UK Government set to examine Soco’s activities in Virunga National Park

14 February 2014 The UK Government is set to examine the activities of Soco, a London-based oil company, over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in a protected African World Heritage Site. It was announced today that a complaint filed by WWF has been accepted, and issues related to respect for human… Read More

3 FEB, 2014: IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment and calls other companies to follow suit

IUCN welcomes Total’s ‘no-go’ commitment in World Heritage sites 03 February 2014 | International news release Oil and gas company Total has confirmed that it will not carry out extractive operations within natural World Heritage sites, including Virunga National Park. IUCN welcomes this decision and calls on all oil and gas companies to follow suit.… Read More

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

Hot off the Press: New oil Law Threatens Corruption and Environmental Damage – and UK SOCO is first in the queue

A murky deal for the Congo as oil exploration threatens corruption and environmental damage – and London-based Soco International is first in the queue . Weeks after putting down a rebellion, the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing new oil laws that could open it up to vast corruption and put its… Read More

Real Wildcatters go to Ethiopia to Hunt for Oil: Rings a Bell in Virunga?

Real wildcatters go to Ethiopia to hunt for oil Oct. 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM | 0 comments ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Amid East Africa’s oil and gas boom, the more adventurous oilmen are starting to gravitate toward the vast Ogaden desert region of Ethiopia, where drilling activity has been sparse since… 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

Sept 24th, 2013: RADIO OKAPI, Conservateur principal du Parc des Virunga aux arrêts à Goma!

Nord-Kivu: le conservateur principal du parc des Virunga aux arrêts à Goma Le conservateur chef du secteur centre du parc national des Virunga, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo est détenu depuis cinq jours au cachot de l’Agence nationale des renseignements (ANR) à Goma. Il a été arrêté par des militaires pour s’être opposé à l’exécution d’un projet de la firme… Read More

Why businesses should assess human rights impacts from the outset of projects: #SOCO in #Virunga National Park, DRC – IPIS

IPIS Insights: Why businesses should assess human rights impacts from the outset of projects. SOCO International Oil Company in Virunga National Park, DRC SOCO International, a British oil company, is prospecting for oil in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park – a World Heritage Site. For the past year, their presence has been… Read More

Aug 2014: What Has SOCO International Plc said about Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park – Top 10…

SOCO is uncertain of what the Virunga National Park landscape looked like when it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. However, we are aware of what the area looks like today, scarred by decades of deforestation, poaching and violence against its inhabitants. Despite the efforts and financial investments of some organizations in the… Read More

Weekly Series – Corporate Respect for Human Rights #1: DRC’s Human Rights Obligations and The Corporate Responsibility to Respect

Extract from Amnesty International’s last report on Mining and Human Rights in Katanga. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has some of the world’s most important mineral reserves. For more than a decade the extraction of these resources has been linked to conflict, human rights abuses and corruption. In the southern province of Katanga, people’s… Read More

July 8, 2013: Norway’s Pension Fund divests from UK Oil Company SOCO International Plc

Norway’s Pension Fund divests their investments of over $ 33 million from UK oil company SOCO International Plc. The Norwegian oil fund, which has been the fourth largest institutional investor in the company, is sending with this a powerful signal to Soco International and its remaining shareholders. . There are too many concerns with oil… Read More

IUCN’s position on Virunga: Oil Development is Incompatible with World Heritage Status

Virunga National Park in peril from armed conflict and oil exploration 24 June 2013 | News story Two guards of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature lost their lives following attacks by armed groups in the Virunga National Park World Heritage site, a recent report has revealed. Topped with oil exploration, continued unrest… Read More