Polisario warns shipping industry of more vessel detentionskey_bay_06.01.2017_1815_610.jpg
21.06 - 2017 22:12
In a statement today, the Saharawi government alerts the shipping industry of the risk involved in taking part of the plunder of Western Sahara.
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Isle of Man shipping company exits Western Sahara until settlement20.06 - 2017
The Isle of Man shipping company LT Ugland stated to media today that it will not undertake further shipments from Western Sahara to New Zealand. Read more
New report reveals the companies transporting conflict phosphate rock16.06 - 2017
A new report published by WSRW today reveals the names of around 100 shipping companies behind the transport of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara in 2016 and 2017.Read more

Saharawis won first round in conflict mineral cargo court case15.06 - 2017
A panel of judges in the High Court in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, judged this morning that the cargo on board the vessel NM Cherry Blossom is rightfully detained, and that a trial to determine its ownership is to take place. Read more
Wisby Tankers continues fueling occupation of Western Sahara12.06 - 2017
The Swedish shipping company Wisby Tankers continues its transports of petroleum products into the occupied territory of Western Sahara at same level as earlier, but a new vessel has started on the route. Read more

Swedish bank excludes phosphates industry in Western Sahara canada_demo_610.jpg
12.06 - 2017
One of the largest Swedish financial groups today announced they are kicking out four clients of Western Sahara phosphates from its portfolios, including the two leading Canadian importers.
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15 questions that Atlas Copco does not want to answer 06.06 - 2017
The Swedish company Atlas Copco this week amended its statement on the company's involvement in occupied Western Sahara, but it refuses to further clarify its plans.Read more
Moroccan government confirmed Glencore exit from Foum Ognit02.06 - 2017
The deal on Glencore's departure from the Foum Ognit oil exploration block was signed already in January. Read more

Ballance takes in new controversial cargo to replace detained vessel01.06 - 2017
The New Zealand farmer-owned cooperative Ballance Agri-Nutrients is taking in another dirty cargo of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara while the vessel NM Cherry Blossom is detained by a court in South Africa. Read more
UN Global Compact drops Vigeo Eiris case after own goal30.05 - 2017
The UN business ethics body Global Compact has decided to not go further on the case of controversial French-UK-Moroccan company since the UN body's intervention had leaked to media. Read more

Protests in Palma de Mallorca against sand importssouthwester2_610.jpg
30.05 - 2017
About thirty persons gathered at the docks of Palma de Mallorca to protest the unloading of sand from occupied Western Sahara.
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Can the EU answer these questions on Western Sahara trade talks?30.05 - 2017
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 an agreement is not legal, according to European top court. The Commission’s trade plans are kept away from public scrutiny.Read more
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 tradefrederica_mogherini_mezouar.jpg
11.05 - 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.
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Glencore is departing Western Sahara11.05 - 2017
The biggest international company currently present in occupied Western Sahara is ending its operations in the territory, according to Swiss media. Read more
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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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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