13.07 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Western Sahara is part of Morocco, San Leon states before drillingIrish/UK oil company San Leon Energy stated to Irish media today that next month's drilling is located in "Moroccan Southern Provices". Only one government in the world labels the occupied territory in similar way: Morocco. Irish lawyers warn of legal steps.
14.03 - 2015. Category: Archive 2015 Kosmos Energy, did you see these beatings? Any further oil exploration in Western Sahara is illegal unless the Saharawis want it themselves, according to the UN. The companies involved do not care.
02.07 - 2013. Category: Archive 2013 San Leon announces Tarfaya farm-outSan Leon Energy "is offering interested parties the opportunity to acquire a material equity" in return of driling on its Tarfaya block according to a document from the company today. WSRW warns future investors from entering the uethical block.
05.10 - 2012. Category: Archive 2012 Saharawi youth on gas block occupied UN buildingIn protest of unemployment and the plunder of their natural resources, 7 Saharawi youth occupied the UN offices of Smara, Western Sahara, this week. The protest took place on the same place where Morocco is currently looking for gas.
24.01 - 2012. Category: Archive 2012 San Leon completes conflict seismicThe Irish oil firm stated today that it had completed its seismic services in "Morocco". The release fails to mention that the exploration was in fact done in occupied Western Sahara. The UN states such search to be in violation of international law.
22.11 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 British seismic in occupied Western SaharaBritish oil firm Longreach Oil & Gas yesterday announced that they are currently undertaking seismic studies in occupied Western Sahara. The studies are carried out in violation of international law.
14.10 - 2011. Category: News Statement in the UN of New York lawyersAssociation of the Bar of the City of New York urged the UN to react against the natural resources exploitation in the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee, 6 October 2011.
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.