JUN 2015: Global Witness: UK Oil Company Bankrolled Soldiers Accused of Bribery and Violence Against Oil Opponents

AGM scandal for British company at centre of Leonardo DiCaprio-backed Oscar-nominated film. Cheques and receipts revealed by Global Witness show oil company Soco International paid over $40,000 in just two weeks to Congolese military officer accused of bribery and violence. Officer and his soldiers implicated in bribing, intimidating and even killing Soco opponents. Company dogged… Read More

Oil-related Corruption, Bribery Alleged in Virunga: The Story Continues

A fabled park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is under pressure from oil developers. And activists allege the dealings are tainted by corruption. Jeffrey Young full article was published on April 20th In VOA Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to volcanoes and some of the world’s few remaining mountain… Read More

Reasons Why we Should be Avoiding New Oil Exploration Frontiers: Virunga

Even though the planet is experiencing a climate crisis, the oil industry is expanding to new frontiers, with the majority of such frontiers being mature forests or very sensitive areas.  Currently the world’s oil reserves are 800 billion barrels. If these reserves are burned, more than 320 billion tons of additional co2 would be produced,… Read More

Greenpeace, the thirst for oil no respite for Nature in Virunga

Excerpt and Unofficial Translation of Greenpeace’s Blogpost: “Virunga : la soif de pétrole ne laisse aucun répit à la nature” With the European premiere of ” Virunga ”  during the Docville movie Festival in Belgium, Virunga National Park is again under the spotlight . The finding is more than bitter: from Virunga to the North… Read More

AfricaProgressPanel Members Request Inclusion of Environment-Transparency Safeguards in DRC Oil Bill

Africa Progress Panel, and activist organizations such as Global Witness, request the postponement of the parliamentary vote on DRC oil bill and the inclusion of strong environmental safeguards and anti-corruption law. Chaired by Kofi Annan, the ten-member Africa Progress Panel advocates at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. In this article… Read More

Hot off the Press: New oil Law Threatens Corruption and Environmental Damage – and UK SOCO is first in the queue

A murky deal for the Congo as oil exploration threatens corruption and environmental damage – and London-based Soco International is first in the queue . Weeks after putting down a rebellion, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing new oil laws that could open it up to vast corruption and put its… Read More

ASADHO – African Association for the Defense of Human Rights denounced the manipulation of justice by the company SOCO EP-DRC

The African Association for the Defence of Human Rights, ASADHO denounces the manipulation of the Congolese justice system by the oil company SOCO EP-RDC SARL in the case between the company and its former employees BOGOLI BOKELAKELA Olivier, Georges LUBUNGU NGATSHU and Gustave Ngalamulùme BANTU that were unlawfully dismissed from their duties. COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE… Read More

Oil Wealth and Poverty: Africa’s Last Eco-Frontier

  Oil and Africa: Fear of Disruption, Pollution, Land Grabbing, Corruption, Human Rights Abuse and insecurity . By Rajab Bwengye Africa is known as the World’s richest in terms of Natural resources. These include forests, wetlands, minerals, wild animals, fertile soils, lakes and rivers plus other magnificent land forms therefore, why the continent has remained… Read More

Uganda’s oil: lessons on governance and the resource curse

The successes and failures of other oil producing countries show that technical expertise can take you only so far. Good legislation can be rapidly undermined by bad governance. . “The domination of Ugandan politics by a single party, and increasingly by President Museveni, has undermined civil society” Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters As fresh column inches… Read More

DR-Congo, Natural Resources, Oil and Risks of Corruption

“Risks of corruption will threaten the implementation of REDD+ in DRC” By Chris Lang, 23rd January 2013 In November 2011, PricewaterhouseCoopers warned that “The implementation of REDD+ in DRC will face numerous challenges because of the widespread nature of corruption in the country”. As in all other sectors, PwC added, corruption is “likely to be… Read More

JAN 07, 2013 Chaos in Congo – Virunga National Park has a new enemy: Oil

View of the Virunga National Park from the the ranger headquarter in Rumangabo, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Jan-Joseph Stok/GlobalPost) Virunga National Park has a new enemy: Oil Possible oil reserves beneath Africa’s oldest park threaten its survival. Tristan McConnell LAKE EDWARD, Democratic Republic of Congo — It is not just war threatening the future of Africa’s… Read More

Global Witness: Congolese oil blocks raises further Corruption Concerns

News over ownership of Congolese oil blocks raises further corruption concerns 29th June 2012 The Financial Times has reported that Dan Gertler, a businessman close to the Congolese president, is one of the main partners in two offshore companies that obtained oil blocks in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in controversial circumstances. The article, published… Read More