12.01 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Kosmos has begun to drill in occupied Western SaharaOn 19 December 2014 , the American oil company Kosmos Energy began to drill for oil in occupied Western Sahara, through an illegal deal with the occupying regime, Morocco. "The company is adding fuel to the fire", stated WSRW.
17.12 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Havoc inks oil deal with Saharawi government for Kosmos drill siteAustralian investment fund Havoc Partners has signed a 50% operating stake in four oil blocks in occupied Western Sahara with the territory's government in exile. One of those blocks contains the Gargaa site, where American oil firm Kosmos Energy will soon start to drill in collaboration with the Moroccan government.
17.12 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 The Kosmos Energy platform has left Las PalmasThe drillship Atwood Achiever - which is to undertake drilling in waters of occupied Western Sahara - is no longer in Las Palmas and has vanished into thin air.
14.12 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 The Kosmos Energy platform has entered occupied waters –WSRW condemnsThe oil platform ‘Atwood Achiever' late last night entered the waters of occupied Western Sahara. “Kosmos Energy is to undertake the first drilling in Western Sahara ever. It is hard to imagine a more brutally unethical oil drilling, anywhere in the world”, WSRW states.
02.12 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Kosmos drilling before end of the year?According to latest available sources, Kosmos and Cairn still plan to initiate its controversial drilling in occupied Western Sahara before the end of the year.
06.11 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Saharawi political prisoners speak out against Kosmos EnergyThe 21 Saharawi political prisoners that are still imprisoned on the back of the Gdeim Izik mass protest camp, have today appealed to the church communities in Texas to denounce Kosmos Energy's plans in occupied Western Sahara. Read their full letter here.
05.11 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Controversy Kosmos to open supply base in Las Palmas?The controversial company Kosmos Energy, which is intending to drill in occupied Western Sahara on a licence granted by the occupying power of Morocco, might open a supply base in Las Palmas. First results of the illegal drilling to be announced within next 6 months.
31.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 BBC: Kosmos refuses talks on self-determination"The conversation with groups that are talking about self-determination and independence really isn't a conversation for Kosmos to be involved in", states Kosmos Energy to BBC. Former UN Legal Counsel calls Kosmos operations in violation of international law.
30.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 For dummies: Kosmos drilling in occupied Western SaharaThe US oil company Kosmos Energy and the Scottish company Cairn Energy will drill for oil offshore Western Sahara. It is clearly in violation of international law, according to the UN - and it destroys the UN peace efforts. Here is what you need to know.
27.10 - 2014. Category: Archive 2014 Kosmos chartered oil rig filmed bunkering in Namibia The Atwood Achiever, the oil rig charted by Kosmos Energy at a rate of over US $ 500,000 per day, arrived yesterday noon in the harbour of Walvis Bay, Namibia. It did it last bunkering before arriving in the occupied 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.