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16.10 - 2017 19:02
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Wärtsilä to build power plant in occupied Western Sahara11.10 - 2017
Finnish energy company Wärtsilä has struck a deal with the Moroccan government to supply a power plant to Dakhla - a town located well outside of Morocco, and inside occupied Western Sahara.Read more
Morocco announces 500% increase of agriculture zone in occupied Dakhla09.10 - 2017
... precisely in the territory that the highest Court of the European Union considers "distinct and separate" from Morocco.Read more

EU appears clueless on import levels from Western Sahara27.09 - 2017
The EU Commission puts the trade flow from Western Sahara into the Union at "just €7000" for the entire year of 2016. "Beggars belief", WSRW states.Read more
New report: Sweden must advise companies on Western Sahara27.09 - 2017
Sweden is known for paying lip-service to Saharawi self-determination, but is it putting its money where its mouth is? Check out our newly published report on Sweden's involvement in the taking of occupied Western Sahara's natural resources.Read more

Saharawi organisations slam EU over trade talks with Moroccosmara_14.04.2016_610.jpg
01.09 - 2017
"Seeking to circumvent the ECJ’s ruling, directly challenges the credibility of the EU, and significantly damages the potential for progress through the UN-led negotiation process", Saharawi groups qualify the EU's talks with Morocco regarding Western Sahara trade, in their letter to the EU's Foreign Affairs Chief.
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Civilian court follows military court against Saharawi activists19.07 - 2017
Verdict comes after years of accusations that the trials were politically motivated, imprisoning activists who stood up against Morocco's social and economic deprivation of Saharawis.Read more
Western Sahara has won its conflict cargo case in South Africa13.07 - 2017
The Moroccan state company OCP has decided to drop defending the detained conflict mineral cargo in South Africa. The Saharawi people thus won a 5 million USD walk-over victory before the trial over phosphate rock ownership even had begun. Read more

Siemens inconsistently supporting occupations10.07 - 2017
While the German industrial mastodon has no problems in delivering turbines to the area of Western Sahara that is under Moroccan occupation, it goes out of its way to distance itself from similar deliveries to Crimea.Read more
Sign up! Stop EU trade talks with Morocco regarding Western Sahara! 05.07 - 2017
“We call on the EU to abide by the judgment of its own Supreme Court, and to cease all trade talks regarding Western Sahara with the occupying state, Morocco. As a champion for rule of law and human rights, the EU should respect the rights of the Saharawi people and negotiate trade in goods from Western Sahara with their representatives, the Polisario Front.”


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02.07 - 2017
The private owned Chinese company China Great United Petroleum (Holding) Limited could be close to taking over controversial rights to onshore oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara.
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Here is Dura Bulk unloading Western Sahara sand in Tenerife30.06 - 2017
Sand exports from occupied Western Sahara to Spain continue unabated.Read more
Western Sahara solar plants expected to be operational in 201830.06 - 2017
Morocco has started the construction of large solar industry infrastructure in the part of Western Sahara that it is illegally occupying.Read more

Polisario warns shipping industry of more vessel detentions21.06 - 2017
In a statement today, the Saharawi government alerts the shipping industry of the risk involved in taking part of the plunder of Western Sahara. Read more
Isle of Man shipping company exits Western Sahara until settlement20.06 - 2017
The Isle of Man shipping company LT Ugland stated to media today that it will not undertake further shipments from Western Sahara to New Zealand. Read more

New report reveals the companies transporting conflict phosphate rockrosita_09.04.2015_610.jpg
16.06 - 2017
A new report published by WSRW today reveals the names of around 100 shipping companies behind the transport of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara in 2016 and 2017.
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Saharawis won first round in conflict mineral cargo court case15.06 - 2017
A panel of judges in the High Court in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, judged this morning that the cargo on board the vessel NM Cherry Blossom is rightfully detained, and that a trial to determine its ownership is to take place. Read more
Wisby Tankers continues fueling occupation of Western Sahara12.06 - 2017
The Swedish shipping company Wisby Tankers continues its transports of petroleum products into the occupied territory of Western Sahara at same level as earlier, but a new vessel has started on the route. Read more

Swedish bank excludes phosphates industry in Western Sahara 12.06 - 2017
One of the largest Swedish financial groups today announced they are kicking out four clients of Western Sahara phosphates from its portfolios, including the two leading Canadian importers. Read more
15 questions that Atlas Copco does not want to answer 06.06 - 2017
The Swedish company Atlas Copco this week amended its statement on the company's involvement in occupied Western Sahara, but it refuses to further clarify its plans.Read more

News archive:
20.05 - 2017Canada bound ship with conflict minerals released from detention
18.05 - 2017New Zealand conflict cargo judgment set for 9 June
18.05 - 2017Danish vessel with plunder cargo detained in Panama


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!


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.
The Western Sahara oil curse


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

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