30.05 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Can the EU answer these questions on Western Sahara trade talks?Today, the EU Commission will answer questions from EU Parliamentarians about its plans to negotiate a trade arrangement for Western Sahara, with Morocco - the country that occupies the territory. Such an agreement is not legal, according to European top court. The Commission’s trade plans are kept away from public scrutiny.
17.03 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Spain confirms: EU-Morocco trade deal not for Western Sahara goodsThe Spanish government in a statement yesterday confirmed the EU court's judgement that Western Sahara goods are not covered by the EU-Morocco trade deal. Spain states it is up to France to make sure the controversial trade of fish oil from 'Key Bay' vessel was properly tariffed.
25.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay unloaded all cargo in Fécamp, FranceUpon arrival to Ghent, Belgium, tomorrow, the controversial vessel Key Bay - transporting fish oil from Western Sahara into the EU - will be empty.
22.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay just outside of port of FécampThe vessel carrying fish oil from occupied Western Sahara is about to enter its port of destination, after a delay of at least two days.
14.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay appears at Las Palmas horizonThe vessel carrying fish oil from occupied Western Sahara into the EU is at present entering the harbour of Las Palmas.
14.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 Key Bay is now heading to Las PalmasAfter a long stay-over in Mauritania, the chemical tanker 'Key Bay' is now on its way to the EU with fish oil from occupied Western Sahara. First stop: Las Palmas.
06.01 - 2017. Category: Archive 2017 First ship to challenge EU Court ruling on occupied Western SaharaTwo weeks have passed since the Court of Justice of the EU decided that Western Sahara products cannot be part of EU-Morocco trade deal. A vessel is now to transport fish oil from the occupied territory, most probably to France.
15.09 - 2016. Category: Archive 2016 French customs will not tariff fish oil vessel The cargo on board the vessel "Key Bay", which arrives Normandy today, will allegedly not be tariffed, as France claims EU agreement with Morocco is in force.
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.