Kosmos Energy maintains propaganda site after Western Sahara exitwesternsaharaoil_610.jpg
06.03 - 2018 00:21
Kosmos Energy has decided to keep their website defending Western Sahara oil search - even after they have left the territory.
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What is HeidelbergCement doing in occupied Western Sahara?02.03 - 2018
The German multinational cement giant HeidelbergCement owns a cement factory in Western Sahara. WSRW enquires about who gave the company permission to operate in the occupied territory. Read more
Confirmed: Innophos key client of Western Sahara phosphate rock01.03 - 2018
The US company Innophos admits in its latest annual report to be purchasing the conflict mineral through PotashCorp.Read more

South Africa stands up against the plunder of Western Sahara28.02 - 2018
The Government of South African today issued a strong statement of support for International Humanitarian Law in Western Sahara during a meeting in Geneva today. Read more
Bermuda shipping company drops Western Sahara28.02 - 2018
Golden Ocean regrets shipment of phosphates from Western Sahara and changes future contracts to avoid new transports from the occupied territory.Read more

EU and Morocco announce continued fisheries partnershipjointcommunique_610.jpg
27.02 - 2018
In a joint statement today, Brussels and Rabat declare that the EU will help Morocco's fisheries sector, a business that primarily takes place in occupied Western Sahara.
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EU Parliament slams Commission on Western Sahara talks 27.02 - 2018
The leading Parliamentary Committee sets consent of the Saharawi people as a condition for endorsing the Western Sahara trade deal that the Commission is presently negotiating with Morocco.

Read also: WSRW demands Commission for answers regarding fake consultation in Western Sahara
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Polisario: open to negotiate Western Sahara deals with the EU27.02 - 2018
The national liberation movement of Western Sahara welcomes the judgment of the EU Court of Justice and is ready to engage in direct negotiations with the EU Commission to set up a legally solid framework for European interests and companies active in Western Sahara. Read more

Saharawi refugees celebrate EU Court victory27.02 - 2018
At 11:45 today, Saharawi refugees are celebrating that the Court of Justice has ruled that EU cannot continue fishing offshore Western Sahara in partnership with the country that occupied their homeland.
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BREAKING: EU Court stops EU-Morocco fish deal in Western Sahara27.02 - 2018
The EU Court this morning issued a ruling stating that the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement is only valid if it does not apply to the waters of Western Sahara.Read more

SA Court confirms: Morocco has no ownership over Saharawi phoshatesnm_cherry_blossom_610.jpg
23.02 - 2018
The High Court of South Africa today confirmed that the owner of the cargo of phosphate rock aboard the detained vessel, NM Cherry Blossom, is the Saharawi Government, and not Morocco's state-owned phosphate company which was not entitled to sell the commodity. Major victory for the Saharawis in an African Court.
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EU Member States disagree over toxic fertilizers23.02 - 2018
The European Parliament has voted to rein in toxic fertilizers that are high in carcinogene heavy metals. Morocco stands to lose a major market for its high in cadmium fertilizer products, which it exports also from occupied Western Sahara.Read more
Vigeo Eiris goes back on false claim21.02 - 2018
The company which certified a Moroccan energy project in occupied Western Sahara has rectified a report it submitted to UN Global Compact in which it erroneously claimed that the UN body had approved of its operation.Read more

EU Parliamentarians concerned over Commission's respect of rule of law20.02 - 2018
The European Commission will today brief the Parliament's International Trade Committee. The Western Sahara intergroup of the Parliament expressed today its deep concern of the Commission's approach. Read more
Sweden to vote against new EU-Morocco fish talks15.02 - 2018
"Sweden considers that the proposed mandate does not meet the requirements of international law", the official government statement reads.Read more

Studies continue on Kosmos Energy's blockshannon_07.02.2018_610.jpg
08.02 - 2018
Is Kosmos Energy undertaking a last survey on the Boujdour Maritime licence before it waves goodbye to occupied Western Sahara? Or has an unknown company taken over the licence? Last week, seabed petroleum surveys started at the place where Kosmos drilled in 2014.
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Kosmos and Cairn have pulled out of Western Sahara07.02 - 2018
17 years of US private company engagement in exploring the oil potential of Western Sahara has come to an end. Read more
Why WSRW refuses to take part in the EU's Western Sahara consultation07.02 - 2018
The EU's foreign affairs department has invited WSRW to take part in a consultation process regarding EU-Morocco trade talks covering Western Sahara. Though in principle always open to dialogue, WSRW had to decline. Read more

Unison condemnation of the EU Commission from Western Sahara groups03.02 - 2018
The European Commission has failed to obtain consent from the Saharawi representatives before deciding to include Western Sahara in trade deal with Morocco. In a statement today, 89 organisations in and from Western Sahara condemn the EU Commission for its sham consultations.Read more
Siemens fails to respond Western Sahara question at AGM02.02 - 2018
Why did you not seek permission from my people?, a Saharawi refugee asked at Siemens AGM. Company fails to answer questions why it operates on occupied land. Read more

News archive:
01.02 - 2018EU has sealed Western Sahara trade deal in violation of Court Judgment
30.01 - 2018Vigeo Eiris reports untruly about UN human rights approval
29.01 - 2018'Biggest importer' of phosphate rock is pulling out
12.01 - 2018Glencore has left occupied Western Sahara
22.01 - 2018German government not supportive of business in Western Sahara
10.01 - 2018Polisario calls on EU to halt all trade talks covering Western Sahara
10.01 - 2018EU Court advocate: Fish agreement invalid for including 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.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies


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.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!


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.
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Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder


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.

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