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

Think Africa Press – Why Changing Congo’s Proposed Oil Legislation Should Be Top of the Bill – Transparency, Virunga, Future Generations!

Oil legislation proposed in Democratic Republic of Congo could facilitate future corruption and lead to environmental damage in one of Africa’s most diverse and fragile national parks. Article | 24 September 2013 – 3:52pm | By Jamie Pickering   A controversial hydrocarbons bill, concerning the management of planned oil production expansion in the Democratic Republic… Read More

DR-Congo Social Media: Action en Ligne pour Sauver Virunga et ses Gorilles

L’exploitation pétrolière dans le Parc National des Virunga pourrait nuire à la survie des gorilles de montagne dans la zone. Une pétition est en ligne pour s’y opposer. Agissons pour le Parc des Virunga : le pétrole, nouveau malheur des gorilles en RDC  toutes les pétitions! – Page 10 http://t.co/dVaTUos4 — Lilith (@lil_lilith) December 28,… 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

Global Witness: La loi sur les hydrocarbures devant le parlement de la RD Congo n’est pas en mesure d’arrêter la corruption ou les dommages environnementaux

La loi sur les hydrocarbures devant le parlement de la RD Congo n’est pas en mesure d’arrêter la corruption ou les dommages environnementaux – Global Witness 9 Mai 2013 Les révisions prévues de la loi sur les hydrocarbures de la RD Congo contiennent des défauts majeurs qui pourraient laisser libre court à une mauvaise gestion… Read More

Global Witness: Oil law before Congo parliament fails to safeguard against corruption or environmental damage

Oil law before Congo parliament fails to safeguard against corruption or environmental damage – Global Witness 9 May 2013 Planned revisions to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s hydrocarbons law contain major flaws that could allow gross mismanagement of the country’s oil wealth and serious environmental impacts. The draft text, published by Global Witness today,[i] is before the… 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

The Business of Exploiting Natural Resources in DR-Congo: Some Valuable Lessons from the Forest Sector

New Global Witness’ report, “The art of logging industrially in Congo”, teachs us many valuable lessons: How business is conducted in DRC; How permits issued by government officials breach DRC’s own laws and regulation; How the widespread abuse of logging permits is contributing to the destruction of DRC’s natural resources; How companies who want to… Read More

Local NGO urges SOCO to investigate death threats to Congolese Activists

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 were forced… Read More