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

Who is misleading who? SOCO’s statement in response to Virunga local communities’ films

SOCO’s Statement in Response to Virunga Communities’ fears  . All of these testimonies were filmed in and around Virunga National Park and are meant to give the people of North Kivu a voice about their social, environmental and human rights concerns. . . All of these local stories are dealing with oil exploration in Virunga… Read More

Virunga – Le lac Edouard, un patrimoine à protéger!

Le lac Edouard, un patrimoine à protéger Il y a plus d’une vingtaine d’années passées, le lac Edouard était à la base de survie des plusieurs familles riveraines. Grâce à la pêche qui y était pratiquée, nombreuses familles qui vivaient le long des différentes pêcheries environnant ce lac ont vécu une période propice où elles… 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

Temoignages – Le Petrole au Nord Kivu: La Promesse du Petrole

Suivons ces témoignages des populations du lac Edouard en RDC et murissons nos réflexions sur les engagements pris par la RDC sur le Parc National de Virunga, patrimonial mondial, et des Droits des Communautés riveraines face au danger de l’Exploration pétrolière dans le Bloc 5 par l’entreprise Pétrolière SOCO. SOCO, l’entreprise ambitieuse dans le projet… Read More