In May 2009, Western Sahara Resource Watch demanded from the Russian government and the Murmansk Trawl Fleet to halt all fisheries in occupied Western Sahara. While we still await reply, the Russian giants keep trawling.
On 31 May 2009, WSRW demanded the Murmansk Trawl Fleet to withdraw their vessels from the occupied territories.
On 26 May 2009, WSRW outlined the political, ethical and legal controversies in such fisheries to President Medvedev, and demanded an immediate halt the current fisheries.
Both requests remain unanswered.
Admiral Starikov (IMO 8607218) and Kapitan Bogomolov (IMO 8607402) have at least since second half of July been trawling offshore the southern parts of occupied Western Sahara. The route to the top right belongs to Starikov, while the one below to Bogomolov.
Also the Russian flagged 1.810 dwt cargo ship Zamoskvorechve (IMO 8721129), belonging to the Murmansk company Sovrybflot was observed in Dakhla end of July 2009.
The Russian-Moroccan fisheries partnership agreement has been scheduled to be renewed prior to September 2009. WSRW demanded in the letter to the Russian president that the agreement must clearly exclude fisheries in the occupied territories. Morocco has no right to sign fisheries agreements covering the occupied parts of Western Sahara with foreign states.
The photo above shows Admiral Starikov bunkering in Las Palmas in August last year, on its way to the occupied territories. See more photos of the Russian fleet here.
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 three 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.