Two vessels are about to arrive New Zealand with phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
New Zealand remains one of the largest importers of phosphate rock from the occupied territory. Two vessels are now on their way to the Pacific country with rocks that fuel the conflict in Western Sahara.
Western Sahara is illegally occupied by Morocco, and importing such phosphates are clearly in violation of international law. The UN Legal Office. has issued a statement to the Security Council on mineral resources in Western Sahara. The Saharawi people, both the ones living as refugees, and the ones living under Moroccan occupation, object to the trade.
Two vessels have this week-end been offloading phosphates in New Zealand originating from occupied Western Sahara. Today, one of the ships is offloading the valuable product at the harbour of Northport.
The export of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara has never been lower than in 2019. This is revealed in the new WSRW report P for Plunder, published today.
Morocco shipped 1.93 million tonnes of phosphate out of occupied Western Sahara in 2018, worth an estimated $164 million, new report shows. Here is all you need to know about the volume, values, vessels and clients.
From the end of this year, 2 of 3 global importers of Western Sahara's controversial conflict minerals are from New Zealand. This week, locals protested in the city of Dunedin.