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Western Sahara

The British government is taking action – the wrong action – on Western Sahara.

As the UK leaves the EU, it wants to bring the EU-Morocco Association Agreement into British law, which would mean continuing to trade in resources stolen from Western Sahara by Morocco. Morocco has illegally occupied Western Sahara since 1975.

The agreement will be ‘laid before parliament’ until 11 February – without a debate or a vote in the house of commons.

UNISON, Global Justice Now and other major bodies have written in protest to the government.

In December, the Federal Crimson, a huge ship carrying 51,000 tonnes of conflict phosphate, was met by a peace flotilla as it arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The 15-kayak flotilla was protesting against the illegal importation of Saharawi phosphate.

The protest was inspired by the Peace Squadrons which were crucial in the campaign to make New Zealand free from (visiting) nuclear weapons.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union also gave a letter of protest to the captain of the ship, after the Council of Trade Unions (New Zealand’s TUC) passed a resolution condemning Morocco’s occupation of Western Sahara and calling on the New Zealand government to halt the importation of Saharawi phosphate.

Topics: Western Sahara