Moroccan king's "green" company silent on human rights
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Nareva, the wind company of the King of Morocco, fails to answer questions on human rights by the international Business and Human Rights Center, in a study published yesterday.

Published 04 November 2016

 
Nareva, the wind company of the King of Morocco, fails to answer questions on human rights by the international Business and Human Rights Center, in a study published yesterday. 
The Business and Human Rights Center on 3 November published a new study on how 50 international renewable energy companies relate to Human Rights. 

As usual, the green energy company of the king of Morocco, which wins all tenders in the occupied territory of Western Sahara, is totally impossible to reach. 

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Yesterday, Saharawis gathered to protest Siemens, which is developing the energy infrastructure in Western Sahara for the Moroccan government. 
 

WSRW has tried getting comments from Nareva in the past, on all email addresses that were possible to find, including addresses found on documents Nareva has sent to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. All mails bounce. The company does not have a website. 

Nareva is an energy company owned by the Moroccan Palace via its holding company SNI. Nareva's 100% owned subsidiary EEM played a role in the building of the windmills in Western Sahara together with Siemens. It is also involved in the two large sites to be built in Western Sahara in partnership with Siemens and Enel over the coming years. Western Sahara Resource Watch on 2 November published a report about these programmes on occupied land. 

Both Siemens Wind Power and Enel have indeed responded to the requests from Business and Human Rights. However, they have never responded to questions whether they have sought the consent of the people of Western Sahara to construct energy infrastructure in the territory. 

Business and Human Rights asked the following question to the two companies: "What is your company’s process for obtaining and evaluating free, prior & informed consent?"

Enel answered shortly that "We do not have a structured process". Siemens Wind Power responded that "In this context, it is important to understand that Siemens Wind Power usually only offers the delivery, installation and commission of wind turbine generators. Siemens Wind Power normally does not by itself develop or own wind power projects, nor is it responsible for the balance of plants of a certain wind park projects".

The International Court of Justice has rejected Morocco's claims to Western Sahara, and stated that the Saharawi people have a right to self-determination. Over 100 UN Resolutions have called for the exercise of that right. 

In 2015, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the UN Human Rights Council, urged Morocco to respect the free, prior and informed consent of the people of the territory. All evidence suggests it is not doing so. 

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