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NomoGaia's Human Rights Risk Assessment report of Tullow Oil's activities in Uganda; includes company's policy to manage identified risks

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31 December 2014

NomoGaia's Human Rights Risk Assessment report on Tullow Oil's operations in Uganda

Author: NomoGaia (USA)

"Tullow in Uganda – Human Rights Risks (then and now"  31 December 2014

In 2011 and 2012, NomoGaia conducted preliminary human rights risk analysis of the Tullow Oil Plc petroleum operations in the Albertine Graben of western Uganda. The aim was partly to evaluate the human rights risks of Tullows operations, and partly to see whether an early-stage, short-term evaluation of risks alone, rather than risks and opportunities, for human rights was possible.

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Report
31 December 2014

Tullow Oil's policy changes to manage risks

Author: NomoGaia (USA)

“Human Rights Risk Assessment Update”

Tullow and partner companies are aware of challenges in operating with respect for human rights in western Uganda. Policies and development plans underway are designed to mitigate potential negative impacts and maximize positives. Implementation challenges across a multitude of ethnic and geographical regions will require close monitoring by project staff. NomoGaia is hopeful that follow-up fieldwork will find the existing and planned interventions effective for safeguarding the rights of affected Ugandans in petroleum development areas.

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Report
31 March 2012

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Author: Nomogaia (USA)

"Human Rights Risk Assessment: Lake Albert Exploration Project"

Tullow was one of the first companies to begin modern oil exploration in Uganda and has invested considerable resources in the country, both for project development and local infrastructure. Given the economic potential for Uganda associated with petroleum development, Tullow has been under close public examination, particularly in the past year. As the project approaches the production phase, that scrutiny is likely to intensify. The Government of Uganda, recognizing this, has limited the public’s access to the project, manning checkpoints with presidential security guards and directing western embassies to avoid travel to the area. Tullow has not expressed a position on the government’s closed - door approach, however, NGOs that partnered with the company in the past have experienced increasing restrictions in access to areas they used to visit freely, which Tullow has taken no action to mitigate. The Project’s most significant current human rights risks stem from four areas: land management and resettlement…corruption...increasing militarization of the zone...[and] non-discrimination These general themes represent several overlapping human rights impacts that interact and compound to present severe risks.

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