South African High Court returns stolen phosphates to the Polisario Front

The High Court of South Africa published the ruling today on the cargo of phosphates transported on the ship “NM Cherry Blossom” which it transported from the occupied territories of Western Sahara.

The cargo sold by OCS and Phosphates of Bucraa SA, Moroccan state-owned companies that illegally exploit phosphates from the occupied territories of Western Sahara to two companies (Australian and New Zealand).

The vessel carrying 55,000 tonnes of phosphate was detained on 1 May 2017 when it landed at Port Elisabeth in South Africa.

By a decision issued on 23 February, the High Court of South Africa concluded that: (1) SADR “is the owner of all phosphate cargo currently loaded on the vessel NM Cherry Blossom” and (2) “ownership of the phosphate was never legally invested “in Moroccan state-owned companies OCP SA and, Phosphates de Boucraa, SA” and they were not entitled to sell phosphate to “Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd.” Read more

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Naama Asfari in isolation announces unlimited hunger strike

Press release

“Better to die for dignity than to live without it”

– After a week of solitary confinement and a warning strike on February 12 and 13, 2018, strike for which the prison administration refused to give me a receipt of strike as declaration,

– After the irresponsible reaction of the director of the penitentiary institution transferring me to a cell of isolation and depriving me of all fundamental rights, with false and absurd arguments that show the pressure and blackmail exerted against me from the first day by the director of this prison ,

– And because of the persistence of this blackmail and the lack of response from the Central Administration on my first request to be transferred to one of the cities of Western Sahara and to open a serious dialogue about my legitimate claims:

I announce that I will start an unlimited hunger strike starting on February 27, 2018.

The strike will take place after having tried, by all means, to alleviate the suffering of my brothers from the group of Gdeim Izik that were separated and dispersed for more than 6 months, now in several prisons, after the unjust sentences that were imposed us due simply because we are activists of freedom and self-determination of the Saharawi people. Read more

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