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The following overview enlists stock-exchange registered companies currently operating in Western Sahara. Updated 6 December 2022.

Published 06 December 2022
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Israel's NewMed Energy today announced it has signed a deal with Morocco to produce natural gas offshore Boujdour, bringing former Cairn Energy back into the occupied territory. 

Published 06 December 2022
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Ten states today took the opportunity to comment on Morocco's human rights track record in Western Sahara, the territory that it holds under illegal occupation. 

Published 08 November 2022
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The Maritime Union of Australia denounces the renewed imports of stolen conflict minerals into Australia.

Published 20 October 2022
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The EU is again undertaking ‘consultations’ on illegal EU-Morocco trade agreements in occupied Western Sahara. Here is why WSRW refuses to engage. 

Published 19 October 2022
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WSRW calls on UN Member States to address Morocco's plunder of Western Sahara during Morocco's UPR review in November. 

Published 18 October 2022
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A group of Saharawi refugees yesterday demonstrated against the Australian company Incitec Pivot. The company has bought a cargo of conflict minerals from a mine on their land, from the occupation government. 

Published 13 October 2022
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Morocco and Nigeria signed an agreement on the planned offshore gas pipeline between the two countries, projected to turn onshore in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 28 September 2022
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The Australian company Incitec Pivot has today confirmed that it is the purchaser of a cargo of phosphate rock that the Moroccan government has exported out of the territory held under illegal occupation. 

Published 27 September 2022
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A small, new and unknown Australian company claims to have acquired a mining licence in occupied Western Sahara.  

Published 26 September 2022
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The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights concludes Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara to be a serious violation of the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and independence.

Published 25 September 2022
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Australia is to receive its first controversial phosphate shipment from occupied Western Sahara in six years. 

Published 23 September 2022
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In a letter letter to the UN Secretary-General, WSRW calls for a more balanced and truthful reporting on Morocco's illegal plunder of occupied Western Sahara's resources.  

Published 15 September 2022
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Even after a likely intervention of the Canadian public accounting firm regulator, the mining company Metalex keeps misleading about its licences on occupied land in reports audited by Davidson & Company.

Published 09 September 2022
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Three months after French company Engie condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the company inks deals to start building a large water project in Western Sahara, in partnership with the government of the illegal occupier Morocco.

Published 06 July 2022
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Controversial Spanish-Moroccan business meeting to kickstart in occupied Western Sahara today.

Published 21 June 2022
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25 million Euros of EBRD loans will be provided to yet another Moroccan bank - for projects that risks being located in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 13 June 2022
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The Australian company confirms to undertake a pipeline study through Western Sahara, four months after WSRW contacted the company over the matter.

Published 23 May 2022
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The company defended its controversial operations during the AGM on 12 May.

Published 16 May 2022
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In the middle of Moroccan-Spanish maritime disputes offshore Western Sahara, Morocco is lobbying for a defender of the occupation of Western Sahara to sit at an important UN scientific body for maritime continental boundaries. 

Published 05 May 2022
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The controversial export of fishmeal from occupied Western Sahara to Turkey in 2021 was worth somewhere around 64 million USD.

Published 28 April 2022
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All due diligence alarm bells should ring before any company considers bidding for a Moroccan tender inviting for evaluation of the petroleum potential offshore occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 25 April 2022
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The North-African pipeline freeze might delay Morocco's plans to supply occupied Western Sahara with Algerian gas. 

Published 22 April 2022
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The Moroccan government has just closed a tender to dig 4000 cubic meters of soil as part of search for minerals in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 21 April 2022
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In order to increase the influx of Moroccan settlers and to ‘develop’ the territory, Morocco has rolled out large infrastructure works which the Saharawi people have never asked for. 

Published 14 April 2022
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Growing fruit and vegetables in the desert destroys the non-renewable water reservoirs and employ thousands of settlers from neighbouring Morocco. 

Published 14 April 2022
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How can it be wrong to develop renewable energy, in a world that is in desperate need for a green transition? In Western Sahara, the problems are numerous.

Published 14 April 2022
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For over 40 years, a Moroccan state-owned company has exported phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.  

Published 14 April 2022
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Tourist beaches on the Canary Islands are made with sand from occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 14 April 2022
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The German company ifm stated on Twitter yesterday that it cannot always know where its products end up being used. We found them in Western Sahara. 

Published 14 April 2022
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Accounts recently submitted to the Canadian government confirm that Metalex is on its way back to working in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 13 April 2022
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Monitoring of transports of gas shipments into occupied Western Sahara, shows that the Netherlands was the most important supplier of gas for the year 2021. 

Published 08 April 2022
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The Swedish company Bygging-Uddemann states that it didn't know that its equipment would end up in Western Sahara for the construction of a new port. 

Published 07 April 2022
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We still have some of these reports in printed versions. Those can be ordered from info@wsrw.org. Price: 15 Euros per report, plus postage.   

Published 06 April 2022
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Our latest annual report on the phosphate trade from occupied Western Sahara shows that Mexico will soon take over India's role as the most important client of the territory's conflict mineral. 

Published 06 April 2022
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With a large fertiliser factory and a brand new port, Morocco will open a new chapter in the controversial saga of its plunder of phosphate rock in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 05 April 2022
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As EBRD is rolling out millions of new loans to Morocco's green energy transition, it remains unknown whether the international bank will also fund controversial businesses in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 31 March 2022
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Parallel to the Moroccan government's participation in a summit in Israel, a first ever export of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara to Israel is about to be completed. 

Published 28 March 2022
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“We planted 808 trees in Boujdour, Morocco”, Siemens Gamesa boasts, as it for the umpteenth time forgets which country its controversial project is actually located in.

Published 25 March 2022
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Two Saharawis protested against Siemens Gamesa's lack of responses over its support to the occupation, during the company's Annual Meeting yesterday.  

Published 25 March 2022
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The Spanish oil companies Cepsa and Repsol continue exporting petroleum products into occupied Western Sahara.

Published 23 March 2022
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Saharawi human rights defender placed under house arrest since 16 months, calls on Siemens and Enel to assume their responsibility and leave occupied Western Sahara.

Published 11 March 2022
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"A regrettable situation", says the director of the shipping company Belships, calling for a ban from the Norwegian authorities.

Published 11 March 2022

The WSRW report P for Plunder 2022 to be published in April 2022 will contain information on all vessels that departed occupied Western Sahara from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Published 27 February 2022
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This week's annual meeting of Siemens Energy's shareholders marks ten years of silence from the German group regarding projects on occupied land.  

Published 25 February 2022
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In a new report, the EU Commission elaborates on how Moroccan settlers in Western Sahara are benefiting from a trade agreement that the EU Court of Justice has found illegal. 

Published 10 January 2022
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The international companies operating in occupied Western Sahara use a combination of arguments to support their presence. None of these are valid.

Published 10 January 2022
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A gas pipeline is scheduled from Nigeria to Morocco - through Western Sahara. OPEC is footing the bill of the studies.

Published 27 December 2021
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As expected, the Council of the EU has appealed the ruling of the EU General Court annulling the application of EU-Morocco deals in occupied Western Sahara. Surprisingly, the EU Commission lodged separate appeals.

Published 23 December 2021
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Saharawis in Bilbao, Spain, demonstrated as a cargo vessel is arriving to pick up more controversial windmill components for occupied Western Sahara.  

Published 03 December 2021
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In a move that surprised no one, the EU Council has appealed the recent EU Court of Justice stopping EU trade and fisheries in occupied Western Sahara. But Council was not unanimous. UPDATE 06.12.2021.

Published 29 November 2021
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Here is the Saharawi people’s contribution to the global fight against climate change, presented at a side-event of COP26 today.

Published 08 November 2021
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To be developed in partnership with the energy firm owned by Morocco’s new prime Minister, the project raises the occupied territory’s share in Morocco’s wind energy generation to 52.25% by 2030.

Published 03 November 2021
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The Swiss-Russian company EuroChem was most likely behind a controversial imports of conflict minerals to Estonia in October. 

Published 02 November 2021
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In a hearing in the European Parliament yesterday, parliamentarians expressed differing opinions as to whether the ruling of the EU Court should be respected or not. 

Published 29 October 2021
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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 different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Published 28 October 2021
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A hearing in the EU Parliament indicates that there are many questions, and still few answers, on the EU's response to the EU Court ruling annulling bilateral agreements with Morocco over the inclusion of occupied Western Sahara.

Published 26 October 2021
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The Chinese company China Molybdenum - which imported phosphate rock to its subsidiary in Brazil - will no longer purchase phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 14 October 2021
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The Spanish company today, yet again, refers to the territory as part of Morocco.

Published 07 October 2021
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By 2030, half of Morocco's wind energy production could be generated illegally in occupied Western Sahara. Yet, Morocco presents itself as best-in-class on the energy transition. 

Published 06 October 2021
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The Italian company Enel is one of the firms that have taken the exact same approach as the EU when carrying out ‘stakeholder consultations' in Western Sahara - a procedure now found invalid by the EU Court of Justice. 

Published 05 October 2021
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A subsidiary of the US company has signed a contract with the Moroccan king's energy firm for a large wind farm in Western Sahara, consistently referring to the location as part of Morocco.

Published 05 October 2021
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During a press conference last week, Polisario invited the Union to conversations on continuation of fisheries offshore Western Sahara. 

Published 04 October 2021
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Yesterday, the EU Court of Justice annulled two EU-Moroccan bilateral agreements. WSRW has the following recommendations to the EU institutions.

Published 30 September 2021
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Today, the EU Court of Justice has struck a blow to the EU’s practice of applying trade and fisheries agreements with Morocco to occupied Western Sahara.

Published 29 September 2021

Saharawi refugees celebrate today's victory of their people over the EU in the EU Court of Justice. 

Published 29 September 2021
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The EU Court of Justice will rule on the Union's trade and fisheries agreements with Morocco in occupied Western Sahara on 29 September. 

Published 07 September 2021
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The Mexican imports of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara is picking up pace. New images from Mexico today show a second vessel offloading - while a third is on its way.

Published 05 September 2021
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Here are all vessels that transported petroleum products from Spanish refineries into occupied Western Sahara last year.

Published 04 September 2021
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The Moroccan government has called in Spanish urban consultants to turn the human rights blackspot of Dakhla into an alleged eco-city.

Published 20 August 2021
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For the second time in two weeks, windmill products might be exported from Bilbao to occupied Western Sahara.

Published 08 August 2021
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The bulk carrier Amis Ace went to Mexico, not the US as it had informed. See fresh images from Mexico.

Published 04 August 2021
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New report urges investors to engage vis-à-vis the unsustainable aquaculture industry.

Published 29 July 2021
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WSRW has received images of equipment strapped into the hold of a ship that is en route from Bilbao to occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 23 July 2021
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For the first time in three years, a vessel loaded with blood phosphate is heading from Western Sahara to the USA. 
UPDATE, 04.08.2021: The ship went to Innophos in Mexico, not to the US.

Published 20 July 2021
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A third of all fishmeal that Morocco exports is shipped from occupied Western Sahara to Turkey, new WSRW calculation reveals. 

Published 19 July 2021
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Morocco is to dig 2,400 cubic meters of soil in occupied Western Sahara, as part of a mineral exploration.

Published 16 July 2021
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After a 6-year hiatus in Metalex’ controversial mineral exploration in occupied Western Sahara, the Canadian company sends signals of entering into a new deal with the Moroccan government.

Published 15 July 2021
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While the EU Court of Justice's verdict on the legality of applying the EU-Morocco trade deal to occupied Western Sahara is only weeks away, the EU Commission plans to visit the territory to assess the deal's impact.

Published 15 July 2021
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Yet another shipment of US gas is about to arrive to occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 14 July 2021
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Polish companies intend to invest in the Moroccan military in the part of Western Sahara that is under Moroccan military occupation.  

Published 13 July 2021
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WSRW has received access to the 2019 ‘Natural Resources Sovereignty Act’ of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. 

Published 13 July 2021
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For the third time in a week, Siemens Gamesa is now shipping windmill masts from Spain to occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 08 July 2021
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In a press release of 6 July, Western Sahara's liberation movement “condemns in the strongest possible terms” Siemens Gamesa’s involvement and this week's exports into the occupied territory. 

Published 07 July 2021
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Today, Siemens Gamesa is loading large masts onboard a vessel in Motril, Spain, to be exported to occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 06 July 2021
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Blueberries “made in Morocco” will in the near future not only be made in Morocco, but also in occupied Western Sahara. WSRW calls on retailers to take measures already now.

Published 17 June 2021
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A shipment of gas from the US is arriving tomorrow in occupied Western Sahara. This is the second time in just a month. 

Published 04 June 2021
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The US company will address the issue of Western Sahara next time a shipper transports gas from their gas terminal in the UK. 

Published 03 June 2021

The United Kingdom was the prime exporter of gas into occupied Western Sahara in 2020.

Published 02 June 2021
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40 protesters yesterday set up a road-block to the entry of Ballance Agri-Nutrients in New Zealand, leading importer of conflict minerals from Western Sahara. 

Published 30 May 2021
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A subsidiary of French multinational VINCI SA will carry out a project that is essential to connecting the controversial energy projects of occupied Western Sahara to Morocco's national electricity grid.

Published 27 May 2021
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A Moroccan vessel carrying out controversial marine research, paid for by the European Union, is again spotted in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.

Published 26 May 2021
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WSRW calls for the publication of confidential legal opinions and of the study of Global Diligence.

Published 17 May 2021
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For a little while, ENGIE had published on its website hints about who it had actually "consulted" when doing business in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 12 May 2021
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The German building materials giant sides with Morocco in the Western Sahara conflict, avoiding any questions on its own legal obligations in the occupied territory.

Published 11 May 2021
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The French company Alcatel Submarine Networks SpA, partially owned by Nokia, has laid telecom cables in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 19 April 2021
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India and New Zealand stand out as the main importers of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara, in WSRW’s newest annual report on the controversial trade. 

Published 13 April 2021
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At its Annual General Meeting, Siemens Gamesa was as evasive as ever with regard to core questions about the company's involvement in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 01 April 2021

The WSRW report P for Plunder 2021 contains information on all 22 vessels that departed occupied Western Sahara from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Published 22 March 2021
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The German industrial engineering giant is unclear whether it will steer away from future projects in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 17 March 2021