The SADR government announced the commencement of an Oil and Gas licensing round on 17 May 2005. This offering of exploration licenses is the first international competitive licensing round arranged by the SADR Government, and follows a period of consultation with industry. The licensing initiative has been arranged in accordance with industry standards and the principles of international law, including general UN guidelines and, in particular, with the specific UN legal opinion regarding commercial activities in Western Sahara (12 February 2002).
The SADR government is pleased to announce that it has now received multiple applications from a number of international companies. The SADR government is currently evaluating these submissions with a view to inviting successful bidders to enter negotiations.
The potential for oil and gas in the territory of the SADR is significant, as demonstrated by recent discoveries along the Atlantic coastline of Africa, and particularly in neighbouring Mauritania. This licence offering has been undertaken to allow international companies to participate with the SADR authorities in the exploration of our offshore territory, and has been initiated in preparation for the full recovery of all of the SADR's territory and the completion of the UN decolonisation process in our country.
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.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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.
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.