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Once more, it is revealed that the Norwegian owned but UK- based company Gearbulk is assisting the Moroccan occupying power in exporting phosphates from Western Sahara. One of their bulk transport vessels arrives New Zealand on September 9th. -This is war profiteering, says the Association of Sahrawis in Norway in a press release today.

Published 18 September 2007
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It\'s a fair bet that few New Zealanders will ever have heard of Western Sahara or the Saharawi people who inhabit this territory. We have no obvious connection to the area and the most we could say is that from its name we\'d expect to find it on the west coast of North Africa.
Published 18 September 2007

Norwegian-Japanese owned company Gearbulk transports phosphates from occupied Western Sahara to New Zealand. Check out the Norwatch video in this article, documenting the illegal exports.

Published 18 September 2007
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Gearbulk, a company partially owned by the Jebsen family, ships phosphates from Western Sahara on behalf of the Moroccan occupying authorities. Norwatch can reveal that a Jebsen vessel docks Tuesday in a harbour in New Zealand. This trade is contradictory to discouragement from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Published 18 September 2007
Norwegian diplomats want bulkers to stop loading phosphate in Western Sahara but their jawbones are their only weapon.
Published 18 September 2007

Members of parliaments in Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand and at home in Norway are not at all happy with shipowning firm Gearbulk. Aftenposten, 29 June 2007.

Published 18 September 2007
Short overview of Spanish enterprises with relations to Western Sahara, as of September 2007.
Published 16 September 2007
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A visiting journalist from Western Sahara today appealed for support from New Zealand to block trade supporting the military occupation of his country by Morocco. Pacific Media Centre, New Zealand, 23 July 2007.

Published 10 September 2007

PARLIAMENTARIANS from around the globe have joined together to criticise the actions of an Elmbridge company.

Published 20 July 2007

PRESS RELEASE: 06/29/2007. This morning, parliamentarians from the UK, Norway, New Zealand and Japan sent a letter to the London-based shipping company Gearbulk. The company profits from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.

Published 29 June 2007

This statement was sent to the Australian radio Pulse Radio, 10 January 2007.

Published 12 January 2007

Here is the EU-Moroccan Fisheries Partnership Agreement that was signed in 2006, in several languages.

Published 15 December 2006

Letter sent from the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic, 16. June 2006.

Published 16 June 2006

“In an act of gross hypocrisy the Irish Government last week signed up to a deal between the EU and Morocco to rob the fishing rights of the people of Western Sahara - a nation occupied by Morocco - while at the same time issuing a statement claiming to support the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination”, An Problacht wrote on 1 June 2006.

Published 01 June 2006

Sent 1 June 2006. The letter was sent to CEO K. Wester, with copy to A.Jonkman.

Published 01 June 2006

Analysis made in 2006 by the French association on the Fisheries Agreement (in French).

Published 26 May 2006

Last week, the EU endorsed a fishing deal with Morocco. This wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that the deal includes the coastal waters of Western Sahara, a territory that has been occupied by Morroco for more than thirty years. The Brussels Journal, 25 May 2006.

Published 25 May 2006

The UK has said a new European fisheries agreement with Morocco will have to be closely monitored to ensure it does not break international law.

Published 23 May 2006

The British Government has been condemned by War on Want and campaign groups from across Europe today for supporting a Fisheries Agreement that will allow European ships to fish off the coast of illegally occupied Western Sahara, despite claims that this violates international law. Sweden stood alone in opposing the Agreement though Finland, the Netherlands and Ireland conditioned their support with a statement that the Agreement should benefit the “local population” of Western Sahara. Press release by War on Want, 22 May 2006.

Published 22 May 2006

EU governments have given final approval to a deal that will allow European trawlers to catch fish along Morocco's Atlantic coast. 

Published 22 May 2006