Glencore steps up oil search offshore occupied Western Sahara bgp_prospector_15.02.2017_610.jpg
15.02 - 2017 12:47
The Swiss company is undertaking more seismic studies and has entered into a renewed contract on a neighbouring block, offshore the occupied territory.
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Vigeo Eiris silent on its Moroccan approach to Western Sahara14.02 - 2017
The company which has certified Moroccan energy projects in occupied Western Sahara applies an ever stronger Moroccan terminology on the Western Sahara issue than before. WSRW still seeks answers to its questions.Read more
Siemens dodges questions on Saharawi consent13.02 - 2017
Why does Siemens not seek the consent of the Saharawis to operate on their land? At the company's Annual Shareholders Meeting, the company failed to answer.Read more

This cargo from occupied Western Sahara is now to arrive France10.02 - 2017
The second confirmed shipment of products from Western Sahara into the EU is a fact. Destination: Normandy, France. Read more
Danish company stops salt imports from Western Sahara09.02 - 2017
The exports of salt from Western Sahara to Denmark has now stopped. The Danish salt importer Dansk Vejsalt has declared that it will no longer be importing de-icing salt from the occupied territory.Read more

EU looks to avoid energy imports from Western Saharamiguel-arias-canete.jpg
02.02 - 2017
The European Commission recognizes the importance of respecting "the separate and distinct status of the territory of Western Sahara" when considering energy imports from Morocco.
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Key Bay unloaded all cargo in Fécamp, France25.01 - 2017
Upon arrival to Ghent, Belgium, tomorrow, the controversial vessel Key Bay - transporting fish oil from Western Sahara into the EU - will be empty.Read more
Here is the Key Bay inside the port of Fécamp24.01 - 2017
Beautiful images of a vessel with an ugly cargo; fish oil taken illegally from an occupied land; the Key Bay in the port of Fécamp.Read more

Why the Key Bay imports are not in accordance with EU law23.01 - 2017
This morning, the Key Bay tanker delivered a shipment of fish oil from occupied Western Sahara to France. But why does that potentially violate EU regulations?Read more
Key Bay just outside of port of Fécamp22.01 - 2017
The vessel carrying fish oil from occupied Western Sahara is about to enter its port of destination, after a delay of at least two days.Read more

Key Bay to arrive in France while complaints to be filed key_bay_17.01.2017_610.jpg
18.01 - 2017
On 20 January at 5 PM, the vessel Key Bay is set to arrive in the north of France. Polisario is filing complaints vis-a-vis French and EU authorities, asking them to act.
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Key Bay appears at Las Palmas horizon14.01 - 2017
The vessel carrying fish oil from occupied Western Sahara into the EU is at present entering the harbour of Las Palmas.Read more
Key Bay is now heading to Las Palmas14.01 - 2017
After a long stay-over in Mauritania, the chemical tanker 'Key Bay' is now on its way to the EU with fish oil from occupied Western Sahara. First stop: Las Palmas.Read more

Fresh images: Key Bay inside the port07.01 - 2017
Photos and video shows Key Bay inside the port of El Aaiun in occupied Western Sahara, loading fish oil. Read more
Here is the vessel that will transport fish oil to the EU06.01 - 2017
Key Bay is this evening picking up fish oil in the occupied territory of Western Sahara, to transport to the EU. See photos here. Read more

First ship to challenge EU Court ruling on occupied Western Saharakey_bay_06.01.2017_1815_610.jpg
06.01 - 2017
Two weeks have passed since the Court of Justice of the EU decided that Western Sahara products cannot be part of EU-Morocco trade deal. A vessel is now to transport fish oil from the occupied territory, most probably to France.
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Chinese Geron Energy might take over block in occupied Western Sahara04.01 - 2017
Irish oil company San Leon confirms that an unknown Chinese investor is sniffing on a majority stake in the company. San Leon is looking for oil in occupied Western Sahara, in violation of international law.Read more
Kosmos Energy asked by OECD contact point to quote correctly25.12 - 2016
The US oil company Kosmos Energy, operating offshore occupied Western Sahara, is requested by an OECD national contact point to "refrain from positioning interpretations as facts". The company refuses to remove lies about a civil society association from its website and refuse to answer questions from WSRW.Read more

WSRW concerned: Vigeo Eiris greenwashes dirty energy on occupied land23.12 - 2016
International investors have shied away from funding Morocco's dirty 'green' energy in occupied Western Sahara. But a Moroccan subsidiary of the French-UK firm Vigeo Eiris has stepped in to certify the bonds which will secure the necessary financing.Read more
Reaction from Polisario on EU-Morocco court case22.12 - 2016
See statement and press conference held today in Brussels. Read more

News archive:
05.11 - 2016COP22 with yet another propaganda stunt
04.11 - 2016UN committee concerned of lack of Saharawi consent over resources
03.11 - 2016Moroccan king's "green" company silent on human rights
01.11 - 2016Here is the "phosphate windmill park"
02.11 - 2016Former UN Legal Counsel slams Morocco’s wind projects
25.10 - 2016Report: COP22 controversy - Moroccan green energy used for plunder
20.10 - 2016Maps annoyed MEPs, Moroccan propaganda taken down
04.10 - 2016Lifosa lied about having stopped controversial imports


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.
Report: COP22 controversy - 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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