Spain exports military vessels to Morocco claiming them to be civilian ships

  • Shipping company Rodman sells military ships to Rabat without classifying them as defense material, although they may carry heavy weapons.
  • The Moroccan Army uses these Spanish armored ships and armored vehicles to perpetuate their occupation in Western Sahara.
  • Spain continued to transfer weapons to the Moroccan army after the entry into force of European export legislation prohibiting such sales. The Spanish shipping company Rodman has been selling military ships for years, making them pass as civilian ships and thus avoiding arms export controls. Many of these vessels were sent to the Moroccan Navy between 2007 and 2010 and are used to occupy the fishing grounds of Western Sahara. This newspaper also located in the same area Spanish armored vehicles used to prevent protests from the Saharawi people.

The Rodman 101 model vessels were presumably exported as “seagoing ships” or “lifeboats”, despite having a 12.7 mm or larger machine gun. According to Spanish and European legislation, the existence of such support includes these ships in the list of military equipment and subject to proper export control. Rodman, the maker of these ships, did not answer the questions of this newspaper.

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Western Sahara: GRIP calls on European countries to refuse any arms exports to Morocco

Dk News.- The Peace and Security Research and Information Group (GRIP) called on European countries to refuse any export of military equipment to Morocco, raising the issue that these weapons are used to commit numerous human rights violation in occupied Western Sahara.

GRIP warned, in a recent report, European countries about their arms exports to Morocco by insisting on the non-compliance of the transfer of these military equipments with the pre-export evaluation criteria established by the European Union in the “Common Position”.

“Morocco continues to occupy most of Western Sahara,” said the GRIP report, while referring to “repressive practices violent and disproportionate to international standards regarding freedom of movement, freedom of expression and of association, the right to a fair trial or the safeguarding of the economic, social and cultural rights of the Saharawi people. Read more

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