That is no longer the case. Yesterday evening the drillship was located south east of Las Palmas harbour, heading rapidly south east direction. At 18:49 the vessel seemingly turned off its AIS transponder, thus making it invisible for monitoring.
Morocco is now to undertake the first oil drilling after it brutally occupied the territory of Western Sahara. In 2002, the UN Legal Counsel stated it would be illegal with any further oil exploration.
The Saharawis object to the plans. Leading human rights activists opposing the activities are facing life time sentences in Moroccan military jails.
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.