Environment watchdogs slam arrest of Ugandan activists protesting Total oil project

Asia's Tech News Daily

Environmental watchdogs Saturday condemned the arrest of six Ugandan rights campaigners as a coordinated effort to silence critics of a contested energy project involving French oil giant Total.

The activists from AFIEGO, the country's highest-profile environmental defenders group, were detained without charge at a police station outside Kampala on Friday, the organisation said in a statement.

    Its French partners, Amis de la Terre France (Friends of the Earth) and Survie (Survival), called for their immediate release and said the arrests fit a pattern of harassment against critics of the multi-billion dollar oil venture.

    “For several months, AFIEGO has been the target of continuous and increasing pressure and intimidation from the Ugandan authorities, who want to prevent it from continuing its activities against Total's mega-oil project,” the French NGOs said in a statement.

    They said it was the fifth time in 15 days that critics of the Total project had been targeted.

    NGOs shut down

    AFIEGO, which was among 54 NGOs shut down by Ugandan authorities in August for alleged regulatory breaches, said the latest crackdown was a “coordinated effort to silence critical voices” speaking up for communities threatened by the oil project.

    In April, the governments of Uganda and Tanzania signed a deal with Total and China's CNOOC paving the way for the construction of a pipeline stretching 1,400 kilometres (900 miles) through the East African nations.

    The crude will be pumped from oil fields in the Lake Albert region of Uganda's west through Tanzania to the Indian Ocean.

    Total had promised to take steps to reduce the $3.5 billion project's impact on people and the environment.

      But environment groups said the project had resulted in tens of thousands of farmers losing access to their land, and warned of ecological destruction if the pipeline went ahead in the richly-biodiverse region.

      AFIEGO was among a consortium of environment groups that filed a lawsuit against Total in French courts in October 2019, accusing the group of failing to uphold its legal obligations to protect the environment and the rights of people affected by the project.

      Internet Explorer Channel Network
      Asia's Tech News Daily
      News Related

      OTHER NEWS

      Have you seen Monika? Gardaí concerned for Letterkenny resident's welfare

      GARDAÍ ARE CONCERNED for the welfare of a woman who went missing from her Co Donegal home earlier this week.  Monika Furgal (39) was last seen in Letterkenny on Thursday, ... Read more »

      Ludwig's livestream was interrupted by a copyright warning days after joining YouTube

      © Image: Ludwig via YouTube Just three days after Ludwig Ahgren left his massive Twitch following for YouTube, he was hit with what he thought was a suspension from the ... Read more »

      Former England women's player Eileen Ash, oldest Test cricketer, dies at 110

      England’s Eileen Ash, the world’s oldest test player described as a ‘pioneer’ of the sport, has died aged 110, the country’s cricket board (ECB) has said. Right-arm seamer Eileen Ash ... Read more »

      Diogo Dalot 'most concrete option' for Jose Mourinho as he eyes Roma reinforcements

      Ex- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is plotting a move that will see Red Devils right-back Diogo Dalot join him at current club AS Roma. The Portugal international was handed ... Read more »

      Addicted to marriage? This 52-year-old has tied the knot 11 times, all set for 12th shadi

      © Provided by Zee News New Delhi: In the Indian culture marriage is a sacred matter and people in India are known for having a single partner for their whole ... Read more »

      This Morning presenter Alison Hammond takes icy plunge at Lapland

      © Provided by Extra.ie This Morning host Alison Hammond had an icy dip live on air on Monday after jumping into a frozen lake in Lapland. The presenter screamed ‘I ... Read more »

      All Aether Current locations in Mare Lamentorum in Final Fantasy XIV

      © Provided by GamePur Mare Lamentorum is a massive zone in Final Fantasy XIV. The fourth zone that you visit, immediately after completion of Garlemald, Mare Lamentorum is a circular ... Read more »

      How to fix sound issues on Final Fantasy XIV

      © Provided by Dot Esports As an MMO, Final Fantasy XIV offers a massive amount of content, which means countless bugs might occur. Even when the developers work on fixing ... Read more »

      'Fraud', 'Couldn't manage a tripe shop' - Many EFC fans erupt as update on board member emerges

      © Provided by Transfer Tavern Marcel Brands Everton Many Everton fans have been erupting as some news emerged on Marcel Brands. As per Football Insider, the Director of Football (DoF) ... Read more »

      Panicked New York bagel shop owners are hoarding cream cheese and crossing state lines for supply as dairy companies struggle against supply chain crisis

      © Provided by Business Insider iStock/Getty Images New York City bagel shops are experiencing a shortage of cream cheese due to heightened demand and supply chain constraints.  Several store owners ... Read more »

      NPHET members to seek permission to speak to media as Varadkar ‘very critical' of team

      © Provided by Extra.ie A ‘very tense’ meeting between the government and NPHET took place the afternoon before the Taoiseach announced more COVID restrictions. A meeting was hastily arranged between ... Read more »

      My son, 11, had to go to school without showering for 4 DAYS when running water stopped at our housing association flat

      A SINGLE mum has shared how she was forced to send her son to school without a shower for four days after running water stopped at their flat. Loyla Akthar, ... Read more »

      Cherry Pie Picache's son supports mom's relationship with Edu Manzano

      © Provided by PEP.ph Suportado ni Antonio ‘Nio’ Tria, anak ni Cherry Pie Picache, ang bagong relasyon ng ina sa batikang aktor na si Edu Manzano. Rebelasyon niya, “Actually, hindi ... Read more »

      Angry and aggressive attitude led to big third quarter for Christian Wood

      As the Houston Rockets headed into the locker room at halftime, there was a multitude of factors that led to the dejected looks on the faces of the players. © ... Read more »

      Lakers Star LeBron James Calls Out NBA's Testing Process

      © Provided by The Spun lebron james looks onto the court during an nba game LeBron James missed the Lakers‘ game against the Kings on Tuesday due to the NBA’s ... Read more »

      Hornets to be without LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, others against Sixers

      As the Philadelphia 76ers move forward with their road trip following a comeback win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, they will be catching a bit of a break when ... Read more »

      Warriors vs. Spurs: Lineups, injury reports and broadcast info for Saturday

      Fresh off an impressive win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday, the Warriors will play the second half of a home back-to-back on Saturday against the Spurs. If you’re wondering ... Read more »

      I'm A Celebrity's Frankie Bridge reveals real reason she played hard to get with Wayne

      FRANKIE Bridge played hard to get with partner Wayne because she assumed the fact he was a footballer meant he was “bad news”. But the I’m A Celeb star said ... Read more »

      Is it possible to have a climate-friendly Christmas?

      Christmas generates incredible waste. But does it have to? (Getty) Sustainability is influencing more and more of Britain’s consumer and lifestyle habits as more of us grow aware of the ... Read more »

      Anti-lockdown protesters march through Dutch city of Utrecht

      1 / 7Virus Outbreak NetherlandsThousands of demonstrators march in Utrecht, Netherlands, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, to protest against COVID-19 restrictions and the lockdown. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — ... Read more »

      Met Police considers complaints from Labour MPs that Boris Johnson and Downing Street staff held Christmas parties that broke Covid laws

      Met Police to consider complaints about Boris Johnson's 2020 Christmas partiesPM and No10 staff accused of breaking Covid rules by hosting festive gatheringsMillions of families were separated amid rising case numbers last Christmas Labour MPs Neil Coyle and Barry Gardiner write to Scotland Yard in bid for probeBoris Johnson did not deny parties took place but said Covid rules were followed  Read more »

      Meet Ami, the tiny 28mph cube on wheels that affluent French 14-year-olds can drive

      Citroen’s ‘urban mobility object’€is classed as a light quadricycle and can be driven without a full licence France’s golden youth is in the throes of a craze for les voiturettes ... Read more »

      Man who shot dead 10 people at King Soopers supermarket in Colorado is found incompetent to stand trial

      A judge ruled Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 22, is mentally incompetent to stand trial for killing 10 people in March at the King Soopers supermarket, in Boulder The ruling came after four doctors agreed that Alissa was not mentally competent to be in court and that his condition had worsened while in prisonAlissa was ordered to be treated at a mental hospital to see if he could recoverHe is due back in court on March 15 2021, nearly a year after the deadly shooting, to be re-evaluated to see if he could face trial 'He's incompetent to stand trial, but on the day he did all of this he was pretty dang competent,' a family member of one of the victims said  Read more »

      'We had plans for a life together': Heartbroken girlfriend of Columbia student knifed to death by gang member during Manhattan stabbing spree mourns the loss of her 'kind and loving' boyfriend

      Ana Gonzalez spoke Friday, shortly before 25-year-old Vincent Pickney was escorted into NPYD Central Booking on Friday night and charged with murder Gonzalez said that she was in a relationship with 30-year-old Giri that was going places 'We had a long story, and we had plans for a life together soon after the end of his PhD in the beginning of next year,' she said The university held a memorial service Friday night for Giri that was attended by over 2,000 peopleGonzales was was reticent to speak to reporters, still speaking in the present tense about Giri, saying 'we are together'  Read more »

      Proses vaksinasi ‘bercelaru', Ahli Parlimen DAP kecam GPS adakan pilihan raya

      © Provided by Free Malaysia Today Penerima vaksin dos penggalak dilihat bersesak di sebuah pusat beli belah di Kuching, hari ini. (Gambar Facebook Kelvin Yii) PETALING JAYA: Seorang Ahli Parlimen ... Read more »

      LaMelo Ball enters NBA's COVID-19 protocols; How many games will Hornets star miss?

      LaMelo Ball’s sophomore campaign is going to come to a brief halt. © Provided by Sporting News The Hornets announced on Dec. 4 that Ball, Terry Rozier, Jalen McDaniels and Mason Plumlee have entered ... Read more »

      Vargas Llosa unterstützt Rechtskandidaten Kast bei Wahl in Chile

      © Keystone/ZUMA Press Wire/Matias Basualdo Der peruanische Literatur-Nobelpreisträger Mario Vargas Llosa hat vor der zweiten Runde der Präsidentenwahl in Chile seine Unterstützung für den ultrarechten Kandidaten Antonio Kast zum Ausdruck ... Read more »

      Schütze-Saison: Dieses Sternzeichen hat eine Geld-Glückssträhne

      © ISTOCKPHOTO Mit dem Geld läuft es gerade sehr gut Bei diesem Sternzeichen läuft es während der Schütze-Saison vom 23. November bis zum 21. Dezember finanziell gesehen mehr als gut! ... Read more »

      ‘Chinese agents tried to kill me with two poisoned fried eggs after I tried to expose truth about Covid,' says scientist

      A CHINESE virologist living in hiding in the US has claimed Chinese agents tried poison her after she exposed the “truth” about the origins of Covid. In an exclusive interview ... Read more »

      Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo in agreement over best young player in the world

      Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo both voted for Manchester United ‘s Mason Greenwood to be crowned the world’s best young player and win the 2021 Kopa Trophy. The pair, formerly ... Read more »

      18 people who flew from South Africa to the Netherlands had Omicron variant

      More than 600 passengers traveling on the flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town were tested for COVID-19. WHO Dutch health authorities confirmed Saturday that 18 passengers who arrived in the ... Read more »

      Professor ‘vilified' over accusations of transphobic views quits Open University

      Prof Jo Phoenix will move to the University of Reading to teach law and criminology – Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph A respected professor of criminology has quit the Open ... Read more »

      Ex claims Ethan Crumbley's father is a deadbeat, calls mother a ‘monster'

      Michelle Cobb hopes the Ethan Crumbley’s parents get “the maximum” after their son shot up a school. Getty Images Ethan Crumbley’s father spoiled him rotten — but was a deadbeat ... Read more »

      London has among lowest rates of booster jabs in England

      A person receives a dose of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a vaccination site at the Westfield shopping centre in London. (REUTERS) Covid-19 vaccine rates in London remain ... Read more »

      Sophie Raworth named interim host of BBC's Andrew Marr Show

      Raworth has been one of the main presenters of the BBC News At Six and Ten since 2003 (Getty Images) Sophie Raworth has been announced as the interim presenter of ... Read more »

      Everton fans plan mass walkout protest against Arsenal in angry gesture to board

      Everton fans are planning a mass walkout in their Premier League fixture with Arsenal on Monday night to protest against the club’s board. The Toffees are without a win in ... Read more »

      Dawson Devoy among 11 players to re-sign with Bohemians for 2022

      © Ben Brady INPHO Dawson Devoy has re-signed for Bohemians. DAWSON DEVOY IS among 11 players to have re-signed for Bohemians for 2022, the Dublin club have confirmed. Devoy, who ... Read more »

      Football fans unite and pay respect to murdered Arthur in sixth-minute tribute

      Football fans across the country have paid tribute to a six-year-old boy who was killed by his own family. Arthur Labinjo-Hughes died in June 2020 after being tortured by his ... Read more »

      Comelec: Over 100 party-list groups denied registration for Eleksyon 2022

      Comelec logo Comelec thumbnail The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has denied the applications of over 100 party-list groups that had sought to participate in the May 2022 polls. The poll ... Read more »

      Preparations for Khelo India Youth Games to be completed by 31 Dec: Khattar

      © Provided by The Statesman Preparations for Khelo India Youth Games to be completed by 31 Dec: Khattar Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, on Saturday, said all preparations would ... Read more »
      On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic