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This press release is one of the first initiatives of the network that took the form of Western Sahara Resource Watch, 6 August 2004.

Published 06 August 2004

See declaration on Australian imports made by the industry association.

Published 22 December 2007

A company document from 2007 reveals several of the oil firm\'s plans in the occupied territory.

Published 28 December 2007

Letter sent from the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic, 16. June 2006.

Published 16 June 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.

Published 13 February 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.

Published 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.

Published 16 May 2006

AN MEP today voiced his reservations over the outcome of a controversial Euro vote. FishUpdate.com, 16 May 2006.

Published 16 May 2006

Press release from the Fish Elsewhere campaign, 16 May 2006.

Published 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. 

Published 22 May 2006

The EU has voted to steal fish from the displaced people of Western Sahara, writes columnist John Hilary, 17 May 2006.

Published 18 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.

Published 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.

Published 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.

Published 26 May 2005

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

Published 19 May 2005

Letter from Polisario representative in Europe to EU Fisheries Commissioner, 18 May 2005.

Published 18 May 2005

"Intended Activities by Companies in Western Sahara Against the Express Wish of the Indigenous Saharawi Population". Statement of 12 oct 2005.

Published 12 October 2005

Oil Companies Very Keen On Western Sahara Despite The Geopolitical Problems. Oilbarrel.com, 14 May 2005.

Published 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.

Published 06 July 2004

Statement from the Saharawi governmment

Published 01 November 2005

Statement from the Sahrawi government , 17 January 2006.

Published 17 January 2006

Statement from the Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic, 6 January 2006.

Published 12 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.

Published 01 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.

Published 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.

Published 23 May 2006

Interview with the UN's former legal chief, Hans Corell. Swedish Radio, Eko, 22 May 2006

Published 22 May 2006

Statement on EU-Morocco fisheries agreement by Mohamed Sidati, Minister Delegate for Europe, Polisario.

Published 22 May 2006

Kerr-McGee is pulling out of Western Sahara following pressure from activists pushing for Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) independence from Morocco.

Published 02 May 2006

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.

Published 27 November 2008

Statement made by the Fertiliser Industry Federation of Australia (FIFA) regarding Western Sahara phosphate imports, 2008.

Published 29 July 2008

Article in Le Journal Hebdomadaire, 12 January 2005, on US oil company Kerr-McGee.

Published 12 January 2005

Here is the EU-Moroccan Fisheries Partnership Agreement that was signed in 2006, in several languages.

Published 15 December 2006

Regarding Norwegian government's ownership in US oil company Kerr-McGee.

Published 16 December 2004

Unknown author, published in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Published 22 December 2004

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.

Published 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).

Published 25 December 2004

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.

Published 11 January 2005

International campaign puts pressure on U.S. oil corporation profiting from Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.

Published 03 March 2005

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.

Published 13 January 2005

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.

Published 14 January 2005

Analysis made in 2006 by the French association on the Fisheries Agreement (in French).

Published 26 May 2006

Shareholders focus of campaign to end Kerr-McGee's involvement in Occupied Western Sahara. Press release Feb 28th 2005. Also: letter to KMG shareholders.

Published 28 February 2005