JAN 2014 – Last Chance to Fix DRC Oil Bill: Critics Raise Transparency and Environment Worries

Global Witness Announces Last Chance to Fix DRC Oil Bill… 14th January 2014 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, has begun to debate a new oil bill which has been criticised by campaigners, MPs in Congo and donor governments. Global Witness is extremely concerned that the weak provisions of… Read More

Save Virunga Rewind 2013

Save Virunga is a global initiative to protect Virunga, Africa’s Oldest National Park, from oil exploration and exploitation. These are the moments and most pressing issues that defined Save Virunga in 2013. 2014: Preserving Virunga National Park will bring sustainable development, peace and stability in the conflict affected areas of Eastern DR-Congo. Governments, Businesses and… Read More

DEC 2013: We, Local Chiefs urge SOCO’s Activities to be Stopped in Virunga National Park!

We, people of Congo, urge SOCO’s Activities to be Stopped in Virunga ! We, local chiefs, representatives of fishermen, ship-owners, women’s groups, students, representatives of small and medium enterprises, environmental civil society and human rights defenders and local leaders urge DRC government: To call upon the oil company SOCO to stop using security services and… Read More

Hot off the Press, October 14th: Congo’s Virunga National Park Announces Partnership For Economic Revival In War-Torn Eastern Province

Rumangabo, DR Congo — After almost twenty years of armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park today released the details of a 10-year plan to re-invigorate the local economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs as a peace-building initiative in the conflict affected areas of eastern… Read More

Oct 7th,2013 – Soco’s exploration in Virunga violates OECD guidelines

WWF alleges British oil company violated environmental and human rights provisions in Virunga. Soco’s exploration in Virunga violates OECD guidelines, WWF alleges October 2013. WWF has filed a complaint alleging that British oil company Soco International PLC has breached international corporate social responsibility standards. WWF contends that, in the course of Soco’s oil exploration activities… Read More

ACTION 2nd October, 2013: Joint statement of NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Mugaruka

Joint statement of NGOs on the arrest of Virunga Park Ranger, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka Press Release – 2nd October 2013 . Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – On Thursday, 19th September, Rodrigue Katembo Mugaruka a warden in Virunga National Park and recipient of the Abraham Conservation Award was arrested by Congolese security forces and taken… Read More

Aug 2014: What Has SOCO International Plc said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park – Top 10…

SOCO is uncertain of what the Virunga National Park landscape looked like when it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. However, we are aware of what the area looks like today, scarred by decades of deforestation, poaching and violence against its inhabitants. Despite the efforts and financial investments of some organizations in the… Read More

July-Aug 2013: What have Governments and International Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park?

Save Virunga Half-Year 2013 Update:  What have Governments, International and Local Organizations said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park? . Answer: Governments and major countries have gotten together and expressed their concerns about oil exploration in Virunga National park. They urge both SOCO and the DRC government to respect national and international conventions. If… Read More

July 15th, BREAKING NEWS: New cases of intimidation and arrests of local community leaders opposing oil exploration in Virunga NP

Local engagement program of SOCO International targeting the fisheries of Lake Edward: some individuals of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) identified, local populations taken hostage. Local civil society organizations working on conservation and protection of the Environment and Human Rights (CREF Network CREDDHO, IDPE, SOPR) condemn in the strongest manner… Read More

July 8, 2013: Norway’s Pension Fund divests from UK Oil Company SOCO International Plc

Norway’s Pension Fund divests their investments of over $ 33 million from UK oil company SOCO International Plc. The Norwegian oil fund, which has been the fourth largest institutional investor in the company, is sending with this a powerful signal to Soco International and its remaining shareholders. . There are too many concerns with oil… Read More

July 1st, 2013: SOCO’s Engagement Programme and Threats to Local Communities

Local NGO CREDDHO condemns the intimidation of the residents of Lake Edward’s fishery Kyavinyonge by the Congolese naval forces.. Eight naval officers and two officers of the Congolese National Police, who took part in a public rally aimed at mobilizing the population to express its support for the oil exploration project in Virunga National Park,… Read More

June 17th, 2013: UNESCO World Heritage Committee requests cancelation of Virunga oil permits

World Heritage Committee requests cancelation of Virunga oil permits 17 June 2013 The international body that oversees World Heritage Sites today requested the cancellation of oil exploration permits in Virunga National Park, some of which are currently held by international petroleum conglomerates, including UK-based Soco International PLC and French oil giant Total SA. Located in… Read More