TotalEnergies responds to Le Monde newspaper article on Uganda
Friday, November 26, 2021, the French daily Le Monde published an article entitled “Oil exploitation project in Uganda: silence on black gold”. For the sake of transparency and completeness, TotalEnergies publishes below all the answers provided to the journalist’s ten questions before publication.
In addition, TotalEnergies encourages all those who want to have access to more information on the Tilenga & EACOP projects to consult the dedicated page on its website.
Regarding the violation of human rights, following criticisms and warnings from local and international NGOs as well as United Nations human rights reports, you have carried out several audits and reiterated your commitment not to accept any act of violence. towards human rights defenders or any other person. However, my stay in the field allowed me to realize that there is still a climate of fear. Members of NGOs, journalists and PAPs (Project Affected Persons) always claim to be victims of pressure or even violence when they want to express their disagreement with the way in which the expropriation process is conducted. They refer to the various security forces and your Atacama contractor.
TotalEnergies recognizes the importance of protecting affected people and human rights defenders, and does not accept threats or attacks against those who peacefully defend and promote human rights in relation to its activities. When necessary and as recommended by the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, TotalEnergies EP Uganda exercises its influence to encourage stakeholders and third parties to respect these principles.
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