16.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Report on Kosmos in Western Sahara: Platform for ConflictWestern Sahara Resource Watch has today launched a report on Kosmos Energy’s unscrupulous plans for test well drilling in occupied Western Sahara. In a few weeks time, the company may permanently damage the Saharawi people's aspirations and rights to freedom and independence, as it commences unethical and illegal oil drilling in Africa's last colony.
15.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Glencore with 2 licences off occupied Western SaharaA subsidiary of Glencore Xstrata has been awarded two licences off occupied Western Sahara. The multinational company misplaces the locations of the blocks – placing them in the occupying country, Morocco.
14.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 The controversy platform has crossed the Indian OceanThe vessel 'Atwood Achiever' which will drill in occupied Western Sahara is getting closer. After some ten days under the radar, crossing the Indian Ocean, the vessel has now appeared off the coast of Madagascar.
03.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Kosmos partners in Sahara look for the wrong answers The “on-the-ground” partners of oil company Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara do not base their work on local expertise. Far from it. They are led by directors with a clear pro-Moroccan approach to the conflict. Kosmos Energy is looking for the answers they want to hear - from the wrong people.
01.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 The platform is only few weeks awayThe oil rig Atwood Achiever is only a few weeks away from arriving Western Sahara. After a stop-over in Singapore, it is now heading towards the occupied territory.
30.09 - 2014. Category: The plundering The oil explorationMorocco is exploring for oil both offshore and onshore Western Sahara, despite the fact that the UN says it is illegal.
26.09 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Do you know anything about the pro-Moroccan puppet organisations?In an attempt to whitewash its operations in occupied Western Sahara, Kosmos Energy is meeting several sham organisations, picked from a list from the Moroccan authorities. WSRW has received a photo taken in such a meeting that took place this week. We need your help to find out who these individuals and organisations are.
23.09 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Kosmos' ordered drill rig on its way to occupied Western SaharaThe Atwood Achiever, the oil rig commissioned by Kosmos Energy to drill for oil in occupied Western Sahara, is currently at anchor in Singapore. In a few weeks time, the rig may permanently damage the Saharawi people's aspirations to freedom and independence, as it commences unethical and illegal oil drilling in Africa's last colony.
22.09 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Saharawi journalists ask Kosmos Energy not to drill in occupied watersThe Saharawi Center for Media and Communication (SCMC), based in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, has asked Kosmos Energy to reconsider its plans to commence oil drilling off the coast of their occupied homeland later this year. Kosmos' plans could destroy the Saharawi people's future beyond repair. Read SCMC's letter to the company here.
10.09 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Moroccan PR campaigner to write Kosmos Energy controversy assessmentA Moroccan national who dedicates her life to campaign the Moroccan position of the Western Sahara conflict is working on the upcoming “Social Impact Assessment” of Kosmos Energy. Drilling in the occupied territory to begin in November.
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.
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.
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.