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New report urges investors to engage vis-à-vis the unsustainable aquaculture industry.

Published 29 July 21
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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 21
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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. 

Published 20 July 21
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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 21
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Morocco is to dig 2,400 square meters of soil in occupied Western Sahara, as part of a mineral exploration.

Published 16 July 21
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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 21
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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 21
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Yet another shipment of US gas is about to arrive to occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 14 July 21
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WSRW has received access to the 2019 ‘Natural Resources Sovereignty Act’ of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. 

Published 13 July 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21

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

Published 02 June 21
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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 five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Published 27 February 18
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The leading MEP on the proposal to extend EU-Morocco trade relations into occupied Western Sahara wants a legal opinion to be certain the proposed Western Sahara trade scheme meets the standards of the highest EU Court. The European Parliament is to vote this afternoon.

Published 16 January 19

On Monday, the European Parliament's committee for International Trade decided to delay the ratification-process of the EU-Moroccan agricultural agreement due to legal ambiguities.

Published 08 February 11
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Members of the European Parliament request more clarity before voting on the Commission's proposed trade deal for Western Sahara. Meanwhile, 93 Western Sahara civil society groups lament the Parliament rapporteur's lack of diligence on the file.

Published 06 November 18
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The international camel research network ISOCARD has instructed its Moroccan partners to move the location of its upcoming conference from Western Sahara to Morocco.

Published 03 May 18
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... precisely in the territory that the highest Court of the European Union considers "distinct and separate" from Morocco.

Published 09 October 17
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The pressure is mounting on the New Zealand importers of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara. Today protesters in Christchurch erected roadblocks to stop trucks from transporting the conflict minerals into the local Ravensdown fertiliser factory. 
 

Published 23 June 20
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21
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WSRW calls for the publication of confidential legal opinions and of the study of Global Diligence.

Published 17 May 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21
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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 21

The WSRW report P for Plunder 2021 to be published in April 2021 will contain information on all 22 vessels that departed occupied Western Sahara from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Published 22 March 21
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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 21
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The High Court in New Zealand has dismissed carrying out a judicial review on controversial investments in relation to the Western Sahara phosphate trade, but underlines the reputational risk for the Pacific nation.

Published 16 March 21
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The French company ENGIE will build infrastructure in Western Sahara, and engaged consultancy firm Global Diligence to whitewash its operations with the occupying power. 

Published 16 March 21
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The EU Commission and Council are 2 and 3 March being questioned by the Court of Justice regarding the EU's trade and fisheries agreements in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 02 March 21
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Most of the EU's financial support to Morocco under the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement has been spent on occupied land, new government report reveals. 

Published 25 February 21
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Siemens Energy will only talk with the government of Morocco with regard to Western Sahara, according to recent company statement.

Published 18 February 21
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The German company Continental has not renewed its supply contract with the Moroccan national phosphate company that exploits the controversial Western Sahara phosphate mine.

Published 11 February 21
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WSRW has tracked shipments of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara all the way to an industrial compound in Cubatão, Brazil.

Published 09 February 21
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The EU Council will tomorrow discuss a proposal to allow Morocco to join the Interbus Agreement – but is clear that the deal will not be extended into Western Sahara.

Published 26 January 21
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Siemens Gamesa, Siemens Energy and Enel Spa have been excluded by Norway's largest private asset manager for contributing to violations of international law in occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 14 January 21

WSRW is pleased to announce that we finally have a new website! Please be patient with us in the transition. Full functionality will be expected from end of January 2021. Errors can be reported to info@wsrw.org. 

Published 16 December 20

The following overview enlists stock-exchange registered companies currently operating in Western Sahara. Updated 14 July 2021.

Published 12 December 20
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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 12 December 20

To convince Morocco to recognise Israel, Trump not only recognised Morocco's claim to Western Sahara, but allegedly also promised investments in the Moroccan king's personal energy firm which operates in the occupied land with Siemens.

Published 11 December 20

US president Donald Trump issued a statement today in which he backs Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara and the opening of a consulate in Dakhla, "to promote economic and business opportunities".

Published 10 December 20

Through the deal, Russian trawlers will fish exclusively in the waters off occupied Western Sahara.

Published 07 December 20
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Four years have passed since the EU Court of Justice ruled that products from occupied Western Sahara cannot be part of EU’s trade agreements with Morocco. Today, WSRW presents an extensive report showing the efforts that the EU is taking to politically undercut the ruling.

Published 03 December 20

The Moroccan Court of Cassation yesterday confirmed the harsh sentences rendered against the so-called Gdeim Izik prisoners. The group took part in the mass protest on socio-economic marginalisation in Western Sahara in 2010.

Published 26 November 20

The Saharawi government has declared that it now considers "the entire territory of the Sahrawi Republic, including its terrestrial, maritime and air spaces, a war zone", advising all countries and economic operators to steer away from the territory.

Published 19 November 20

WSRW submits that Morocco's violation of the ceasefire in occupied Western Sahara, plunging the territory into war and putting lives of Saharawi civilians at risk, is a violation of the EU-Morocco fish deal's human rights clause.

Published 18 November 20

The EU Commission has clarified that Western Sahara is not covered by any EU aviation agreement, and that it does not seek to include it in the EU-Morocco aviation deal. Yet some EU airlines are still offering flights into the territory - now effectively a war zone.

Published 17 November 20

The entry gates to factories of Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients around New Zealand were today blocked by pro-Saharawi actitivists denouncing the imports of conflict minerals from occupied Western Sahara.

Published 16 November 20

19 Members of the EU Parliament today urged the EU to warn the two companies Enel and Siemens about the legal and ethical risk that they run in partnering with Morocco for operations on occupied land.

Published 13 November 20

Tension in Western Sahara has not been this high for years.

Published 13 November 20

Swedish company Azelio will not clarify whether its deal with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy also covers renewable projects in occupied Western Sahara. The details appear in a WSRW report published today.

Published 06 November 20

The Norwegian certification company DNV GL today stated that it is will phase out its participation in Soluna's controversial bitcoin project in occupied Western Sahara

Published 05 November 20

"We condemn Siemens Gamesa for its lack of respect for basic human rights", stated Western Sahara Resource Watch, calling on investors to terminate ongoing engagement processes and exclude the company from their portfolios. The company has yet again signed a large contract for what it refers to as "Southern Morocco".

Published 02 November 20

The large Russian trawl fleet that normally zig-zags the waters off occupied Western Sahara at this time of year is nowhere to be found.

Published 12 October 20

The Swedish mining equipment company Epiroc has announced that it will no longer supply the controversial Bou Craa phosphate mine in occupied Western Sahara. German company Continental should follow the example, WSRW comments.  

Published 05 October 20

The Board of Deutsche Post AG completely missed the opportunity to explain its controversial activities in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 08 September 20

Western Sahara Resource Watch calls for immediate and unconditional release of the group of leading Saharawi activists who were arrested in 2010 for advocating for socio-economic rights of the Saharawi people.

Published 08 September 20

Information has surfaced on Morocco's plans for a third solar plant in occupied Western Sahara, to be constructed in close proximity to the agri-business in Dakhla.

Published 24 August 20

The French company plans to commence construction later this year.

Published 10 August 20

As the company will not respond to questions about the activities of its subsidiary DHL in occupied Western Sahara, WSRW asks shareholders to raise the matter at the upcoming AGM.

Published 28 July 20

While Continental’s controversial supply contract in occupied Western Sahara has expired, the company remains silent on a potential renewal - even in the face of shareholders' questions.

Published 27 July 20

The Indian engineering giant Larsen & Toubro erects large energy infrastructure in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 27 July 20

The blockchain computing company Soluna set on building a 900 MW wind farm in occupied Western Sahara, does not respond to questions from civil society.

Published 22 July 20
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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 21 July 20
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For over 40 years, a Moroccan state-owned company has exported phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara.  

Published 21 July 20
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The fish stocks of occupied Western Sahara have not only attracted the interest of the Moroccan fleet: other foreign interests are also fishing in the occupied waters through arrangements with Moroccan counterparts. Along the Western Saharan coastline, a processing industry has emerged.

Published 21 July 20
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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 21 July 20
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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 21 July 20
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Tourist beaches on the Canary Islands are made with sand from occupied Western Sahara. 

Published 21 July 20

Siemens has created a new company that will inherit its operations on occupied land in Western Sahara, but still refuses to clarify whether the people of the territory have actually consented to those operations.

Published 19 July 20

In the UN Human Right Council today, Spain failed to assume responsibility with regard to the exploitation of occupied Western Sahara's natural resources. Namibia is not having it.

Published 16 July 20

The German cement giant HeidelbergCement states that the company's operations in occupied Western Sahara are perfectly lawful according to a due diligence audit carried out by... HeidelbergCement.

Published 03 July 20

The Swiss trade statistics reveal that 2019 was the first year without any imports of fruits and vegetables from occupied Western Sahara.

Published 03 July 20

The German government has released data of trade with fishmeal from plants located in occupied Western Sahara that confirms figures previously released by authorities in Bremen.

Published 02 July 20

The value of the fishmeal exports from occupied Western Sahara to Turkey in 2019 may have been larger than the entire phosphate trade from the occupied territory.

Published 26 June 20

Western Sahara Resource Watch presents all vessels that transported petroleum products into the occupied Western Sahara last year.

Published 25 June 20
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Continental’s controversial contract in occupied Western Sahara is two weeks away from expiration. If renewed, WSRW asks owners to raise the matter at upcoming AGM.

Published 13 June 20
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A vessel transporting Norwegian gas was supposed to arrrive in occupied Western Sahara tomorrow, but has now steered away last minute, as ordered by the exporter in Norway.

Published 06 June 20
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The World Bank has yesterday removed erroneous maps of Morocco that mistakenly included the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara.

See also: World Bank in discordance with the UN on Western Sahara.
Published 28 May 20
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The World Bank seems to assist Morocco in promoting renewable energy projects in the occupied Western Sahara, as it fails to distinguish between the territory of Morocco and the Non-Self-Governing Territory.

Read also: World Bank removed erroneous maps

Published 27 May 20
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Two months after gas from a terminal in Sweden was exported into occupied Western Sahara, the Austrian company behind the shipment promises it will never happen again.

Published 26 May 20
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Germany's state-owned development bank will not finance projects in Western Sahara.

Published 13 May 20
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Last week, the German multinational acquired another cement factory in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 11 May 20
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The Norwegian state-controlled energy company Equinor ‘regrets’ exports of gas into Western Sahara and promises to never do it again.
Published 10 May 20
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While other companies internationally have managed to find alternative sources of phosphate - and in spite of a request of the New Zealand government that they do the same - the Kiwi fertilizer industry seems unwilling to drop its imports from occupied Western Sahara.

Published 09 May 20
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Trucks of the US company Caterpillar transport phosphate rock in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 07 May 20
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An analysis of the legal aspects of the conflict in Western Sahara has led the research department of the German parliament to conclude that there are substantiated violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention by Morocco, that is to be considered an occupying power.

Published 08 May 20
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Russian and Moroccan representatives recently met to further discuss a new fisheries agreement covering the waters offshore occupied Western Sahara, but a new deal seems still pending.

Published 27 May 20
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50,000 tonnes of liquified gas arrived in occupied Western Sahara last year, according to our first overview of this key trade.

Published 04 May 20
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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.

Published 30 March 20
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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.

Published 26 March 20
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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.

Published 18 March 20