordance with the wishes of the people of Western Sahara.

However, Ravensdown wishes, "due to commmercial sensitivity", not to clarify how or whether they have sought the consent of the owners of the phosphates.

Read Ravensdown's letter to Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) on 03 June 2014 here, as a reply to a letter from WSRW to the company on 04 May 2014.




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