Kosmos Energy, Total, Glencore and San Leon Energy - the operators of the oil licences in Western Sahara - fail to make any reference to that. The same applies to the importers of phosphates, such as fertilizer companies in Canada, Lithuania and New Zealand.
The companies' operations infuriate the Saharawis, both in the occupied territory and in the refugee camps in Algeria. "No to the plunder of our resources", is stated on the leaflets held by the women on the video, shortly before uniformed and plainclothed police officers and security forces members are seen attacking them with batons.
Demonstrations, organisations and parties through which wishes on the Moroccan plunder could have been freely expressed are all banned by the Moroccan government. The referendum, which the MINURSO operation was set out to implement, has been blocked by Morocco.
Other companies have, on the other hand, taken a responsible approach. Bloomberg on 13 March 2015 refered to a U.S. fertilizer producer, Mosaic, which stopped purchasing phosphates from Western Sahara “because of widespread international concerns regarding the rights of the Sahrawi people in that region,” a Mosaic spokesman, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg.
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.
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.
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.