Blood phosphate Secretly shipped from Western Sahara to New Zealand raises interest in New Zealand activists’ circles

Willington (New Zealand), July 16, 2019 (SP (SPS)– New Zealand Newspaper, “Otago Daily Times”, published a long article on Tuesday early morning (New Zealand time= GMT+12), about Saharawi, New Zealander and international activists tracking a strange ship that seems to be secretly heading to New Zealand with an uknown quantity of stolen Saharawi Phosphate, illegally mined and marketed by Morocco, the occupying power in Western Sahara.

Under the title “No time to ignore blood phosphates”, journalist Bruce Munro, brings the story to the New Zealander readers, pointing at the responsibility of New Zealand companies, Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, about the continuation of exports of this controversial good mined and shipped from an occupied territory.

The journalists also wondered if New Zealand Prime Minister, Mrs. Jacinda Arden, is not partly responsible of the ignorance of the plight of this last colony in Africa, especially that she cannot claim to be completely ignorant about its status, since she has in fact visited the Saharawi refugee camps back in 2008 while she was the President of IUSY.

The article further unveils the criminal-like ways used by the ship, which is nowhere mentioned in the records of New Zeland’s ports, though according to the tracking records it is most likely to be heading to this country.

Asking Saharawi human rights activist and ex-victim of forced disappearance, Mohamed Daihani, the journalist affirmed that the activist is sure that the Ship is carrying Saharawi stolen phosphate.

“The ships carrying phosphate are kept secret because they are pirate ships. If they are not on your port schedules it is further proof of what I have just said,” Daihani stressed.

On his side, Polisario Front’s Representative in Australia, Kamal Fadel, refuted the arguments of the two New Zealand companies that claimed that their trade is legal and based on some European Union’s report.

Kamal affirmed to the journalist that the mentioned “EU delegation did not visit Western Sahara and only consulted a few pro-Morocco organisations.”

He further considers that “the EU was also in breach of the decisions of the European Court of Justice [ECJ] which confirmed that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara and therefore has no right to deal in Western Sahara resources.”

It should be recalled here that the EU Court of Justice has ruled twice in 2016 and 2018 that Western Sahara and Morocco are two distinct countries, and therefore the EU cannot sign agreements with Morocco if that involves the territory or adjacent waters of this colony.

Polisario Representative was of the view that “Foreign companies that buy Western Sahara phosphates embolden Morocco to maintain the occupation,” the article indicates.

“They provide legitimacy and funding to Morocco and deny our people a vital resource that we would need to rebuild our country after decades of conflict and suffering,” Kamal further said.

Kamal Fadel believes that New Zealand’s companies involvement in this pirate like trade “has tarnished its international reputation as a nation that defends human rights.”

He called on the New Zealand Government to “do the right thing” and “put an end” to Western Sahara phosphate imports until the final status of the occupied country is determined through a referendum on self-determination for the people of Western Sahara.

The article also reflected the rejection by New Zealanders of this illegal exploitation of a natural resource of a colonised people.

In this respect Environmental Justice Otepoti (EJO) members, brother and sister, Sam and Rose Murphy say all New Zealanders have a responsibility to take a stand on this issue.

“In this globalised world, where we are all connected, we need to make sure that our actions and the actions of those around us aren’t causing harm to others,” Rose says.

“If we’ve drunk New Zealand milk or eaten meat or drunk wine, then Western Sahara is in us … That absolutely makes it our issue,” Sam adds.

Whenever the next Western Sahara phosphate ship does dock in New Zealand, the Murphy siblings say they and other members of EJO will be on hand to make their views known.

“It will be an important moment to bring to attention the fact that this ship has come from the other side of the world with what we believe are stolen goods,” Sam says. “It would be wrong if there was no-one there to say it was unwelcome,’ the article concluded. (SPS)