SA Court confirms: Morocco has no ownership over Saharawi phoshatesnm_cherry_blossom_610.jpg
23.02 - 2018 13:14
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

EU has sealed Western Sahara trade deal in violation of Court Judgment2512ocp_protest_17_december_2016_600_200.jpg
01.02 - 2018
The European Commission and Morocco yesterday initialed an agreement covering trade in goods originating in Western Sahara without the consent of the people from the territory, contrary to the orders of the EU Court of Justice.
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Polisario threatens compensation from EU and companies, warns Nutrien31.01 - 2018
The national liberation movement of Western Sahara threatens to claim 240 million Euro in compensation of the EU's illegal fisheries in occupied Western Sahara and sends a warning to importers of goods from the territory to halt their imports.Read more
Vigeo Eiris reports untruly about UN human rights approval31.01 - 2018
The company that certified energy infrastructure in occupied Western Sahara, claims that a UN body had found the company not to breach human rights. Read more

'Biggest importer' of phosphate rock is pulling out29.01 - 2018
Canadian company Nutrien announced last week that its multi-million dollar imports of conflict minerals to Vancouver is stopping. Nutrien is now reconsidering what to do with its "PotashCorp" imports to the US. Read more
Senior socialist MEPs publicly slam EU-Morocco talks27.01 - 2018
Two important members of the S&D group in the European Parliament this week expressed strong criticism of the Commission’s approach to EU-Morocco trade negotiations in relation to Western Sahara. This might reflect a significant shift ongoing in positions in the Europarliament.
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Glencore has left occupied Western Saharaglencore_610.jpg
23.01 - 2018
The final assets that Glencore held in oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara have been sold.
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German government not supportive of business in Western Sahara 22.01 - 2018
The German government has clarified that no export credit guarantees can be given to projects in Western Sahara. Read more
Denmark accepts continued EU fisheries in occupied waters15.01 - 2018
The Danish government has started arguing for its own fishing interests in occupied Western Sahara and challenges the recent developments in the Court of Justice of the EU. A request to continue EU fisheries in Western Sahara was issued to Danish legislators just one day after the EU Court's General Advocate found that practice invalid. Read more

EU Court advocate: Fish agreement invalid for including Western Sahara10.01 - 2018
In an opinion issued this morning, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU stated that the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement is invalid because it applies to Western Sahara waters. Judgement expected in a few months.

Read reaction from Frente Polisario on the opinion.
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EU Commission eying new fish deal including Western Sahara08.01 - 2018
Not awaiting the EU Court of Justice's verdict on the legality of the current fisheries protocol with Morocco over the inclusion of Western Sahara's waters, the EU Commission is already thinking out loud about its successor.
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News archive:
10.01 - 2018Polisario calls on EU to halt all trade talks covering Western Sahara
21.06 - 2017Polisario warns shipping industry of more vessel detentions
20.06 - 2017Isle of Man shipping company exits Western Sahara until settlement
16.06 - 2017New report reveals the companies transporting conflict phosphate rock
15.06 - 2017Saharawis won first round in conflict mineral cargo court case
02.06 - 2017Moroccan government confirmed Glencore exit from Foum Ognit
29.05 - 2017Can the EU answer these questions on Western Sahara trade talks?
20.05 - 2017Canada bound ship with conflict minerals released from detention
18.05 - 2017Danish vessel with plunder cargo detained in Panama


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