Former UN Legal Counsel slams Kosmos drilling in Western Sahara13.01 - 2015 18:01
“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.
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Kosmos has begun to drill in occupied Western Sahara12.01 - 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. 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

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17.12 - 2014
The drillship Atwood Achiever - which is to undertake drilling in waters of occupied Western Sahara - is no longer in Las Palmas and has vanished into thin air.
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Conflict platform arrived Las Palmas harbour 16.12 - 2014
The drillship 'Atwood Achiever' has today entered the port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. There it will do its final adjustments before starting the drilling in occupied Western Sahara. Read more
Swedish government fund blacklists Agrium over Sahara imports15.12 - 2014
A Swedish fund today announced it has excluded the Canadian company Agrium from its portfolios due to "violations of human rights through imports of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara".Read more

The Kosmos Energy platform has entered occupied waters –WSRW condemns14.12 - 2014
The oil platform ‘Atwood Achiever' late last night entered the waters of occupied Western Sahara. “Kosmos Energy is to undertake the first drilling in Western Sahara ever. It is hard to imagine a more brutally unethical oil drilling, anywhere in the world”, WSRW states.Read more
Expelled after doing interviews on Glencore-SeaBird oil exploration13.12 - 2014
A delegation from the Rafto Fundation for Human Rights was 10 December expelled from occupied Western Sahara by Moroccan police. The group entered the territory to discuss the Glencore-SeaBird seismic studies with local human rights activists. Read more

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12.12 - 2014
The government of Western Sahara has sent a letter to SeaBird insisting on "an immediate end to the activity" of carrying out seismic studies on behalf of the occupying power in the territory.
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New Norwegian seismic study offshore occupied Western Sahara08.12 - 2014
The vessel "Harrier Explorer" is currently shooting 2D images of the seabed in the El Aaiun-Tarfaya basis offshore occupied Western Sahara.Read more
Possible legal action against UK government over Western Sahara02.12 - 2014
WSRW's partner organisation in the UK, Western Sahara Campaign, is threatening legal action against the UK government over unlawful imports of Western Saharan products through trade agreements with Morocco. Read their press release here. Read more

Kosmos drilling before end of the year?02.12 - 2014
According to latest available sources, Kosmos and Cairn still plan to initiate its controversial drilling in occupied Western Sahara before the end of the year.Read more
Maria Damanaki opposed continued EU fishing in Western Sahara02.12 - 2014
A document leaked by a Moroccan whistleblower indicates that former EU Commissioner for Fisheries did not want to renew the fisheries agreement with Morocco due to human rights violations in Western Sahara, but was allegedly pushed by the Head of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso. Read more

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01.12 - 2014
The Norwegian investor KLP has sold all its shares in Agrium for its imports of phosphate rock from occupied territory.
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Swiss company to construct solar plants in occupied Western Sahara27.11 - 2014
The Swiss company Terra Sola Groupe AG has inked a contract with the Moroccan government for building solar plants in occupied Western Sahara.Read more
ONHYM offers yet another block in occupied territory27.11 - 2014
The so-called "Boujdour onshore" oil block - which previously was owned by ONHYM itself, has now been renamed and offered to the industry. Read more

Morocco admits to using Saharawi resources for political gain25.11 - 2014
A document leaked by the Moroccan whistle-blower twitter account demonstrates how Morocco uses the Western Saharan natural resources to embroil other countries into its own illegal occupation of Western Sahara. The case at hand: Russia.Read more
Saharawi women demonstrating against Kosmos plunder plans19.11 - 2014

A group of women this week protested the drilling plans of Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara. Their leader is serving lifetime in Moroccan jail for such protest.
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News archive:
20.11 - 2014Conflict platform still not in Western Sahara
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?
03.11 - 2014Japanese pirates went under the radar
29.10 - 2014Sonntagzeitung: Glencore up against resistance
27.10 - 2014Kosmos chartered oil rig filmed bunkering in Namibia
27.10 - 2014Researchers: “A Sahara oil spill would head to the Canary Islands”
24.10 - 2014Oil drilling is illegal without Saharawi consent, Corell stresses
23.10 - 2014Contentious oil rig moving ever closer to occupied Western Sahara
22.10 - 2014Saharawi family lost home to Moroccan power line
18.10 - 2014Saharawis demonstrating against Kosmos Energy in occupied territory
17.10 - 2014Japanese pirate fishing vessels entered Saharawi waters
15.10 - 2014New report on Kosmos in Western Sahara: Platform for Conflict


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