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21.01 - 2019 12:54
The Indian company Coromandel Fertiliser Ltd last week for the first time acquired phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.
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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
Rapporteur calls for referral to EU Court of Justice16.01 - 2019
The leading MEP on the proposal to extend EU-Morocco trade relations into occupied Western Sahara wants a legal opinion to be certain the proposed Western Sahara trade scheme meets the standards of the highest EU Court. The European Parliament is to vote this afternoon. Read more

Western Sahara trade undermines UN peace efforts, says Rapporteur?15.01 - 2019
The leading MEP on the controversial Western Sahara trade file has introduced a last minute extra vote on UN consultations and the deal's potential effects on the UN-led peace process.Read more
These MEPs blocked a parliament debate on illegal Western Sahara trade14.01 - 2019
A proposal to undo the ALDE push of removing a debate on Western Sahara trade from the European Parliament's agenda was lost by a narrow margin. These are the 153 parliamentarians who prevented a public discussion on the issue of  extending EU-Moroccan trade into occupied Western Sahara.Read more

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11.01 - 2019
The French multinational ENGIE operates in occupied Western Sahara. WSRW today wrote the company, asking how they consider the legal-ethical aspects of such operations.
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Saharawi groups, again, demand to be heard by EU11.01 - 2019
97 Saharawi civil society groups have, again, reminded the EU Commission and the European Parliament that the people of Western Sahara have never consented to, nor approve of, the extension of the EU-Morocco trade deal into their occupied homeland that is up for Parliamentary vote next week. Read their full letter here.Read more
Shipping company drops Western Sahara transports11.01 - 2019
In 2015 and 2017, the Norwegian shipping company Spar Shipping transported two large cargos of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara to India. The company announced today that further trade from the territory is out of the question. Read more

EU consumers, like Saharawis, ignored by EU lawmakers10.01 - 2019
The proposed trade scheme for occupied Western Sahara denies EU consumers the right to know the true origin of covered products, just like it failed the right of the people of Western Sahara to decide whether they wanted the deal in the first place.Read more
Misleading and false INTA report as basis for Parliamentary vote07.01 - 2019
As the European Parliament prepares to vote on the extension of the EU-Morocco trade deal into occupied Western Sahara, WSRW calls on newly appointed Rapporteur Marietje Schaake to save her and the Parliament s reputation by suspending the procedure and starting over from scratch.Read more

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17.12 - 2018
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Protest in New Zealand against conflict mineral imports17.12 - 2018
From the end of this year, 2 of 3 global importers of Western Sahara's controversial conflict minerals are from New Zealand. This week, locals protested in the city of Dunedin.Read more
Trade Committee approves deal despite Saharawi condemnation11.12 - 2018
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.Read more

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 Moroccoairbnb_08.12.2018_610.jpg
08.12 - 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.
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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 objects06.12 - 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. Read more

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

News archive:
03.12 - 2018Stock-exchange registered companies in occupied Western Sahara
22.11 - 2018EU Council should disclose legal opinions on Western Sahara agreements
22.11 - 2018Saharawi refugees protest ABB controversy
21.11 - 2018Ready, set, go! Commission starts lobbying Parliament for stolen fish
09.11 - 2018Swiss-Swedish ABB begins operations on occupied land
14.11 - 2018These 23 AGRI MEPs put Morocco's interests above EU farmers'
12.11 - 2018Morocco draws terrorism card on Western Sahara trade
06.11 - 2018French Chamber of Commerce imperils French firms in Western Sahara
05.11 - 2018EU Parliament divided on vague Western Sahara agreement
19.10 - 2018Moroccan diplomats spread propaganda in European Parliament
24.10 - 2018EU redrawing international borders through Western Sahara trade deal?
24.10 - 2018Irish group launches OECD complaint against San Leon Energy
18.10 - 2018Polisario goes after leading French banks
15.10 - 2018Parliament lawyers cast doubt on legality of Western Sahara trade deal
18.10 - 2018EP mission report on Western Sahara: all politics, no trade


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.
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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


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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