6# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: When Local Communities SAY NO, SOCO Increases the Pressure

IN 2013 When local communities say NO, SOCO increases the Pressure 08-03-2014 Press Release of Civil society on SOCO’s oil exploration and exploitation in the Virunga National Park. When local communities say NO, SOCO International seeks the reinforce the credibility of the project by the dividing and manipulating the actors. Environmental non-governmental organizations of the… Read More

5# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Local NGOs Urgent Appeal

IN 2013 North Kivu Civil Society reaction / Urgent Appeal 09-02-2014 As a reaction to the unfounded accusations and in response to Mr Guy Mbayma’s letter, civil society actors wrote an urgent appeal against the threats to environmental defenders in North Kivu. They fear that their members on the ground and in Goma suffer death… Read More

4# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Threats against CS actors coming from G. Mbayma

IN 2013 January 2014 – but dated 31-10-2013 On 31st October 2013, the Director of Science and technology at the ICCN, Mr. Guy Mbayima, addressed an unnumbered letter to the General Director of the ICCN after the workshop that was held in Goma on the 31st of January 2014, threatening local civil society opposing oil… Read More

2# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Statement against SOCO’s engagement program in Virunga

IN 2013 24-07-2013 In this open petition to the DRC Government local civil society in North Kivu speaks out against the local engagement program of SOCO International targeting the fisheries of Lake Edward. Local civil society organizations working on conservation and protection of the Environment and Human Rights (CREF Network CREDDHO, IDPE, SOPR) condemn in… Read More

1# NO TO OIL, STOP THE THREATS: Local NGO urges SOCO to Investigate Death Threats

IN 2012 On the 19th of October 2012, SOCO’s communications liaison officer sent a letter to a number of Congolese organizations, including some of the environmental activists who have been receiving death threats since February 2011. The letter below is a response from Alphonse Muhindo, Director of Réseau CREF, one of the 4 activists that… Read More

Message 10 NO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Statement Kyavinyonge Fishers against SOCO – OIL

09-03-2014 This is a local statement from the fishers of one of the main fisheries in Lake Edward: Kyavinyonge, The statement is addressed to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the oil company SOCO International plc. The statement is clear and unequivocal: “ We say no to all oil exploration or exploitation… Read More

Message 6 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: North Kivu Civil Society Declaration

31-01-2014 This open Declaration of the Civil Society of North Kivu came as reaction to the Workshop held in the city of Goma that brought together representatives of Governments and Parliament from Kinshasa , the authorities of the province of North Kivu , the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and the civil… Read More

Message 4 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Declaration of Local Leaders in Butembo

11-12-2013 Local chiefs urge SOCO’s activities to be stopped in Virunga. This is a declaration of local Leaders from the fisheries of Lake Edward in North Kivu: Vitshumbi, Nyakakoma, Kisaka, Kamandi, Lunyasenge, Taliha, Kyavinyonge. This statement came out during a workshop focusing on the participative management of Virunga National Park’s resources.  They also call upon… Read More

Message 2 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: Declaration of Vitshumbi

24-03-2012 In March 2012, the fishery communities of Lake Edward expressed their opposition to any oil exploration or exploitation in Virunga National Park. They are well aware of the consequences of natural resource exploitation. They are at the basis of the fragile government and current conflicts in the eastern DRC. Communities ask the DRC Government… Read More

Time to Join the LOCAL MOVEMENT for Virunga’s SURVIVAL!

Are you ready to the join “la lucha” for Virunga’s Survival and the Rights of the Communities? LOCAL MOVEMENT Since 2010, local protest in and around Virunga National park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been mounting against oil exploration in this World Heritage site. Many of these demonstrations have been directed against SOCO’s… Read More

March 06: Joint Declaration EU Commissioner Piebalgs and Belgian Minister Labille on SOCO’s activities in Virunga

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, together with the Belgian Minister for International Cooperation, Jean-Pascal Labille, urge SOCO’s shareholders and all relevant authorities to make sure that oil company SOCO International Plc respects international laws and regulations and is in compliance with all of the required standards considering its oil exploration activities in a World… Read More

Listen to Kenya’s Communities on Oil, Hope and Fear…

Photo: Godfrey Mwampembwa/Nation Media Group . LODWAR/LOKICHAR, 29 May 2012 (IRIN) – Although just a few hundred kilometres from Nairobi, the county of Turkana, where newly-confirmed oil reserves are set to go on stream in the next few years, feels more like a million miles away from the gleaming skyscrapers and concentrations of power and… Read More