Fishmeal from occupied Western Sahara now being unloaded in Germany19.07 - 2018 13:37

A consignment of 3000 tonnes of fishmeal that was loaded in occupied Western Sahara is at present being unloaded in the port of Bremen, Germany. "How does this fit with the ECJ judgment on trade with Western Sahara?", WSRW asks.
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Caught fishing illegally in occupied Western Sahara17.07 - 2018
Several EU-flagged vessels have blatantly ignored and violated the EU Court judgment invalidating the EU-Morocco fish agreement in Western Sahara. Here they are.Read more
Polisario condemns Council's approval of Western Sahara trade deal16.07 - 2018
The Western Sahara liberation movement, Frente Polisario, has issued a statement condemning today's EU Council Decision to include Western Sahara in the Morocco Trade Agreement. Polisario appeals on the EU Parliament not to follow suit, and threatens further legal action if need be. Read the full statement here.Read more

EU Council approves Morocco trade deal to include Western Sahara16.07 - 2018
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU Member States have today approved the proposed amendment to the Trade Protocol with Morocco to include occupied Western Sahara, in spite of the lack of consent from the people of the territory - as ordered by the EU Court of Justice. The European Parliament is yet to cast its vote.Read more
EU vessels return home in absense of new EU-Morocco fish deal16.07 - 2018
The four-year Fisheries Protocol between Morocco and the EU expired last Saturday. Over 90% of the European catches under the deal were made in the waters of Western Sahara - illegally occupied by Morocco.Read more

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06.07 - 2018
As the vote on the European Parliament's report on the UN General Assembly revealed, MEPs are split on the inclusion of a reference to the EU Court of Justice in relation to Western Sahara.
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Berlin sceptical - misguided by EU Commission05.07 - 2018
German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office stresses importance of complying with Judgment of EU Court of Justice in relation to Western Sahara trade.Read more
Saharawi groups object to EU's Western Sahara trade plans03.07 - 2018
No less than 93 Saharawi groups have called on the EU institutions to respect the will of the people of Western Sahara when negotiating trade or fisheries agreements that will affect their occupied land.Read more

This is how the European Commission will violate the CJEU ruling03.07 - 2018
The European Commission is trying to push through a new trade agreement with Morocco for the territory of Western Sahara, in disregard of the Court of Justice of EU judgment of 2016. WSRW has summarised why its approach is wrong. Read more
Morocco now demands twice the money for EU fishing in Western Sahara29.06 - 2018
€84 million in return for fishing licenses - is what Rabat threw on the table in the EU-Morocco negotiations for a new Fisheries Protocol. Earlier this year, the EU Court of Justice invalidated the application of the EU-Morocco fish arrangement to Western Sahara - where 91.5% of the EU's fishing activities under the deal take place.Read more

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25.06 - 2018
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Maersk drops transports of conflict rock from occupied Western Sahara 23.06 - 2018
For decades, a small office in London shipped phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara to Australia/New Zealand. After one of the world's biggest shipping companies took over the office, the controversial operation will now be closed. Read more
EU Parliament critical of Commission’s Western Sahara approach21.06 - 2018
The EU Commission today received heavy critique from the European Parliament for its suggestion to include occupied Western Sahara in a trade deal with Morocco. Read more

Polisario initiates new law suit against EU-Morocco fish deal18.06 - 2018
On 15 June 2018, Polisario announced that a new case has been launched regarding the EU-Morocco plans to cooperate on fisheries in the waters of occupied Western Sahara. In the EU-Morocco talks, the EU has so far ignored the two judgments from EU Court of Justice on Western Sahara. Read more
Polisario takes EU Council to Court over aviation deal with Morocco18.06 - 2018
On 1 April 2018, the liberation movement of Western Sahara brought action against the EU Council for concluding an aviation agreement with Morocco that includes the territory of Western Sahara.Read more

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18.06 - 2018
A new book has been published describing the political aspects of the natural resources plunder of occupied Western Sahara.
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Commission misleads EU states on Polisario talks, documentation shows14.06 - 2018
The EU foreign affairs department (EEAS) claims it has consulted Polisario on the trade deal for Western Sahara that it has negotiated with Morocco. But the email correspondence between Polisario and the EEAS documents that the Commission's claim is a lie.Read more
Here, the EU Commission is lying about WSRW - and 93 other groups14.06 - 2018
83% of the groups that the EU Commission claims have participated in a 'consultation' regarding Western Sahara trade, have either never been asked to take part - or have not taken part - in any consultation process. "We condemn the EU for so gravely misusing our name, and the names of other civil society organisations, to legitimize an illegal trade agreement", WSRW states. Read more

This is how the Commission proposes to deal with Western Sahara trade11.06 - 2018
The EU Commission has today presented its suggested trade arrangement for occupied Western Sahara, which still requires the approval of the EU Member States and the EU Parliament.

This article is being updated with analysis and comments over the course of the coming days.
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Saharawis demonstrated in front of EU Commission08.06 - 2018
The European Commission has ignored to seek consent from the people of Western Sahara as it negotiated a trade agreement with occupier Morocco. Saharawi protestors yesterday expressed anger over the EU's disrespect for the rule of law. Read more

News archive:
17.05 - 2018Exclusive: Here are the Moroccan groups that the EU consulted
03.05 - 2018Camel researchers move event from Western Sahara to Morocco
26.04 - 2018Vincent Piket, 25 April 2018, ALDE seminar on EU-Morocco relations
24.04 - 2018New report on contentious Western Sahara phosphate trade
16.04 - 2018Polisario will take EU Council to Court over fish deal
10.04 - 2018UN study on Morocco's green energy plans fails at geography
26.02 - 2018EU risks recognising Western Sahara products as Moroccan
20.03 - 2018Does OPEC consider Western Sahara to be part of Morocco?
01.03 - 2018What is HeidelbergCement doing in occupied Western Sahara?
01.03 - 2018Confirmed: Innophos key client of Western Sahara phosphate rock


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.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies


It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!


Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch


Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder


At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents. News Archive 2018 News Archive 2017 News Archive 2016 News Archive 2015 News Archive 2014 News Archive 2013 News Archive 2012 News Archive 2011 News Archive 2010 News Archive 2009 News Archive 2008 News Archive 2007 News Archive 2004-2006

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