A shipment of what’s been described as an illegally mined cargo of conflict minerals bound for Vancouver has been detained in Panama.
Erik Hagen from the human rights group Western Sahara Resource Watch says at least ten shipments of phosphate arrived in Vancouver last year, despite the UN, the International Court of Justice, and the Court of Justice of the EU not recognizing deals made with the Moroccan government-controlled mining company.
“We see governments from around the world objecting to the plunder, and it would make sense to see also both the national government and the regional governments express concerns about these.”
Hagen concedes it’s difficult for governments here to forbid the shipments coming through Vancouver’s ports.
“That’s unrealistic, but then they need to send a message to the companies saying ‘this is not something we want our city, our harbour, our state to be associated with.'”
Hagen says at least ten shipments of the controversial cargo arrived in Vancouver last year.
The Canadian Press is reporting the Alberta company Agrium is hoping to get its phosphate moving again from Panama.