Can EU answer to these questions on Western Sahara trade talks?30.05 - 2017 11:05
Today, the EU Commission will answer questions from EU Parliamentarians about its plans to negotiate a trade arrangement for Western Sahara, with Morocco - the country that occupies the territory. Such agreement is not legal, according to European top court.
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Canada bound ship with conflict minerals released from detention24.05 - 2017
The Ultra Innovation left the port of Panama City on 21 May, and is currently heading towards Vancouver. The dispute over the ownership of the cargo could still be pending court case. Read more
New Zealand conflict cargo judgment set for 9 June18.05 - 2017
The South African court that is deciding on the ownership of a detained phosphate rock shipment from occupied Western Sahara, has set a date for its judgment. Read more

Danish vessel with plunder cargo detained in Panama18.05 - 2017
For the second time this month, a vessel carrying conflict minerals from occupied Western Sahara has been detained by a national court. This time: the Danish vessel Ultra Innovation heading to Canada. Read more
EU intends to ignore Court of Justice judgment on Western Sahara trade11.05 - 2017
The EU Commission is now seeking the EU member states approval to brush aside the judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU, by negotiating a new agreement with Morocco for trade with occupied Western Sahara. Read more

Glencore is departing Western Saharaglencore_610.jpg
11.05 - 2017
The biggest international company currently present in occupied Western Sahara is ending its operations in the territory, according to Swiss media.
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Enel considers involvement in occupied Western Sahara non-political05.05 - 2017
The Italian renewable energy corporation Enel Green Energy evades questions by civil society about its operations on occupied land.Read more
Ballance Agri-Nutrients admits to be buyer of seized cargo04.05 - 2017
The company which hardly ever responds to concerns over their imports of conflict phosphates from occupied Western Sahara has now started talking. Read more

Video of the seized vessel 04.05 - 2017

This film was shot in Gibraltar shortly before arriving occupied Western Sahara.
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Plunder vessel detained in South Africa on way to New Zealand03.05 - 2017
A bulk vessel was Tuesday this week detained in the South African port of Port Elizabeth for carrying phosphate rock plundered from occupied Western Sahara. Read more

States call for Saharawi self-determination in Human Rights Councilupr.jpg
02.05 - 2017
Several UN Member States have today recommended Morocco to hold the long-overdue referendum on self-determination for Western Sahara.
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Domino of Spanish regions urge for no Western Sahara trade29.04 - 2017
This week, the parliament of Galicia demanded full suspension of trade and corporate complicity in the exploitation of natural resources in Western Sahara. Galicia is only one among many.Read more
Cargo of salt from occupied Western Sahara arrived in the Netherlands27.04 - 2017
And a second consignment is apparently on its way.Read more

Unemployed Saharawis set up protest camp in occupied Western Sahara26.04 - 2017
“We have no other choice than to set up a second Gdeim Izik protest camp”, disenfranchised Saharawi protesters say.Read more
San Leon blames security for pause in occupied Western Sahara26.04 - 2017
Irish/UK oil company San Leon Energy's work in occupied Western Sahara is delayed, and the company claims to the Moroccan government that it is due to "regional security situation".Read more

New report on global phosphate trade from occupied Western Saharaindia_610.jpg
25.04 - 2017
Over 200 million dollars worth of phosphate rock was shipped out of occupied Western Sahara last year, a new report from WSRW shows. For the first time, India is among the top importers.
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Vigeo Eiris asserts Saharawi consent unnecessary23.04 - 2017
121 days have passed since WSRW inquired into Vigeo Eiris's certification of Morocco's energy projects in occupied Western Sahara. The firm, which advises investors on matters human rights, now states that seeking Saharawi consent is irrelevant.  Read more
Kosmos/Cairn oil study in occupied waters has ended15.04 - 2017
The seismic study programme of Kosmos Energy and Cairn Energy offshore occupied Western Sahara ended on 12 April.Read more

Agrium looks to other sources than Western Sahara 11.04 - 2017
The biggest purchaser of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara has said its purchase agreement is only a temporary solution, and that it hopes to find phosphate rock elsewhere.Read more
Self-immolation by Moroccan sea captain in Dakhla11.04 - 2017
A captain which had been protesting over many months against corruption in the fishing industry in Dakhla on 30 March carried out his threat of self-immolation.Read more

News archive:
12.02 - 2017Siemens dodges questions on Saharawi consent
09.02 - 2017This cargo from occupied Western Sahara is now to arrive France
09.02 - 2017Danish company stops salt imports from Western Sahara
02.02 - 2017EU looks to avoid energy imports from Western Sahara
25.01 - 2017Key Bay unloaded all cargo in Fécamp, France
24.01 - 2017Here is the Key Bay inside the port of Fécamp
23.01 - 2017Why the Key Bay imports are not in accordance with EU law
22.01 - 2017Key Bay just outside of port of Fécamp
18.01 - 2017Key Bay to arrive in France while complaints to be filed
14.01 - 2017Key Bay appears at Las Palmas horizon
13.01 - 2017Key Bay is now heading to Las Palmas
07.01 - 2017Fresh images: Key Bay inside the port
06.01 - 2017Here is the vessel that will transport fish oil to the EU
06.01 - 2017First ship to challenge EU Court ruling on occupied Western Sahara
04.01 - 2017Chinese Geron Energy might take over block in occupied Western Sahara


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.
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