A group of protesters gathered 5 November 2014 in front of the offices of Cairn Energy in Stavanger, the oil capital of Norway.
The Scottish company owns 20 percent of the Cap Boujdour Offshore licence in occupied Western Sahara. The Scottish-American oil drilling, starting next month, will make Morocco even less supportive to the referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara, to which it agreed when signing the cease-fire in 1991.
"The oil in Western Sahara belongs to the people of Western Sahara. Cairn has nothing to do there without asking permission from our people. It is grossly unethical of Cairn to enter into a deal with the occupying power", stated Hassan Lemnaissir, leader of the Association of Saharawis in Norway.
Morocco has illegally occupied Western Sahara since 1975. Its oil programme is in violation of international law, according to the UN.
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.
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.
Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.