Western Sahara Resource Watch last week wrote about a new case of a former Norwegian vessel discarding fish in occupied Western Sahara.
The export of old Norwegian fishing vessels to Western Sahara constitutes a large problem, according to Greenpeace. A substantial part of the private fisheries fleet in occupied Western Sahara consists of old Norwegian fishing vessels. In 2014 The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara wrote about the vessel Adrar, former Bømmelbas, which had dumped 1000 tonnes of sardines in 2013.
The new case of discards took place earlier this year, from the vessel Buland (ex-Røttingøy).
Both Røttingøy and Bømmelbas had been used by Moroccan generals with licences in Western Sahara.
Audun Maråk, CEO of the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, told the newspaper, FiskeribladetFiskaren on 10 May told:
“I have commented on this issue before. Our association do not wish to see that Norwegian fisheries industry is associated with such illegal acts, particularly when no Norwegian players are involved".
Morocco must stop targeting human rights defenders and journalists standing up for human rights in Western Sahara, and allow them to work without reprisals, UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said today.
In an early morning raid today, masked agents terrorized and assaulted the home of the Saharawi human rights defender Sultana Khaya, stole belongings and took three activists to an undisclosed location.
On 7 June 2019, videos began to circulate showing Moroccan police brutally beating up a Saharawi journalist in occupied Western Sahara. Today, a UN opinion calling for his release from prison was made public.
The Saharawi activist Sultana Khaya and her family has for almost 10 weeks been harrassed by Moroccan police when leaving or entering their home in occupied Western Sahara. Help us to denounce.