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30.03 - 2020 17:10
Western Sahara Resource Watch for the first time presents an overview of the transports of frozen fish from occupied Western Sahara. Near all of it ends up in West African harbours.
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Support Western Sahara Resource Watch26.03 - 2020
Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.Read more
What is Continental negotiating with OCP?26.03 - 2020
As Continental renegotiates its contract with Morocco's national phosphate company, it is still not clear whether the German group intends to limit its operations to Morocco proper or extend them into occupied Western Sahara.Read more

EU Commission backtracks on labelling Western Sahara goods18.03 - 2020
What is EU's position on labelling of products from occupied Western Sahara? The EU Commission has now for the third time published a response to a parliamentary question on the matter, but the latest version fails to address the question.  Read more
German organisations condemn Continental's conflict conveyor16.03 - 2020
The multinational company that facilitates the controversial phosphate exports in Western Sahara receives criticism from a group of German organisations. Read more

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09.03 - 2020
Tomorrow, the European Parliament is scheduled to vote on an amendment to the EU-Morocco Aviation Agreement - without any clarifications from the EU Commission as to how the proposal aligns with the 2018 Ruling of EU Court of Justice, invalidating the application of that very Agreement to Western Sahara.

Update: the European Parliament has postponed all votes scheduled to take place on 10 March to a later date, due to the COVID-19-crisis.
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Brexit UK risks copying EU’s Sahara flaws08.03 - 2020
The UK Government is in the final stages of entering into a new trade agreement with Morocco including the territory of Western Sahara, without consideration of recent EU and British court rulings, or of the people of the occupied land.Read more
Here is the EU Council's legal advice on fishing in occupied waters05.03 - 2020
Before voting on the new EU-Morocco fish deal in 2018, extending into occupied Western Sahara, several EU Member States asked for legal advice that would determine their vote. WSRW today publishes that influential legal opinion, which appears to miss the ball entirely.Read more

Polisario files lawsuit against Kiwi pension fund05.03 - 2020
New Zealand’s national pension fund invests in Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients – which both import phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. That does not align with its statutory obligation to safeguard the country’s reputation, Polisario official says.Read more
New report: Western Sahara phosphate trade halved24.02 - 2020
The export of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara has never been lower than in 2019. This is revealed in the new WSRW report P for Plunder, published today. Read more

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21.02 - 2020
A clarification by the EU Commission on labelling of products from Western Sahara was published, then removed, then published again and has now been removed again from EU websites.

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EU reaffirms: Western Sahara products to be labelled as such19.02 - 2020
Two weeks ago, the EU Commission announced that products from Western Sahara should be labelled accordingly, only to withdraw that statement the very next day. Today, the Commission reaffirms its original position.Read more
Spectacular backtracking by EU Commission on Western Sahara labelling10.02 - 2020
On 5 February 2020, the EU Commission announced that products from Western Sahara should be labelled accordingly. But about 24 hours later, all traces to that statement had been removed from EU websites.Read more

Morocco tenders solar energy on occupied land10.02 - 2020
Morocco has launched a tender for the construction of solar plants at nine different sites, including in occupied Western Sahara.

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Siemens again refuses to answer questions about Western Sahara at AGM07.02 - 2020
For the fourth consecutive year, the German engineering company dodges questions at its Annual Shareholders Meeting as to whether it has obtained the consent of the people of Western Sahara to operate on their land. Read more

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06.02 - 2020
The European Commission said yesterday that products originating from Western Sahara must be labelled as from Western Sahara, not Morocco.
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States urge Spain to respect Saharawi rights in Human Rights Council22.01 - 2020
Namibia and East-Timor have today recommended Spain to respect the Saharawi people's right to free, prior and informed consent with regard to the exploitation of Western Sahara's natural resources. Read more
Continental negotiating contract renewal with OCP13.01 - 2020
The contract of German engineering company Continental that covers maintenance work on the phosphate conveyor belt in occupied Western Sahara expires in five months. Read more

Fugro is back in occupied Western Sahara 25.12 - 2019
In 2010, the Dutch company Fugro promised to never again undertake operations in occupied Western Sahara. On Christmas Eve 2019, their vessels returned.Read more
Flotilla targets phosphate plunder ship 10.12 - 2019

A Japanese-Canadian vessel that transported conflict phosphate from occupied Western Sahara was yesterday received by a floating protest in New Zealand.
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News archive:
03.12 - 2018Stock-exchange registered companies in occupied Western Sahara


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.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies


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.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!


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.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch


Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder


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. News Archive 2019 News Archive 2018 News Archive 2017 News Archive 2016 News Archive 2015 News Archive 2014 News Archive 2013 News Archive 2012 News Archive 2011 News Archive 2010 News Archive 2009 News Archive 2008 News Archive 2007 News Archive 2004-2006

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