CIVIL SOCIETY INSECURITY & THREATS
TIME TO JOINT THE MOVEMENT AND PROTECT VIRUNGA DEFENDERS
Since the beginning of SOCO’s exploration operations in Virunga National Park, Environmental and Human Rights defenders fighting for the survival of the park and the respect of community rights have been target of intimidations and threats. Across DRC and the Great Lakes, civil society actors are facing more and more risks and restrictions when speaking out about natural resources and the possible negative impacts of oil developments in the region.
Many local defenders have been alerting the world of the dangers community members and themselves are facing when fighting for Virunga and the sustainable development option. They are often putting their lives, their staff and their organizations at risk.
Virunga cannot survive without them, without their voice and courage.
They are all people who have the courage to stand up and demand that SOCO, their government and the international community uphold the basic freedoms and rights of communities and choose for the best people’s option in North Kivu: NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA. YES TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS
NO TO OIL EXPLORATION IN VIRUNGA
NO TO TRAMPLING WITH THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY
NO TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF LOCAL POPULATIONS
NO TO THREATS TO CIVIL SOCIETY OPPOSING OIL EXPLORATION
Here below a recollection of all these voices and messages alerting the world of what is happening on the ground. JOIN THEM.
Help us keep these voices alive and local communities abreast of and involved in the decision making process around oil exploration in North Kivu.
Virunga National Park can play a pivotal role in the sustainable development of Eastern DRC, local communities have the right to choose for the sustainable development option and fight for the survival of Virunga WITHOUT THREATS and WITHOUT INTIMIDATIONS