Rosa vandt over EU

Menneskerettighedsadvokat Rosa Curling slæbte EU i retten for brud på folkeretten og vandt. I april var hun i Danmark, for at forklare danske politikere og embedsmænd hvorfor.

I februar erklærede EU-Domstolen, at en ny fiskeriaftale mellem EU og Marokko ikke måtte gælde for vandede ud for den marokkanske koloni Vestsahara. Dette ville være i strid med international lov og FN’s konventioner, fastslog dommen. Read more of this post

Danish company stops salt imports from Western Sahara

IMG_3938Danish salt importer Dansk Vejsalt will not be importing de-icing salt from Africa’s last colony Western Sahara in the future, the company told Danish solidarity organisation Afrika Kontakt at a meeting on January 31.

“This is an important victory for the population of Western Sahara. It means that the occupation of the colony becomes a little less profitable. But it is also a victory for Afrika Kontakt, as we have continuously pressurized Dansk Vejsalt and their customers in Denmark,” says Jens Bruun Madsen from Afrikas Kontakt’s Western Sahara group. Read more of this post

FN-chef kritiserer ’besættelse’ af Vestsahara

Moon blogFN’s generalsekretær Ban Ki-moon kaldte, i en for ham usædvanlig direkte vending, den marokkanske okkupation af Vestsahara for en ”besættelse”, da han tidligere på måneden besøgte de flygtningelejre hvor store dele af landets oprindelige befolkning bor.

Bemærkningen faldt under Bans første officielle besøg til Tindouf-lejrene, hvor store dele af Vestsaharas oprindelige befolkning saharawierne bor, efter de flygtede fra den marokkanske invasion af deres land i 1975. 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

Western Sahara: winning the “war on words” and avoiding war

“People will easily be able to sympathize with our issues, but they need the information first.” Senia Bachir Abderahman is talking about the situation in the refugee camp that she grew up in and the frustration that her family and most of her fellow Saharawis (Western Sahara’s indigenous population) cannot escape from this refugee camp because their country is colonised by Morocco.

The Saharawis in occupied Western Sahara are brutally repressed and the youth there are increasingly disillusioned at the lack of progress. They are therefore turning away from peaceful means to solve the conflict. Read more of this post

The case for Western Saharan independence

Western Sahara, Africa’s last colony, is perhaps the most clear-cut case for independence in the world today. It is unfortunately also one of the lesser known conflicts. Western Sahara has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975, when a weakened Spain, anxious to avoid military confrontation, had secretly relinquished Western Sahara to Morocco (and Mauritania, who left its part of Western Sahara to Morocco in 1979) in exchange for mining and fishing concessions. As an illegal occupying force, Morocco has no right to the territory of Western Sahara, and nor has it the right to sell Western Sahara’s natural resources or violate the human rights of its citizens, but must instead work towards the a referendum on the status of Western Sahara. So international law fully supports the Saharawis’ claim to independence for Western Sahara. Read more of this post

Fiskeriaftale skal komme Vestsaharas befolkning til gode

”Nu har vi altså fødeministerens ord for at fiskeriet i Vestsahara skal komme befolkningen til gode og at menneskerettighederne skal overholdes. Dette er rigtigt positivt”, siger medlem af Afrika Kontakts fiskerigruppe, Carsten Pedersen.

Under en høring den 12. januar om Fiskeri og Partnerskabsaftalerne i Folketingets Udvalg for Fødevarer, Landbrug og Fiskeri, blev der stillet flere konkrete spørgsmål til fødevareminister Henrik Høegh om EU-fiskeres ulovlige plyndring af Vestsaharas fiskeresurser. Grunden til at EU-fartøjer fisker ud for Vestsaharas, og andre afrikanske, kyster er at europæiske fiskebestande er overudnyttede og fiskebestanden derfor svinder ind.

Pia Olsen Dyhr (SF) spurgte under høringen fødevareministeren ”om EU’s fiskeriaktiviteter i afrikanske farvande bidrager til en social, økonomisk og miljømæssig bæredygtig udvikling i partnerskabslandene”, og blandt andre Per Clausen (Enh.) stillede opfølgende spørgsmål. Henrik Høegh svarede ifølge Carsten Pedersen, der var til stede under høringen, i første omgang undvigende, men siden hen langt mere konkret. 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