Trawler in occupied Western Sahara involved in massive discards07.05 - 2016 17:10

Yet again, a fishing vessel managed by a Moroccan ex-general is dumping tonnes of fish in occupied Western Sahara. New video reveals the environmental mismanagement.
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PotashCorp shareholders request human rights review in Western Sahara05.05 - 2016
Two institutional shareholders of PotashCorp are presenting a proposal before next week's annual meeting of the company. PotashCorp is the world's largest importer of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. Read more
Ban Ki-Moon report deletes UN findings on Saharawi poverty28.04 - 2016
After consultation with Morocco, the document that Ban Ki-Moon was drafting has been stripped of all references to UN reports highlighting Saharawi marginalisation. Read more

EU unable to honor judgment from Court of Justice?28.04 - 2016
The Netherlands, which is against the inclusion of Western Sahara products in EU-Moroccan trade, seems unable to respect the decision from the Court of Justice from December 2015. Read more
Moroccan report reveals EU funding to occupied territories19.04 - 2016
Morocco is spending most of the funding it receives as part of the EU-Morocco fish deal building up infrastructure in occupied Western Sahara. And the European Commission is fully aware of this.Read more

Iceland agrees with CJEU, excludes Western Sahara from trade dealpaula_og_hannes_fishmeal_610.jpg
19.04 - 2016
All four members states of the EFTA free trade association - Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein - conclude in the same way as the Court of Justice of the European Union. Goods from Western Sahara cannot be inluded in free trade agreements with Morocco.
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European Court's judgment now available in English19.04 - 2016
On 10 December 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union annulled the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement in so far as it applies to Western Sahara. The entire text of the judgment is now also available in English.Read more
Cairn and Kosmos applying for new license in occupied Western Sahara18.04 - 2016
Scotland's Cairn Energy states that its joint venture with American firm Kosmos Energy has dropped the oil exploration licence in occupied Western Sahara, but ... that it is now reapplying for part of the very same area.
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Leading figure of unemployed Saharawi graduates dies following torture18.04 - 2016
One of the leaders of the protest movement of unemployed Saharawis, who for months have been targeting their campaigns against Morocco's state owned phosphate company OCP, has died after allegedly being tortured by the Moroccan police.Read more
Demonstrated against the plunder in occupied Western Sahara17.04 - 2016
Dozens of Saharawis demonstrated in Smara, occupied Western Sahara, against marginalisation in their wealthy homeland. Several are said to be injured.Read more

Is conflict salt still de-icing Danish roads?salt_610.jpg
11.04 - 2016
Are three Danish municipalities and a Danish importer helping to prop up Africa’s last colonizing power in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, by buying conflict salt in violation of international law? The Danish NGO Afrika Kontakt investigates the matter.
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Palestine, Crimea, Western Sahara: EU paper seeks coherence11.04 - 2016
The Policy Department of the European Parliament has published a report on the need for a coherent EU policy with regard to the three occupations of Western Sahara, Palestine and Crimea. In all three cases, plunder is illegal, the report states. Read more
New report: Canadian companies behind nearly all of the dirty trade08.04 - 2016
Two Canadian companies, Agrium and PotashCorp, were behind two thirds of all imports of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara last year. WSRW today launched its annual report of the controversial trade in Western Sahara's white gold. Read more

FMC Corp no longer involved with Western Sahara phosphates07.04 - 2016
The US company FMC Corp is said to have sold its 33,3 percent ownership in the Venezuelan company Tripoliven which imports phosphates from Western Sahara. Read more
Here is why the EU appealed EU Court ruling on Western Sahara02.04 - 2016
The Official Journal of the European Union has published the appeal brought by the EU Council against the Court of Justice of the EU’s decision to annul the EU-Morocco agricultural agreement insofar as it applies in Western Sahara.Read more

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26.03 - 2016
Western Sahara Resource Watch took part in a hearing on human rights in Western Sahara before the US Congress this week.
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Norwegian investor excluded Total due to Western Sahara involvement25.03 - 2016
The Norwegian insurance company Storebrand has blacklisted both phosphate and oil companies involved in occupied Western Sahara. Among them are the French company Total, which are now back in from the cold after they withdrew from the territory. Read more
Trading Saharawi rights for Moroccan migrants17.03 - 2016
Several EU Member States have issued statements indicating their support to Council's decision to appeal the European Court’s decision to annul the EU’s agricultural agreement with Morocco. But why is that, really?Read more

Support Western Sahara Resource Watch17.03 - 2016
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more
Western Sahara republic declares its exact EEZ06.03 - 2016
Yesterday, upon the visit of the UN Secretary-General to the Saharawi refugee camps, the Western Sahara government deposited the exact claims of its maritime zones. Read more

News archive:
04.03 - 2016Norwegian pension fund blacklists San Leon over Western Sahara
16.02 - 2016Lifosa ends imports of Western Sahara phosphate rock
23.02 - 2016Hunger striking for an answer to request for appeal
23.02 - 2016Council has appealed court annulment of Morocco trade deal
19.02 - 2016WSRW asks OCP to release legal opinions on phosphate trade
17.02 - 2016Controversial Crans Montana Forum remains silent
18.02 - 2016African Union Council condemns exploitation Saharawi resources
17.02 - 2016Danish municipality cancels supply contract over Western Sahara ties
15.02 - 2016Protests resume after Moroccan king's visit to occupied Western Sahara
10.02 - 2016Swiss retailer will stop importing tomatoes from Western Sahara
03.02 - 2016US Methodist Church blacklists five companies active in Western Sahara
02.02 - 2016Dutch pension fund kicks OCP over 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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