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The New Zealand company Ballance Agri-Nutrients has again bought phosphate rock from a Moroccan state phosphate company in occupied Western Sahara. The shipment arrived 3 December 2008, on the Israeli managed vessel 'White Diamond'.

Published 27 December 08
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Madeira has constructed a second artificial beach. Just as before, the sand is originating from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 26 December 08
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24th of December 2008, the oil reconnaissance contract held by the Irish oil company Island Oil & Gas for oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara expired. Today WSRW sent the company a letter demanding them to not renew their engagement.
Published 24 December 08
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The Swedish Trade Council has withdrawn a map from its homepages, showing Western Sahara as part of Morocco. The step was taken after correction from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Published 23 December 08
Sent 13 December 2006, the day after Island Oil & Gas announced its contract with Moroccan authorities on occupied land in Western Sahara.
Published 23 December 08
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Published 21 December 08
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The Australian fertiliser company Incitec Pivot keeps maintaining its unethical practice of supporting the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. The imports were questioned during the company\'s Annual General Meeting on December 19th 2008.

Read also: New vessel heading for IPL
Published 21 December 08
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The Swedish Green Party signs the international appeal from Western Sahara Resource Watch, WSRW, which demands that Western Sahara should be explicitly excluded if the EU and Morocco agrees on deepened cooperation.

Published 19 December 08

Vessel Yasa Gulten to arrive New Zealand in Christmas week.

Published 19 December 08
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Incitec Pivot is receiving one more controversial phosphate shipment from occupied Western Sahara.

Published 19 December 08
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One giant vessel has just offloaded its cargo in the United States, and is now passing this river bend along the Mississippi.
Published 19 December 08
Two documents of the Pan-African Parliament, advisory organ of the African Union.
Published 14 December 08
Read here the presentation of Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, at conference in South Africa.
Published 12 December 08
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The vessel Sea Lavender is here loading phosphates in occupied Western Sahara, destined for Mexican imports.

Published 07 December 08
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Communiqué on the Conference on Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as case study Hosted by the South African Department of Foreign Affairs and the University of Pretoria, 4 and 5 December 2008.

See more details about the conference itself here.

Published 07 December 08
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The former UN Legal Counsel, Ambassador Hans Corell, calls the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) illegal. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands immediate halt of European plundering of occupied Western Sahara. PRESS RELEASE from WSRW.
Published 07 December 08
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No less than 426 organisations signed a petition letter, demanding from the EU Commission that occupied Western Sahara be kept clearly outside of the so- called Advanced Status cooperation that Morocco currently is being granted. The petition was sent to the EU Commission this morning. PRESS RELEASE.

Published 05 December 08
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South Africa to host the Conference on Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as a Case Study, 4th to 5th of December 2008. One of the sessions will be on the role of natural resources in Western Sahara.
Published 01 December 08
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Two so-called reefers, or refrigerated ships, have recently visited El Aaiun harbour in occupied Western Sahara, for transport of frozen fish to Russia and China.
Published 30 November 08

The Swiss flagged and managed vessel Celerina in November carried out a highly unethical phosphates transport from occupied Western Sahara to Louisiana, USA.

Published 30 November 08
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Shortly before the Government of New Zealand changed, the former Minister of Trade, Hon Phil Goff, wrote two letters regarding the natural resource exploitation. Read them here.

Published 30 November 08
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WSRW section Louisiana in October sent a letter to the US-Canadian fertiliser producer, PCS, demanding that they terminate its imports from Western Sahara. Two months later, WSRW still awaits a reply.
Published 30 November 08
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Two vessels are arriving New Zealand with phosphates from occupied Western Sahara first week of December.

Update: ....and here is one for Christmas.

Published 30 November 08
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The bulk vessel Furness Karumba arrived this port in Perth, Australia, in August.

Published 27 November 08

New Zealand firm Ballance Agri-Nutrients is importing phosphates from Western Sahara, contributing in the financing and legitimation of the illegal occupation from the territory. Here is correspondence between the NZ firm and the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara.

Published 27 November 08
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The US fertilizer producer will make a decision on continued imports from the occupied territories in 2009.
Published 20 November 08
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In an extraordinary show of arrogance and disdain for representatives of civil society organizations, the Washington based law firm Covington & Burling flatly refuses to engage with the global solidarity network Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) and this year\'s Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights Award laureate, Mrs. Aminatou Haidar. The US law firm is, because of a legal analysis it provided, the source the world phosphate industry refers to when they claim the phosphate trade from Western Sahara to be legal.
Published 19 November 08
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Several Swedish parliamentarians from one of the parties in the Swedish government, have motioned that the Swedish Government should work to prevent the EU from signing any new agreements or agreements of advanced status with Morocco "as long as the country occupies Western Sahara".

Published 19 November 08
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A global protest campaign, contesting occupied Western Sahara\'s inclusion in a Morocco-European Union (EU) free trade deal is gaining momentum. Today, South Africa\'s dominant labour union COSATU told the EU it was breaking international law by its planned inclusion of the territory. Afrol News, 17 November 2008.
Published 18 November 08
Shareholders question Wesfarmers over divestment by ethical fund-holders. Phosphate importations from Western Sahara to blame. Press release, 14 November 2008
Published 14 November 08
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The fertilizer company Yara remains under investigation by Norwegian police after having purchased a shipload of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 12 November 08
Zakhar Sorokin, November 2008.
Published 10 November 08

Read the report on the international trade union delegation to occupied Western Sahara from 17th to 22nd of February 2008.

Published 09 November 08
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BASF, the German chemical company who imported Western Saharan phosphates early October, wrote that they \"are fully confident that the operations of OCP at Boucraa and the purchase of the replacement delivery were consistent with international law\". But after request from WSRW, they refuse to publish their “expert opinion” upon which their conclusion is based. To clarify further aspects of the unpublished report, they refer to a US law firm.

Published 09 November 08
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The Executive Board of The Liberal Party of Norway demands that Western Sahara be excluded from EU\'s cooperation with Morocco.
Published 09 November 08
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And it includes occupied Western Sahara as part of its own territory.
Published 05 November 08
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Western Sahara Resource Watch has received more photos documenting the vessel that arrived Tasmania, Australia, end of October, carrying phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.

Published 05 November 08

The talks of granting a so-called Advanced Status to Morocco are getting ever more concrete. But to this day, the EU and Morocco have still avoided stating whether or not occupied Western Sahara should be involved in the cooperation. “There is an elephant walking around in the negotiations room, which no one wants to see or mention”, said WSRW in press release today. Read press release and letter to the EU here.

Published 03 November 08

J. Lauritzen, the Danish shipping conglomerate, has been accused of plundering natural resources from the occupied Western Sahara, a report said.

Published 02 November 08
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The Belgian branch of German chemical company BASF is not planning further imports from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 31 October 08
16.000 tonnes were received in October.
Published 25 October 08

Two bulk vessels filled with phosphates from occupied Western Sahara are within the next weeks arriving New Zealand.

Published 25 October 08
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She arrived Tasmania this week. Photo is from 23rd of October 2008.

Published 25 October 08
German former MEP, and former leader of the Western Sahara solidarity network at the European Parliament, Margot Keßler, has this week sent a letter to the Belgian branch of the German chemical company BASF. In the letter, Mrs. Keßler asks for a clarification on a series of questions regarding BASF\'s imports of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 25 October 08
Florida fertilizer company Mosaic Co. has received another vessel of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara, in violation of international law. Western Sahara Resource Watch section Florida has urged the company to stop its imports. Read letter here.
Published 25 October 08
Trade unions from 16 countries attended the 4th congress of the Sahrawi trade union UGTSARIO in the refugee camps in Algeria, 19th to 21st of October 2008. Read the statement from the unions here, supporting the Sahrawi peoples\' right to self-determination over their country and natural resources.
Published 25 October 08

These last days, a vessel has been unloading phosphates from the occupied Western Sahara at the harbour of Ghent (Belgium). The importer of these phosphates is believed to be chemical giant BASF.

Published 09 October 08
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The issue of the plundering of Western Sahara was a recurring topic, as the UN\'s committee for decolonisation issues this week has gathered to debate the decolonisation process in Western Sahara. Companies from various countries were critizised for illegal phosphate exports, including for shipments to Ghent (Belgium), Varna (Bulgaria) and Tampa (USA) this week. Read the intervention from the petitioner of the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara here.
Published 09 October 08
The vessel Burhan Dizman 1 in the early hours of this morning arrived the Bulgarian city of Varna.
Published 07 October 08