Good News for Virunga: UN moves towards Recognising Human Right to a Healthy Environment

Formal recognition would help protect those who increasingly risk their lives to defend the land, water, forests and wildlife, says the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. By Jonathan Watts Global environment editor It is time for the United Nations to formally recognise the right to a healthy environment, according to the… Read More

Virunga In 2018: There Are Thousands of Bertas Worldwide!

Our Mother Earth: militarized, fenced-in, and poisoned, A place where basic rights Are systematically violated, Demands that we take action I dedicate this award to all forms of rebellion And to all the martyrs in the the fight to defend nature To my mother To the Lenca People   Berta Cáceres acceptance speech for the 2015 Goldman… 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 Governance in Lake Turkana: “If ‘we the people’ don’t stand up for our collective interest, no one else will do it for us”

OIL GOVERNANCE: FOLT’S PERSPECTIVE ON OIL IN TURKANA but what if the best and only solution will be to: KEEP THE OIL IN THE SOIL? Looking back at 2013-2016 (SV) The recent oil discovery in Turkana has been termed as a historic discovery and is seen to be a boost to the country’s economy which… Read More

Oil pollution by Shell in Nigeria: the legal case

Source: WorsethanBad On 30 January 2013 in The Hague a Dutch judge will rule in a special court case that four Nigerian farmers and Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) jointly brought against Shell Nigeria and its parent company Royal Dutch Shell in 2008. Shell is held accountable for oil pollution in the Nigerian villages… Read More

If multinationals will do anything…how can Virunga survive and the voice of local communities be heard?

SaveVirunga fears that local communities in and around Virunga NP will be next. See one of our last post on this issue. * Peru: Undermining Justice If multinationals will do anything to control the public debate, how can indigenous peoples ever assert their rights? With global demand for natural resources increasing year on year, some… Read More