New Zealand government urged to stop illegal Sahrawi phosphate shipments

Wellington, 13 June 2020 (SPS)-  The organization specializing in the protection of Saharawi natural resources, "Western Sahara Campaign-NZ," demanded from New Zealand government to stop its illegal import of phosphate extracted from occupied Western Sahara.

In a statement made public Saturday by the local press, the organization regretted that "once again, New Zealand fertilizer companies Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients continue to participate in the plunder of Western Sahara natural resources."

"We can see that the financial interests of certain New Zealand companies have prevailed over the commitments linked to international rights and human rights," said the organization.

In this regard, Western Sahara Campaign-NZ "calls on the government to force Ravensdown and Ballance Agre-Nutrients to stop importing of phosphate extracted from Western Sahara."

"The government's lack of determination and the pursuit of the two companies activities undermine the prestige of New Zealand, "said the organization.

"It is time for New Zealanders to say no to blood-stained phosphate," said the NGO. (SPS)

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