“We will not stop facing down those who seek to destroy Virunga until our last drop of blood is spilled”

No more words needed. Many local defenders have been alerting the world of the dangers community members and themselves are facing when fighting for Virunga and the sustainable development option. They are often putting their lives, their staff and their organizations at risk. Virunga cannot survive without them, without their voice and courage. We wish… Read More

Virunga’s Future: The Congolese Park is at a Crossroads…

Video: ecotourism provides alternative to oil exploration in Virunga Virunga National Park in DR Congo is at a crossroads: should the Congolese people choose to invest in sustainable development, or in oil exploration? In a newly launched video, produced by IUCN NL, local communities and park management weigh the pros and cons.   . Emmanuel… Read More

Message 5 NO TO OIL IN VIRUNGA: SAP Farmers Declaration against Oil Exploration

20/ 30-01-2014 This Declaration against oil exploration in Virunga National park is signed by a coalition of farmers in North Kivu. On the 1st of February the Congolese Police cracked down their legal protest in Kiwanja. They were asking DRC government to keep a UK oil company out of Virunga National Park. Seven activists were… 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

Jan 24th: GOOD NEWS, Congo’s Decision to Suspend Passage of Oil Bill through Parliament

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabreraletelier/3717642877/sizes/m/ Lire en français Congo has suspended the passage of a controversial oil bill through parliament, in order to allow more time for consultation. It has been criticised by MPs in Congo, donor governments, UNESCO and campaigners, including Global Witness, for failing to include strong anti-corruption or environmental protection measures. “The decision to suspend the… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #4: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

Excerpt from Business, Human Rights, and Uganda’s Oil Part II: Protect and Remedy: Implementing State duties under the UN Framework on Business and Human Rights The following is the second in a series of four reports exploring business and human rights issues in Uganda’s oil sector. This series is a collaboration between IPIS vsw and… 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

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

Save Virunga Rewind 2013

Save Virunga is a global initiative to protect Virunga, Africa’s Oldest National Park, from oil exploration and exploitation. These are the moments and most pressing issues that defined Save Virunga in 2013. 2014: Preserving Virunga National Park will bring sustainable development, peace and stability in the conflict affected areas of Eastern DR-Congo. Governments, Businesses and… Read More

Oil Companies, Spot the Difference: Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga?

Spot the Difference:  Who is Willing to take Unacceptable Shortcuts in Virunga? Extract from Bannon, Ian and Paul Collier book on Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions, “Chapter 8 –  Attracting Reputable Companies to Risky Environments: Petroleum and Mining Companies” . By John Bray Historically, junior companies have been more willing than major… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #2: Business, Human Rights, and Uganda’s Oil

Business, Human Rights, and Uganda’s Oil Part One: Uganda’s oil sector and potential threats to human rights . . This paper is Part One of a four part series on business, human rights and oil in Uganda: Part OneUganda’s oil sector and potential threats to human rights Part TwoProtect and Remedy: Implementing State duties under… Read More

Virunga’s future threatened by oil – it’s time to Draw The Line

Virunga’s future threatened by oil – it’s time to Draw The Line 1 August 2013 Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest national park, could be of huge long-term value to local communities – if oil extraction is kept out. That’s the conclusion of the new Dalberg report published today. UK company Soco International plc is intending… Read More