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Just Finance International and Environment Governance Institute Reject TotalEnergies’s Failed Due Diligence Practices in Uganda’s Oil Pipeline

Amsterdam and Kampala, January 12, 2023: Just Finance International takes note of TotalEnergies’ response to our investigative piece, “Risk of poverty after land acquisitions for Uganda’s mega oil pipeline”, published on the Business and Human Rights Centre website. Contrary to TotalEnergies’ claims, before publishing our piece, Just Finance International reached out twice to the EACOP…

A statement to the AIIB and the ITDC: Indonesian civil society rejects sham consultations and the use of state security in resolving land rights issues in the Mandalika project

In response to the sham consultation meeting organised by the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesian Civil Society calls out ITDC’s lack of willingness to resolve land disputes affecting Indigenous populations and rejects the continuous involvement of state security forces in the AIIB-financed Mandalika Urban Development and Tourism Project The Governor of West Nusa Tenggara…

Environment protection on hold as work to extract oil starts in Uganda

Protecting the environment and biodiversity was regarded as a key element in the planning of the East African crude oil pipeline (EACOP), the longest heated crude oil pipeline in the world. However, an undercover visit to Uganda’s Lake Albert region shows that the contractors, French company TotalEnergies and state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC),…

Risk of poverty after land acquisitions for Uganda’s mega oil pipeline

The construction of the world’s longest heated crude oil pipeline between Uganda’s Lake Albert and the shoreline of Tanzania is threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of families. The companies responsible for the 1,443km pipeline, including China’s CNOOC and France’s TotalEnergies, are accused of providing inadequate compensation to displaced families, increasing the vulnerability of elderly and…

Just Finance International joins call for EU to stop dash for gas in Africa

Just Finance International signed a letter to European decision makers asking them to cease any deals to expand gas production and infrastructure in Africa, reaffirm the COP26 Glasgow Statement to halt investment in new gas and oil, and apply it to projects not yet developed.  Read the letter here

Official Statement: Indonesian Coalition for Monitoring Infrastructure Development

Responding to the AIIB Annual Meeting of 2022 The AIIB’s Statement on Retaliation is misleading: the intimidation of Indigenous Sasak communities continues to this day with the heavy involvement of security forces in the Mandalika tourism development project Ahead of the AIIB annual meeting, we, the Indonesian Infrastructure Development Monitoring Coalition, a group of Indonesian…

AIIB’s Mandalika project in Indonesia force thousands to leave their homes “What can you do when they point guns at you?’’

A large-scale tourism project in Indonesia’s Lombok Island has become a nightmare for the coastal Indigenous Sasak communities. Hundreds of families have been forced by the government and armed security forces to leave their homes for temporary resettlements unfit to support their livelihoods, while others who stand up for their rights to land, a life…

Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn

The future of the planned 450 MW Tuzla 7 lignite plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina is again in doubt after the country’s State Aid Council revoked its decision to approve a public guarantee for a EUR 614 million loan from China Eximbank last week, four years after the Council’s initial clearance. 5 July 2022 The…

Serbian villages filed a criminal complaint against China’s HBIS for severe pollution

Three Serbian villages and a civil society organization have filed a criminal complaint against the Chinese company HBIS. According to the organization Tvrdjava the steel production in Smederevo has been an “environmental catastrophe” since the Chinese investors arrived. In 2016 the Chinese company HBIS took over the operations of the Smederevo Steel mill, originally founded…

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