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28.05 - 2020 18:23
The World Bank has yesterday removed erroneous maps of Morocco that mistakenly included the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara.

See also: World Bank in discordance with the UN on Western Sahara.
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Russia-Morocco controversial fisheries deal on the horizon27.05 - 2020
Russian and Moroccan representatives recently met to further discuss a new fisheries agreement covering the waters offshore occupied Western Sahara, but a new deal seems still pending. Read more
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Austrian chemical giant says no to Western Sahara trade26.05 - 2020
Two months after gas from a terminal in Sweden was exported into occupied Western Sahara, the Austrian company behind the shipment promises it will never happen again. Read more



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Germany thumbs down OCP credit in Western Sahara  13.05 - 2020
Germany's state-owned development bank will not finance projects in Western Sahara.Read more
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HeidelbergCement expands in occupied Western Sahara 11.05 - 2020
Last week, the German multinational acquired another cement factory in occupied Western Sahara. Read more


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10.05 - 2020
The Norwegian state-controlled energy company Equinor ‘regrets’ exports of gas into Western Sahara and promises to never do it again.
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Kiwi importers ignore government advice on Western Sahara09.05 - 2020
While other companies internationally have managed to find alternative sources of phosphate - and in spite of a request of the New Zealand government that they do the same - the Kiwi fertilizer industry seems unwilling to drop its imports from occupied Western Sahara. Read more
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Research service of Bundestag analyses Morocco's settlement policy  08.05 - 2020
An analysis of the legal aspects of the conflict in Western Sahara has led the research department of the German parliament to conclude that there are substantiated violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention by Morocco, that is to be considered an occupying power.Read more



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Caterpillar trucks carry conflict minerals 07.05 - 2020
Trucks of the US company Caterpillar transport phosphate rock in occupied Western Sahara.Read more
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First overview of gas imports into occupied Western Sahara04.05 - 2020
50,000 tonnes of liquified gas arrived in occupied Western Sahara last year, according to our first overview of this key trade.Read more


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18.04 - 2020
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Portugal energy consultants fail in geography08.04 - 2020
The Portuguese company Gesto has been contracted by Morocco to explore the geothermal potential of occupied Western Sahara - but chooses to refer to the territory as Morocco. Read more
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Africa main importer of frozen Saharawi fish 30.03 - 2020
Western Sahara Resource Watch for the first time presents an overview of the transports of frozen fish from occupied Western Sahara. Near all of it ends up in West African harbours. Read more



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What is Continental negotiating with OCP?26.03 - 2020
As Continental renegotiates its contract with Morocco's national phosphate company, it is still not clear whether the German group intends to limit its operations to Morocco proper or extend them into occupied Western Sahara.Read more
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EU Commission backtracks on labelling Western Sahara goods18.03 - 2020
What is EU's position on labelling of products from occupied Western Sahara? The EU Commission has now for the third time published a response to a parliamentary question on the matter, but the latest version fails to address the question.  Read more


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16.03 - 2020
The multinational company that facilitates the controversial phosphate exports in Western Sahara receives criticism from a group of German organisations.
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EU Parliament set for blind landing of aviation deal09.03 - 2020
Tomorrow, the European Parliament is scheduled to vote on an amendment to the EU-Morocco Aviation Agreement - without any clarifications from the EU Commission as to how the proposal aligns with the 2018 Ruling of EU Court of Justice, invalidating the application of that very Agreement to Western Sahara.

Update: the European Parliament has postponed all votes scheduled to take place on 10 March to a later date, due to the COVID-19-crisis.
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Brexit UK risks copying EU’s Sahara flaws08.03 - 2020
The UK Government is in the final stages of entering into a new trade agreement with Morocco including the territory of Western Sahara, without consideration of recent EU and British court rulings, or of the people of the occupied land.Read more



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Here is the EU Council's legal advice on fishing in occupied waters05.03 - 2020
Before voting on the new EU-Morocco fish deal in 2018, extending into occupied Western Sahara, several EU Member States asked for legal advice that would determine their vote. WSRW today publishes that influential legal opinion, which appears to miss the ball entirely.Read more
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Polisario files lawsuit against Kiwi pension fund05.03 - 2020
New Zealand’s national pension fund invests in Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients – which both import phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. That does not align with its statutory obligation to safeguard the country’s reputation, Polisario official says.Read more



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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.
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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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