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Article

7 Mar 2014

Author:
Association Burundaise pour la protection de la Nature, ADEV-Actions pour les Droits, l'Environnement et la Vie (RDC), AFIEGO-Africa Institute for Energy Governance (Ouganda), Forest Peoples Program, Global Rights and other NGOs

[PDF] Great Lakes civil society organisations calling upon the Governments of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda to stop harassment against environmental and human rights defenders

...civil society organizations from Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda commenced the implementation of a...project to empower local communities in the above countries as a means to promote good governance in the management and exploitation of resources...NGOs and other civil society groups working to promote good governance (human and environmental rights) have continued to face threats of violence and death, intimidation and arrests from some state agents and hired gangs...There is a strong link between natural resource governance, and conflict risk and intimidation of civil society...severe actions [should be] taken against the intimidation and threats against NGOs and activists...[NGOs urge the]... Governments of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC...to respect individual liberties and support NGOs and civil society...to undertake independent investigations into the cases of harassment and intimidation to...human and environmental rights defenders...[to ensure] that the natural resources...are exploited...for the benefit of [the] people...

Part of the following timelines

Afrique : Des ONG appellent les pays de la région des Grands Lacs à mettre fin au harcèlement des défenseurs de l'environnement et des droits humains

Threats & attacks on rights groups and land & environmental defenders in Uganda