02.05 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Norwatch: Controversial Oil Exploration Finished The Norwegian seismic company Fugro-Geoteam has completed its controversial exploration offshore occupied Western Sahara. Their employer’s plans to become established on the Canary Islands have aroused strong reactions. Norwatch, 15 April 2009.
20.04 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Polisario protests plunderingOn 8th April 2008, Polisario sent a letter to the Security Council protesting the plundering of Western Sahara. The letter has now been published as an official document of both the General Assembly (A/63/871) and the Security Council (S/2009/198).
20.03 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Denounced plundering to UN Human Rights CouncilFrance Libertés: Fondation Danielle Mitterrand - an NGO with special consultative status in the Human Rights Council - has submitted a written statement to the council denouncing the plundering of Western Sahara.
18.03 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Norwatch: Requested Military HelpThe Moroccan Navy was asked to support Fugro-Geoteam’s oil assignment outside occupied Western Sahara. This is shown by an internal Moroccan government document that Norwatch has obtained. Norwatch, 17 March 2009.
23.02 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Time to let the Sahrawis decide"WSRW believes it is time for the Saharawi people to settle the question of how they wish to be governed through the referendum which the UN calls for. Then it will be clear to companies with whom to deal", writes WSRW in letters to the editor in the petroleum journals Upstream and Petroleum Africa.
27.01 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Upstream: SADR hits out at Kosmos WESTERN Sahara's Petroleum Authority has accused Kosmos Energy of violating international law by awarding Fugro-Geoteam a contract for a major seismic survey in Morocco 's Southern Provinces, writes Barry Morgan. Upstream, 23 January 2009.
16.01 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Sahrawi Republic protests Kosmos and Fugro engagementsMinister of Foreign Affairs of the Sahrawi Arabic Democratic Republic sent 15 January 2009 a letter to Kosmos Energy demanding the company to terminates its operations in occupied Western Sahara. On 13 January 2009 a similar letter was sent to Dutch-Norwegian seismic survey company Fugro-Geoteam, which started its exploration for Kosmos in January.
13.01 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Demands Fugro to leave Western SaharaWestern Sahara Resource Watch demands that Fugro-Geoteam terminate their profoundly unethical activities, and immediately withdraw their vessel "Geo Caribbean" from the Western Saharan waters. Fugro works in occupied Western Sahara on behalf of Moroccan authorities. Read open letter to Fugro, 12 January 2009.
12.01 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Norwatch: Norwegian Oil Industry in Occupied Western SaharaA huge Norwegian research vessel has in secret travelled to the coast of occupied Western Sahara. This weekend the Norwegian company Fugro-Geoteam started a controversial operation to carry out oil exploration, in defiance of the advice of the UN and the Norwegian government. Norwatch, 12 January 2009.
21.07 - 2008. Category: Archive 2008 Growing rumours of possible oil drilling in Western SaharaAccording to recent articles in African Energy and the Moroccan newspaper L'Economiste, there's a realistic chance that Morocco might start drilling for oil in the occupied Western Sahara in the nearby future.
10.07 - 2008. Category: Archive 2008 Kosmos Energy receives awardThe business magazine Petroleum Africa seems to have missed a central point.
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.