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22.09 - 2016 21:10
San Leon Energy's controversial oil programme in occupied Western Sahara might continue with more drilling, according to company.
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Interview with Gilles Devers, Polisario's lawyer in the EU Courts20.09 - 2016
The Advocate General to the Court of Justice of the EU delivered a lengthy 70 page opinion on the Polisario-EU court case. WSRW asked Polisario's lawyer to clarify some aspects of the text. Read more
Is the EU taking measures on Western Sahara ?20.09 - 2016
The EU has fixed a map that displayed Western Sahara as part of Morocco - and has postponed further sanitary controls in the Sahrawi occupied territory.Read more

Support Western Sahara Resource Watch18.09 - 2016
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more
Key Bay has arrived France with cargo from Western Sahara17.09 - 2016
The tanker Key Bay yesterday arrived Fécamp. French customs refuse to comment. We have the images. Read more

French customs will not tariff fish oil vessel key_bay_15.09.2016_610.jpg
15.09 - 2016
The cargo on board the vessel "Key Bay", which arrives Normandy today, will allegedly not be tariffed, as France claims EU agreement with Morocco is in force.
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EP rapporteur: "EU complicity in the illegal occupation must stop"13.09 - 2016
Just as the Advocate General of the European Court clarifies that EU-Morocco trade cannot include Western Sahara goods, a massive cargo of fish oil is set to arrive in Normandy. "Piracy", says the European Parliament's rapporteur on the EU-Morocco trade deal.Read more
EU Court Advocate; Western Sahara is not part of EU-Morocco trade deal13.09 - 2016
"Neither the EU-Morocco Association Agreement nor the EU-Morocco Agreement on the liberalisation of trade in agricultural and fishery products apply to Western Sahara", says the EU Court's Advocate General in his Opinion today. Read more

Fish oil cargo to arrive EU - despite court decision10.09 - 2016
A chemical tanker is about to arrive France with fish oil from occupied Western Sahara. The Court of Justice of the EU last year concluded Western Sahara goods are not part of the trade agreement with Morocco. Read more
Join Amnesty campaign for the Saharawi prisoners01.09 - 2016
Two dozen Saharawi activists have been jailed for 6 years after demanding socio-economic rights. Join Amnesty's campaign demanding their release. Read more

Polish company states 'political reasons' for departing Western Saharageofyzika_krakow1_610.jpg
25.08 - 2016
All workers of a Polish state owned company in occupied Western Sahara have just been pulled out from the territory 'because of political reasons'.
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San Leon/PetroMaroc study delayed and fined18.08 - 2016
The San Leon Energy/PetroMaroc study at the Zag block in occupied Western Sahara is delayed and the partners are penalized by Moroccan authorities. PetroMaroc's future is hanging by a thread.Read more
The oil map is changing in occupied Western Sahara31.07 - 2016
Kosmos and Cairn have renewed their licence - but did San Leon Energy abandon one of its licences? A new map from ONHYM suggests changes to the highly controversial oil exploration in the occupied territory. Read more

Kosmos cites political arguments to operate in Western Sahara18.07 - 2016
Kosmos gives geopolitical arguments to operate in occupied Western Sahara, while Cairn Energy refuses to answer why it operates in what they call "Morocco". WSRW has sought clarifications from the duo.Read more
See how the controversial plantations boomed in the desert18.07 - 2016
Based on assessments of satelite images, WSRW has calculated how the plantations in occupied Western Sahara developed from 2003 until today. Read more

WSRW concerned over increased Agrium importsdoric_samurai_13.05.2016_610.jpg
11.07 - 2016
Western Sahara Resource Watch has requested further clarifications from the Canadian company Agrium, which is importing phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.
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World's largest wealth fund drops Cairn and Kosmos over Western Sahara28.06 - 2016
Norway's sovereign wealth fund has today announced it has excluded Kosmos Energy and Cairn Energy from its portfolios because of their oil search in Western Sahara. Approx. 54 million dollars of shares were sold. Read more
WSRW demands Polish state oil company to leave Western Sahara28.06 - 2016
WSRW lauches today a report on the Polish oil company PGNiG, and demands it to abandon its project. WSRW asks its owners to intervene. Read more

Wave of divestments over Western Sahara27.06 - 2016
In recent months, several investment firms have relinquished their interests in companies that are involved in the natural resource exploitation of occupied Western Sahara. Here are 21 of them. Read more
Moroccan group to intervene in EU Court case about occupied Sahara24.06 - 2016
A Moroccan umbrella association that claims the EU Court of Justice has never suspended the Western Sahara trade, is now to intervene in the EU Court to support the annulment of the suspension (which the association never believed occurred in the first place). Confused? We are too. Read more

News archive:
22.06 - 2016Check out Cairn Energy's geography failures
22.06 - 2016Controversial Polish oil search stopped due to strike
22.06 - 2016Confirmed: these 5 countries intervene against Saharawis at EU Court
21.06 - 2016Total officially states it has left Western Sahara
16.06 - 2016Danish shipping company Ultrabulk caught red handed
08.06 - 2016EU Member States to intervene against Western Sahara in EU Court
08.06 - 2016Polish company undertakes seismic studies in occupied Western Sahara
16.06 - 2012French CGG in 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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The Western Sahara oil curse


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On 17 February 2013, in a mockery of justice, a Moroccan military court condemned 25 Saharawi citizens to shockingly tough prison sentences. Help us to release the Gdeim Izik 25.

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