21.02 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 WSRW asks Cairn Energy to stay out of Western SaharaWSRW has asked Cairn Energy to reconsider its involvement in occupied Western Sahara. Through its partnership with American oil firm Kosmos Energy, Cairn will take part in further exploration works in the territory, including exploratory drilling.
07.02 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Saharawi group condemns French-American oil hunt The plans of Kosmos Energy and Total in occupied Western Sahara angers The Saharawi natural resources group, Observatorio Saharaui de Recursos Naturales in a statement today.
20.11 - 2013. Category: Archive 2013 Saharawi government responds to oil development in Western SaharaThe Saharawi government has today issued a press release on the plans of petroleum firms Cairn Energy PLC and Kosmos Energy LLC for exploratory drilling in the waters of occupied Western Sahara in 2014. Read their statement here.
19.11 - 2013. Category: Archive 2013 Kosmos Energy defends its unethical oil programmeThe oil journal African Energy published in its latest issue a large story about Kosmos Energy’s oil programme in Western Sahara. Kosmos defends its operations.
13.06 - 2013. Category: Archive 2013 Kosmos could commence drilling next year in occupied SaharaThe US oil company Kosmos Energy has contracted a rig from Atwood Oceanics for drilling next year. There is a large chance that drilling will take place in occupied Western Sahara, for the first time since the UN said it would be illegal.
10.01 - 2013. Category: Archive 2013 WSRW urges Chevron to end oil exploration upon Kosmos take-overSeveral news media have in the last weeks mentioned Chevron’s interest in acquiring Kosmos Energy. Kosmos holds an extensive agreement with the Moroccan government for oil exploration in Boujdour, occupied Western Sahara. WSRW has today asked Chevron to tackle this objectionable business upon a possible take-over.
14.10 - 2011. Category: News Statement in the UN of New York lawyersAssociation of the Bar of the City of New York urged the UN to react against the natural resources exploitation in the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee, 6 October 2011.
23.08 - 2011. Category: News Kosmos Energy prolongationsThe agreement signed between Kosmos and the Moroccan government for illegal oil exploration offshore occupied Western Sahara has been prolonged on several occasions.
23.08 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Kosmos Energy signed new petroleum agreementUS oil company Kosmos Energy has signed a renewed petroleum agreement for offshore occupied Western Sahara. The new area reduces its illegal acreage off Western Sahara with a third.
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.
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.
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.