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The Swiss supermarket chain Coop in October started labelling their tomatoes from "Western Sahara".

Published 17 November 2013

Saharawi student asked Morocan state phosphate company how her people benefits from the plunder. OCP now tries to silence the stunt, by preventing it from being aired on Youtube.
 

Published 16 November 2013
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YEPP, the youth section of the EU parliament's conservative platform EPP, has asked the EU to not enter into deals with Morocco that also covers natural resources from the annexed Western Sahara. WSRW was just made aware of this text, originally adopted in YEPP congress in May.

Published 15 November 2013
UK oil company Cairn Energy has partnered with Kosmos Energy to drill in occupied Western Sahara. Such activities are in violation of international law, according to the UN.
Published 08 November 2013
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In today's meeting of EU Ambassadors, a majority of EU Member States indicated to favour the newly proposed EU-Morocco fisheries protocol, which opens for EU fishing in the waters of occupied Western Sahara. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the UK and the Netherlands have announced that they will not support the proposal.
Published 06 November 2013
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The European Parliament's new legal opinion states that Morocco has never claimed an Exclusive Economic Zone over the waters off Western Sahara. Read the full text of the opinion here.

Published 06 November 2013
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The EU Member States did not come to a decision on the proposed EU-Morocco Fisheries Protocol today. The vote will be postponed a few days.

Published 30 October 2013
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Tomorrow, the Ambassadors of the EU Member States will examine whether a qualified majority favouring the new EU-Morocco Fisheries Protocol can be reached.
Published 29 October 2013
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The Tasmanian based fertilizer producer Impact has stopped its imports from Western Sahara.

Published 21 October 2013

An impact assessment ordered by the EU Commission on the effects of the envisioned EU-Morocco DCFTA confirms that Western Sahara is part of the deal's scope. But the people with the sovereign rights to the land, the Saharawis, will not even be heard as a stakeholder to the process.

Published 17 October 2013
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Agrium Inc, a Canadian agro-business, is expecting its first shipment of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara by the end of the month. The matter has attracted media attention in Canada, stating that "it could be the first import of conflict minerals coming directly into Canada since the apartheid era in South Africa".

Published 16 October 2013
Questions in the Moroccan Parliament regarding the identities of the beneficiaries of fishing licences were denied an answer by the Moroccan government. But leaks in the media indicate that it is mainly Moroccan army generals and defected Saharawis who are on the receiving end.
Published 16 October 2013

In its statement to the United Nations’ Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), Western Sahara Resource Watch drew attention to companies trading in phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara and Groupe Total's unethical seabed oil exploration in the adjacent waters.

Published 11 October 2013
The EU-Commission’s newly proposed and controversial Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with Morocco has failed to gain support from the Danish Government and a broad majority in the Danish Parliament.
Published 08 October 2013
Former UN Legal Counsel Hans Corell states to Swedish media that the legal opinion made for the Security Council in 2002 has been misused by both the EU and investors in the oil sector.
Published 06 October 2013
The European Parliament discussed the resumption of EU illegal fisheries offshore occupied Western Sahara on 3 October.

Published 06 October 2013
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A reading of the newly public, proposed EU-Morocco fisheries protocol reveals that the Commission has failed in its efforts to take into account an important demand from the European Parliament and Council: A clause on human rights.

Published 01 October 2013
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Morocco’s tomato export season starts today. But some of the ‘Moroccan’ tomatoes you’ll soon find in your shop have been grown illegally in a territory under military occupation. Have you spotted dirty tomatoes? Help us to identify them in your local store!

Published 01 October 2013
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The US/Canadian company PotashCorp and Australian company Incitec Pivot have been kicked out of the Swedish government´s pension funds due to imports from occupied Western Sahara.

Published 30 September 2013
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The European Commission has just released the official translation of the draft EU-Morocco Fisheries Protocol. The text, still requiring Parliament and Council's consent, fails to exclude the waters of occupied Western Sahara. Read the contentious document here.
Published 25 September 2013
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One year ago, a wind farm project that Morocco is undertaking in occupied Western Sahara was turned down when seeking to obtain UN-sponsored carbon credits. Now, that same project has been approved by another, private credit issuing agency.

Published 23 September 2013
In July, Total finished one year of seismic exploration offshore Western Sahara. A new video shows the vessels at Las Palmas harbour, just after their assigment had ended.
Published 20 September 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch today launched a report on the French oil company Total’s irresponsible comeback in occupied Western Sahara. The company carries out exploration in the territory despite the UN legal office stating it would be in violation of international law.
Published 02 September 2013
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In the coming months, the European Union will decide whether or not to agree to the newly proposed fisheries accord with Morocco, allowing EU vessels to access Western Sahara's waters. The Saharawi fishermen speak out against the deal: “The agreement is an act of theft and a serious threat to the environment”. Read their official statement here.

Published 30 August 2013
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L'associazione Western Sahara Resource Watch ha pubblicato oggi stesso un rapporto che descrive come il Marocco intenda costruire impanti di energia rinnovabile di più di 1000 MW (megawatt) nel Sahara Occidentale, un territorio che il Marocco occupa parzialmente.

Published 29 August 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch has today launched a report detailing how Morocco intends to build over 1000 MW (megawatts) of renewable energy plants in Western Sahara, a territory that Morocco partially occupies.

Published 28 August 2013
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WSRW has received photos of the vessel 'Trio Vega' loading sand in the harbour of El Aaiun, the capital of occupied Western Sahara.

Published 27 August 2013
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The Lithuanian fertilizer company Lifosa has received at least seven bulk shipments so far in 2013. WSRW asks them to terminate its voluminous imports.
Published 27 August 2013

In early July, WSRW contacted the energy companies that are pre-qualified to build windmills in occupied Western Sahara. The response has been meager.

Published 06 August 2013
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A new fish market has been inaugurated at the port of Boujdour in occupied Western Sahara, south of the capital El Aaiun. The development expands Morocco's capacity to exploit the already damaged fish stocks even further.
Published 01 August 2013
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The European Commission has today signed a new Fisheries Protocol with Morocco, which will allow EU vessels to resume fishing in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
Published 24 July 2013
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Two vessels that have been contracted by French oil company Total to search occupied Western Sahara's seabed for oil, are currently at anchor in the harbour of Las Palmas. See videos and photos here.
Published 22 July 2013
A solution to the problem "of a political nature" - the inclusion of occupied Western Sahara's waters through a deal with occupying power Morocco - is said to be close.
Published 09 July 2013
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Two companies - linked to each other - both claim to have ownership over the Boujdour Offshore Shallow block in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 05 July 2013
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The European Council has communicated to WSRW that it cannot disclose its legal opinion on the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement of 2006, due to its "great political sensitivity".
Published 04 July 2013
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A fishing company operating in occupied Western Sahara and a Saharawi support group in Norway have concluded an agreement under the umbrella of the OECD guidelines for multinational companies.
Published 04 July 2013
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The American company General Electric has communicated to WSRW that they are no longer participating in the tender to construct two wind farms in occupied Western Sahara.

Published 03 July 2013
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The Moroccan government's plans to develop wind farms in occupied Western Sahara have drawn the interest of 16 international companies.
Published 03 July 2013
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San Leon Energy "is offering interested parties the opportunity to acquire a material equity" in return of driling on its Tarfaya block according to a document from the company today. WSRW warns future investors from entering the uethical block.
Published 02 July 2013
Polisario has urged the UN to create a fund that will allow the Saharawi people to benefit from Morocco's plunder of Western Sahara's natural resources.
Published 14 June 2013
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The US oil company Kosmos Energy has contracted a rig from Atwood Oceanics for drilling next year. There is a large chance that drilling will take place in occupied Western Sahara, for the first time since the UN said it would be illegal.
Published 13 June 2013
The US Department of Labour claims that there is reason to assume that children in Western Sahara are engaged in some of the worst forms of child labour, "particularly in dangerous forms of agriculture".
Published 13 June 2013
The Norwegian pension scheme KLP is excluding the French oil company Total from its investments. KLP considers Total’s activities in Western Sahara unethical.
Published 04 June 2013
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Morocco claims to be in negotiation with an oil company for a new block offshore Western Sahara.

Published 01 June 2013
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Dozens of Saharawi fishermen who took part in the protest last Saturday in the harbour of Dakhla have been summoned by the Moroccan police.
Published 29 May 2013
Still no reply on future options nor stakeholder consultation. Total respond that would be politics.
Published 29 May 2013
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On Saturday, Saharawi fishermen blocked the entrance to the harbour of Dakhla for two hours, in protest of abominable working conditions, discriminatory recruiting practices and overfishing.
Published 27 May 2013
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Morocco’s phosphate mine in occupied Western Sahara receives key Swedish equipment.

Published 26 May 2013
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The Moroccan authorities have allegedly barred the UN Peace Mission in Western Sahara from entering the harbour of Dakhla, located in the south of the occupied territory.

Published 21 May 2013
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While trade unionists marched worldwide in celebration of workers' rights on Labour Day, trade unionists in occupied Western Sahara were prevented from doing the same.

Published 05 May 2013
The European Commission and Morocco commenced first round negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area last week in Rabat.
Published 30 April 2013
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The text of the Russia-Morocco fish accord reveals that Russian vessels are supposed to fish in the Moroccan Exclusive Economic Zone – that should preclude Western Saharan waters. WSRW has made an English translation of the Russian-Moroccan agreement.
Published 26 April 2013
While Morocco is lobbying hard against a proposal to have the UN monitor human rights in Western Sahara, the EU Commissioner for Fisheries states that she is still awaiting Rabat's response to the proposal for including human rights safeguards for the Western Sahara territory in a new EU-Morocco fisheries protocol.
Published 23 April 2013
In a letter 30 March 2013, Frente Polisario called on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to intervene to stop the Moroccan-French oil exploration offshore occupied Western Sahara.
Published 16 April 2013
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The Clean Development Mechanism insists on following normal approval procedures regarding Morocco's for projects in Western Sahara.

Published 12 April 2013
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While recommending Ban Ki-Moon for expressing the need for human rights monitoring in Western Sahara, WSRW laments that his report fails to address the full extent of the issue of Morocco's plunder of the territory's natural resources.

Published 12 April 2013
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'Saharawi Natural Resources Watch', dedicated to monitor the Moroccan plunder of the occupied parts of Western Sahara, was created in the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria 9 April 2013.
Published 11 April 2013
....and other questions relating to the Western Sahara operations. Total has just emailed WSRW.
Published 11 April 2013
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As the US-Canadian company PotashCorp tomorrow receives yet another vessel filled with phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara, WSRW writes the company for the fourth time, requesting answers.
Published 09 April 2013
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One of Switzerland’s largest supermarket chains has stated it will replace the ‘Morocco’ labels with ‘Western Sahara’ on melons that are imported from the occupied territory.

Published 09 April 2013
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The underground water reserves of occupied Western Sahara are allegedly being drained by the agricultural industry in the territory.
Published 06 April 2013
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The Moroccan Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Youssef Amrani, says that the European Parliament is a “dinosaur” that obstructs efforts to reach a new EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.

Published 05 April 2013
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A group representing over 60 MEPs has sent a letter to EU diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Fisheries Maria Damanaki, requesting them to respect the Saharawi people's wishes and interests when seeking to conclude a new fish deal with Morocco.

Published 19 March 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch today again asked Total, for the third time, for explanations of their operations in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
Published 15 March 2013
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Morocco and the European Union are to begin talks over a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement in Rabat on 22 April.
Published 14 March 2013
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The new Dutch government has reiterated the position of their predecessors: Products from Western Sahara cannot enter the EU market labelled as from Morocco.

Published 13 March 2013

Chinese company BGP affirms to WSRW undertaking seabed research on behalf of French oil firm Total. This article has been updated: Seismic study to end 30 March 2013.

Published 05 March 2013
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Despite ongoing protest, German multinational Siemens is currently in the process of shipping windmill parts to El Aaiun, occupied Western Sahara. The company is partnering with the same royal family that brutally occupied the territory.

Published 05 March 2013
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"Just announced the launch of negotiations for a free-trade agreement with Morocco,'' European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso tweeted on Friday, after his meeting with Morocco’s prime minister Abdelillah Benkirane. That Free Trade Agreement will have consequences for Western Sahara.
Published 04 March 2013
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Money and Western Sahara - the two obstacles that hamper the EU-Morocco negotiations for a new fisheries agreement.
Published 27 February 2013

Read the official text on the action brought by the Frente Polisario against the Council of the European Union, as published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 23 February 2013.

Published 27 February 2013
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In a landmark initiative, the liberation movement of Western Sahara has referred an EU-Morocco free trade agreement to the European Court of Justice. The news was three days ago discreetly published in the official EU journal.

Published 27 February 2013
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On 27 February, the date of the foundation of the Western Sahara Republic in exile, the European Commission will commence talks with Morocco on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement – a trade deal which will have a profound impact on occupied Western Sahara.
Published 25 February 2013
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In view of the incredibly harsh verdicts in the Gdeim Izik trial, which failed to meet the international standards for a fair trial, Western Sahara Resource Watch has appealed to the European Commission to put ongoing discussions for increased trade with Morocco on hold.

Published 21 February 2013
The Venezuelan company, partly owned by FMC Corp, stated in a mail to WSRW today that it does not import phosphate rock from Western Sahara.
Published 20 February 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch today asked FMC Corp’s subsidiary in Venezuela for the fourth time questions regarding its controversial imports from occupied Western Sahara. WSRW can reveal that the company might have imported twice during the last year, in spite of the mother company’s promises to investors that the imports have ended.
LATEST: Tripoliven clarifies it does not import from Western Sahara.
Published 19 February 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch has received this photo of the Geo Service I, the offshore supply ship accompanying the vessel BGP Prospector that is carrying out seismic seabed research for French oil giant Total.

Published 19 February 2013
Regarding possible imports from occupied Western Sahara.
Published 19 February 2013
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The military court in Rabat has convicted 25 Saharawi activists to shockingly tough sentences. All were arrested in relation to the Gdeim Izik protest camp; a peaceful manifestation disputing the Saharawi people’s continual marginalisation in their occupied country.

Published 17 February 2013
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The new four-year fisheries agreement between Russia and Morocco was signed officially yesterday. The agreement had already been provisionally applied since December 2012.
Published 15 February 2013

Swedish minister for trade clarifies that no states in the EU recognise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, and that therefore products made in the territory cannot be given trade preference under the EU-Morocco trade agreements.

Published 15 February 2013

Negotiations between the European Commission and Morocco in Rabat were aborted yesterday. New talks are to take place before the end of February.

Published 12 February 2013
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While French oil company Total is exploring for oil off occupied Western Sahara, 26 Saharawi civil society organisations ask the company to cease its activities. “We, the signatories of this statement are against the presence of Total in Western Sahara. We urge the company stop all research and leave immediately”, they write in a statement issued yesterday.
Published 08 February 2013
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Today, 24 Saharawi activists are expected to appear before a military tribunal in Morocco. All of them were arrested in the aftermath of the Gdeim Izik protest camp - an immense gathering of Saharawi civilians in the occupied territories, united in their demand to have their social and economic rights respected.
Published 08 February 2013
The French farmers’ association Confédération Paysanne has filed a lawsuit against Idyl, a company that imports fruits and vegetables produced in occupied Western Sahara.
Published 04 February 2013
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Unemployed Saharawis call for an end to discrimination in fisheries industry.

Published 04 February 2013
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The fourth round of EU-Morocco negotiations to reach a new fish agreement couldn't reach a consensus. New talks are to take place in Rabat, on 11-12 February.
Published 04 February 2013
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Western Sahara Resource Watch has received pictures of pilot whales and dolphins killed in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
Published 29 January 2013
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The Moroccan government and the European Commission are expected to commence negotiations for the highly problematic Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) on 25 February 2013.
Published 29 January 2013

This is the press release that was sent out by Siemens on 30 January 2012.

Published 28 January 2013
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Four major Swedish food chains have today declared that they no longer wish to import or sell products from occupied Western Sahara, falsely labelled as Moroccan.
Published 22 January 2013

The Spanish construction group Secopsa has obtained a contract of 6.8 million € from the Moroccan government to redevelop an area of El Aaiun, the occupied capital of Western Sahara.

Published 21 January 2013
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“International agreements which do not exclude ‘the Moroccan Sahara’ from their application, prove that the area is Moroccan”, Moroccan Minister of Communication Mustapha El Khalfi said in an interview.
Published 21 January 2013
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No agreement was reached during the third round of talks between the EU and Morocco, yesterday in Rabat. The parties have agreed to meet again at the end of the month.
Published 17 January 2013
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Winter roads in Denmark will be de-iced with salt from the mine in occupied Western Sahara. Export from El Aaiun is taking place today.
Published 16 January 2013
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The planned drilling of a well on the Zag block in - most probably - occupied Western Sahara has now been set to first half of 2014.

Published 13 January 2013

WSRW has received the statement below (in English and Arabic) form Saharawi fishermen in Dakhla, regarding their protest against discriminatory employment practices and destructive marine management, on Friday 11 January 2013.

Published 12 January 2013
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The US company FMC has stated that they have ended all Western Sahara imports, and that this also applies to its subsidiaries.

Published 11 January 2013