The US Department of Labour claims that there is reason to assume that children in Western Sahara are engaged in some of the worst forms of child labour, "particularly in dangerous forms of agriculture".
Children in Western Sahara are reportedly engaged with dangerous agricultural tools, heavy loads and dangerous chemicals. The report also says that sanctions against child labour, as adopted in Moroccan law, have not been enforced.
The US Department's report on child labour doesn't contain any specific information about the nature and prevalence in Western Sahara. Yet, the situation in the territory is presented as one of the worst cases of those addressed in the report. For most of the territories under review, there are no accounts of child labour. That is not the case for Palestine and Western Sahara, the former being the best documented of the two.
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.