UPDATE, 15 Jan 2017: The vessel has left Las Palmas, and is set to arrive Fécamp, France on 20 Jan 2017 at 5PM.
The Key Bay is on its way to Fécamp, France, and is stopping over in Las Palmas. A small motor boat left the port at 15:05 and went out to meet the Key Bay. The small vessel had the word "Practicos" written on it, probably belonging to Practicos del Puerto de La Luz y Las Palmas.
It is the first time since the landmark Judgment of the EU Court of Justice, concluding that EU Trade and Association Agreements with Morocco do not apply to Western Sahara, that WSRW observes a transport of fish oil from the occupied territory into the EU.
EQUO, Spanish Green party, has issued a press release demanding the port authorities to seize the vessel. EQUO's deputy in Las Palmas, Pilar Álvarez, is in the port. She states that "if the certificate of origin says Morocco and not the Frente Polisario, we will ask for the arrest of the ship and its cargo for violating the judgment of the EU Court of Justice."
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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 five 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.