27.09 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 New report: Sweden must advise companies on Western SaharaSweden 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.
23.04 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Swedish fishermen guilty of illegal fisheriesAn eight year long legal process in Sweden has come to an end. The two Swedish fishermen which were fishing offshore occupied Western Sahara without proper licences are found guilty.
12.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 ECJ finds Swedish fisheries in Western Sahara illegalThe European Court of Justice has in an answer to a question from a Swedish court of appeal informed that private fisheries agreements with Moroccan authorities are not allowed outside of the context of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement.
04.12 - 2012. Category: Archive 2012 Swedish fishermen in Western Sahara found not guiltyThe two Swedish fishermen accused of illegal fishing outside the coast of Western Sahara were found not guilty by the district court in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 28 November. The prosecutor will appeal the decision.
14.11 - 2012. Category: Archive 2012 Swedish fishermen awaiting court decision24 and 26 October, the trial against two Swedish fishermen took place in a court of Gothenburg. The two are accused of illegal fisheries in Western Sahara.
A video posted on Youtube this week shows a private Swedish company fishing in occupied Western Sahara.
15.10 - 2012. Category: Archive 2012 Sweden: Trial set against fishermen The trial against 2 Swedish fishermen who allegedly took part in illegal fisheries in Western Sahara is scheduled to open on 24 October.
30.08 - 2012. Category: News Göteborgsposten: Swedish illegal fishing continuesSwedish daily newspaper Göteborgsposten published on 28 July 2012 a large article on the continued fisheries activities carried out in occupied Western Sahara by private Swedish fisheries interests.
14.06 - 2012. Category: Archive 2012 Western Sahara fishing: Morocco plays hide and seek with EU When an unofficial delegation from the European Parliament visited Dakhla city in occupied Western Sahara, the Moroccan government pulled the foreign flagged European fleet out of the harbour. After hiding 8 km offshore Dakhla for a day, the vessels returned.
06.06 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Trial against Swedish fishermen postponedThe legal process against Swedish fishermen for allegedly illegal fisheries offshore Western Sahara, has been postponed. The case is now appealed to the Supreme Court of Sweden.
29.12 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 Morocco dreams of new monster port in Western Sahara The Moroccan government’s new “Plan Halieutis” envisages big investments in Western Sahara. No reference is made as to whether the plan is according to the wishes of the Sahrawi people.
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.