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“OCP Maroc” tried to block a Saharawi student’s youtube videos questioning the legality of Morocco’s exploitation of occupied Western Sahara’s phosphate mine. And to date, the firm has refused to answer her many emails asking them why they tried to do that.

Published 04 March 2015
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Kosmos Energy today announced that it had “encountered hydrocarbons” offshore occupied Western Sahara, though not in commercial quantities. Nevertheless, the find appears to be sufficient to proceed with a second drilling later on. WSRW condemns the drilling.
Published 02 March 2015
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No oil exploration can take place in Western Sahara unless people consent to it. Today Kosmos announced will to continue searching in Western Sahara despite condemnations from the people of the territory See Saharawis mobilise.
Published 02 March 2015

An event planned by the secreteve Crans Montana Forum, condemned by the African Union, is about to take place in occupied Western Sahara. The organiser fails to answer questions from WSRW regarding their organisation, such as who is on the board and who is financing the event.

Published 13 March 2015
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Misleads by misrepresenting international law. Check out the company's Western Sahara manipulation here.
Published 26 February 2015
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Former UN Legal Counsel Hans Corell urges in an article yesterday the EU to revise its Fisheries Partnership Agreement due to the Moroccan King's recent statement on Western Sahara. He also states that the oil exploration is in violation of the legal opinion he wrote for the UN Security Council.

Published 24 February 2015
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Kosmos Energy today announced that it is expecting the first results from its controversial drilling in occupied Western Sahara sooner than anticipated: in early March.
Published 23 February 2015
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Formally established at a meeting in Brussels on 5 February 2005, WSRW turned 10 years today.
Published 05 February 2015
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The Council on Ethics of the Norwegian government pension fund recommended blacklisting of the US/Mexican fertilizer producer Innophos due to phosphate imports from Western Sahara. "Particular serious violation of fundamental ethical norms", the council concluded.
Published 04 February 2015
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The African Union has issued a strong declaration condemning the plans of the Swiss organisation Crans Montana to hold their Forum in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara, "as it is a grave violation of the International Law". Read the full Declaration here.

Published 02 February 2015
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In a letter sent to the company today, WSRW has repeated its concerns about Swiss company Glencore Plc's stake in the unethical oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara. Read the full letter, and our correspondence with Glencore, here.
Published 03 February 2015
“I have seen that they [Kosmos executives] think their actions are in conformity with my legal opinion, and my determined opinion is that they are not”, says Ambassador Hans Corell, author of the UN Legal Opinion on oil exploration and exploitation in Western Sahara.
Published 13 January 2015
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On 19 December 2014 , the American oil company Kosmos Energy began to drill for oil in occupied Western Sahara, through an illegal deal with the occupying regime, Morocco. "The company is adding fuel to the fire", stated WSRW.
Published 12 January 2015
Saharawis and Norwegians gathered Thursday night in front of the offices of SeaBird in Oslo to protest against the company's oil exploration in occupied Western Sahara on behalf of Glencore and the Moroccan government.
Published 20 December 2014
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A Norwegian state owned engineering company earlier this year chose to reject a deal for salt from Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara because they found that it would be in violation of their human rights standards.

Published 18 December 2014
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WSRW has today appealed to Swiss company Glencore Plc to withdraw from its participation in Morocco's oil search in Western Sahara. Read the full letter here.
Published 18 December 2014
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Australian investment fund Havoc Partners has signed a 50% operating stake in four oil blocks in occupied Western Sahara with the territory's government in exile. One of those blocks contains the Gargaa site, where American oil firm Kosmos Energy will soon start to drill in collaboration with the Moroccan government.
Published 17 December 2014
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The drillship Atwood Achiever - which is to undertake drilling in waters of occupied Western Sahara - is no longer in Las Palmas and has vanished into thin air.
Published 17 December 2014
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The drillship 'Atwood Achiever' has today entered the port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. There it will do its final adjustments before starting the drilling in occupied Western Sahara.
Published 16 December 2014
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A Swedish fund today announced it has excluded the Canadian company Agrium from its portfolios due to "violations of human rights through imports of phosphates from occupied Western Sahara".
Published 15 December 2014
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The oil platform ‘Atwood Achiever' late last night entered the waters of occupied Western Sahara. “Kosmos Energy is to undertake the first drilling in Western Sahara ever. It is hard to imagine a more brutally unethical oil drilling, anywhere in the world”, WSRW states.
Published 14 December 2014
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A delegation from the Rafto Fundation for Human Rights was 10 December expelled from occupied Western Sahara by Moroccan police. The group entered the territory to discuss the Glencore-SeaBird seismic studies with local human rights activists.
Published 13 December 2014
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The government of Western Sahara has sent a letter to SeaBird insisting on "an immediate end to the activity" of carrying out seismic studies on behalf of the occupying power in the territory.
Published 12 December 2014
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WSRW's partner organisation in the UK, Western Sahara Campaign, is threatening legal action against the UK government over unlawful imports of Western Saharan products through trade agreements with Morocco. Read their press release here.
Published 02 December 2014
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A document leaked by a Moroccan whistleblower indicates that former EU Commissioner for Fisheries did not want to renew the fisheries agreement with Morocco due to human rights violations in Western Sahara, but was allegedly pushed by the Head of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
Published 02 December 2014
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The vessel "Harrier Explorer" is currently shooting 2D images of the seabed in the El Aaiun-Tarfaya basis offshore occupied Western Sahara.

Published 08 December 2014
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The Norwegian investor KLP has sold all its shares in Agrium for its imports of phosphate rock from occupied territory.
Published 01 December 2014
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The so-called "Boujdour onshore" oil block - which previously was owned by ONHYM itself, has now been renamed and offered to the industry.
Published 27 November 2014
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The Swiss company Terra Sola Groupe AG has inked a contract with the Moroccan government for building solar plants in occupied Western Sahara.
Published 27 November 2014
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A document leaked by the Moroccan whistle-blower twitter account demonstrates how Morocco uses the Western Saharan natural resources to embroil other countries into its own illegal occupation of Western Sahara. The case at hand: Russia.

Published 25 November 2014
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According to latest available sources, Kosmos and Cairn still plan to initiate its controversial drilling in occupied Western Sahara before the end of the year.
Published 02 December 2014
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The oil platform Atwood Achiever has still not left Senegalese waters on its way to occupied Western Sahara.
Published 21 November 2014

A group of women this week protested the drilling plans of Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara. Their leader is serving lifetime in Moroccan jail for such protest.
Published 19 November 2014
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A Luxembourg government fund has excluded six companies from its portfolios due to "association to illegal exploitation of natural resources (Western Sahara)".

Published 19 November 2014
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The oil plattform 'Atwood Achiever' could arrive occupied Western Sahara Friday 15 November. There it will do the first drilling in occupied territory, ever.

Published 12 November 2014
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San Leon in September purchased PetroMaroc's ownership in the so-called Tarfaya oil block, partially located in occupied Western Sahara.
Published 07 November 2014
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A demonstration against the Scottish company Cairn Energy took place yesterday in front of its offices in Stavanger, Norway.
Published 06 November 2014
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The controversial company Kosmos Energy, which is intending to drill in occupied Western Sahara on a licence granted by the occupying power of Morocco, might open a supply base in Las Palmas. First results of the illegal drilling to be announced within next 6 months.
Published 05 November 2014
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Published 04 November 2014
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The 21 Saharawi political prisoners that are still imprisoned on the back of the Gdeim Izik mass protest camp, have today appealed to the church communities in Texas to denounce Kosmos Energy's plans in occupied Western Sahara. Read their full letter here.

Published 06 November 2014
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Four Japanese vessels which carried out pirate fisheries in Western Sahara waters have turned off their location transponders. WSRW sends repeat protest to Japan government.
Published 04 November 2014
"The conversation with groups that are talking about self-determination and independence really isn't a conversation for Kosmos to be involved in", states Kosmos Energy to BBC. Former UN Legal Counsel calls Kosmos operations in violation of international law.
Published 31 October 2014
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The Swiss commodities giant wants to engage in controversial oil drilling in the occupied territory of Western Sahara. Article published in Sonntagzeitung, Switzerland, 26 October 2014
Published 29 October 2014

The Atwood Achiever, the oil rig charted by Kosmos Energy at a rate of over US $ 500,000 per day, arrived yesterday noon in the harbour of Walvis Bay, Namibia. It did it last bunkering before arriving in the occupied territory.
Published 27 October 2014
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The Canary Islands are opening their eyes to the dangers of Morocco’s illegal oil programme in Western Sahara. The currents would take any spill right onto shores of the tourist magnet.
Published 27 October 2014
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Kosmos Energy claims its oil exploration is in accordance with the 2002 UN Legal Opinion. If the company has failed to seek the consent of the Saharawi people, that it would not be the case, according to the author of that opinion, quoted by UN info centre today.

Published 24 October 2014
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The Atwood Achiever, the drill ship that has been commissioned by Kosmos Energy, has been spotted this morning off the coast of South Africa, just south of Cape Town.
Published 23 October 2014
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French company Alstom is building an electricity line through Western Sahara. Elghalia Boujamaa and her family was beaten and evacuated this morning by police.

Published 22 October 2014

14 October, women in El Aaiun, Western Sahara took to the streets to protest the upcoming drilling of Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara. UN states oil exploration in the territory is illegal if the Saharawis do not consent to it.
Published 18 October 2014
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Three Japanese fishing vessels have the last 48 hours been fishing in Saharawi waters. WSRW has asked the Japanese government to intervene.
Published 17 October 2014
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Western Sahara Resource Watch has today launched a report on Kosmos Energy’s unscrupulous plans for test well drilling in occupied Western Sahara. In a few weeks time, the company may permanently damage the Saharawi people's aspirations and rights to freedom and independence, as it commences unethical and illegal oil drilling in Africa's last colony.

Published 16 October 2014
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In a letter sent to Kosmos Energy today, the biggest Saharawi organisations from the occupied territory of Western Sahara forcefully condemn the company's plans to drill for oil in their country. Read their letter here.
Published 15 October 2014
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The vessel 'Atwood Achiever' which will drill in occupied Western Sahara is getting closer. After some ten days under the radar, crossing the Indian Ocean, the vessel has now appeared off the coast of Madagascar.
Published 14 October 2014
WSRW has asked the United Nations’ Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) to report on Morocco's petroleum exploration in occupied Western Sahara to the General Assembly.
Published 13 October 2014
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The European Court of Justice has in an answer to a question from a Swedish court of appeal informed that private fisheries agreements with Moroccan authorities are not allowed outside of the context of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement.
Published 12 October 2014
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The US oil company Kosmos Energy and the Scottish company Cairn Energy will drill for oil offshore Western Sahara. It is clearly in violation of international law, according to the UN - and it destroys the UN peace efforts. Here is what you need to know.
Published 30 October 2014
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The “on-the-ground” partners of oil company Kosmos Energy in occupied Western Sahara do not base their work on local expertise. Far from it. They are led by directors with a clear pro-Moroccan approach to the conflict. Kosmos Energy is looking for the answers they want to hear - from the wrong people.
Published 03 October 2014
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The oil rig Atwood Achiever is only a few weeks away from arriving Western Sahara. After a stop-over in Singapore, it is now heading towards the occupied territory.
Published 01 October 2014
Here are all files of the two companies New Age Morocco Ltd and its mother company New Age (African Global Energy) Ltd registered in the Jersey company register.
Published 29 September 2014
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A subsidiary of Glencore Xstrata has been awarded two licences off occupied Western Sahara. The multinational company misplaces the locations of the blocks – placing them in the occupying country, Morocco.

Published 15 October 2014
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In an attempt to whitewash its operations in occupied Western Sahara, Kosmos Energy is meeting several sham organisations, picked from a list from the Moroccan authorities. WSRW has received a photo taken in such a meeting that took place this week. We need your help to find out who these individuals and organisations are.
Published 26 September 2014
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The Saharawi Center for Media and Communication (SCMC), based in El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara, has asked Kosmos Energy to reconsider its plans to commence oil drilling off the coast of their occupied homeland later this year. Kosmos' plans could destroy the Saharawi people's future beyond repair. Read SCMC's letter to the company here.
Published 22 September 2014
So far, the Moroccan government has issued 65 licenses to EU vessels eager to fish in Moroccan and Western Saharan waters.
Published 18 September 2014
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The Atwood Achiever, the oil rig commissioned by Kosmos Energy to drill for oil in occupied Western Sahara, is currently at anchor in Singapore. In a few weeks time, the rig may permanently damage the Saharawi people's aspirations to freedom and independence, as it commences unethical and illegal oil drilling in Africa's last colony.
Published 23 September 2014
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For the first time in almost three years, an EU member state fishing vessel has been detected in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
Published 16 September 2014
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A Moroccan national who dedicates her life to campaign the Moroccan position of the Western Sahara conflict is working on the upcoming “Social Impact Assessment” of Kosmos Energy. Drilling in the occupied territory to begin in November.
Published 10 September 2014
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The Venezuelan subsidiary of FMC Corp, Tripoliven, told WSRW last year that it does not import phosphates from Western Sahara. After a large investigative report in Venezuela, the company admitted the opposite is the fact.
Published 11 August 2014

The EU will pay Morocco to fish offshore Western Sahara - a territory which is under Moroccan occupation. Former UN Legal Counsel calls the EU's misuse of his assessment to defend fisheries in Western Sahara "preposterous", according to TIME magazine.

Published 09 August 2014
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The King of Morocco has now ratified its dirty fisheries agreement with EU, allowing EU vessels to fish in Western Sahara waters under Moroccan occupation. The European Commission fails in geography regarding the location of the fisheries in communiqué.
Published 16 July 2014

Kosmos Energy's supply vessel Geo Service 1 was observed yesterday in occupied Western Sahara.
 

Published 05 July 2014
The UN secretariat has previously stated any further oil search in Western Sahara would be illegal. Polisario requested the UN Secretary General to intervene.
Published 01 July 2014
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A quartet of Danish municipalities have demanded from controversial salt importer Danske Vejsalt that no Western Sahara road salt is sold to them.

Published 01 July 2014

Two of the vessels used by Kosmos Energy for its final exploration programme were last week observed in Dakhla, occupied Western Sahara.
Published 30 June 2014
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The rig ship 'Atwood Achiever', which will drill in occupied Western Sahara in a few months, is soon to travel to the territory. Now it is testing offshore Korea.
Published 29 June 2014
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The US oil company Kosmos Energy in a statement this week that it has the right to drill in Western Sahara - opposing the opinion of the UN legal office.
Published 28 June 2014
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The EU's scandalous fisheries agreement - whereby the EU is to pay Morocco to fish in Western Sahara waters which are under its occupation - has been taken to European Court of Justice. Polisario asks for the annulment of the accord, according to the Official Journal of the European Union.
Published 22 June 2014
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The Swedish company Wisby Tankers AB is leading in a controversial trade: supplying occupied Western Sahara with petroleum products. New WSRW report today.

Published 20 June 2014
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At the Spanish government owned harbour of Las Palmas today, Geo Service 1 is bunkering supplies for the illegal Moroccan oil studies offshore occupied Western Sahara. The studies take place not too far away from Spanish waters.

Published 17 June 2014
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The director of a handicap institution in Western Sahara was attacked by police as he went out to the street with this poster.
Published 13 June 2014
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Kosmos Energy officials are next week to undertake a mission to Western Sahara to meet with pro-Moroccan sham groups in Western Sahara, according to WSRW's sources. The company is ever closer to destroy the future of the Saharawi people.
Published 29 June 2014

The New Zealand does not wish to clarify its trade relations with occupied Western Sahara, nor to explain what it has done to seek the consent of the people of the territory.

Published 04 June 2014