US Methodist Church blacklists five companies active in Western Saharaumc.jpg
03.02 - 2016 13:07
In December 2015, the US United Methodist Church announced it had divested from 39 companies. Five of those are involved in occupied Western Sahara.
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Dutch pension fund kicks OCP over Western Sahara02.02 - 2016
Morocco's state-owned phosphate company, responsible for the illegal exploitation of Western Sahara's phosphate reserves, was ditched over human rights issues in Western Sahara.Read more
South-EU agri-unions want Saharawi produce excluded from Morocco trade01.02 - 2016
... and they ask the European Commission to provide clarity with regard to the annulment of the EU-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. Read more

European funder EBRD confirms it has no plans for Western Sahara25.01 - 2016
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has confirmed that it will not provide financial support to projects located in occupied Western Sahara.Read more
Protests spread throughout Western Sahara25.01 - 2016
Here's what happens to peaceful demonstrations demanding basic rights to work and a decent living in Western Sahara. As protests spread from El Aaiun to other towns, the Moroccan police responded with the usual ferocity.Read more

Luxembourg pension fund bins Kosmos and Cairn over Western Sahara6474zaragoza_1_610_200.jpg
22.01 - 2016
The Luxembourg government fund has blacklisted the American oil company Kosmos Energy and its Scottish partner Cairn Energy due to "association to illegal exploitation of natural resources (Western Sahara)".
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Saharawis protesting inside OCP HQ in Casablanca20.01 - 2016
Saharawi unemployed graduates have taken their protest to the Casablanca headquarters of OCP, Morocco's state-owned phosphate company that is exploiting occupied Western Sahara's phosphate mine. Eye-witnesses report brutal police intervention and at least one Saharawi being severely injured. WSRW will update this article as news from the ground comes in.Read more
HRW: "Western Sahara products should not be labeled as Moroccan"19.01 - 2016
When presenting its new report on Israeli settlement products today, Human Rights Watch cited the case of Western Sahara. The NGO states that "countries should not import goods produced in Western Sahara labeled as Made in Morocco or under preferential tariff agreements with Morocco".

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Reports of siege as El Aaiun protests continue18.01 - 2016
As protests against Morocco's denial of the Saharawis' social and economic human rights have become daily news in occupied Western Sahara, eye-witnesses report a police siege targeting the hunger striking Saharawi graduates. Read more
US-Canadian delegation expelled from Western Sahara17.01 - 2016
An American and a Canadian citizen were today kicked out of occupied Western Sahara. The two wanted to interview Saharawis regarding the US-Canadian exploitation of natural resources in the territory. Read more

IPL received first shipment of unethical phosphates of 2016maratha_610_250.jpg
12.01 - 2016
A New Year's gift of an estimated US $3,7 million. That's what Australia's Incitec Pivot paid the Moroccan government for its first 2016 shipment of phosphate rock sourced in occupied Western Sahara.
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Hunger striking against OCP discriminatory employment12.01 - 2016
A heated start of the New Year in occupied Western Sahara, as unemployed Saharawi graduates step up their protest against Morocco's discriminatory employment practices by starting a hunger strike.Read more
Total has left occupied Western Sahara21.12 - 2015
The French multinational oil company has announced that it is no longer pursuing oil search offshore Western Sahara. "More good news for the Saharawi people. We urge the remaining oil companies to follow suit", stated WSRW.Read more

Support Western Sahara Resource Watch18.12 - 2015
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more
Siemens and Enel to construct wind farms on occupied land15.12 - 2015
Danish-German Siemens Wind Power and Italian Enel Green Power have won the tender to construct five wind farms in Morocco. Only, two of planned farms are located outside of Morocco, and inside occupied Western Sahara. WSRW had warned them from taking part in the tender.Read more

Swedish fishermen to pay fine for Western Sahara fisheriesgreenpeace_610.jpg
15.12 - 2015
Two Swedish fishermen are obliged to pay a half a million euro fine for fishing in occupied Western Sahara.
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EU appeals ECJ annulment of EU-Morocco Free Trade deal14.12 - 2015
The European Union has appealed the judgement from the EU Court of Justice. Read more
Moroccan king's holding most affected by ECJ Ruling13.12 - 2015
The European Court of Justice has annulled the EU-Morocco trade relations because they included the territory of occupied Western Sahara. The businessman who will be most affected by that ruling turns out to be the Moroccan king.Read more

Unemployed Saharawis were beaten for demanding a job13.12 - 2015
Several Saharawis were allegedly injured in a demonstration in El Aaiun yesterday, in which youth demanded employment opportunities on their own land. Among them a 34 year old law graduate.Read more
African Union notes the importance of EU court ruling13.12 - 2015
The decision to annul the trade agreement between the EU and Morocco was this week-end welcomed by the AU. "An important step in the global efforts aimed at ensuring that the natural resources of Western Sahara, as non-self-governing territory, are protected for the benefit of its own people", stated the AU.
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News archive:
11.12 - 2015WSRW: "EU must exclude Sahara from Monday's Morocco trade talks"
11.12 - 2015The controversial start-up of the annulled agreement
10.12 - 2015European Court annuls EU trade agreement with Morocco
09.12 - 2015EU-Morocco Geographical Indications deal fails in geography
09.12 - 2015Danish wind company Vestas receives heavy critique for Sahara bid
08.12 - 2015Norwegian investor blacklists Glencore for Western Sahara oil search
08.11 - 201540 years after invasion, Moroccan king glorifies plunder


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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