Polish company states 'political reasons' for departing Western Saharageofyzika_krakow1_610.jpg
25.08 - 2016 13:29
All workers of a Polish state owned company in occupied Western Sahara have just been pulled out from the territory 'because of political reasons'.
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San Leon/PetroMaroc study delayed and fined18.08 - 2016
The San Leon Energy/PetroMaroc study at the Zag block in occupied Western Sahara is delayed and the partners are penalized by Moroccan authorities. PetroMaroc's future is hanging by a thread.Read more
The oil map is changing in occupied Western Sahara31.07 - 2016
Kosmos and Cairn have renewed their licence - but did San Leon Energy abandon one of its licences? A new map from ONHYM suggests changes to the highly controversial oil exploration in the occupied territory. Read more

Kosmos cites political arguments to operate in Western Sahara18.07 - 2016
Kosmos gives geopolitical arguments to operate in occupied Western Sahara, while Cairn Energy refuses to answer why it operates in what they call "Morocco". WSRW has sought clarifications from the duo.Read more
See how the controversial plantations boomed in the desert18.07 - 2016
Based on assessments of satelite images, WSRW has calculated how the plantations in occupied Western Sahara developed from 2003 until today. Read more

WSRW concerned over increased Agrium importsdoric_samurai_13.05.2016_610.jpg
11.07 - 2016
Western Sahara Resource Watch has requested further clarifications from the Canadian company Agrium, which is importing phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.
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World's largest wealth fund drops Cairn and Kosmos over Western Sahara28.06 - 2016
Norway's sovereign wealth fund has today announced it has excluded Kosmos Energy and Cairn Energy from its portfolios because of their oil search in Western Sahara. Approx. 54 million dollars of shares were sold. Read more
WSRW demands Polish state oil company to leave Western Sahara28.06 - 2016
WSRW lauches today a report on the Polish oil company PGNiG, and demands it to abandon its project. WSRW asks its owners to intervene. Read more

Wave of divestments over Western Sahara27.06 - 2016
In recent months, several investment firms have relinquished their interests in companies that are involved in the natural resource exploitation of occupied Western Sahara. Here are 21 of them. Read more
Moroccan group to intervene in EU Court case about occupied Sahara24.06 - 2016
A Moroccan umbrella association that claims the EU Court of Justice has never suspended the Western Sahara trade, is now to intervene in the EU Court to support the annulment of the suspension (which the association never believed occurred in the first place). Confused? We are too. Read more

Check out Cairn Energy's geography failurescairn2013_610.jpg
23.06 - 2016
Cairn Energy consistently includes occupied Western Sahara as part of Morocco.
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Controversial Polish oil search stopped due to strike22.06 - 2016
When over 100 of the locally recruited staff stopped working, the Polish oil hunt in occupied Western Sahara had to temporarily close.Read more
Confirmed: these 5 countries intervene against Saharawis at EU Court22.06 - 2016
The EU Court has now officially confirmed that five EU Member States will intervene in favour of Morocco in the proceedings to reverse the Court’s decision to halt imports from occupied Western Sahara through a trade deal with Morocco.Read more

Total officially states it has left Western Sahara 21.06 - 2016
"The contract was not extended in December 2015", company writes on website. It has also confirmed that it has "no plans" to return to the territory, which lies in the part of Western Sahara under Moroccan occupation. Read more
Danish shipping company Ultrabulk caught red handed19.06 - 2016
The day after Danish parliament urged all companies to stay away from occupied Western Sahara, a Danish vessel arrived Canada with phosphates rock taken from the territory. Read more

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12.06 - 2016
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
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EU Member States to intervene against Western Sahara in EU Court09.06 - 2016
A handful of EU Member States will intervene in the European Court proceedings in favour of Morocco, asking the Court to reverse its decision to cancel the EU-Morocco trade deal in occupied Western Sahara.Read more
Polish company undertakes seismic studies in occupied Western Sahara09.06 - 2016
The Polish seismic services company Geofizyka Kraków ignored warnings and started seismic studies for oil exploration in occupied territory.

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Paradeep: new client of Sahara conflict phosphates?03.06 - 2016
It rarely happens that vessels transport phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara to India. However, an 8 million dollar consignment is at present being offloaded in port of Paradip.Read more
PotashCorp ignores its owners, buys massive cargo from Western Sahara03.06 - 2016
Only three weeks after nearly a third of its shareholders had requested a human rights review of its imports from occupied Western Sahara, the Canadian fertilizer firm PotashCorp is expecting a giant shipment of phosphate rock from the occupied territory.Read more

News archive:
04.03 - 2016Norwegian pension fund blacklists San Leon over Western Sahara
16.02 - 2016Lifosa ends imports of Western Sahara phosphate rock
23.02 - 2016Hunger striking for an answer to request for appeal
23.02 - 2016Council has appealed court annulment of Morocco trade deal
17.02 - 2016Danish municipality cancels supply contract over Western Sahara ties
10.02 - 2016Swiss retailer will stop importing tomatoes from Western Sahara
03.02 - 2016US Methodist Church blacklists five companies active in Western Sahara
02.02 - 2016Dutch pension fund kicks OCP over Western Sahara


Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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The Western Sahara oil curse


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