A document titled "Registration document" - edition 2015, reveals the amount Total had paid for its controversial Anzarane block in occupied Western Sahara: 3,859,000 US dollars. The document was published in 2016.
The same kind of document for 2014 elaborates further somewhat on how it reflects around the legal and ethical aspects of operating in Western Sahara.
While claiming to be abiding by the UN, Total manages to both in the 2014 and 2015 files to claim that the Anzarane block is located "In Morocco". No states in the world recognises Western Sahara as part of Morocco.
Morocco's claim to the territory have been rejected by the International Court of Justice, the EU Court of Justice and the United Nations.
The company had since 2001 signed in Western Sahara, and always referred to it as "Morocco". No seeking of consent has been ever done with the people of the territory.
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.