"Jinhui and phosphates from Western Sahara Division for responsible investments discovered in November 2007 that Jinhui Shipping and Transportation transported phosphates from Western Sahara. The exploitation of natural resources in Western Sahara is in violation of international law because Western Sahara is a 'non-self-governing territory'. The transports of phosphates from this territory is therefore also in conflict with Storebrand's company standards. Storebrand contacted Jinhui to make them aware of the problem, and to hear their point of view. The fund manager also raised the issue with the company in a phone conference in February 2008. Together with media and civil society, we pressued Jinhui and in June 2008 it was confirmed that the company had terminated its engagement in 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.
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 three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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.
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.