New report on Western Sahara phosphate industry out nowphosphateimporters_610.jpg
08.04 - 2019 09:32
Morocco shipped 1.93 million tonnes of phosphate out of occupied Western Sahara in 2018, worth an estimated $164 million, new report shows. Here is all you need to know about the volume, values, vessels and clients.
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Support Western Sahara Resource Watch30.03 - 2019
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more
Continental controversial contract in Western Sahara expires next year21.03 - 2019
The contract of German manufacturing giant Continental AG for the Bou Craa mine expires in 15 months from now.Read more

These are the MEPs who voted for the Western Sahara fish deal28.02 - 2019
415 MEPs supported the new EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement that will be applied expressly to occupied Western Sahara. Find out who they are, here.Read more
Bremen sheds light on massive controversial fishmeal import25.02 - 2019
The imports of fishmeal into Germany from occupied Western Sahara is a lot larger than what has been known to the public so far, according to fresh data from the Bremen government. Read more

European Parliament disregards Court and adopts Morocco fish dealcadec.jpg
12.02 - 2019
Notwithstanding four consecutive rulings of the EU's highest Court calling such a practice illegal, the European Parliament has just now voted in favour of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement that will be applied to the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
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Human Rights Watch calls for Court referral of EU-Morocco fish deal11.02 - 2019
In its letter to the European Parliament, the leading international human rights NGO highlights the need for an opinion of the EU Court of Justice on applying the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement to a territory that is under occupation.Read more
110 MEPs want EU-Morocco fish deal referred to Court07.02 - 2019
An unprecedented number of Euro-Parliamentarians have backed a proposal to refer the proposed EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement - which will be expressly applied to occupied Western Sahara - to the EU Court of Justice.Read more

Will European Parliament back deal with world's most unfree territory?06.02 - 2019
As the European Parliament shapes up to vote on including occupied Western Sahara into the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, the newly published Freedom in the World report by Freedom House categorises the territory as the seventh most repressive human rights place on the planet.Read more
98 Saharawi groups call on European Parliament to reject fish deal06.02 - 2019
Since the EU won't ask them, Saharawi groups have once again been left with no other choice than to contact EU institutions themselves to indicate they do not want the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement applied to their waters.Read more

The runaway Green Reefers ship arrived Abidjangreen_glacier_01.02.2019_610.jpg
04.02 - 2019
The Norwegian vessel that turned 180 degrees upon arriving South African waters with fish from occupied Western Sahara, has spent the last two days discharging its cargo in the port of Abidjan. An international request for detaining the vessel was sent out to African states.
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Spanish farmers concerned about EU deal for occupied Western Sahara 31.01 - 2019
Agricultural groups in Spain strongly criticize the European Parliament's support for extending EU-Morocco trade relations into Western Sahara, stating that it harms the interests of the EU's own fruit and vegetable farmers. Read more
EU Council refuses transparency on legal opinion on fish deal30.01 - 2019
"You may have access to paragraphs 1 to 3 including footnotes 1 to 7".  The EU Council replied to WSRW's request for public access to its legal opinion on including Western Sahara in the new EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.Read more

Nutrien maintains Western Sahara link via China27.01 - 2019
Nutrien - until now the biggest importer of phosphate rock from Western Sahara - has ended its trade. But what about the stock-exchange registered Sinofert Holdings in which they are the second biggest owner?Read more
Green Reefers vessel is fleeing South African waters25.01 - 2019
Only hours after Green Glacier this afternoon arrived Cape Town with a probable cargo of frozen fish from Western Sahara - it started on the 1 week trip back to West Africa without having offloaded any of its controversial cargo. Read more

Wolverine completed takeover of controversial companynovaseis_610.jpg
23.01 - 2019
The Canadian company Wolverine last month completed the take-over of Petromaroc, the small company with interest on the Zag block in occupied Western Sahara
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Norwegian reefer sailing into the lions' den23.01 - 2019
A Norwegian vessel that is likely transporting frozen fish from occupied Western Sahara could be on thin ice. In three days from now, 'Green Glacier' will enter South African waters - the jurisdiction that detained a stolen cargo from Western Sahara in 2017.Read more
Coromandel: New buyer of conflict rock from occupied Western Sahara21.01 - 2019
The Indian company Coromandel Fertiliser Ltd last week for the first time acquired phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. Read more

These are the MEPs who voted for trade with occupied Western Sahara16.01 - 2019
Today, 444 (!) members of the European Parliament decided to ignore the EU case law and vote to include occupied Western Sahara into a trade agreement With Morocco. See here which parliamentarians who voted for this travesty of justice, and whom tried to prevent it. Read more
Parliament approves trade deal for occupied Western Sahara16.01 - 2019
The European Parliament today approved a new EU-Morocco trade agreement for Western Sahara, without having asked the people of Western Sahara whether they want it. "A sad day for democracy and those who believe in rule of law", WSRW comments. Read more

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03.12 - 2018Stock-exchange registered companies in occupied Western Sahara


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.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies


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 five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!


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.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch


Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: 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. News Archive 2018 News Archive 2017 News Archive 2016 News Archive 2015 News Archive 2014 News Archive 2013 News Archive 2012 News Archive 2011 News Archive 2010 News Archive 2009 News Archive 2008 News Archive 2007 News Archive 2004-2006

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