EU Observer, 9 March 2006.
This press release is one of the first initiatives of the network that took the form of Western Sahara Resource Watch, 6 August 2004.
See declaration on Australian imports made by the industry association.
PESA News, April/May 2003, Issue Number 63.
Story published by Oilbarrel.com, 14 December 2005.
A company document from 2007 reveals several of the oil firm\'s plans in the occupied territory.
Letter sent from the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic, 16. June 2006.
FishUpdate.com, 17 May 2006.
Campaigners from 19 European countries came together today to stop the European Union ratifying an Agreement which will violate international law and see European boats fishing in the waters of Africa’s last colony. Press release, 13 February 2006.
Afrol News, 7 March 2006.
Following six years of negotiations and strained relations, Morocco and the European Union (EU) today finally signed a new but limited fisheries partnership agreement for the next four years. The new deal especially favours the Spanish and Portuguese fleets. Morocco, on the other hand, has used the last six years wisely to build its own modern fisheries industry. Afrol News, 28 July 2005.
Letter from the Sahrawi human rights activists and prisoners of conscience denounce EU fisheries and foreign oil industry in Western Sahara, 16 May 2006.
AN MEP today voiced his reservations over the outcome of a controversial Euro vote. FishUpdate.com, 16 May 2006.
Press release from the Fish Elsewhere campaign, 16 May 2006.
Press release from The Greens, 16 May 2006.
EU governments have given final approval to a deal that will allow European trawlers to catch fish along Morocco's Atlantic coast.
FishUpdate, 18 May 2006.
The EU has voted to steal fish from the displaced people of Western Sahara, writes columnist John Hilary, 17 May 2006.
The British Government has been condemned by War on Want and campaign groups from across Europe today for supporting a Fisheries Agreement that will allow European ships to fish off the coast of illegally occupied Western Sahara, despite claims that this violates international law. Sweden stood alone in opposing the Agreement though Finland, the Netherlands and Ireland conditioned their support with a statement that the Agreement should benefit the “local population” of Western Sahara. Press release by War on Want, 22 May 2006.
The exiled political leaders of Western Sahara have warned that a €144-million fisheries deal agreed by the EU and Morocco could spark civil unrest in the territory. Irish Times, 22 May 2006.
On 17 May, Mohamed Khaddad, a senior Polisario diplomat, declared an oil exploration licensing round for the waters offshore the Western Sahara at an oil industry and press gathering in London. Middle East International, 26 May 2006.
As the European Union (EU) is currently negotiating a new fisheries agreement with the government of Morocco, the exiled government of Western Sahara has voiced its concern over a possible inclusion of fisheries resources from the occupied territory in the deal. The Sahrawis call for "greater transparency and respect for international law" in the ongoing negotiations. Afrol News, 19 May 2005
Letter from Polisario representative in Europe to EU Fisheries Commissioner, 18 May 2005.
"Intended Activities by Companies in Western Sahara Against the Express Wish of the Indigenous Saharawi Population". Statement of 12 oct 2005.
Oil Companies Very Keen On Western Sahara Despite The Geopolitical Problems. Oilbarrel.com, 14 May 2005.
Letter from K. Scheele on behalf of the Intergroup on Western Sahara of the European Parliament to Commissioner Joseph Borg, DG Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, European Commission.
Statement from the Saharawi governmment
Statement from the Sahrawi government , 17 January 2006.
Statement from the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic, 6 January 2006.
“In an act of gross hypocrisy the Irish Government last week signed up to a deal between the EU and Morocco to rob the fishing rights of the people of Western Sahara - a nation occupied by Morocco - while at the same time issuing a statement claiming to support the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination”, An Problacht wrote on 1 June 2006.
Last week, the EU endorsed a fishing deal with Morocco. This wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that the deal includes the coastal waters of Western Sahara, a territory that has been occupied by Morroco for more than thirty years. The Brussels Journal, 25 May 2006.
The UK has said a new European fisheries agreement with Morocco will have to be closely monitored to ensure it does not break international law.
Interview with the UN's former legal chief, Hans Corell. Swedish Radio, Eko, 22 May 2006
Statement on EU-Morocco fisheries agreement by Mohamed Sidati, Minister Delegate for Europe, Polisario.
Press release, 3 May 2006.
Kerr-McGee is pulling out of Western Sahara following pressure from activists pushing for Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) independence from Morocco.
New Zealand firm Ballance Agri-Nutrients is importing phosphates from Western Sahara, contributing in the financing and legitimation of the illegal occupation from the territory. Here is correspondence between the NZ firm and the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara.
Statement made by the Fertiliser Industry Federation of Australia (FIFA) regarding Western Sahara phosphate imports, 2008.
Article in Le Journal Hebdomadaire, 12 January 2005, on US oil company Kerr-McGee.
Here is the EU-Moroccan Fisheries Partnership Agreement that was signed in 2006, in several languages.
Regarding Norwegian government's ownership in US oil company Kerr-McGee.
Unknown author, published in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Kerr-McGee, the only remaining oil company operating on a Moroccan contract in occupied Western Sahara, is under strong pressure to follow three other companies that have left the territory, or face major divestments. The world\'s biggest public investment fund is believed to be in the process of selling out its shares in Kerr-McGee. Afrol, 24 December 2004.
Philippe Riché, of the French Association des Amis de la R.A.S.D in 2004 wrote a series of reports on the phosphate industry and general natural resources in the territory (in French).
Offshore: Thor in Hósvik has ended up in the world spotlight, after it has been known that the company has worked in an area that the whole world is boycotting. The company claims to not have known about the tense situation in the area, and has now no plans to continue in the area. Dimmalaetting (Faeroe Islands), 11 January 2005.
International campaign puts pressure on U.S. oil corporation profiting from Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.
Report was published by the "The International Coalition for the Protection of the Natural Resources of Western Sahara" which was the former name of Western Sahara Resource Watch.
KERR-McGee remains unfazed by the growing row in Norway concerning the legitimacy of exploration activity off Western Sahara, the former Spanish colony under occupation by Moroccan forces. Upstream Online, 14 January 2005.
Analysis made in 2006 by the French association on the Fisheries Agreement (in French).
Shareholders focus of campaign to end Kerr-McGee's involvement in Occupied Western Sahara. Press release Feb 28th 2005. Also: letter to KMG shareholders.
Media clips of the Yara admissions of having imported phosphate from Western Sahara, 2005.
Newsclips regarding Kerr-McGee's renewal of contract offshore Western Sahara, May 2005.
The small Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara has won a great victory: the last Norwegian investor is now selling its stocks in the petroleum company Kerr-McGee. Aftenposten, 30 June 2005.
The day before the ethical guidelines of the Petroleum Fund enter into effect, the [Norwegian] Minister of Finance is presented allegations of clear violations of the guidelines.
KERR-McGee this week kicked off a massive 5000-kilometre 2D seismic sweep of its controversial Boujdour permit off Western Sahara, a territory claimed by Morocco, writes Barry Morgan. Upstream, 6 May 2004
Claims have been made that Norway\'s Oil Fund holds shares worth Nkr46.6 million ($7.6 million) in US oil company Kerr McGee, contrary to established ethical guidelines. Upstream, December 1st, 2004.
A PAIR of small British energy companies are squaring off against French and American multinationals in a conflict over oil in a barren corner of Northwest Africa.
Wessex Exploration is planning oil exploration in Western Sahara. Press release from Western Sahara Campaign UK.
Activists campaigning against what they dub premature exploration of the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara are preparing to turn up the heat on UK minnnow Wessex Exploration, writes Barry Morgan. Upstream, 28 May 2004.
The French oil giant Total (formerly TotalFinaElf) has announced its withdrawal from its controversial operations offshore Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. The company claims there were no recoverable oil or gas deposits in the area.
FUGRO looks set to become the second seismic contractor to eat humble pie over involvement in exploration activity off the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Upstream, August 6, 2004.
This press release is one of the first initiatives of the network that took the form of Western Sahara Resource Watch, 30 June 2004.
This statement was sent to the Australian radio Pulse Radio, 10 January 2007.
Sent 1 June 2006. The letter was sent to CEO K. Wester, with copy to A.Jonkman.
Sent from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, on 8 June 2004, to the President and CEO of Fugro NV, Mr. Gert-Jan Kramer. Kosmos did, at the time, seismic surveys for Kerr-McGee offshore occupied Western Sahara.
The New Zealand company Ballance Agri-Nutrients has again bought phosphate rock from a Moroccan state phosphate company in occupied Western Sahara. The shipment arrived 3 December 2008, on the Israeli managed vessel 'White Diamond'.
The Swedish Trade Council has withdrawn a map from its homepages, showing Western Sahara as part of Morocco. The step was taken after correction from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Swedish Green Party signs the international appeal from Western Sahara Resource Watch, WSRW, which demands that Western Sahara should be explicitly excluded if the EU and Morocco agrees on deepened cooperation.
Vessel Yasa Gulten to arrive New Zealand in Christmas week.
Incitec Pivot is receiving one more controversial phosphate shipment from occupied Western Sahara.
The former UN Legal Counsel, Ambassador Hans Corell, calls the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) illegal. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands immediate halt of European plundering of occupied Western Sahara. PRESS RELEASE from WSRW.
The vessel Sea Lavender is here loading phosphates in occupied Western Sahara, destined for Mexican imports.
Communiqué on the Conference on Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as case study Hosted by the South African Department of Foreign Affairs and the University of Pretoria, 4 and 5 December 2008.
See more details about the conference itself here.
No less than 426 organisations signed a petition letter, demanding from the EU Commission that occupied Western Sahara be kept clearly outside of the so- called Advanced Status cooperation that Morocco currently is being granted. The petition was sent to the EU Commission this morning. PRESS RELEASE.
Two so-called reefers, or refrigerated ships, have recently visited El Aaiun harbour in occupied Western Sahara, for transport of frozen fish to Russia and China.
The Swiss flagged and managed vessel Celerina in November carried out a highly unethical phosphates transport from occupied Western Sahara to Louisiana, USA.
Shortly before the Government of New Zealand changed, the former Minister of Trade, Hon Phil Goff, wrote two letters regarding the natural resource exploitation. Read them here.
The bulk vessel Furness Karumba arrived this port in Perth, Australia, in August.
In an extraordinary show of arrogance and disdain for representatives of civil society organizations, the Washington based law firm Covington & Burling flatly refuses to engage with the global solidarity network Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) and this year's Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights Award laureate, Mrs. Aminatou Haidar. The US law firm is, because of a legal analysis it provided, the source the world phosphate industry refers to when they claim the phosphate trade from Western Sahara to be legal.
Several Swedish parliamentarians from one of the parties in the Swedish government, have motioned that the Swedish Government should work to prevent the EU from signing any new agreements or agreements of advanced status with Morocco "as long as the country occupies Western Sahara".
BASF, the German chemical company who imported Western Saharan phosphates early October, wrote that they "are fully confident that the operations of OCP at Boucraa and the purchase of the replacement delivery were consistent with international law". But after request from WSRW, they refuse to publish their “expert opinion” upon which their conclusion is based. To clarify further aspects of the unpublished report, they refer to a US law firm.
Read the report on the international trade union delegation to occupied Western Sahara from 17th to 22nd of February 2008.