Trade Committee approves deal despite Saharawi condemnationintavote_610.jpg
11.12 - 2018 00:01
A sad Human Rights day for the Saharawi people. Just hours after the resignation of the leading MEP, the European Parliament's International Trade Committee backed extending EU-Morocco trade to occupied Western Sahara.
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EU Parliament's rapporteur on Western Sahara trade deal resigns10.12 - 2018
Amid investigations into potential breach of code of conduct due to her membership on the Board of pro-Morocco lobby group, MEP Patricia Lalonde resigned today as the European Parliament's rapporteur on the proposed extension of the EU-Morocco trade deal into occupied Western Sahara.Read more
EU Council refuses transparency on Western Sahara, and here's why10.12 - 2018
According to the EU Council, it cannot make public a legal opinion on a future EU-Morocco trade deal in occupied Western Sahara as that would "carry the risk compromising the capacity of reaching an agreement on the dossier". Read more

Airbnb places occupied Western Sahara within Morocco08.12 - 2018
The global match-maker of private accommodation has delisted providers in Israeli settlements and Crimea, but seem to apply different standards to similar situations of occupation. Saharawis object.Read more
SiemensGamesa massively prolongs plunder windmill contract07.12 - 2018
95% of the energy needed by Morocco to plunder the phosphates of Western Sahara is delivered via SiemensGamesa windmills. The company has now prolonged its service contract for the controversial windmills for another 15 years, while continuing to refuse to comment on Saharawi consent.Read more

European Council approves new fish deal, Sweden objectsfishing_aaiun_610.jpg
06.12 - 2018
The EU Ministers for Competitiveness have discretely approved the proposed EU-Morocco fish deal, that is intended to apply to occupied Western Sahara. Sweden was the only Member State to oppose, citing the lack of consent of the people of Western Sahara.
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EU Court declares aviation deal invalid in Western Sahara05.12 - 2018
BREAKING: the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the EU-Morocco Aviation Agreement does not apply to Western Sahara.Read more
New player wants to step in Western Sahara minefield30.11 - 2018
Changes could soon take place in the ownership of a controversial oil block in occupied Western Sahara. New player: Wolverine Energy and Infrastructure from Canada.Read more

Vigeo Eiris: two years without answer on support to occupation28.11 - 2018
The UK-French company Vigeo Eiris certified and defended a Moroccan-Saudi energy project in occupied Western Sahara. WSRW calls on the board to engage on the matter. Read more
EU Ambassadors endorse occupied Western Sahara fish deal28.11 - 2018
The Ambassadors of the EU Member States have just now voted in favour of the proposed EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement and Protocol, that is intended to apply to occupied Western Sahara. A final vote by the EU's Fisheries Ministers is imminent.Read more

95 Saharawi groups: EU, do not take our fish resourcescelebration2_27.02.2018_610.jpg
28.11 - 2018
A letter signed by 95 Saharawi civil society organisations appeals to the EU Parliament and Council "to prevent EU plundering of a people's fish in Western Sahara".
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Polisario to EEAS: 'What is all this really about?'26.11 - 2018
The EU's Foreign Affairs branch claims to Member States and the European Parliament that the Western Sahara liberation movement does not want to meet to discuss a new EU-Moroccan fisheries agreement in Western Sahara. Polisario uttered its deep frustration over this misrepresentation in a letter to the EEAS.Read more
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch24.11 - 2018
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more

Revealed: EP rapporteur on Western Sahara has Moroccan agenda23.11 - 2018
Major conflict of interest arises following revelations that the European Parliament's rapporteur on the Western Sahara trade file is Board Member of a pro-Morocco lobby group.Read more
EU Council should disclose legal opinions on Western Sahara agreements22.11 - 2018
Previous confidential EU legal opinions on trade with and fisheries in occupied Western Sahara were later found to be wrong by the EU Court of Justice. WSRW has today requested the EU Council to publish the current legal documents.Read more

Saharawi refugees protest ABB controversy22.11 - 2018

Saharawi refugees protested against the Swiss-Swedish company's contract for the Moroccan government on occupied land.
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Ready, set, go! Commission starts lobbying Parliament for stolen fish21.11 - 2018
While the EU Member States have not yet concluded on the newly proposed EU-Morocco fisheries agreement for waters offshore occupied Western Sahara, the Commission is already pushing the European Parliament to get to work.Read more
Swiss-Swedish ABB begins operations on occupied land19.11 - 2018
The Swiss-Swedish technological giant ABB got contracted to build the infrastructure that is set to connect a new wind farm in occupied Western Sahara to Morocco's national electricity grid. Read more

These 23 AGRI MEPs put Morocco's interests above EU farmers'14.11 - 2018
WSRW challenges these 23 MEPs to read the Opinion they favoured, and come up with one solid argument to back up their vote. The 23 suggest including occupied Western Sahara in a trade agreement with Morocco.Read more
Morocco draws terrorism card on Western Sahara trade12.11 - 2018
The Moroccan government is now using all possible arguments to pull individual Euro-parliamentarians in their direction. At stake: the extension of a new EU-Morocco trade agreement to the territory it holds under occupation. Read more

News archive:
18.10 - 2018EP mission report on Western Sahara: all politics, no trade
15.10 - 2018Bremen Parliament President calls for rejection of Sahara trade deal
09.10 - 2018Agriculture rapporteur concerned but favours Western Sahara trade deal
18.09 - 2018Polisario files legal complaint against French seafood company
13.09 - 2018The New Zealand phosphate controversy
13.09 - 2018US imports of Western Sahara conflict rock to end
04.09 - 2018Frozen fish flying from occupied Western Sahara to Spain
31.08 - 2018European Parliament "fact finding" mission to Western Sahara
20.08 - 2018ISOCARD backtracks on moving camel conference out of Western Sahara
09.08 - 2018Sweden says EU-Morocco trade proposal fails court ruling


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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