Morocco seeks partner for another onshore controversy: Lemsidonhym_28.06.2015.jpg
30.06 - 2015 20:02
Several seismic survey companies have deeply regretted their involvement in the occupied Western Sahara over the last decade. Now, Morocco is trying to partner with yet another one - this time onshore. WSRW warns industry to not fall into the trap.
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Moroccan government accused of fraud with EU anti-driftnet money26.06 - 2015
Morocco received 4 million € from the European Union to put a stop to the harmful use of driftnets. Morocco's Trade Union of Traditional and Coastal Fishermen claims that the entire sum was given to two individuals lacking any legal status to receive the money, and has taken the matter to court.
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MAN Diesel & Turbo to aid Morocco in electrofication of occupied land25.06 - 2015
German powerhouse MAN Diesel & Turbo has been contracted by the Moroccan government to extend the diesel generators in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara.Read more

MW Brands seals deal to sell sardines from occupied Western Sahara18.06 - 2015
Canned fish brands such as John West and Parmentier will soon sell fish from occupied Western Sahara. The owner of the brands, MW Brands, has begun a partnership with Oceamic Laayoune, a sardine cannery in the occupied territory.
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European Court of Justice to assess EU-Morocco agri-deal next week10.06 - 2015
The European Court of Justice will assess the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement over Western Sahara, next Tuesday 16 June 2015, at 9:30 am.Read more

PotashCorp expecting fourth unethical phosphate cargo in Junealta_molek_vessel_610_200.jpg
09.06 - 2015
Late last week, a bulk vessel left the harbour of El Aaiun to set sail for the United States. In its holds? An estimated 50,000 tonnes of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.
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Russian plunder vessel pollutes Canary-Western Sahara strait28.04 - 2015
A Russian vessel that has been fishing illegally in occupied Western Sahara, sank a forthnight ago. The vessel is still leaking fuel oil in the area between the Canary Islands and Western Sahara.Read more
Swedish fishermen guilty of illegal fisheries23.04 - 2015
An eight year long legal process in Sweden has come to an end. The two Swedish fishermen which were fishing offshore occupied Western Sahara without proper licences are found guilty. Read more

243 organisations ask UN to condemn Morocco's colonial oil plans15.04 - 2015
"No oil drilling should take place in the territory until the Saharawis have had the chance to exercise their right to self-determination and have freely and fairly decided the political status of their homeland", the appeal to the Security Council writes. Read the full letter, and list of signatures, here.Read more
Shipping company guarantees no more Western Sahara transports14.04 - 2015
One of the biggest shipping companies in Norway calls the arrival of a vessel to occupied Western Sahara "an unfortunate mistake", and guarantees to media it will never happen again. Read more

Swedish government fund excludes Agrium over Western Sahara importsap_fund_excludes_agrium.jpg
10.04 - 2015
All Swedish government funds have now divested from Canadian company Agrium Inc, due to its phosphate imports from occupied Western Sahara. According to the fund's Ethical Council, Agrium cannot prove that the phosphate exploitation is done in accordance with the wishes and the interests of the Saharawi people.
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SeaBird admits wrongdoing on NewAge/Glencore seismic in Western Sahara01.04 - 2015
«We admit having done a mistake. It feels very uncomfortable having contributed in supporting an occupation power», seismic company SeaBird stated today. The company completed an assignment for Glencore and New Age in occupied Western Sahara in December. Read more
NZ fertiliser importers defend their imports29.03 - 2015
The New Zealand Fertiliser Association, representing the controversial importing companies in New Zealand is quoted by national TV that they are "aware of what's happening in Western Sahara but that's no reason not to use phosphate rock from the area".

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African Union warns companies plundering Western Sahara29.03 - 2015
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union this week asked the UN Security Council to intervene in stopping the plunder of Western Sahara's natural resources. AU sends a warning message to companies taking part in the plunder. Read more
Cairn Energy places occupied Western Sahara in Morocco27.03 - 2015
Cairn Energy launched today its annual report showing total failure to understand the background of the occupied territory in which it holds interest. Former UN Legal Counsel has already slammed the operation they carry out to be in violation of international law. Read more

No oil drilling in Western Sahara! Sign petition here!saharawi_ladies_protest_kosmos.jpg
23.03 - 2015
So far, over 100 organisations worldwide have endorsed our open letter calling on the UN Security Council to condemn Morocco's oil development in Western Sahara. Has your organisation signed up yet? Join us here!
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Saharawi refugees tell Glencore to leave their homeland18.03 - 2015
Saharawi refugees yesterday protested against Swiss firm Glencore Plc, looking for oil in their occupied Western Sahara. See photos and videos of the protest here.Read more
New WSRW report reveals importers of Western Sahara phosphate in 201416.03 - 2015
WSRW launches today its overview report containing all clients that have last year purchased phosphate rock from Western Sahara. The report details all volumes, values and shipments relating to Morocco’s exports from the occupied territory during 2014.Read more

Kosmos Energy, did you see these beatings? 14.03 - 2015
Any further oil exploration in Western Sahara is illegal unless the Saharawis want it themselves, according to the UN. The companies involved do not care.

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Saharawi women protest plunder on International Women's Day09.03 - 2015
In celebration of International Women's Day, yesterday 8 March 2014, the women of the Saharawi refugee camps held a protest against foreign companies that are complicit in Morocco's plunder of their occupied homeland: Western Sahara.Read more

News archive:
12.12 - 2014Expelled after doing interviews on Glencore-SeaBird oil exploration
12.12 - 2014Western Sahara govt protests SeaBird seismic in occupied territory
01.12 - 2014New Norwegian seismic study offshore occupied Western Sahara
02.12 - 2014Possible legal action against UK government over Western Sahara
02.12 - 2014Maria Damanaki opposed continued EU fishing in Western Sahara
01.12 - 2014Investor blacklisted Agrium for imports from occupied Western Sahara
27.11 - 2014Swiss company to construct solar plants in occupied Western Sahara
27.11 - 2014ONHYM offers yet another block in occupied territory
25.11 - 2014Morocco admits to using Saharawi resources for political gain
20.11 - 2014Conflict platform still not in Western Sahara
19.11 - 2014Luxembourg pension fund blacklists six firms over Saharan imports
12.11 - 2014The oil platform could arrive occupied Sahara in three days
07.11 - 2014San Leon bought its partner's interest in the "El Aaiun" oil block
03.11 - 2014Saharawi political prisoners speak out against Kosmos Energy
05.11 - 2014Controversy Kosmos to open supply base in Las Palmas?


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