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14.11 - 2018 21:48
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.
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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
French Chamber of Commerce imperils French firms in Western Sahara06.11 - 2018
During the business summit set up by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Morocco (CFCIM) in occupied Western Sahara, French companies could sign contracts on the spot – “putting them at risk of financial and reputational damages”, says WSRW. Read more

EU Parliament divided on vague Western Sahara agreement06.11 - 2018
Members of the European Parliament request more clarity before voting on the Commission's proposed trade deal for Western Sahara. Meanwhile, 93 Western Sahara civil society groups lament the Parliament rapporteur's lack of diligence on the file.Read more
Moroccan diplomats spread propaganda in European Parliament29.10 - 2018
A briefing distributed by Moroccan officials  in the corridors of the European Parliament claims, among other things, that “signing an agreement with the EU that does not include the Sahara, would be perceived as an implicit recognition of Morocco’s non-sovereignty over this territory”.Read more

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25.10 - 2018
WSRW has asked the EU Commission to clarify how the application of its proposed trade deal for Western Sahara to only the Moroccan-occupied part of the territory, is in line with its duty to respect territorial integrity.
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Irish group launches OECD complaint against San Leon Energy24.10 - 2018
The Irish organisation GLAN today filed a complaint against the Irish/UK oil company San Leon Energy for violating the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
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Polisario goes after leading French banks23.10 - 2018
The representation of the people of Western Sahara has lodged complaint against the banks BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Crédit Agricole, the insurance company Axa Assurance, airline Transavia and tourist agency UCPA over the accusation of colonisation.  Read more

Parliament lawyers cast doubt on legality of Western Sahara trade deal19.10 - 2018
LATEST:  The European Parliament's Legal Service has concluded that it is "unclear" whether a proposed EU-Morocco trade agreement for Western Sahara is in line with EU law. Read the Legal Opinion here.Read more
EP mission report on Western Sahara: all politics, no trade18.10 - 2018
The mission report of Patricia Lalonde, the European Parliament's rapporteur on the proposed EU-Morocco trade deal for Western Sahara, is remarkably void of facts and figures. WSRW retorts.Read more

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18.10 - 2018
"In view of the part my city played in the history of colonialism in Germany, I cannot accept that economic activities in my city violate international law", the President of the Bremen Parliament wrote the all German Member of the European Parliament.
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Agriculture rapporteur concerned but favours Western Sahara trade deal09.10 - 2018
In spite of having multiple reasons against the deal - including an EU Court ruling - the rapporteur of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee recommends Parliament to consent to including Western Sahara into the EU-Morocco trade deal. Read more
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Polisario files legal complaint against French seafood company18.09 - 2018
Today, Polisario filed a criminal complaint against French seafood producer Chancerelle for aiding and abetting Morocco in the transfer of its civil population in occupied Western Sahara, economic discrimination and false labeling.Read more
The New Zealand phosphate controversy13.09 - 2018
The two New Zealand companies Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, now the only two clients of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara in the world, are defending their purchases on social media. Here is what is wrong with what they claim. Read more

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13.09 - 2018
A landmark decision has been made. The large-scale exports of conflict phosphates from occupied Western Sahara to the United States will stop this year.
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Frozen fish flying from occupied Western Sahara to Spain07.09 - 2018
Frozen fish from El Aaiún in occupied Western Sahara is exported on a weekly basis to Las Palmas on the Canary Islands, via a Royal Air Maroc commercial flight. Read more
European Parliament "fact finding" mission to Western Sahara31.08 - 2018
A group of Europarliamentarians is about to travel to occupied parts of Western Sahara to assess whether including the territory in the trade deal with Morocco is a good idea.Read more

ISOCARD backtracks on moving camel conference out of Western Sahara21.08 - 2018
Despite promises of moving its triennial conference from El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, to a city in Morocco proper, ISOCARD now states it will not do so, because "it has no power to change the city" - indicating the organisation's lack of backbone to go against its Moroccan hosts.Read more
Sweden says EU-Morocco trade proposal fails court ruling20.08 - 2018
"Sweden is not satisfied that the outcome of the consultation process can be said to constitute the free and informed consent of the people of Western Sahara", the country formally explained its abstention in the EU Council vote on the Western Sahara trade scheme.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


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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