30.09 - 2014. Category: The plundering The oil explorationMorocco is exploring for oil both offshore and onshore Western Sahara, despite the fact that the UN says it is illegal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
07.04 - 2010. Category: Archive 2010 San Leon carries ahead UN has said that looking for oil in Western Sahara is illegal. But the Irish firm San Leon Energy moves steadily forwards. Drilling underway next year.
19.10 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Irish plunderers to mergeThe two Irish oil companies that are looking for oil in occupied Western Sahara are about to merge. The firms are undermining international law.
22.09 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Norwatch: PGS Stumbles into Western SaharaThe Norwegian seismic services company PGS has entered in on the ownership side of the Irish oil company San Leon Energy. The funds placed by PGS will help enable increased oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara.
08.07 - 2009. Category: Archive 2009 Polisario protests Morocco's oil provocationsWhile under peace talks, Morocco is speeding up its plans for illegal oil search in occupied Western Sahara. The provocation has led Polisario to protest Morocco's actions to the UN Security Council. Read letter dated 6 July 2009 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.