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09.08 - 2018 11:01
New York based private equity firm, Brookstone Partners, is reportedly set to build a highly controversial 900 megawatt wind farm in Dakhla, in the south of occupied Western Sahara.
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Morocco grants only 5% of fishing licences off Dakhla to Saharawis27.07 - 2018
New documentation shows that only 4 out of 75 purse seiners that the Moroccan government have licenced to fish on the pelagic stocks off Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, are controlled by Saharawis. Read more
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EU Court confirms: Western Sahara not part of EU-Morocco fish deal26.07 - 2018
For the third time, the highest Court of the European Union has confirmed that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara. In its new ruling dated 19 July 2018, the Court confirms that the EU's fisheries agreement with Morocco cannot be applied to the territory.Read more



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Large Russian-Chinese-British oil study in Western Sahara25.07 - 2018
With all multinational oil companies in occupied Western Sahara having abandoned their activities, the Moroccan government is trying to catch interest of new investors for further illegal oil exploration. Russian and Chinese state-owned companies, commissioned by a UK firm, are behind a large exploration programme. Read more
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EU and Morocco today initial new fish deal including Western Sahara23.07 - 2018
Confirmed: the EU and Morocco have concluded their negotiations for a new Fisheries Agreement and Protocol of Implementation. The waters adjacent to the occupied Western Sahara will be expressly included. Read more


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23.07 - 2018
One of the most important companies in the controversial phosphate business in Western Sahara is ending its involvement. Innophos Holding's exit might lead to the US totally terminating its decade-long imports from the occupied territory.
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Support Western Sahara Resource Watch22.07 - 2018
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more
Fishmeal from occupied Western Sahara now being unloaded in Germany19.07 - 2018

A consignment of 3000 tonnes of fishmeal that was loaded in occupied Western Sahara is at present being unloaded in the port of Bremen, Germany. "How does this fit with the ECJ judgment on trade with Western Sahara?", WSRW asks.
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Caught fishing illegally in occupied Western Sahara17.07 - 2018
Several EU-flagged vessels have blatantly ignored and violated the EU Court judgment invalidating the EU-Morocco fish agreement in Western Sahara. Here they are.Read more
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Polisario condemns Council's approval of Western Sahara trade deal16.07 - 2018
The Western Sahara liberation movement, Frente Polisario, has issued a statement condemning today's EU Council Decision to include Western Sahara in the Morocco Trade Agreement. Polisario appeals on the EU Parliament not to follow suit, and threatens further legal action if need be. Read the full statement here.Read more


EU Council approves Morocco trade deal to include Western Saharaeu_flags_610.jpg
16.07 - 2018
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU Member States have today approved the proposed amendment to the Trade Protocol with Morocco to include occupied Western Sahara, in spite of the lack of consent from the people of the territory - as ordered by the EU Court of Justice. The European Parliament is yet to cast its vote.
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EU vessels return home in absense of new EU-Morocco fish deal16.07 - 2018
The four-year Fisheries Protocol between Morocco and the EU expired last Saturday. Over 90% of the European catches under the deal were made in the waters of Western Sahara - illegally occupied by Morocco.Read more
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EU Parliament backs self-determination - split on EU Court ruling06.07 - 2018
As the vote on the European Parliament's report on the UN General Assembly revealed, MEPs are split on the inclusion of a reference to the EU Court of Justice in relation to Western Sahara.Read more



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Berlin sceptical - misguided by EU Commission05.07 - 2018
German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office stresses importance of complying with Judgment of EU Court of Justice in relation to Western Sahara trade.Read more
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Saharawi groups object to EU's Western Sahara trade plans03.07 - 2018
No less than 93 Saharawi groups have called on the EU institutions to respect the will of the people of Western Sahara when negotiating trade or fisheries agreements that will affect their occupied land.Read more


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03.07 - 2018
The European Commission is trying to push through a new trade agreement with Morocco for the territory of Western Sahara, in disregard of the Court of Justice of EU judgment of 2016. WSRW has summarised why its approach is wrong.
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Morocco now demands twice the money for EU fishing in Western Sahara29.06 - 2018
€84 million in return for fishing licenses - is what Rabat threw on the table in the EU-Morocco negotiations for a new Fisheries Protocol. Earlier this year, the EU Court of Justice invalidated the application of the EU-Morocco fish arrangement to Western Sahara - where 91.5% of the EU's fishing activities under the deal take place.Read more
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Maersk drops transports of conflict rock from occupied Western Sahara 23.06 - 2018
For decades, a small office in London shipped phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara to Australia/New Zealand. After one of the world's biggest shipping companies took over the office, the controversial operation will now be closed. Read more



EU Parliament critical of Commission’s Western Sahara approach21.06 - 2018
The EU Commission today received heavy critique from the European Parliament for its suggestion to include occupied Western Sahara in a trade deal with Morocco. Read more
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Polisario initiates new law suit against EU-Morocco fish deal18.06 - 2018
On 15 June 2018, Polisario announced that a new case has been launched regarding the EU-Morocco plans to cooperate on fisheries in the waters of occupied Western Sahara. In the EU-Morocco talks, the EU has so far ignored the two judgments from EU Court of Justice on Western Sahara. Read more



News archive:
17.05 - 2018Exclusive: Here are the Moroccan groups that the EU consulted
03.05 - 2018Camel researchers move event from Western Sahara to Morocco
26.04 - 2018Vincent Piket, 25 April 2018, ALDE seminar on EU-Morocco relations
24.04 - 2018New report on contentious Western Sahara phosphate trade
16.04 - 2018Polisario will take EU Council to Court over fish deal
10.04 - 2018UN study on Morocco's green energy plans fails at geography
26.02 - 2018EU risks recognising Western Sahara products as Moroccan
20.03 - 2018Does OPEC consider Western Sahara to be part of Morocco?
01.03 - 2018What is HeidelbergCement doing in occupied Western Sahara?
01.03 - 2018Confirmed: Innophos key client of Western Sahara phosphate rock




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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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