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Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara vs. Fugro

Case overview

Date filed 28 February 2010
Current status Withdrawn
Issue Sahrawi right to self-determination issue in Western Sahara
Summary of the case The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara filed a complaint against Fugro Geoteam for failing to consult with the local Sahrawi inhabitants prior to, during, or after conducting seismic surveys off the coast of Western Sahara, which it did on behalf of US-based oil company Cosmos Energy.

The complaint also alleges the company repeatedly failed to respect the basic human rights and the right to self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

The complainants claim Morocco does not have the right to conduct or permit petroleum exploration in Western Sahara. The UN considers Western Sahara a non-autonomous territory in which natural resources should be managed in accordance with international law. If such activity takes place, it must be in accordance with the needs and interests of the non-autonomous population.
Developments/Outcome After an initial assessment, the Norwegian NCP accepted the complaint.

In response to the allegations, Fugro Geoteam stated in April 2010 that it had ceased operations in the area until the political situation is resolved and that all raw seismic data had been transferred to Cosmos Energy.

Fugro-Geoteams Dutch parent company, Fugro NV endorsed its subsidiarys statement and announced that it would terminate its involvement in Western Sahara.

The complainants welcomed Fugro Geoteams decision and withdrew the case. The Norwegian NCP will not issue a final statement.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Human rights, Energy sector, United Nations, Multiple NCPs

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Norway
NCP address Oslow 0032, Norway
NCP website http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/ud/tema/norgesfremme-og-kultursamarbeid.html?id=434499
Other NCPs involved

Complainant

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible Fugro Geoteam AS
Company address Hoffsveien 1C
N-0213 Oslo
Norway
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations Western Sahara
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

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Date Actor Action Description Document
1 March 2011 Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara letter Complainants withdraw case against Fugro  

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