The articles are written by the contributors of a conference on Western Sahara natural resources held in Melbourne 19-20 March 2015, co-hosted by Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights at Deakin University and Australia Western Sahara Association.
The publication contains articles such as:
The status of Western Sahara as occupied territory under international humanitarian law and the exploitation of natural resources by Ben Saul.
Western Sahara, resources, and international accountability, by Stephen Zunes.
The role of resources in the resolution of the Western Sahara issue, by Damien Kingsbury.
The taking of the Sahara: the role of natural resources in the continuing occupation of Western Sahara, by Jeffrey J. Smith.
Independence by fiat: a way out of the impasse – the self-determination of Western Sahara, with lessons from Timor-Leste, by Pedro Pinto Leite.
The role of natural resources in the building of an independent Western Sahara, by Fadel Kamal.
Saharawi conflict phosphates and the Australian dinner table, by Erik Hagen.
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 five 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.