Moroccan group to intervene in EU Court case about occupied Saharacoop_610.jpg
24.06 - 2016 10:46
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.
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Check out Cairn Energy's geography failures23.06 - 2016
Cairn Energy consistently includes occupied Western Sahara as part of Morocco. Read more
Controversial Polish oil search stopped due to strike22.06 - 2016
When over 100 of the locally recruited staff stopped working, the Polish oil hunt in occupied Western Sahara had to temporarily close.Read more

Confirmed: these 5 countries intervene against Saharawis at EU Court22.06 - 2016
The EU Court has now officially confirmed that five EU Member States will intervene in favour of Morocco in the proceedings to reverse the Court’s decision to halt imports from occupied Western Sahara through a trade deal with Morocco.Read more
Total officially states it has left Western Sahara 21.06 - 2016
"The contract was not extended in December 2015", company writes on website. It has also confirmed that it has "no plans" to return to the territory, which lies in the part of Western Sahara under Moroccan occupation. Read more

Danish shipping company Ultrabulk caught red handedultra_rocanville_a_610.jpg
19.06 - 2016
The day after Danish parliament urged all companies to stay away from occupied Western Sahara, a Danish vessel arrived Canada with phosphates rock taken from the territory.
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Support Western Sahara Resource Watch12.06 - 2016
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more
EU Member States to intervene against Western Sahara in EU Court09.06 - 2016
A handful of EU Member States will intervene in the European Court proceedings in favour of Morocco, asking the Court to reverse its decision to cancel the EU-Morocco trade deal in occupied Western Sahara.Read more

Polish company undertakes seismic studies in occupied Western Sahara09.06 - 2016
The Polish seismic services company Geofizyka Kraków ignored warnings and started seismic studies for oil exploration in occupied territory.

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Paradeep: new client of Sahara conflict phosphates?03.06 - 2016
It rarely happens that vessels transport phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara to India. However, an 8 million dollar consignment is at present being offloaded in port of Paradip.Read more

PotashCorp ignores its owners, buys massive cargo from Western Sahararefugees_protest_phosphate_canada_610_200.jpg
03.06 - 2016
Only three weeks after nearly a third of its shareholders had requested a human rights review of its imports from occupied Western Sahara, the Canadian fertilizer firm PotashCorp is expecting a giant shipment of phosphate rock from the occupied territory.
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Don’t trade with Western Sahara, says Danish parliament02.06 - 2016
Thursday the Danish parliament unanimously passed a motion on Western Sahara that urges Danish companies and the Danish public sector not to trade with Africa’s last colony.Read more
Trawler in occupied Western Sahara involved in massive discards07.05 - 2016

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?coop_610.jpg
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.
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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 deal19.04 - 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.Read more

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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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
17.02 - 2016Danish municipality cancels supply contract over Western Sahara ties
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


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