Verdens største gødningsproducent vil droppe Vestsahara

Nutrien dropper fosfat fra Vestsahara ”i fremtiden” udtaler firmaets administrerende direktør på en konference. Dermed står kolonimagten Marokko til at tabe millioner af dollars i indtægt. Der er dog endnu ingen officielle udtalelser der bekræfter dette.

”Vores langsigtede mål er at Vestsahara-problemet ikke er en del af vores nye firma i fremtiden. Vi har hørt fra flere af vores aktionærer at det er sådan de vil have det. Vi kommer med et endeligt svar på dette spørgsmål om et halvt års tid”, svarede Chuck Magro, administrerende direktør for det nye Canadiske firma Nutrien, Read more of this post

Fosfat gøder konflikten i Vestsahara

En ny rapport fra Western Sahara Ressource Watch beskriver, hvordan internationale gødningsvirksomheder importerer fosfat fra det besatte Vestsahara, blandt andet med hjælp fra det danske shippingfirma UltraBulk og Siemens Danmark.

Udvinding og transport af naturresurser fra kolonier som Vestsahara er i strid med international lov, med mindre det er godkendt af landets oprindelige befolkning, hvilket det ikke er i Vestsaharas tilfælde. Read more of this post

Stilhed før stormen for handel med Vestsahara

280414-tur-til-tindouf-lejrene-58Udenrigsministeriet svarer igen undvigende på spørgsmål om dansk handel med kolonien Vestsahara. Når EU-Domstolen om få uger kan dømme handel med Vestsahara i strid med EU’s handelsaftaler, kan man blive nødt til at være mere håndfast.

Der er tale om en vejledende udtalelse,” ”regeringen vil afvente den endelige dom i sagen ved EU-Domstolen, før man tager stilling til eventuelle konsekvenser heraf,” og ”området hører ind under EU’s fælles handelspolitik.” Read more of this post

Dansk shippingfirma sejler med illegal last fra Afrikas sidste koloni

Det danskbaserede shippingfirma Ultrabulk Shipping A/S sejler fosfat fra det besatte Vestsahara til Canada, stik imod international lov og folketingets anbefalinger.

Ultrabulk Shippings administrerende direktør, Per Lange, indrømmer at firmaet sejler med fosfat fra det besatte Vestsahara i et svar til den danske solidaritetsorganisation Afrika Kontakt den 14. august. Per Lange mener bare ikke at Ultrabulk derved har gjort noget galt. Read more of this post

Danish ship sails from occupied Western Sahara – with illegal cargo?

Is the Danish vessel Marianne Danica illegally shipping phosphates from the occupied territories in Western Sahara?

Marianne Danica was spotted leaving the harbour in El Aaiun (Laayoune) in Western Sahara on June 6, according to Western Sahara Resource Watch. This has been confirmed by the website Marinetraffic.com, an academic community-based project that collects and presents naval data. According to the shipping company that owns the vessel, Danish company Folmer & Co., the ship will arrive at its next destination, Kaliningrad, on June 20. Read more of this post

Western Saharan phosphate workers’ protest stifled

Saharawi phosphate workers from the Fosboucraa (Bou Craa) phosphate mine were yesterday, January 19th, denied a meeting with the Authenticity and Modernity Party by the Moroccan authorities in Aaiun (Laayoune) in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, according to Secretary General of the Union Confederation of Saharawi Workers in the Occupied Territories of Western Sahara (CSTS), Sidi Ahmed Eddia. The workers and CSTS were also prevented from planned protests against the conditions in the mine.

In August 2010, a general strike was broken up by Moroccan police, who injured 14 people in the process. The general strike was held in front of the Department of Mines and Energy in Aaiun, also to protest the conditions in Fosboucraa, and the CSTS have repeatedly expressed their discontent of the conditions in the phosphate mines of occupied Western Sahara. Read more of this post

Danish shipping company disregards ICJ ruling on Western Sahara

A ship from a Danish shipping company, D/S Norden, is involved in the transporting of phosphate from occupied Western Sahara – in violation of a International Court of Justice ruling.

The phosphates were loaded onto D/S Norden’s 623 foot ship, Northern Leader, in the port of El Aaiun, in the occupied territories of Western Sahara in November 2010. The phosphates were bound for New Zealand, where they arrived just before New Year’s Eve, and local company Ballance Agri-Nutrients. Read more of this post