Siemens must halt plans in occupied Western Sahara
siemens_windmills.jpg

WRSW has asked German multinational Siemens to withdraw from supplying wind turbines and related technical assistance for the construction of the Foum el Oued windfarm project in occupied Western Sahara. Siemens' partner in the project is NAREVA holding, a Moroccan company owned personally by King Mohammed VI.
Published: 24.06 - 2012 22:39Printer version    
In a letter to the company of 19 June 2012, WSRW argues that Siemens’ involvement in the project is a matter of grave importance that “goes to the question of corporate involvement that would entrench Morocco’s presence in Western Sahara, perpetuating the conflict over the territory and further delaying the Saharawi people’s right to exercise self-determination.”

Siemens had by then stated to WSRW that the project “does not infringe the right of self-determination or any other human right in public international law”.

“With delivering technology to this project, Siemens does not intend to make a political statement on the status of the region”, the company wrote in a letter to WSRW dated 8 May 2012. The company's request came as a response to an earlier, and yet unpublished letter, from WSRW to Siemens.

Yet, despite their efforts to be unpolitical, Siemens fails on its webpages to recognise that the location of the controversial project is not in Morocco, but in the Western Saharan territories occupied by Morocco since 1975. The German company's webpages thus constitute a strong political statement in disregard of the opinion of both the UN and of the Government of Germany, which do not recognise Morocco's self-proclaimed sovereignty over its southern neighbour.

Siemens claims that the windfarm project “bears a number of very positive effects regarding sustainable power production as well as the development of the region of West Sahara and the situation of the local population”.

A Project Design Document submitted as part of a request for UN funding by NAREVA holding presents the Foum el Oued project as part of an ongoing intensification of the exploitation of the occupied territory's natural resources, involving an increase in activity by Moroccan firms, supported by the Moroccan government. The Document states that the Wind Farm is to supply electricity to both private and publicly owned companies.

Due to the Moroccan government's policy of creating economic incentives to attract Moroccans to the illegally held territory, the 'local population' currently inhabiting Western Sahara is two to one Moroccan. The economic marginalization of the Saharawi people will result for them in an even smaller share of any economic benefit that would ensue. The Saharawi population living in Algerian refugee camps will not benefit at all.

WSRW in its first letter in March questioned how such a supply and on-the-ground technical support would be consistent with the company’s adherence to the UN Global Compact Initiative, which asks firms to support 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption “within their sphere of influence”.

Siemens has yet to publicly address these questions to their interpretation of their participation in Global Compact.

In January this year, Siemens AG announced its plans to supply the necessary material and technical know-how to the Moroccan company NAREVA for the construction of a wind park near El Aaiun, capital of occupied Western Sahara. The NAREVA holding is said to belong to the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI.

    
News:

07.12 - 2017 / 07.12 - 2017Siemens: the Moroccan king's wind turbine supplier in Western Sahara
05.12 - 2017 / 13.11 - 2017EU fish support to Morocco builds Western Sahara fish industry
21.11 - 2017 / 11.11 - 2017Paradise Papers: New light on Glencore structure
10.11 - 2017 / 27.08 - 2010Support Western Sahara Resource Watch
31.10 - 2017 / 12.10 - 2017Moroccan wind energy in occupied Western Sahara passing 40%
31.10 - 2017 / 31.10 - 2017Interview with Jytte Guteland: 1 of 5 MEPs evicted from Western Sahara
30.10 - 2017 / 10.10 - 2017UK company building wind park in occupied Western Sahara
26.10 - 2017 / 26.10 - 2017Kosmos surveying oil potential near Dakhla again?
24.10 - 2017 / 24.10 - 2017EU Parliament approves Morocco aviation deal including Western Sahara
24.10 - 2017 / 24.10 - 2017EU-Morocco trade talks: replacing Saharawis with Moroccans
23.10 - 2017 / 20.10 - 2017Imminent vote on EU-Morocco aviation deal, covering Western Sahara
11.10 - 2017 / 10.10 - 2017Wärtsilä to build power plant in occupied Western Sahara
09.10 - 2017 / 09.10 - 2017Morocco announces 500% increase of agriculture zone in occupied Dakhla
27.09 - 2017 / 26.09 - 2017EU appears clueless on import levels from Western Sahara
27.09 - 2017 / 25.09 - 2017New report: Sweden must advise companies on Western Sahara
01.09 - 2017 / 01.09 - 2017Saharawi organisations slam EU over trade talks with Morocco
19.07 - 2017 / 18.07 - 2017Civilian court follows military court against Saharawi activists
13.07 - 2017 / 13.07 - 2017Western Sahara has won its conflict cargo case in South Africa
10.07 - 2017 / 10.07 - 2017Siemens inconsistently supporting occupations
05.07 - 2017 / 05.07 - 2017Sign up! Stop EU trade talks with Morocco regarding Western Sahara!




EN ES FR DE AR

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.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!

tn_court_photo_gdeim_izik_610.jpg

Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch

tn_sjovik_demo_610.jpg

Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder

tn_poweringplunder_eng_610.jpg

At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.
The Western Sahara oil curse

tn_san_leon_protest_camps_8_august_2015_610x200.jpg

Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.

WSRW.org News Archive 2017
WSRW.org News Archive 2016
WSRW.org News Archive 2015
WSRW.org News Archive 2014
WSRW.org News Archive 2013
WSRW.org News Archive 2012
WSRW.org News Archive 2011
WSRW.org News Archive 2010
WSRW.org News Archive 2009
WSRW.org News Archive 2008
WSRW.org News Archive 2007
WSRW.org News Archive 2004-2006


Register for our English newsletter:









These web pages have been built with the financial support of the trade union Industry Energy