PUSL.- Since August this year activists in New Zealand have consistently been protesting against the import of Phosphate originating from Western Sahara and illegally sold by Morocco.
Today the organization “Climate Justice Taranaki” padlocked the gate at the fertilizer factory Ravensdown, blocking trucks, in light of the company’s connections to many environmental and social issues, climate change being number one.
“We locked the gate here at Ravensdown today to highlight the fact that this company as it is, should be shut down… Ravensdown fertilizer is derived from gas, a fossil fuel, and ‘Blood phosphates’ taken from Western Sahara under military occupation. When used the fertilizer emits nitrous oxide which is a greenhouse gas 400 times worse than carbon dioxide.”
PUSL.- According to an article pblished by SAHARAREPORTERS, SADR will start legal proceedings against African governments and companies that have trade relations with Morocco over the Saharawi natural resources.
According to the article published, SADR, at a meeting in Abuja this weekend, has chosen lawyer Femi Falana to be the legal representative who will initiate legal proceedings at the African Court of Human Rights in Arusha, Tanzania.
After accepting the appointment, Falana said the proceedings will begin in Nigeria, which consumes tons of phosphate allegedly taken from the SADR by Morocco.
The lawyer said he did not expect many obstacles in the success of the SADR’s call to end Morocco’s occupation of its mineral-rich territory.
New York, September 19, 2019 (SPS) -. The POLISARIO Front delegate at the United Nations strongly condemned Morocco’s expansionary policy in the Occupied Areas.
In separate letters to Mr. Jean-Pierre La Croix, United Nations Assistant Secretary General in charge of Peace Operations, and Mr. Colin Stewart, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Western Sahara, respectively, by Dr. Sidi Mohamed Omar, a POLISARIO representative at the United Nations, expressed his rejection of the construction of a “new Atlantic port” with extensive infrastructure about 70 kilometers north of Dakhla in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
The POLISARIO Front warns that the Moroccan project to be implemented in the occupied city of Dakhla is another example of Morocco’s annexation policies designed to perpetuate and normalize its military occupation and the illegal annexation of parts of Western Sahara in flagrant violation of international law.
PUSL / Jornal Tornado .- According to an article published in CR Digital Magazine, an online African Construction Portal the government of Morocco has announced plans to construct a US $1bn port at Dakhla, a city with a population of about 100,000 in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
This port and the more than US $7bn projects that Morocco has planned for the occupied territories shows the commitment and intent of Morocco to continue to exploit. the natural resources of Western Sahara and maintain the occupation. There is no intent in honoring the United Nations resolution nor to initiated any credible dialogue or negotiations with the legitimate representative of the Saharawi People , the Polisario Front.
A committee, organised by the Ministry of Equipment and Transport; whose mandate will be to oversee the construction has already been put in place and is expected to launch tenders for the mega project before the end of the year. The port shall be finished in seven years according to the Moroccan Authorities.
dernoagrario.com – The coordination of farmers and livestock organizations (COAG) reports that Morocco is strengthening its logistics system to increase fraudulent agricultural exports from Western Sahara to the European market. So much so that one of the world’s leading shipping and container companies, the French CMA CGM, announced on 7 August the launch of a weekly route linking Dajla, in the occupied territories of Western Sahara, with the main Moroccan ports (Agadir – Casablanca – Tangier) and with Algeciras as the gateway to Europe. This announcement has already come true with the departure of the first freighter, the CMA CGM AGADIR, from Dajla on August 22, with goods from the Saharawi territories and which made the relevant stops at the ports of Morocco.
This confirms the warnings made by COAG following the revision of the EU-Morocco trade agreement (approved by the European institutions in early 2019), thus extending the trade advantages of Moroccan exports to the EU to Western Sahara productions. This review sought to accommodate the CJEU decision of December 2016, which declared void the application of this agreement to the territory of Western Sahara, as Morocco and Western Sahara are “two separate and distinct territories”.
PUSL.- Through a formal request on June 26, the communist MP Hugo Gutiérrez, asked the commander-in-chief of the Navy, Admiral Julio Leiva, an inspection of the Liberian flag vessel Venture Pearl that would be close to navigating Chilean waters, and transports cargo of phosphate originating from Western Sahara .
According to local media the deputy stated that “I believe that one of the struggles that occur in the world that are most invisible is the struggle of the Saharawi people for their independence, to finish with years of years of colonization and the use that Morocco makes of its lands, including the usufruct of all its natural resources. ”
Panama had prohibited this merchant from entering through the Panama Canal respecting international law that prohibits the exploit of Natural Resources of Western Sahara by Morocco without consent of the Saharawi people.
Legal action over disputed African territory affects EU links with Morocco
Financial Times / JOHN DIZARD. .- What the military calls asymmetric warfare — guerrillas fighting regular armies — has come to the compliance world.
Political movements with few financial assets, let alone military superiority, can win in court against corporate or government players.
Thanks to their ability to make use of their wins by influencing trillions of investors’ money, or sensitive sovereign wealth funds, they can generate a huge effect.
Take a case filed in the European Court of Justice on April 29 by the Polisario Front, a political group that demands full sovereignty for Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. Its lawyers claim Brussels is violating EU human rights law by allowing, even encouraging, the import of natural resources from the territory. Read more
The Frente POLISARIO entered with the registry of the Court of Justice of the European Union an action for annulment against the decision of 28th January 2019, whereby the European Union concluded an association agreement with Morocco, deciding that this agreement would apply also to the territory of Western Sahara.
In its judgment of 21st December 2016, the CJEU ruled that Morocco and Western Sahara were two distinct and separate territories, and that there could be economic activity on the territory only with the consent of the people of Western Sahara. These principles were confirmed by two judgments of 2018, concerning fishing and airspace.
The POLISARIO Front had immediately demonstrated to negotiate the agreements necessary for the development of the territory, in compliance with the decisions of the CJEU. European leaders have made another choice. As the Court said that there could be no “de facto application”, they imagined a “law enforcement” mechanism, inventing an explicit process of extending the EU agreement / MOROCCO on the territory of Western Sahara. This is a serious violation of the principle of sovereignty. Read more
PUSL .- Izquierda Unida has released a press statement today in which it characterizes the response of the European Commission (EC) as cynical. The response in question is related to on the question put forward by the MEP Paloma Lopez of this political party asking whether the EC condemns the Moroccan action when trying to legitimize the occupation of Western Sahara, with the appropriation of Dakhla as a Moroccan city, or its attitude towards the constant breach of the agreements of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on fisheries matters. These questions where put forward last October on the occasion of the participation of the company Atlas Pelagic, based in the Saharawi city of Dakhla, in the Fair of Frozen Products of Vigo (Conxemar).
Atlas Pelagic, a Moroccan company dedicated to plundering the natural resources of Western Sahara, which represents a violation of the judgments of the European Court of Justice, which has expressed in three rulings that Western Sahara is not a Territory subject to the sovereignty of Morocco. “It is intolerable to continue seeing cases of Moroccan companies that take advantage of the plundering of the natural resources of Western Sahara, becoming accomplices of an illegitimate military occupation by participating in the sacking of the Saharawi people,” said the national coordinator of the United Left, Eva Solla. Read more
PUSL – [BRUSSELS, JANUARY 23] The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved today the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement which includes the maritime area of Western Sahara. The Commission in no way respects the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of February 2018, in which it is explicit that such an agreement could not be applied to Western Sahara. The agreement was approved with 17 votes in favor, 7 against and 2 abstentions.
Parliament’s Plenary (all MEPs) will have to make the final vote on 13 February.
Following the disastrous vote on the EU / Morocco trade agreement, which also violates the CJEU rulings, there seems to be no intention of European politicians to respect international law or it’s own court. Read more
lavanguardia.com.- The Polisario Front decided to denounce again before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJUE) the trade agreement between Morocco and the European Union approved last Wednesday by the European Parliament, to include Sahrawi territories.
In a statement released today by the official news agency SPS, the Polisario warned that the battle for the preservation of the Saharawi natural resources “will be a factor of decisive pressure on the Moroccan occupier.”
“The battle will be fought in the judicial and executive bodies of Europe, which does not recognize the supposed sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara, as stated in its latest decision on the illegal trade agreement between Morocco and the EU,” the Polisario stressed. Read more