11.02 - 2019. Category: Archive 2019 Human Rights Watch calls for Court referral of EU-Morocco fish dealIn its letter to the European Parliament, the leading international human rights NGO highlights the need for an opinion of the EU Court of Justice on applying the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement to a territory that is under occupation.
07.02 - 2019. Category: Archive 2019 110 MEPs want EU-Morocco fish deal referred to CourtAn unprecedented number of Euro-Parliamentarians have backed a proposal to refer the proposed EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement - which will be expressly applied to occupied Western Sahara - to the EU Court of Justice.
30.01 - 2019. Category: Archive 2019 EU Council refuses transparency on legal opinion on fish deal"You may have access to paragraphs 1 to 3 including footnotes 1 to 7". The EU Council replied to WSRW's request for public access to its legal opinion on including Western Sahara in the new EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.
23.01 - 2019. Category: Archive 2019 Norwegian reefer sailing into the lions' denA Norwegian vessel that is likely transporting frozen fish from occupied Western Sahara could be on thin ice. In three days from now, 'Green Glacier' will enter South African waters - the jurisdiction that detained a stolen cargo from Western Sahara in 2017.
17.01 - 2019. Category: News Polisario condemns new EU-Morocco trade deal The national liberation movement of Western Sahara, Frente Polisario, sent out a press release after the vote in the European Parliament of 16 Janaury 2019 regarding a new trade agreement that covers occupied territory.
16.01 - 2019. Category: Archive 2019 These are the MEPs who voted for trade with occupied Western SaharaToday, 444 (!) members of the European Parliament decided to ignore the EU case law and vote to include occupied Western Sahara into a trade agreement With Morocco. See here which parliamentarians who voted for this travesty of justice, and whom tried to prevent it.
16.01 - 2019. Category: Archive 2019 Parliament approves trade deal for occupied Western SaharaThe 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.
16.01 - 2019. Category: Archive 2019 Rapporteur calls for referral to EU Court of JusticeThe 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.
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.