An NGO requests the East African Court of Justice to demand the suspension of the production and export of crude oil in South Sudan. It hopes to examine its complaint against companies which it accuses of being responsible for releases into agricultural land.

Human rights group Hope for Humanity Africa has filed a complaint with the East African Court of Justice, seeking an injunction that will prevent international oil companies from producing and exporting oil. gross. The injunction also provides that the government and some companies operating in the country pay compensation of $ 720 million to communities affected by pollution in the states of Unity and Upper Nile.

Several discharges and oil spills have been reported in this region in recent years. In particular, they caused agricultural populations to lose more than 200,000 m 2 of cultivable land, explained Wani Santino Jada, lawyer for Hope for Humanity Africa.

“There have been too many oil spills in South Sudan and its states […]. Large areas of crops and pastures have been polluted, endangering the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people. What is happening is environmental genocide, ” said Jada.

The companies involved, China Petroleum Corp and Petroliam Nasional Bhd, declined to comment on the matter.

For his part, Awow Daniel Chuang, undersecretary at the Ministry of Petroleum, just said that the government is aware of the complaint. It should be recalled that an audit has been launched since last year by the authorities to locate responsibilities and assess the damage. But since then, nothing.

 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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