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.
22.09 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Oil subcontractor pulls out of Western Sahara "I have no problem in stating, in retrospect, that it might have been a bad idea to take this assignment”, CEO of seismic services firm Spectrum ASA told media today. Now, Irish oil minor San Leon has to find another subcontractor to process the geological data they collect from the occupied territory in violation of international law.
08.08 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 San Leon: “Saharawis are not representative”The Irish firm San Leon disagrees with the UN and the Irish government. “They are not a representative people”, the firm stated to Irish national TV.
21.07 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Irish oil firm now to conduct surveys in occupied territorySan Leon’s seismic surveys will be conducted in the northern parts of occupied Western Sahara from July 2011, in violation of international law. Placements from investor George Soros might have been crucial.
08.06 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Hunger striking against EU fisheries in Western Sahara UPDATE - The hunger strike was ended on Saturday 18 June 2011. Since 12 April, six Saharawi citizens in Guelmim in Southern Morocco have been on hunger strike to condemn the EU’s fisheries in occupied Western Sahara and the involvement of US phosphate importer PCS and Irish oil company San Leon in the plunder of the territory.
28.01 - 2011. Category: Archive 2011 Irish government expects Irish companies to respect international lawBrian Cowen, acting Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, expects Irish companies to have due regard to the principles of international law and the rights of the people of the territory of Western Sahara. Irish company San Leon is leading the way in the onshore exploration of oil and gas in occupied Western Sahara.
21.12 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 Demonstration against San Leon in Ireland The Irish oil company San Leon explores illegally for oil in occupied Western Sahara. On 19 December 2010, Western Sahara Action Ireland demonstrated against San Leon's work.
03.12 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 Illegal seismic programme delayedThe Irish/British companies illegally exploring for oil in occupied Western Sahara had planned seismic studies for Fourth Quarter this year. They have still not started, but the plans to carry out the programme remains.
05.07 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 WSRW requests answers from Uruguayan importersEarlier this year, Western Sahara Resource Watch revealed that 2 Uruguayan firms appeared to have imported phosphates from occupied Western Sahara during 2009. WSRW has now contacted the 2 firms requesting a halt to the imports. Read the letters here.
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.