Last year, WSRW asked Thai firm Precious Shipping to terminate its repeated shipments of phosphate rock from Western Sahara. While still not responding to the request, the firm did another shipment last month.
On 2 April 2011, their vessel Dusita Narree completed a transport to Colombia of 12.600 tonnes phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. The trade of phosphates from Western Sahara is in violation of international law, and contributes to uphold the illegal Moroccan occupation of the territory.
This was the fourth Precious Shipping transport to Colombia in 2 years.
"We wish to inform you that the cargo on board your vessels has been illegally sold and that its carriage by sea to a Colombian port is contrary to international law, and that the transports are highly unethical", stated WSRW in a letter to Precious Shipping 22 November 2010, urging the firm to halt future transports until the conflict is solved. The letter remains unanswered.
During the last 6 months, another vessel has completed 2 shipments from Western Sahara. The Hong Kong flagged vessel Maple Mighty (IMO number 9576313), transported 12.600 tonnes of phosphate rock both on the 4 December 2010 and on 16 February 2011.
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.
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