Saharawi refugees tell Glencore to leave their homelandglencore_protest_camps_17_march_2015_610_200.jpg
18.03 - 2015 11:25
Saharawi refugees yesterday protested against Swiss firm Glencore Plc, looking for oil in their occupied Western Sahara. See photos and videos of the protest here.
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New WSRW report reveals importers of Western Sahara phosphate in 201416.03 - 2015
WSRW launches today its overview report containing all clients that have last year purchased phosphate rock from Western Sahara. The report details all volumes, values and shipments relating to Morocco’s exports from the occupied territory during 2014.Read more
Kosmos Energy, did you see these beatings? 14.03 - 2015
Any further oil exploration in Western Sahara is illegal unless the Saharawis want it themselves, according to the UN. The companies involved do not care.

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Saharawi women protest plunder on International Women's Day09.03 - 2015
In celebration of International Women's Day, yesterday 8 March 2014, the women of the Saharawi refugee camps held a protest against foreign companies that are complicit in Morocco's plunder of their occupied homeland: Western Sahara.Read more
OCP refuses to respond to Saharawi refugee04.03 - 2015
“OCP Maroc” tried to block a Saharawi student’s youtube videos questioning the legality of Morocco’s exploitation of occupied Western Sahara’s phosphate mine. And to date, the firm has refused to answer her many emails asking them why they tried to do that.Read more

Kosmos Energy ignores pleas from the owners of Western Sahara oilkosmos9_610.jpg
02.03 - 2015
No oil exploration can take place in Western Sahara unless people consent to it. Today Kosmos announced will to continue searching in Western Sahara despite condemnations from the people of the territory See Saharawis mobilise.
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Kosmos continues despite non-commercial find in Western Sahara02.03 - 2015
Kosmos Energy today announced that it had “encountered hydrocarbons” offshore occupied Western Sahara, though not in commercial quantities. Nevertheless, the find appears to be sufficient to proceed with a second drilling later on. WSRW condemns the drilling.Read more
Kosmos Energy launches propaganda website26.02 - 2015
Misleads by misrepresenting international law. Check out the company's Western Sahara manipulation here.Read more

Corell: EU must revise fisheries agreement, oil drilling irresponsible24.02 - 2015
Former UN Legal Counsel Hans Corell urges in an article yesterday the EU to revise its Fisheries Partnership Agreement due to the Moroccan King's recent statement on Western Sahara. He also states that the oil exploration is in violation of the legal opinion he wrote for the UN Security Council. Read more
Kosmos expects occupied Western Sahara drill results in early March23.02 - 2015
Kosmos Energy today announced that it is expecting the first results from its controversial drilling in occupied Western Sahara sooner than anticipated: in early March.Read more

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05.02 - 2015
Formally established at a meeting in Brussels on 5 February 2005, WSRW turned 10 years today.
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Norway ethical council recommends exclusion of Innophos04.02 - 2015
The Council on Ethics of the Norwegian government pension fund recommended blacklisting of the US/Mexican fertilizer producer Innophos due to phosphate imports from Western Sahara. "Particular serious violation of fundamental ethical norms", the council concluded.Read more
WSRW confronts Glencore again on Western Saharan oil involvement03.02 - 2015
In a letter sent to the company today, WSRW has repeated its concerns about Swiss company Glencore Plc's stake in the unethical oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara. Read the full letter, and our correspondence with Glencore, here.Read more

AU condemns Crans Montana Forum in occupied Western Sahara02.02 - 2015
The African Union has issued a strong declaration condemning the plans of the Swiss organisation Crans Montana to hold their Forum in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, "as it is a grave violation of the International Law". Read the full Declaration here.Read more
Former UN Legal Counsel slams Kosmos drilling in Western Sahara13.01 - 2015
“I have seen that they [Kosmos executives] think their actions are in conformity with my legal opinion, and my determined opinion is that they are not”, says Ambassador Hans Corell, author of the UN Legal Opinion on oil exploration and exploitation in Western Sahara.Read more

Kosmos has begun to drill in occupied Western Saharaatwoodachiever_namibia16_610.jpg
12.01 - 2015
On 19 December 2014 , the American oil company Kosmos Energy began to drill for oil in occupied Western Sahara, through an illegal deal with the occupying regime, Morocco. "The company is adding fuel to the fire", stated WSRW.
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Demonstrated against SeaBird/Glencore in Oslo20.12 - 2014
Saharawis and Norwegians gathered Thursday night in front of the offices of SeaBird in Oslo to protest against the company's oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara on behalf of Glencore and the Moroccan government. Read more
WSRW condemns Glencore's oil exploration in Western Sahara18.12 - 2014
WSRW has today appealed to Swiss company Glencore Plc to withdraw from its participation in Morocco's oil search in Western Sahara. Read the full letter here.Read more

Rejected salt imports from Western Sahara due to human rights18.12 - 2014
A Norwegian state owned engineering company earlier this year chose to reject a deal for salt from Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara because they found that it would be in violation of their human rights standards.Read more
Havoc inks oil deal with Saharawi government for Kosmos drill site17.12 - 2014
Australian investment fund Havoc Partners has signed a 50% operating stake in four oil blocks in occupied Western Sahara with the territory's government in exile. One of those blocks contains the Gargaa site, where American oil firm Kosmos Energy will soon start to drill in collaboration with the Moroccan government.Read more

News archive:
12.12 - 2014Expelled after doing interviews on Glencore-SeaBird oil exploration
12.12 - 2014Western Sahara govt protests SeaBird seismic in occupied territory
01.12 - 2014New Norwegian seismic study offshore occupied Western Sahara
02.12 - 2014Possible legal action against UK government over Western Sahara
02.12 - 2014Maria Damanaki opposed continued EU fishing in Western Sahara
01.12 - 2014Investor blacklisted Agrium for imports from occupied Western Sahara
27.11 - 2014Swiss company to construct solar plants in occupied Western Sahara
27.11 - 2014ONHYM offers yet another block in occupied territory
25.11 - 2014Morocco admits to using Saharawi resources for political gain
20.11 - 2014Conflict platform still not in Western Sahara
19.11 - 2014Luxembourg pension fund blacklists six firms over Saharan imports
12.11 - 2014The oil platform could arrive occupied Sahara in three days
07.11 - 2014San Leon bought its partner's interest in the "El Aaiun" oil block
03.11 - 2014Saharawi political prisoners speak out against Kosmos Energy
05.11 - 2014Controversy Kosmos to open supply base in Las Palmas?


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