The US-Canadian fertilizer producer, PotashCorp (PCS) has imported from Western Sahara at least since 1987 and is the company that internationally imports most from Western Sahara. PCS delivers fertiliser to the American market and receives its Western Sahara phosphate at its plant in Louisiana. The phosphates are processed in Geismar, Los Angeles.
On 1 June 2010, Norwegian investor ‘Kommunal Lands-pensjonskasse’ (KLP) announced that they have blacklisted the company for buying phosphate from occupied Western Sahara. With this, KLP, an investor that provides pensions to 333 Norwegian municipalities, 35 other state enterprises and 2300 companies, has so far thrown out four international companies that import phosphate from the occupied territory.
Read more: WSRW demands PCS to terminate its unethical 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.
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.
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.
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.