25.07 - 2018. Category: Archive 2018 Large Russian-Chinese-British oil study in Western SaharaWith all multinational oil companies in occupied Western Sahara having abandoned their activities, the Moroccan government is trying to catch interest of new investors for further illegal oil exploration. Russian and Chinese state-owned companies, commissioned by a UK firm, are behind a large exploration programme.
16.12 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Russian fleet should leave occupied Western Sahara This week, the EU pulled its fleet out of Western Sahara, a territory largely occupied by Morocco. The Russian industrial trawlers should follow the European example, Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) demanded today. Press release, WSRW, 16 Dec 2011.
08.06 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 Russia renewed fisheries in Western Sahara Russia has now signed a fisheries agreement with Morocco, permitting the Russian fleet to fish offshore occupied Western Sahara. The indigenous Saharawis have not been consulted, and the agreement is thus in violation of international law.
16.08 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 While WSRW awaits answers, Russians keep fishingIn May 2009, Western Sahara Resource Watch demanded from the Russian government and the Murmansk Trawl Fleet to halt all fisheries in occupied Western Sahara. While we still await reply, the Russian giants keep trawling.
26.05 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 WSRW calls on Medvedev to halt Russian fisheriesWestern Sahara Resource Watch asked today the government of Russia to halt fisheries offshore occupied Western Sahara, and make sure that their up-coming fisheries agreement with Morocco specifically excludes the occupied territory. WSRW has repeatedly found Russian fishing vessels in the disputed waters.
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.