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08.11 - 2015 21:58
At the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Morocco’s invasion into Western Sahara, the Moroccan king delivered a speech that leaves no doubt about his colonial intentions. Major lucrative projects are planned, and those who oppose them “will have to assume the responsibilities for their decisions”.
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Morocco continues to discard by-catches in occupied Western Sahara22.10 - 2015
WSRW has received images of fish being dumped in the desert near the town of Dakhla to hide over-fishing. The pictures were taken two days ago.Read more
Saharawis protest Moroccan land grab in front of digging machines20.10 - 2015
WSRW has received footage of Saharawis protesting in front of digging machines, supposedly owned by the Moroccan state owned phosphate company OCP. The Saharawis claim that Morocco is confiscating their land to allow more foreign investments in the occupied territory.Read more

UK Court refers Western Sahara imports case to EU Court20.10 - 2015
In refering the case on the questionable legality of UK imports from Western Saharan products to the European Court of Justice, the UK Judge stated that "there is an arguable case of a manifest error by the [European] Commission in understanding and applying international law relevant to these agreements.”
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African Union publishes Legal Opinion on Western Sahara plunder19.10 - 2015
... and finds the ongoing exploration and exploitation of the territory's resources in violation of international law.Read more

LATEST: Morocco "denounces and rejects" UN recommendations16.10 - 2015
Morocco reacts furiously to a UN Treaty Body recommending the country to respect the Saharawi people's rights to self-determination and natural resources.
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UN Treaty Body urges Morocco to respect Saharawis' right to resources16.10 - 2015
A UN Treaty Body has, for the first time, issued a set of strong recommendations pertaining to Western Sahara while reviewing Morocco's compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
LATEST (16.10.2015): Morocco rejects UN recommendations.
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Thousands of Saharawis protest against San Leon Energy15.10 - 2015
Massive numbers of Saharawi refugees gathered last weekend to send a clear message to Irish oil company San Leon Energy which is looking for oil in their occupied homeland: "San Leon: go home". Find high resolution footage of the protest, free of charge.Read more

San Leon hits gas in occupied Western Sahara 01.10 - 2015
Irish oil company San Leon Energy's exploratory drilling operation in occupied Western Sahara revealed the presence of gas, but thus far not of petroleum. The company will apply for a new licence with the Moroccan government and announces further seismic surveys to explore the potential petroleum reservoirs.Read more
New series of academic articles on Western Sahara resources12.09 - 2015
The journal Global Change, Peace & Security last week published a series of articles on natural resources in Western Sahara. Read more

Here is San Leon's drilling equipment in the occupied territory09.09 - 2015

WSRW has received footage of the drilling operation to take place in the territory under Moroccan occupation

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San Leon's drilling began31.08 - 2015
Amid Saharawi protests, San Leon Energy has begun to drill an onshore well in occupied Western Sahara on 21 August.Read more
Saharawis in occupied Western Sahara: "Shame on you San Leon"12.08 - 2015
Saharawis in the occupied parts of Western Sahara continue to speak out against Irish/UK company San Leon Energy's plans to drill for oil in their homeland. "Stop supporting brutal occupation of Western Sahara", they say.Read more

Saharawis on San Leon Energy's oil block protest27.07 - 2015

These videos of Saharawis denouncing the Irish/UK oil company's plans on the land they inhabit were shot last week. The persons live in occupied Western Sahara, exactly on the block where San Leon's drilling will take place in August, in violation of international law.
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Do not invest in Xplorer PLC23.07 - 2015
The small UK company Xplorer PLC is looking for more capital to buy into the highly controversial Boujdour Offshore Shallow permit in occupied Western Sahara.Read more

San Leon admits working for the interest of Morocco23.07 - 2015
San Leon Energy "has the long-term interest of Morocco in mind", company chairman Oisin Fanning stated to Irish media today. The company plans drilling in the territory under illegal Moroccan occupation.
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Western Sahara president asks UN to intervene against San Leon Energy20.07 - 2015
“We urgently request that the Secretary-General condemn these activities, which are in clear violation of international law", the President of the Western Sahara Republic wrote in a letter to Ban Ki-Moon.Read more
Saharawi refugees protest San Leon Energy's plunder plans20.07 - 2015
Irish company is to drill for occupying power Morocco. Saharawi refugees who were forcibly displaced following the occupation, protest their plans. Read more

San Leon Energy to drill in occupied territory 13.07 - 2015
The UK/Irish company San Leon is planning to drill in Western Sahara in a few weeks from now, even though UN says further exploration is illegal. WSRW condemns the plans.
Read also: Western Sahara is part of Morocco, San Leon states before drilling
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Western Sahara is part of Morocco, San Leon states before drilling13.07 - 2015
Irish/UK oil company San Leon Energy stated to Irish media today that next month's drilling is located in "Moroccan Southern Provices". Only one government in the world labels the occupied territory in similar way: Morocco. Irish lawyers warn of legal steps.Read more

News archive:
29.06 - 2015Morocco seeks partner for another onshore controversy: Lemsid
26.06 - 2015Moroccan government accused of fraud with EU anti-driftnet money
23.06 - 2015MAN Diesel & Turbo to aid Morocco in electrofication of occupied land
18.06 - 2015MW Brands seals deal to sell sardines from occupied Western Sahara
10.06 - 2015European Court of Justice to assess EU-Morocco agri-deal next week
09.06 - 2015PotashCorp expecting fourth unethical phosphate cargo in June
27.04 - 2015Russian plunder vessel pollutes Canary-Western Sahara strait
23.04 - 2015Swedish fishermen guilty of illegal fisheries
15.04 - 2015243 organisations ask UN to condemn Morocco's colonial oil plans
14.04 - 2015Shipping company guarantees no more Western Sahara transports
10.04 - 2015Swedish government fund excludes Agrium over Western Sahara imports
01.04 - 2015SeaBird admits wrongdoing on NewAge/Glencore seismic in Western Sahara
29.03 - 2015NZ fertiliser importers defend their imports
29.03 - 2015New Age is the operator of the Foum Ognit block
29.03 - 2015African Union warns companies plundering Western Sahara


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