• #Congo: miniere di cobalto e grandi interessi internazionali

    La narrazione dell’Africa come miniera del pianeta non è peregrina, e fonda le proprie basi su un’industria estrattiva che oggi è ricca e in fase espansiva. Dietro al dato aggregato, ossia che specialmente la parte centrale del continente contribuisce in maniera sostanziale al fabbisogno globale di materie prime, l’estrazione di alcuni minerali essenziali per l’industria tecnologica è perfino più significativa. Il cobalto in particolare è salito all’onore delle cronache economiche perché rappresenta una componente – quella che lascia incamerare elettroni – indispensabile delle batterie al litio; e queste ultime alimentano gran parte della tecnologia “mobile” del presente e del futuro: dagli smartphone alle automobili e alle biciclette elettriche.

    Probabilmente non esiste al mondo un paese che esemplifichi così bene la contraddizione tra ricchezza di risorse naturali e povertà della popolazione come la Repubblica Democratica del Congo (RDC) – l’ex Congo belga (da non confondere con la Repubblica del Congo, cioè l’ex Congo francese). Senza ombra di dubbio, le sue miniere sono le più ambite del pianeta: non solo per il quadro normativo molto elastico che ne regolamentava il funzionamento fino a poco tempo fa, ma soprattutto perché contribuiscono con una percentuale gargantuesca alla produzione mondiale.


    Si calcola che oltre il 53% del cobalto in circolazione nel 2016 veniva estratto in RDC (66mila tonnellate su circa 123mila). È comprensibile quindi che la RDC sia oggi una destinazione molto ambita per le multinazionali, sia quelle che si occupano di estrazione, sia quelle che muovono le migliaia di tonnellate estratte verso le raffinerie – localizzate per la maggior parte in Cina.

    In realtà, a dispetto dei potenziali vantaggi che tale posizione potrebbe portare al paese, la situazione in RDC è attualmente molto delicata: nonostante le grandi risorse, il paese trae un beneficio molto esiguo da questo traffico internazionale di materie prime. La Federazione delle Industrie della RDC stima che, sempre nel 2016, solamente 88 milioni di dollari siano entrati nelle casse dello stato come risultato dell’attività estrattiva legata al cobalto, a fronte di oltre 2.600 milioni di introito complessivo generato dalle multinazionali. Una percentuale praticamente insignificante. Ma nel 2018, il presidente Joseph Kabila, di comune accordo con il Ministro delle Miniere Martin Kwabelulu ha proposto una revisione sostanziale del codice che regolamenta lo sfruttamento delle risorse minerarie del paese (incluso chiaramente il cobalto), e quindi degli accordi transnazionali.

    Secondo molti, questo squilibrio fu inizialmente dettato dalla Banca Mondiale e dal Fondo Monetario Internazionale (FMI), al tempo creditore della RDC e di cui finanzia tutt’oggi lo sviluppo. Preoccupato di liberalizzare un mercato asfittico, negli accordi post bellici del 2002 il FMI impose una tassa molto esigua – appena del 2% –sull’estrazione e il trasferimento all’estero di rame e cobalto, una percentuale talmente bassa da rendere praticamente infruttifera (almeno per le casse pubbliche) l’intera produzione. Da allora però le tonnellate estratte sono più che raddoppiate, passando da 450.000 a oltre un milione. Per questo motivo, l’esplosione dell’industria del cobalto in RDC non ha un reale impatto sui conti dello Stato, e presenta un ritorno ancora minore sulla qualità della vita della popolazione: a titolo d’esempio, la RDC occupa criticamente il 176° posto sui 188 paesi del mondo classificati per lo Human Development Index dell’ONU.

    Nell’attuale contesto, e nonostante la citata revisione del codice di sfruttamento, diverse multinazionali hanno potuto beneficiare dei ricavi prodotti dalla ricchezza del sottosuolo congolese. Industrie come Glencore, CDM, Randgold, China Molybdenum e altre hanno indirizzato le loro attività in RDC; ad esempio, gli svizzeri di Glencore concentrano nelle loro mani uno spaventoso 35% dell’intera produzione mondiale. Nel corso del tempo, molte altre industrie hanno aperto stabilimenti in diretta prossimità dei siti estrattivi (da Volkswagen ad Apple, da Microsoft a Huawei) assicurandosi così una fetta cospicua della torta mineraria congolese.

    Questo quadro è aggravato dalle condizioni di lavoro in cui versano i minatori. Poiché il cobalto si presenta sotto forma di sedimenti dalle ridotte dimensioni, una parte significativa viene estratta a mano; oltretutto, spesso i filoni sono accessibili solamente attraverso tunnel angusti e scavati in modo rudimentale. Diverse organizzazioni non governative, ed in particolare Amnesty International e Afrewatch (che hanno pubblicato anni fa un rapporto congiunto) hanno denunciato le ripetute e continue violazioni dei diritti umani nelle miniere. Incidenti e morti bianche sono frequenti, specialmente nelle regioni del Katanga, dove le miniere costruite e gestite in maniera artigianale sono numerose. Gli orari di lavoro superano spesso le 12 ore giornaliere. Per di più, l’UNICEF ha stimato in circa 40.000 i bambini dai 3 ai 7 anni che lavorano quotidianamente nelle miniere; altre centinaia di migliaia di lavoratori operano in condizioni precarie che sfidano le più elementari regole sulla sicurezza del lavoro. Le (deboli) protezioni sindacali vengono facilmente aggirate, col risultato di gonfiare un traffico illegale di materie prime che elude i controlli e viene iniettato direttamente nei flussi di commercio internazionale.

    Il nuovo codice minerario è entrato in vigore nel 2018. Ha previsto un aumento della tassazione dal 2% al 10%, allineando così il Congo alla media mondiale del settore. Tuttavia, la nuova legislazione ha ricevuto critiche da tutte le parti in causa, a cominciare dagli attivisti per i diritti umani che accusano il governo di aver perso un’occasione per regolamentare le condizioni dei minatori. Altri hanno richiamato l’assenza di provvedimenti in grado di contrastare la dilagante corruzione, che è stata per anni un freno ad azioni più decise da parte del Governo. Il settore estrattivo ne ha messo in evidenza il pregiudizio economico ai propri danni.

    In ogni caso, queste misure avranno una conseguenza sul mercato del cobalto. A maggior ragione, se si pensa che la maggior parte delle risorse sono concentrate in poche industrie estrattive, e raffinate per l’80% in Cina: le condizioni ideali di mercato sono ben lontane. Alcuni ritengono che le nuove tasse governative impatteranno sul prezzo del cobalto, ricadendo poi sul prezzo dei prodotti finiti: e il prezzo del cobalto è già aumentato del 195% negli ultimi 5 anni.

    Si tratta di un effetto diretto e cruciale per il mercato globale. La domanda sta crescendo in maniera molto più rapida rispetto all’offerta, e può mettere a repentaglio la tenuta del prodotto in futuro. Alcuni colossi della tecnologia stanno cercando di creare batterie senza cobalto da immettere sul mercato globale, e le ultime generazioni ne utilizzano effettivamente una quantità sempre minore; tuttavia, nel breve periodo è difficile immaginare che il mondo stacchi la spina dal cobalto.

    https://aspeniaonline.it/congo-miniere-di-cobalto-e-grandi-interessi-internazionali
    #extractivisme #mines #cobalt #RDC #cartographie #visualisation #mondialisation #globalisation #travail #exploitation #enfants #enfance
    ping @albertocampiphoto @daphne

  • Sammy Baloji – interview: ‘I’m not interested in colonialism as a thing of the past, but in the continuation of that system’
    https://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/sammy-baloji-im-not-interested-in-colonialism-as-a-thing-of-the

    Sammy Baloji – interview: ‘I’m not interested in colonialism as a thing of the past, but in the continuation of that system’
    The Brussels-based Congolese artist talks about the past and present of colonialism and mineral extraction in the context of his recent exhibition at Salzburg’s Stadtgalerie Museumspavillon, Salzburg Summer Academy

    #colonialisme

    • #néo-colonialisme #continuum #extractivisme #Sammy_Baloji #art #exposition

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      #Extractive_Landscapes

      How is history reflected in landscape? How does an object give evidence of its own transformations, and how do these become visible? Sammy Baloji’s exhibition in Salzburg enquires how history is inscribed in artefacts and landscapes. The exhibition shows traces left by mining in the province of #Katanga, rich in raw materials, in the Democratic Republic of #Congo. Starting from the exploitation of natural resources in this region, Baloji examines processes of abstraction and transformation. Geological maps become abstract compositions when separated from their legends. The habit of a mineral is no longer recognisable in its geometric form. Photographs of rugged landscapes give only an indirect suggestion of human bodies that have laboured there. Even copper shell casings can be unresistingly turned to decorative account as flower vases.

      Thus the historical living conditions and work processes in the mining region are rendered invisible. The power exerted by global value-chains, operative here, is lost in perfectly alluring images and objects that negate their origin. The traces of mining in Salzburg are still clearly evident in the landscape and in the wealth of the town – though quite differently from those left in Katanga. Without suggesting direct parallels, the exhibition invites the viewer to take a close look at landscapes, and asks how images and objects operate as bearers of testimony.


      https://www.summeracademy.at/en/kurse/an-exhibition-by-sammy-baloji
      #paysage_extractif #RDC #géographie_culturelle #mines #travail #in/visibilisation #visibilité #invisibilité #pouvoir

      ping @albertocampiphoto

    • What I found particularly interesting in this article is how Salmmy Baloji made art about copper mining in Katanga relevant for a city like Salzburg, thereby drawing connections between, what many believe to be, incomparable cities.

  • RDC : la rougeole a fait plus de 2.700 morts en sept mois, selon MSF AFP - 17 Aout 2019 - RTBF

    Une épidémie de rougeole a provoqué plus de 2.700 décès entre janvier et début août en RDC, y faisant plus de morts en sept mois que la maladie à virus Ebola en un an, a rapporté Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) dans un tweet consulté samedi par l’AFP.

    « L’épidémie de rougeole déclarée le 10 juin dernier est la plus meurtrière que la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) ait connue depuis 2011-2012. Entre janvier et début août 2019, elle a infecté plus de 145.000 personnes et entraîné 2.758 morts », selon le tweet de MSF-RDC daté de vendredi.

    « Malgré l’ampleur de l’épidémie de rougeole en RDC, il y a un manque alarmant d’acteurs et de fonds. Avec 2,5 millions de dollars mobilisés sur les 8,9 millions requis pour le plan de réponse, le contraste avec l’urgence #Ebola, qui attire des centaines de millions de dollars, est frappant », ajoute l’organisation médicale humanitaire.

    . . . . . . .
    La rougeole atteint essentiellement les enfants à partir de l’âge de 5-6 mois et les jeunes adultes.

    La maladie à virus Ebola a totalisé 1.905 décès depuis sa déclaration le 1er août 2018, selon le dernier bilan des autorités sanitaires congolaises datant de mercredi.

    Mi-juillet, l’organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) avait alerté sur le fait que l’épidémie de rougeole tuait presqu’autant que les deux autres épidémies réunies : celles d’Ebola et de choléra. La rougeole avait alors fait 1.981 morts , contre 1.676 pour Ebola et 279 pour le choléra.

    Source : https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_rdc-la-rougeole-a-fait-plus-de-2-700-morts-en-sept-mois-selon-msf?id=102

    #rougeole #RDC #Congo #pauvreté #santé #vaccination #maladie #religion #afrique #microbes #mort #Ebola

  • farmlandgrab.org | Pourquoi aucune mesure n’est-elle prise pour arrêter l’assassin du défenseur foncier Joël Imbangola Lunea ?
    https://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/29107-pourquoi-aucune-mesure-n-est-elle-prise-pour-arreter-l-assassin-
    Original source : RIAO-RDC et al

    Vingt-quatre jours se sont écoulés depuis que le #défenseur_des_droits_foncier #Joël_Imbangola Lunea a été brutalement tué par le chef de la sécurité de la compagnie canadienne d’#huile_de_palme #Feronia Inc. à #Bempumba, dans la province de l’Équateur de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Joël Imbangola Lunea était membre de l’organisation non gouvernementale de la #RDC, RIAO-RDC (Réseau d’information et d’appui aux ONG).

    Plus de 115 000 personnes et plus de 120 organisations de la RDC et du monde entier ont signé des pétitions appelant à une enquête sur le #meurtre de Mr Imbangola et à une arrestation immédiate du suspect. Malgré la protestation international, la police locale n’a pas réussi à prendre des mesures et à arrêter le suspect du meurtre, alors même qu’elle savait où il se trouvait.

    #impunité

  • Amusant : les « marchés » se sont plantés en spéculant sur l’essor des véhicules électriques. Le #lithium n’a plus la cote.

    La voiture électrique en panne de batterie n’a plus la cote : le prix du lithium s’effondre | Atlantico.fr
    https://www.atlantico.fr/decryptage/3577463/la-voiture-electrique-en-panne-de-batterie-n-a-plus-la-cote--le-prix-du-li

    Les anticipations de besoin en lithium depuis 2015 avaient déclenché une spéculation effrénée et du coup, fait exploser les prix et les investissements. Depuis quelques mois, les marchés ont pris conscience que la demande en batterie pour les voitures électriques ne serait pas aussi importante que l’ampleur des mouvements écologistes le laissait présager. Les prix se sont retournés à la baisse.

    .../...

    L’offre de véhicule électrique est devenue excédentaire et les constructeurs notent une évolution dans le comportement du consommateur. La voiture électrique est certes plus propre à l’usage que la voiture à carburation, mais son bilan carbone est-il véritablement meilleur que la voiture à essence (ou même au diesel), compte tenu des progrès technologiques réalisés sur les moteurs, compte tenu de la pollution entrainée par l’exploitation du lithium et des difficultés de recyclage des vieilles batteries. Sans parler des difficultés de recharge des batteries qui limitent actuellement le développement de l’électrique.

    #accaparement (spéculatif)

  • Voiture électrique : l’industrie du lithium en surcapacité
    https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/green-business/voiture-electrique-l-industrie-du-lithium-en-surcapacite-825230.html

    Entre production accélérée de ce composant essentiel des batteries et croissance ralentie du marché du véhicule électrique dans le monde, les prix ont chuté de 30% depuis la mi-2018, et la filière souffre. Mais les industriels veulent être prêts pour le vrai décollage de la voiture électrique, sur lequel tout le monde s’accorde sans en connaître précisément l’échéance.

    Entre 2015 et 2019, les cours du lithium ont triplé. Une conséquence logique pour ce composant central des batteries lithium-ion, aujourd’hui les plus répandues pour les véhicules électriques, alors que le marché mondial franchissait le cap des 5 millions de véhicules.

    Mais les efforts menés pour accroître la production se sont avérés trop efficaces, alors que la croissance des ventes connaissait ses premiers ralentissements, notamment en Chine, premier marché au monde. Pourtant, elles y ont enregistré une hausse de 90% au premier trimestre 2019 en comparaison de l’année précédente. Mais c’est deux fois moins que la hausse observée sur la même période entre 2017 et 2018.

    Or, dans le même temps, six nouvelles mines ont ouvert en Australie depuis 2017 et le premier producteur mondial prévoit d’accroître sa production de 23% dans les deux prochaines années. Le Chili, autre gros producteur, prévoirait de doubler la sienne dans les quatre ans. Logiquement, cette situation de surcapacité a entraîné un effondrement des prix de 30% depuis la mi-2018.

    Mais cela ne semble pas s’arrêter là car Morgan Stanley s’attend à voir le prix de la tonne de lithium en provenance d’Amérique du sud passer prochainement sous la barre des 10.000 dollars et le prix moyen converger dans une fourchette de 7.000 à 8.100 dollars la tonne à l’horizon 2025.

    Et les producteurs doivent faire face à d’autres difficultés, notamment un goulet d’étranglement dans la chaîne de valeur au stade de la transformation du minerai brut en produit fini, des temps plus longs de mise en service de leurs installations ou encore de moins bonnes conditions de crédit.

  • Briefing: How Congo’s Ebola epidemic became the world’s second deadliest

    More than 11 months after an Ebola outbreak was declared in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the viral disease has claimed more than 1,500 lives, infected 2,244 people, and spread across the border into neighbouring Uganda, where two deaths and three suspected cases were reported mid-June. A new confirmed case just 43 miles from South Sudan’s border was reported Monday.


    https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news/2019/07/02/Ebola-outbreak-congo-epidemic-attacks-community
    #ébola #ebola #Congo #épidémie #RDC #république_Démocratique_du_congo #Ouganda
    ping @fil

  • New #Ebola outbreak in DRC is ’truly frightening’, says Wellcome Trust director - BBC News

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48615667

    The head of a major medical research charity has called the latest outbreak of Ebola in central Africa “truly frightening”.

    Nearly 1,400 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Dr Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said the epidemic was the worst since that of 2013-16 and has showed “no sign of stopping”.

    #rdc #santé

  • #RDC : la #dépendance_agricole du #Katanga

    Elle est connue pour ses richesses minières. Mais on le dit assez peu, avec 80 millions d’hectares de terres arables, la RDC pourrait aussi devenir un géant agricole. Au lieu de quoi, elle importe une grande partie de ses denrées alimentaires de base.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/1137405822454181889/7tl5sZSh?format=png&name=600x314
    https://information.tv5monde.com/video/rdc-la-dependance-agricole-du-katanga
    #République_démocratique_du_Congo #alimentation #dépendance_alimentaire #importations

  • #PLAIDOYER POUR L’OUVERTURE DES FRONTIÈRES ET LA LIBRE CIRCULATION DES ÊTRES HUMAINS À L’ÉCHELLE MONDIALE : CAS DE LA DIASPORA DE LA RD CONGO.

    https://www.emmaus-international.org/images/site/menu/qui-sommes-nous/emmaus-monde/europe/danemark/GTU/docs_FR/Julien_K_M_Murhula_migration.pdf
    #RDC #Congo #République_démocratique_du_congo #ouverture_des_frontières #libre_circulation

    signalé par @karine4, qui commente :

    dans ce plaidoyer pour l’ouverture des frontières écrit par un Congolais de la diaspora, beaucoup d’éléments sur les #transferts_financiers, notamment en comparaison avec l’#aide_publique_au_développement.

    #APD #remittances

  • Congo Ebola response must be elevated to maximum level, UN told | Global development | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/29/congo-ebola-response-must-be-elevated-to-maximum-level-un-told

    The UN has been urged by charities to ramp up Ebola prevention work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the highest level of emergency response.

    Only three crises – Yemen, Syria and Mozambique – are treated as the equivalent of a level-three response, activated when agencies are unable to meet needs on the ground.

    Charities including Mercy Corps and Oxfam said the same declaration should also be made in DRC, following a recent acceleration in the spread of Ebola.

    Almost 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded since the outbreak began in August. As of Monday, 1,287 people have died from the disease.

    #santé #ebola #rdc

  • #Patrice_Lumumba: the most important assassination of the 20th century | Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja | Global development | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/17/patrice-lumumba-50th-anniversary-assassination

    Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was assassinated 50 years ago today, on 17 January, 1961. This heinous crime was a culmination of two inter-related assassination plots by American and Belgian governments, which used Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad to carry out the deed.

    #afrique #rdc #résistance

    • Thomas Giefer, le grand réalisateur de films documentaires sur le mouvement ’68 en Allemagne a retrouvé l’un des membres belges du commado qui a assassiné Patrice Lumumba. En 1999 peu de temps avant sa mort celui-ci donne sa version des événements dans un film qui retrace les développements qui ont mené à la mort du premier ministre congolais. Dan le film Thomas Giefer parle aussi avec l’assassin de la CIA chargé de l’exécution.

      Oui, il y a des sous-titres !

      Patrice Lumumba - Mord im Kolonialstil (2000)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOwPERiRyOw

      AGDOK - Mitglieder | Thomas Giefer | Film / Funk, Journalist | Vita
      http://member.agdok.de/de_DE/members_detail/8097/vita

      Thomas Giefer | DFFB
      https://dffb-archiv.de/dffb/thomas-giefer

      Thomas Giefer
      https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Giefer

      Harun Farocki Institut » Thomas Giefer
      https://www.harun-farocki-institut.org/en/tag/thomas-giefer-en

      Instructions on how to Pull off Police Helmets

      News from the archive : INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PULL OFF POLICE HELMETS and UNTITLED OR : NIXON COMES TO BERLIN, both made in 1969.
      https://www.harun-farocki-institut.org/en/2017/11/30/november-2017-instructions-on-how-to-pull-off-police-helmets

      Farocki presumed the films to be lost. Surprisingly, they resurfaced just now, in November 2017. Thomas Giefer , dffb student of the year 1967 and one of the 18 students relegated in 1968, found them among the films he kept from the time.

      Here’s an image from INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PULL OFF POLICE HELMETS, filmed from the Steenbeck by Giefer.

      Farocki about the film: »According to Fritz J. Raddatz, Rosa Luxemburg cried when she read Marx’s concept of value. I was just as disappointed by the Cine-Tracts made in May 1968 in Paris and shown shortly afterwards in Berlin.

      I must have been expecting something more like television news coverage; in much the same way, each crowd which saw our handbill films during those years was similarly disappointed. Because we didn’t make ‘real’ films, as my mother called them, it seemed to them that their cause wasn’t being acknowledged in suitably official form, something which workers’ films and Fassbinder were later to achieve.

      We made this spot during one of the many breaks in filming a somewhat reckless film about playgroups by Susanne Beyeler. Wolfgang Gremm stripped naked on a flat roof and played a policeman. We played on the anti-humanist provocation of showing, purely technically, how to fight a policeman, but didn’t go so far as to use an androgynous, long-haired actor – something which Gremm, the fattest and shortest-haired of us all, accepted with a grin.«

      #Congo #Kongo #film #histoire #Berlin #1968

  • Tout ce qui brille n’est pas #or : la branche de l’or sous le feu des critiques

    La #Suisse occupe une position de leader mondial dans le commerce de l’or. Mais l’#or_brut raffiné dans notre pays provient parfois de #mines douteuses. La pression augmente pour plus de #responsabilité éthique au sein de la branche des #matières_premières.

    « Il ne peut être totalement exclu que de l’or produit en violation des #droits_de_l’homme soit importé en Suisse. » Voilà la conclusion explosive à laquelle parvient le Conseil fédéral dans un #rapport portant sur le marché de l’or et les droits humains, publié en novembre dernier. Donnant suite à un postulat parlementaire, ce rapport a permis de faire quelque peu la lumière sur une branche qui privilégie la discrétion.

    Le secteur de l’or joue un rôle important pour la Suisse, qui concentre 40 % des capacités de #raffinage mondiales et héberge les activités de quatre des neuf leaders mondiaux du secteur. Les raffineries d’or telles qu’#Argor-Heraeus, #Metalor, #Pamp ou #Valcambi travaillent l’or brut importé ou refondent des ouvrages en or déjà existants. En 2017, plus de 2400 tonnes d’or ont été importées pour un montant de presque 70 milliards de francs, ce qui correspond à environ 70 % de la production mondiale. L’or brut provient de quelque 90 pays, y compris des pays en développement tels que le #Burkina_Faso, le #Ghana ou le #Mali, qui dépendent fortement de ces exportations.

    Des conditions précaires dans les petites mines

    À l’échelle mondiale, environ 80 % de l’or brut est extrait dans des mines industrielles. 15 % à 20 % proviennent de petites mines artisanales, dans lesquelles les conditions de #travail et la protection de l’#environnement s’avèrent souvent précaires. Néanmoins, les mines assurent l’existence de millions de familles : dans le monde entier, ces mines artisanales emploient plus de 15 millions de personnes, dont 4,5 millions de femmes et 600 000 enfants, particulièrement exposés aux violations des droits humains. Certains pays comme le #Pérou ou l’#Éthiopie tentent pourtant de réguler le secteur, par exemple en accordant des licences d’#extraction. Mais la mise en œuvre n’est pas simple et les contrôles sur place tendent à manquer.

    Il y a peu, un cas de commerce illégal d’or au Pérou a fait la une des médias. En mars 2018, les autorités douanières locales ont confisqué près de 100 kg d’or de l’entreprise exportatrice #Minerales_del_Sur. Cet or aurait dû parvenir à la raffinerie suisse Metalor. Le cas est désormais entre les mains de la #justice péruvienne. Le ministère public suspecte Minerales del Sur, qui comptait parfois plus de 900 fournisseurs, d’avoir acheté de l’or de mines illégales. Aucune procédure pénale n’a encore été ouverte. Metalor indique avoir bloqué toute importation d’or péruvien depuis la #confiscation et soutient qu’elle n’a acquis ce métal précieux qu’auprès de mines agissant en toute légalité.

    Une origine difficilement identifiable

    Selon le rapport du Conseil fédéral, l’or brut raffiné en Suisse provient en majeure partie de mines industrielles. Néanmoins, les détails restent flous. En effet, les statistiques d’importation disponibles ne permettent d’identifier clairement ni la provenance, ni la méthode de production. Ainsi, le Conseil fédéral conseille à la branche de se montrer plus transparente au niveau de l’origine, par exemple dans la #déclaration_douanière. Par contre, notre gouvernement ne voit aucune raison d’agir quant à l’obligation de diligence et renvoie aux standards de durabilité volontaires de la branche. De plus, la Suisse soutient la mise en œuvre des principes de l’OCDE sur la promotion de chaînes d’approvisionnement responsables pour les #minerais provenant de zones de conflit ou à haut risque. Cela doit permettre d’éviter que le commerce de l’or alimente des #conflits_armés, par exemple en #RDC. Enfin, le Conseil fédéral souhaite examiner si la technologie de la #blockchain – soit des banques de données décentralisées –, pourrait améliorer la #traçabilité de l’or.

    Les #multinationales ciblées par l’initiative

    Pour le Conseil fédéral, inutile de renforcer les bases légales. Il mise plutôt sur l’auto-régulation de la branche qui, selon lui, est soumise à une forte concurrence internationale. Les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) ne sont pas les seules à ne pas approuver cette attitude pro-économie. Ainsi, dans un commentaire sur swissinfo.ch, le professeur de droit pénal et expert anti-corruption bâlois Mark Pieth parle d’un véritable autogoal. Selon lui, le Conseil fédéral accorde plus d’importance aux affaires qu’aux droits humains et fournit des armes supplémentaires aux partisans de l’Initiative multinationales responsables. Celle-ci, soumise en 2016 par quelque 50 ONG, a pour but que les entreprises suisses et leurs fournisseurs étrangers soient tenus responsables des violations des droits humains et des atteintes à l’environnement. Pieth reproche surtout aux auteurs du rapport de rejeter l’entière responsabilité des problèmes directement sur le secteur des petites mines artisanales. Pour lui, les multinationales sont souvent responsables de l’accumulation de #déchets toxiques, de la #contamination des eaux et de l’appropriation des #terres des communautés locales.

    Les sondages montrent que cette initiative bénéficie d’un fort capital de sympathie auprès de la population. Le Conseil national a tenté de mettre des bâtons dans les roues des initiants en lançant un contre-projet. Il prévoyait ainsi de compléter le droit des sociétés par des dispositions relatives à la responsabilité. Le Conseil des États n’a néanmoins rien voulu entendre. En mars, une majorité de la petite chambre du Parlement a rejeté l’initiative sans pour autant entrer en matière sur une contre-proposition. Le conseiller aux États Ruedi Noser (PLR, Zurich) a, par exemple, averti que ces dispositions relatives à la responsabilité entraîneraient des inconvénients de taille pour les entreprises suisses. Pour lui, l’économie suisse pourrait même devoir se retirer de nombreux pays. Le Conseil national a remis l’ouvrage sur le métier. Si les deux chambres ne parviennent pas à un accord, l’initiative pourrait être soumise au peuple sans contre-projet. Aucune date n’a encore été fixée.

    Le « Vreneli d’or » populaire

    La pièce d’or la plus connue de Suisse est le « #Vreneli_d’or ». Cette pièce de monnaie arborant le buste d’Helvetia a été émise entre 1887 et 1949. L’or utilisé à l’époque provenait de pays européens. En tout, 58,6 millions de pièces avec une valeur nominale de 20 francs furent mises en circulation. S’y ajoutèrent 2,6 millions de pièces de dix francs et 5000 avec une valeur nominale de 100 francs.

    Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, le Vreneli d’or est resté un cadeau populaire et un placement simple. De nos jours, la pièce de 20 francs avec une part d’or de 5,8 grammes a une valeur d’environ 270 francs et peut être échangée dans n’importe quelle banque de Suisse. Bien évidemment, les éditions rares sont aussi plus précieuses. Ainsi, un Vreneli datant de 1926 vaut jusqu’à 400 francs. Les collectionneurs acquièrent aussi volontiers des pièces frappées entre 1904 et 1906 pour environ 300 francs. Le Vreneli d’or doit probablement son nom à l’ancienne représentation d’Helvetia. En effet, avec ses cheveux tressés, elle rappelait plutôt une jeune paysanne qu’une solide mère patrie.


    https://www.revue.ch/fr/editions/2019/03/detail/news/detail/News/tout-ce-qui-brille-nest-pas-or-la-branche-de-lor-sous-le-feu-des-critiques
    #extractivisme #droits_humains #transparence

    ping @albertocampiphoto

    • #Metalor cuts ties with small mines over sustainable gold

      Swiss gold refinery Metalor Technologies has announced it will no longer deal with artisanal mining operations. The company cites the increasing cost of ensuring that gold is being produced by small mines in compliance with human rights and environmental standards.

      Metalor has come under repeated fire for doing business with gold mines in South America that care neither for their workers or surrounding habitat. Some of the gold being refined has also been linked by NGOs to money laundering.

      The company has refuted many of the charges being levelled at it by human rights groups. But it had nevertheless already ceased doing business with artisanal mines in Peru last year whilst declaring self-regulated measures to combat abuses in the gold trade. Monday’s announcement also signals the end to its artisanal activities in Colombia.

      Pressure groups has complained that Metalor’s due diligence was failing to spot back doors through which “dirty gold” was allegedly reaching the refinery.

      “The increasing complexity of the supply chain in this sector makes it increasingly difficult for Metalor to continue its commercial relations with artisanal mining operations,” said Metalor CEO, Antoine de Montmollin, in a statement.

      “Metalor regrets this well-considered decision, but we will not compromise on defending a more sustainable value chain in the gold sector.”
      ’Skirting the issue’

      Mark Pieth, a champion for greater accountability in the Swiss commodities sector, slammed the refinery’s decision. He believes that cutting ties with trouble spots in response to criticism is not the answer because it strips entire communities of their livelihood.

      “It’s really skirting the issue because in fact the refineries should take responsibility and they should be helping to clean up rather than just cutting and running,” Pieth, who is publishing a book on gold laundering this month, told swissinfo.ch.

      Pieth also points that sourcing gold exclusively from large-scale mining is no guarantee of a problem free supply chain. Large-scale mining has been associated with environmental pollution, as well as with the displacement and expropriation of indigenous communities.

      Hosting four of the world’s major refineries, Switzerland has virtually cornered the market in gold processing. In 2017, the country imported 2,404 tonnes of gold (worth a total of CHF69.6 billion or $69.7 billion) while 1,684 tonnes were exported (CHF66.6 billion).

      Last year, the government issued a report of the gold sector and said it was working with the industry to improve “sustainability standards”.

      If Swiss refineries shun artisanal gold, this will likely be snatched up by refineries in the United Arab Emirates or India that care even less about following good practices, noted Pieth.


      https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/compliance-costs_swiss-gold-refinery-turns-back-on-artisanal-miners/45036052

      ping @albertocampiphoto

    • Boycotting artisanal gold miners is not the answer

      Switzerland’s anti-corruption champion #Mark_Pieth thinks Metalor was wrong to drop artisanal miners.
      The sudden decision by the giant Swiss refinery Metalor to throw a blanket ban on gold from small-scale mines in Colombia and Peru is an understandable knee-jerk reaction to growing public horror at the human rights, environmental and organised crime issues linked to artisanal mining.

      Yet it is a short-sighted business decision, or rather, wilfully blind.

      It is true that conditions in many artisanal mines and their surrounding communities can be appalling and dangerous – particularly illegal mines hijacked by organised criminals rather than traditional mining communities where the activity is merely informal.

      I have seen with my own eyes women handling mercury with their bare hands and men working 28-day shifts in slave-like conditions in precarious tunnels carved into the rockface, surviving in shanty towns notorious for gun violence, forced prostitution and hijacking like Peru’s La Rinconada.

      But – and it’s a big but – if other refineries follow suit rather than engaging with the issues and trying to solve them, it will be catastrophic for the 100 million people worldwide who rely on artisanal mining for their livelihoods.

      About 80% of miners work in small-scale mines, but generate only 20% of the 3,200 tonnes of newly mined gold that is refined worldwide every year. The remaining 80% of our gold comes from sprawling industrial mines owned by powerful corporations like US-based Newmont Mining and the Canadian multinational Barrick Gold.

      Firstly, it is simply not economically possible to disregard 20% of the world’s gold production. If responsible refineries refuse artisanal gold, it will instead end up in the cauldrons of poorly regulated refineries with zero care for compliance in the United Arab Emirates or India.

      Secondly, it is a basic factual mistake to believe that gold from large-scale industrial mines is any cleaner than artisanal gold.

      Toxic substances leech into drinking water supplies and major rivers with fatal consequences, through the collapse of cyanide pools (such as the Baia Mare disaster in Romania) or toxic mine drainage after the mines are abandoned. Huge piles of contaminated waste rubble, or tailings, turn landscapes into no-go wastelands.

      Violent land-grabbing facilitated by corruption is common: in Ghana, there is even a word, galamsey, for traditional miners pushed into illegality through forced displacement without compensation.

      Most importantly, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in its Alignment Assessment 2018 deplores the “risk-averse approach to sourcing” that Metalor has been panicked into taking, and this form of “internal embargo” on artisanal mining. It’s not hard to see why: it doesn’t solve the problems faced by artisanal miners, but instead takes away their only source of livelihood while allowing the refinery to tick a box and turn a blind eye.

      So, what should Metalor and other responsible gold refineries with the collective power to change the industry do?

      First, acknowledge the scale of the problems and show willingness to engage – with the problems and with others trying to solve them.

      Second, pinpoint the obvious no-go areas. Gold coming from conflict areas (like Sudan) or mined by children (child miners are common in many countries, including Burkina Faso, Niger and Côte d’Ivoire), for example.

      And third, work together with other refineries to jointly tackle the issues of artisanal mining and help raise standards for those 100 million impoverished people who rely on it.

      Metalor cites “resources to secure compliance” as a reason for its blanket ban on artisanally mined gold. But the cost of proper, transparent audits tracing back through the entire gold supply chain is mere pocket money for a refinery of this size – and if the refineries engage in collective action, it’s a matter of gold dust.

      https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/opinion_metalor--mark-pieth-gold/45037966
      #boycott

  • En plein cœur de Kinshasa : une rivière de plastique Esmeralda Labye - 19 Mai 2019 - RTBF
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_en-plein-c-ur-de-kinshasa-une-riviere-de-plastique?id=10224885

    Une rivière de plastique au cœur de la capitale de la République démocratique du Congo. Ce sont les correspondants de Media Congo Press qui ont alerté l’opinion publique et les journalistes étrangers. Les affluents du fleuve Congo sont chargés de déchets. Des détritus qui se retrouvent ensuite sur les berges du fleuve puis dans l’océan Atlantique.


    En plein cœur de Kinshasa : une rivière de plastique - © Tous droits réservés

    On se croirait dans une décharge publique. Les bouteilles flottent sur l’eau. Elles recouvrent toute la surface de la rivière. Des gosses marchent sur ce tapis de plastique dans l’indifférence presque générale.


    En plein cœur de Kinshasa : une rivière de plastique - © Tous droits réservés

    « Ça a commencé en 2003-2004, l’entassement des déchets plastiques et les gens qui jettent les déchets plastiques » explique Eric Katankupole, un habitant de la commune de Kalamu. « Surtout lorsqu’il pleut, tout le monde profite de jeter les ordures sous la pluie, dans la rivière de Kalamu. »


    En plein cœur de Kinshasa : une rivière de plastique - © Tous droits réservés

    Une triste réalité qui implique d’autres rivières, d’autres cours d’eau.
    . . . . . . . .

    #RDC #Congo #plastique #pollution #déchets #environnement #recyclage #it_has_begun #écologie #catastrophe #Afrique #brèves_d'afrique_et_d'ailleurs #civilisation #capitalisme #exportation #civilisation

  • Agriculture en RDC : un collectif d’associations appelle à soutenir les familles plutôt que les industriels
    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/04/17/agriculture-en-rdc-un-collectif-d-associations-appelle-a-soutenir-les-famill

    « Nous demandons à la Banque mondiale et à la Banque africaine de développement de soutenir en priorité l’agriculture familiale et le désenclavement des zones rurales », a déclaré ce collectif de quatre associations au cours d’une conférence de presse mardi à Kinshasa.

    Ces associations demandent à la Banque mondiale de « tirer les leçons de la débâcle » du parc agro-industriel de Bukanga Lonzo, une exploitation de 75 000 hectares lancée en 2014 sous la présidence de Joseph Kabila à 220 km à l’est de la capitale. Avec l’appui d’un partenaire sud-africain, Africom Commodities, les autorités congolaises voulaient dépasser la petite agriculture de subsistance.
    « Concentration de la richesse »

    Le projet n’a jamais véritablement été mis en œuvre hormis l’ouverture de six points de vente à Kinshasa, mégalopole de 12 millions d’habitants. La production est au point mort. Africom réclame à la RDC le remboursement de 20 millions de dollars (17,67 millions d’euros).

    Africom est une entreprise sud-africaine
    #agriculture #agro-industrie

  • “Caoutchouc rouge, rouge coltan”, petit bijou d’animation sur le Congo Grégoire Lalieu - 28 Mars 2019 - Investgaction
    https://www.investigaction.net/fr/caoutchouc-rouge-rouge-coltan-petit-bijou-danimation-sur-le-congo

    “Caoutchouc rouge, rouge coltan” nous raconte l’histoire d’Abo Ikoyo, une étudiante belgo-congolaise qui, pour un travail d’école, doit se replonger dans ses souvenirs de famille. C’est le prétexte que saisit avec justesse Jean-Pierre Griez pour explorer l’histoire du Congo et remonter le fil jusqu’à aujourd’hui.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Z7_u8EdY-DM

    Les souvenirs d’Abo Ikoyo remontent en effet à l’époque coloniale, celles des mains coupées et des expéditions punitives. Jean-Pierre Griez nous rappelle ainsi le sombre épisode des grottes de Tshamakélé. En 1899, le chef des sanga, Mulumé Niama, et 127 de ses hommes y trouvèrent refuge après avoir résisté à une attaque de l’armée belge. Les colons assiégèrent les grottes pendant plusieurs semaines. Finalement, ils en bloquèrent toutes les issues avant d’y bouter le feu. Pris au piège, Mulumé Niama et ses hommes périrent dans le massacre.

    Le racisme, l’apartheid, les exactions, l’assassinat de Lumumba… Abo Ikoyo remonte le fil de ses souvenirs avec l’exploitation des richesses du Congo en toile de fond. Petit à petit, le spectateur découvre que les choses n’ont pas tellement changé. Le caoutchouc hier, le coltan aujourd’hui. Les richesses du Congo font toujours l’objet de convoitises néocoloniales, pour le plus grand malheur de ses habitants.

    “Ce qui était important pour moi, c’était d’aborder les événements historiques pour comprendre ce qui se passe maintenant, explique Jean-Pierre Griez. Hier, le Congo subissait la guerre pour le caoutchouc. Aujourd’hui, ce sont pour des minerais très précieux comme le coltan qui sert à fabriquer nos smartphones et nos tablettes. Des multinationales européennes sont impliquées. D’ailleurs, le lobby Business Europe bloque toujours le projet de traçabilité des minerais. ”

    Ainsi, “Caoutchouc rouge, rouge coltan” ne se contente pas d’ouvrir une page de l’histoire. Ce qui n’est déjà pas une mince affaire tant la Belgique peine encore à ouvrir les yeux sur son passé colonial. Le film dessine aussi les contours d’un modèle économique basé sur l’exploitation et la course au profit maximum. Un modèle économique qui a traversé le temps et qui explique bien des drames.

    Jean-Pierre Griez signe une nouvelle fois un petit bijou d’animation où les marionnettes donnent vie au récit. Une façon de prendre le recul nécessaire pour aborder, avec les petits comme les grands, un sujet grave qui invite à la réflexion.

    Déjà diffusé à Mons, Namur, Liège et Bruxelles, “Caoutchouc rouge, rouge coltan”, sera encore projeté le 29 mars à 22 heures au Centre culturel Bruegel à Bruxelles, le 23 avril à 20 heures au Palace à Bruxelles et le 5 mai à 16 heures dans une version sous-titrée en néerlandais dans le cadre de l’Afrikafilmfestival au M Museum de Leuven. Le 17 mai à 12h30, séance de rattrapage au Plaza-Art de Mons. Notons enfin qu’un dossier pédagogique est également à disposition des enseignants qui souhaiteraient diffuser le film dans leur école.

    Plus d’infos sur le site du Village du Monde : https://levillagedumonde.blogspot.com

    #Congo #coltan #rdc #racisme #apartheid #exactions #téléphone_portable #mobile #guerre #téléphone #matières_premières #minerais #téléphone_mobile #tantale #travail_des_enfants #responsabilité #guerre-civile #matières-premières #téléphone-portable

  • Bassin du Congo : une ONG dénonce les pratiques des entreprises forestières

    Dans un #rapport, l’ONG Environmental Investigation Agency montre que la situation ne s’améliore pas dans les #forêts_tropicales du #bassin_du_Congo, deuxième poumon de la planète après l’Amazonie. Selon ses conclusions, les entreprises forestières coupent sans respecter les lois et pratiquent l’#évasion_fiscale, avec l’aide de personnalités haut placées et la complicité des pays consommateurs.

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/250319/bassin-du-congo-une-ong-denonce-les-pratiques-des-entreprises-forestieres?
    #déforestation #forêts

    Pour télécharger le rapport :
    Toxic Trade : Forest Crime in #Gabon and the Republic of #Congo and Contamination of the US Market
    https://eia-global.org/reports/20190325-toxic-trade
    #RDC

  • #RDC:_L’ELECTION_DES_GOUVERNEURS PROGRAMME AU 10/04...
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/radiografi/rdc-l-election-des-gouverneurs-programme-au-10-04-

    L’ELECTION DES GOUVERNEURS EST PROGRAMME AU 10/04, LA CENI (NANGAA) IGNORE T-ELLE LA DECISION DU PRESIDENT ? SI OUI, QUE CE QUI SE PASSE A KINSHASA ?

    #radio_panik #studio1bis #radiografi #radio_panik,studio1bis,radiografi,RDC:_L’ELECTION_DES_GOUVERNEURS
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/radiografi/rdc-l-election-des-gouverneurs-programme-au-10-04-_06421__1.mp3

  • Israel wants to deport 300 refugees to one of the world’s most dangerous countries

    It was nine years ago that Julie Wabiwa Juliette narrowly fled her home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Israel, where she has since built a life. Juliette, 33, married another Congolese refugee, Christian Mutunwa, and together they raise two children.

    The Congolese are legal residents of Israel, with some in the community having lived in the country for 20 years. The majority arrived between 1999 and 2009, during and following the Second Congo war, considered the world’s deadliest crisis since World War II. Until now, the Congolese, 3o0 in total, were protected under a policy referred to by the Interior Ministry as “general temporary protection.” They have B1 visas, which entitles them to live and work in Israel as any other foreign nationals do. Moreover, each of them also has a pending asylum request.

    This is in contrast with the much larger population of Sudanese and Eritreans, who are regarded by the government as “illegal infiltrators” and have no legal status.

    Now, Israel seeks to deport the Congolese. In October 2018, the Interior Ministry announced that Congolese group protection would terminate on January 5, at which point they would be forced to leave. The decision was made by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri based on an assessment by the Foreign Ministry that there is “no impediment to the expatriation” of Israel’s Congolese population.

    Not a single Congolese asylum seeker abided by the state’s deadline. It passed without much fanfare, after which the Interior Ministry issued 10 deportation notices, while rejecting a number of visa renewal applications. The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, an Israeli NGO that protects the rights of asylum seekers, migrant workers, and victims of human trafficking, successfully appealed to the Jerusalem District Court, which suspended the deportations and forced the state to continue renewing the visas. The Interior Ministry has until February 20 to appeal the court’s decision.

    “The court was on our side and made the state continue to renew visas,” says Shira Abbo, spokesperson for the Hotline. “For now, the Congolese are safe.”

    Their future, however, remains uncertain. Sabine Hadad, spokesperson for the Israeli Interior Ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority, confirmed that despite the delays, the ministry has decided to “stop the collective protection for Congolese in Israel.” Hadad says the Interior Ministry will then look into those with open asylum requests; the community will continue to receive work permit visas until an official decision is handed down.

    Less than one percent of asylum claimants in Israel receives refugee status, according to Hotline. “Our experience with the Israeli asylum system is not a good one,” says Abbo. “We know that the system is designed to reject everyone.”

    A rejection means deportation or staying in Israel illegally like Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers. For many in the Congolese community, repatriation is a death sentence. Israel is the only country to revoke protection for its Congolese refugee community.

    Julie Wabiwa Juliette tells me about the circumstances in which she left her hometown of Bukavu in the DRC as we sit in her colorful, sparsely decorated apartment in Holon. Her two children, Yonatan, 8, and Joanna, 5, greet me in French, the official language in their parents’ home country, although they also speak Hebrew. They were both born in Israel.

    Bukavu, a small city of just under a million inhabitants, is situated on the southern banks of Lake Kivu on Congo’s eastern most border. Remnants of colonialism are apparent even in its skyline. The bright roofs of the more than 100 Art Deco buildings constructed by the Belgians a century ago dot the hillsides. Just a stone’s throw away is Rwanda, on the opposite side of the Ruzizi River.

    It is in this otherwise picturesque landscape where much of the conflict that has ravaged the DRC for more than two decades has taken place.

    The Congolese eventually bucked the Belgian colonial yolk in 1960 and the Republic of Congo became a sovereign nation. Military dictator Mobutu Sese Seko changed the name to Zaire in 1971. The Central African nation was an American Cold War proxy but floundered following the collapse of the Berlin Wall and subsequent withdrawal of U.S. support.

    The First Congo War began two years after the 1994 Rwanda genocide, which precipitated a refugee crisis in eastern Zaire. The 1996 rebellion, backed by a coalition of Central African countries — though primarily fomented by Rwanda — resulted in a new government and a new name, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Less than a year later, the Second Congo war erupted. The conflict was so brutal that aid groups deemed sexual violence in DRC to be a “weapon of war.” The war formally concluded in 2003, but in eastern Congo the fighting never stopped. The region is home to the vast majority of the 70 armed groups currently fighting, according the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

    Juliette left Bukavu in 2009. She was in her third year of university, while working on her final thesis for her bachelor’s degree in sociology, which focused on the reentrance into society by victims of rape.

    Juliette’s research was conducted in rural villages that were a couple of hours drive from the city. She worked with a hospital team to collect testimonies from women who were abducted and assaulted during the fighting; many returned pregnant with their attacker’s child. Though the idea of raising the child of the man who raped them is unimaginable, abortion is taboo in rural Congo and carries a high risk of complication.

    Many assumed the numerous rebel militias operating in eastern Congo were responsible for the atrocities. Juliette uncovered evidence that a high-ranking local commander of the DRC military gave direct orders to commit mass rape.

    “It was too much for me when I come back from the field and I’ve heard all the screams, all the atrocities,” Juliette says. “To stay quiet was not for me.” But in Congo, that is not so simple. “I wanted to tell the truth, but once you talk about something, you must count your days.”

    She shared her research with Bruno Koko Chirambiza, a radio journalist at Star Radio in Bukavu, who named the commander, accusing him of orchestrating the rape.

    The mere mention of Chirambiza’s name brings tears to Juliette’s eyes. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, he was murdered by eight assailants on August 24, 2009 at the age of 24. “Many activists, many journalists don’t have long lives in Congo,” Juliette says. According to CPJ, Koko was the third Congolese journalist to be murdered in two years.

    Soldiers, who Juliette believes were acting at the behest of the commander named in Chirambiza’s report, searched for Juliette’s at her aunt’s house. She happened to be out of the house when they arrived, so they sexually assaulted her cousin and came back the next morning. Juliette was resolute to remain in DRC and might not have left if were it not for her now-husband.

    Juliette and Christian Mutunwa were partners back in DRC. Mutunwa, a human rights activist, fled in 2007, after uniformed police officers who claimed they were from the DRC’s intelligence service, Agence Nationale de Renseignement, came to his home. They wanted to bring him in for “interrogation.”

    “I knew if they took me this so-called interrogation process, I would not come back,” Mutunwa says. So he left, spending a few months in Egypt where refugee protection was “nonexistent.” A fellow asylum seeker there told him that there was a democratic country on the other side of the border.

    He then went to Israel where he received asylum protection. Mutunwa encouraged Juliette to join him.

    Juliette managed to get a visa to go to Israel with a delegation of Christians traveling to the holy land. She didn’t know much about Israel except its importance in Christianity. “We talked about Israel every time in church,” Julie remembers. “We prayed for peace in Israel.” She remained in the country after the delegation returned home, and applied for asylum.

    Juliette and Mutunwa are now married and raise their two children in Holon, which, along with neighboring Bat Yam, is where the majority of the Congolese community lives. They support their children by working in Tel Aviv hotels. Six days a week, Juliette rises before dawn to be at work by 5 a.m., and often won’t return home until late afternoon.

    Neither Julietter nor Mutunwa feel integrated into Israeli society. “I’m not a free woman,” says Juliette. “I can’t do what I know I can do.” They yearn for a change in their home country so they can safely return.

    After 18 years of autocracy under Joseph Kabila, DRC elected a new president, Félix Tshisekedi, in December of last year. The Congolese in Israel can only wait and hope he effects true change, and that Israel will give them the time they need to wait for that to happen.

    “Home is home,” she explains. “We didn’t come here to stay for life.”

    It is unclear why Israeli authorities decided to act now. Human rights organizations speculate that the government wants to flex its muscles following the failed deportation of the Eritreans and Sudanese in the beginning of 2018.

    The timing could not be worse. The presidential election has brought about an increase in violence. The political instability, coupled with the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, has left the country struggling once again.

    Annick Bouvier, spokesperson for the Great Lakes region at the International Committee of the Red Cross, says that 2018 saw a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in eastern Congo “as a result of the fragmentation of armed groups and increased crime.” According to Bouvier, ICRC’s response to the Ebola outbreak has been “temporarily paralyzed” by the violence.

    The DRC is also the second worst place to be a woman, according to Amnesty International. “Wherever clashes occur, women find themselves at heightened risk of all forms of violence,” says Joao Martins, Médecins Sans Frontières head of mission for South Kivu in eastern DRC. “This is particularly the case in pockets of conflict across eastern DRC.”

    Emilie Serralta, a researcher for Amnesty International in DRC, condemned the government’s response to war crimes perpetrated by state actors as “inadequate.” Amnesty reports that a single high-ranking officer, General Jérôme Kakwavu, has been found guilty of war crimes. He is the exception; the other military commanders, says Serralta, are “untouchable.”

    Meanwhile, the commander named by Juliette and Chirambiza has never faced justice for his crimes. In fact, says Juliette, the government promoted him.

    “I am afraid for my life, for my family, and for my kids,” says Juliette about the prospect of her deportation. “I don’t see myself going back to a place where I didn’t even have the power to save my own life.”

    https://972mag.com/israel-wants-to-deport-300-refugees-to-one-of-the-worlds-most-dangerous-countries/140169
    #renvois #expulsions #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Israël #RDC #république_démocratique_du_congo #réfugiés_congolais

  • KINSHASA SCANDALISÉ PAR LES RÉACTIONS DE L’UNION AFRICAINE ET L’UNION EUROPÉENNE (UE)...
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/radiografi/kinshasa-scandalise-les-reactions-de-l-union-africaine-et-lunion-europee

    La République démocratique du Congo attend toujours l’arrêt de la Cour constitutionnelle sur les différents recours relatifs aux élections présidentielles contestées. Une délégation de chefs d’Etat doit venir lundi pour trouver une solution pacifique.

    #L’Union_européenne (UE) apporte son appui à la démarche de l’Union africaine (UA), qui a appel à la suspension de la proclamation de résultats définitifs des élections en #rdc, à la suite de doutes sur la conformité des résultats provisoires proclamés.

    D’après ces résultats provisoires proclamés par CENI le 10 janvier dernier, Félix Tshisekedi remporte la présidentielle du 30 décembre 2018 avec 38,57%. Martin Fayulu, classé deuxième avec 35,2% des voix, a saisi la Cour constitutionnelle.

    Martin Fayulu revendique la victoire avec 61% des voix. Il a saisi la (...)

    #Union_africaine #studio1bis #radiografi #Union_africaine,studio1bis,radiografi,rdc,L’Union_européenne
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/radiografi/kinshasa-scandalise-les-reactions-de-l-union-africaine-et-lunion-europee

  • Il traffico di oro di aziende europee e americane finanzia il massacro in Congo

    «Il commercio dell’oro proveniente da zone di conflitto alimenta le finanze di famigerati gruppi armati come le FDLR (Forze Democratiche per la Liberazione del #Rwanda) attive nell’est della Repubblica democratica del Congo, oltre alle unità dell’esercito congolese che nei confronti della popolazione della regione si sono macchiate di numerose atrocità, violenze sessuali e altri gravi abusi dei diritti umani».

    Questo uno dei passi salienti del rapporto The Golden Laundromat (La lavanderia dorata), pubblicato lo scorso ottobre da The Sentry, il gruppo di investigatori dell’ong americana Enough Project finanziato dall’attore George Clooney, assieme all’attivista per i diritti umani John Prendergast.

    Il report denuncia il commercio illegale dell’oro dalle aree di conflitto del Congo orientale agli Stati Uniti e all’Europa, sollevando seri timori sul fatto che il prezioso metallo stia raggiungendo i mercati internazionali, comprese le catene di approvvigionamento delle principali compagnie europee e statunitensi, oltre ad essere presente negli apparati elettronici che usiamo abitualmente.

    I documenti esaminati nell’inchiesta e le relative interviste condotte da The Sentry puntano il dito contro la rete aziendale controllata dal magnate belga #Alain_Goetz, accusato di agire in connivenza con la #African_Gold_Refinery (#AGR) di #Entebbe (Uganda), anch’essa di proprietà belga, inaugurata ufficialmente dal presidente #Yoweri_Museveni, nel febbraio 2017. Quest’ultima, riciclerebbe oro proveniente da zone di conflitto del Congo orientale, per poi esportarlo negli Stati Uniti e in Europa attraverso collegamenti con una serie di società, tra cui figurano nomi altisonanti come #Amazon, #General_Electric e #Sony.

    Entebbe al centro del sistema

    Secondo i documenti di cui è venuta in possesso l’ong, nel 2017 l’AGR avrebbe esportato oro di origine ignota per un valore pari a circa 377 milioni di dollari attraverso una società di facciata con sede a Dubai, riconducibile alla raffineria belga #Tony_Goetz_NV, di proprietà del figlio di Alain Goetz.

    Numerose persone intervistate da The Sentry hanno identificato la fonderia #AGR come la principale fonte di smercio del prezioso minerale proveniente dalle provincie congolesi in guerra, ma la compagnia ugandese nega ogni addebito, sostenendo che si è formalmente impegnata ad astenersi da qualsiasi attività che possa contribuire a finanziare il conflitto.

    Nell’ultimo anno ben 283 aziende statunitensi hanno inserito la Tony Goetz NV nella lista delle proprie fonderie e la stessa AGR potrebbe essere inclusa nella catena di approvvigionamento di 103 aziende. Le centinaia di società statunitensi che si approvvigionano dalle fonderie afferenti a questo network, rischiano pertanto di maneggiare oro di provenienza illecita.

    La scia dell’oro insanguinato segue una catena suddivisa in sei fasi dall’est del Congo ai suoi principali destinatari finali, che utilizzano il metallo per produrre gioielli e lingotti, oltre all’impiego nell’elettronica.

    Oro giallo e oro verde

    Gli ultimi dati delle Nazioni Unite indicano che l’oro contrabbandato nelle zone di conflitto del Congo orientale è la principale fonte di finanziamento per gli attori armati che vi partecipano, con un calcolo annuo compreso tra i 300 e i 600 milioni di dollari.

    Senza contare che nel 2011 l’AGR non ha superato un importante audit internazionale sui minerali dei conflitti e che due importanti contrabbandieri d’oro operativi nell’est del Congo hanno rivelato a The Sentry di aver trafficato illegalmente con l’AGR.

    Inoltre, quattro commercianti regionali hanno dichiarato che i trafficanti d’oro #Buganda_Bagalwa e #Mange_Namuhanda – indicati in diversi report delle Nazioni Unite sul Congo come acquirenti del #bloody_gold – nel 2017 hanno fornito ingenti quantità del metallo alla stessa fonderia ugandese. Quest’ultima, però, smentisce di aver ricevuto oro dai due contrabbandieri e anche di aver acquistato ingenti quantità del prezioso metallo non tracciato da altri fornitori. Oltre a sostenere di effettuare accurate verifiche sulla certificazione di provenienza dell’oro.

    Tuttavia, alcuni documenti aziendali esaminati da The Sentry sembrano elevare i sospetti che l’AGR ricicli denaro sporco, come indicato dalla Financial Action Task Force (FATF), il principale organismo intergovernativo mondiale per la lotta al riciclaggio di denaro.

    The Sentry evidenzia, inoltre, che nel 2014 Goetz avrebbe chiesto l’intercessione del presidente Museveni per ottenere agevolazioni fiscali per l’AGR. E nel febbraio di tre anni dopo, in concomitanza con l’inizio dell’attività della fonderia ugandese, Museveni ha annunciato di aver eliminato l’imposta di importazione sull’oro. Un provvedimento di cui ha sostanzialmente beneficiato solo l’AGR.

    Tutti questi elementi inducono a considerare che dietro l’African Gold Refinery possa nascondersi una colossale operazione di riciclaggio dell’oro insanguinato del Congo che avrebbe implicazioni sulla vita di milioni di persone.

    https://raiawadunia.com/il-traffico-di-oro-di-aziende-europee-e-americane-finanzia-il-massacro-
    #Congo #RDC #guerre #conflit #extractivisme #or #mines #Belgique #Dubaï
    ping @albertocampiphoto

    • Le #rapport :
      The #Golden_Laundromat

      Key Findings

      An investigation by The Sentry raises significant concerns that gold mined from conflict areas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (“Congo”) is reaching international markets, including the supply chains of major U.S. companies and in products that consumers use every day.
      Documents reviewed and interviews conducted by The Sentry raise serious concern that the corporate network controlled by Belgian tycoon Alain Goetz has refined illegally-smuggled conflict gold from eastern Congo at the African Gold Refinery (AGR) in Uganda and then exported it through a series of companies to the United States and Europe, potentially including Amazon, General Electric (GE), and Sony.
      According to documents reviewed by The Sentry, AGR exported approximately $377 million in gold in 2017 to an apparent affiliate of the Belgian gold refinery Tony Goetz NV, based in Dubai. Numerous sources interviewed by The Sentry identified AGR as sourcing conflict gold from Congo. AGR denies this and maintains that it is committed to refraining from any action that contributes to the financing of conflict.
      According to the U.N., conflict gold provides the largest source of revenue to armed actors in the conflict in eastern Congo, and $300 to $600 million is smuggled out of Congo annually.
      This gold may wind up in the supply chains of major western corporations. Amazon, Sony, GE, and 280 other U.S. publicly traded companies listed the Belgian refinery as an entity that may be in their supply chains, according to 2018 SEC filings, despite the fact that it failed a major international conflict minerals audit in 2017.
      Numerous sources interviewed by The Sentry identified AGR as sourcing conflict gold from Congo. Two major gold smugglers in Congo acknowledged to The Sentry that they illegally trafficked gold from eastern Congo to AGR, and other regional gold traders corroborated these accounts. Furthermore, four regional traders told The Sentry that gold traffickers Buganda Bagalwa and Mange Namuhanda, who have been named in several U.N. Group of Experts reports on Congo as purchasers of conflict gold, supplied gold to AGR in 2017. AGR denies having received gold from these traders and denies that it has otherwise received significant amounts of undocumented gold from other sources.
      Several corporate practices of AGR appear to raise red flags as indicators of potential money laundering as established by the world’s leading intergovernmental body on anti-money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according to documents reviewed by The Sentry.
      The trail of conflict gold follows a roughly six-step supply chain from eastern Congo to its main end-products, jewelry, gold bars for investors and banks, and electronics.

      https://thesentry.org/reports/the-golden-laundromat

      Pour télécharger le rapport :


      https://cdn.thesentry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/GoldenLaundromat_Sentry_Oct2018-final.pdf

      ping @daphne

  • #Angola : Les migrants africains en danger de mort

    Les autorités angolaises lancent « la chasse aux ressortissants sub-sahariens en situation irrégulière ». Une #opération dénommée « #expatriado » est en cours en ce moment. Elle vise à « expulser tous les immigrés en situation irrégulière en Angola ». Des ressortissants maliens témoignent des « cas d’#emprisonnement suivis de pires formes de #maltraitance et d’#humiliation ». Pour l’instant, difficile d’avoir des chiffres officiels sur le nombre de Maliens victimes. Mais ceux joints sur place appellent à l’aide des autorités maliennes.

    Selon certains Maliens, ces opérations d’expulsion ont débuté dans les zones minières. Elles se déroulent maintenant dans toutes les villes du pays, et concernent toutes les nationalités y compris les Maliens, qui sont parmi les plus nombreux. « Cela fait des jours que nous ne pouvons plus sortir pour aller au boulot par peur de nous faire arrêter », explique un ressortissant malien sur place. Selon lui, cette opération qui ne devrait concerner que les #sans-papiers, est aussi menée par les forces de l’ordre angolaises contre ceux qui sont en situation régulière. L’objectif, selon notre interlocuteur, est de soutirer de l’argent aux migrants.

    « Une fois entre les mains des autorités angolaises, il faut payer de l’argent ou partir en prison », témoignent certains migrants maliens, avant de confirmer que plusieurs d’entre eux sont actuellement en prison. En Angola certains Maliens ont l’impression d’être « laissés pour compte par les autorités maliennes ». Pour l’Association Malienne des Expulsés, « il est inacceptable qu’un pays membre de l’Union Africaine expulse d’autres africains de la sorte ». L’AME qui juge la situation « grave » en Angola, appelle les autorités maliennes à réagir.

    https://www.expulsesmaliens.info/Angola-Les-migrants-africains-en-danger-de-mort.html
    #migrations #asile #réfugiés #rafles #expulsions #renvois #chasse_aux_migrants #migrants_maliens

    • Briefing: Problems multiply in Congo’s Kasaï

      The Kasaï region in the Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling to recover from two years of intense conflict. The influx last month of more than 300,000 people from Angola, most of them long-standing migrant workers, has made a fragile humanitarian situation worse.

      Here’s our briefing on the risks for the region and the new challenges for the humanitarian response.
      What happened?

      In attempts to clamp down on what it called illegal diamond mining operations, Angola’s government ordered the expulsion of more than 360,000 Congolese nationals, forcing them to flee in October into the Kasaï region of neighbouring DRC.

      "This new shock is compounding an already dire situation in the same area that was the epicentre of the Kasaï crisis over the last couple of years,” explained Dan Schreiber, head of coordination in Congo for the UN’s emergency aid body, OCHA.

      Congolese migrants and officials said the crackdown was violent, telling Reuters that dozens of people were killed, with the worst attacks occurring in Lucapa in Angola’s diamond-rich Lunda Norte province. Angolan security forces denied the allegations.
      Where did they go?

      Most of those expelled crossed into Kamako in Kasaï province, where aid organisations are responding to the tail-end of the Kamuina Nsapu insurgency that first erupted in 2016. Some of the returnees include refugees who fled violence in Kasaï over the last two years, the Norwegian Refugee Council said.

      The NRC said conditions returnees face in Congo are “shocking”, including the risk of waterborne disease due to ineffective water and sanitation; thousands sleeping outdoors because of insufficient shelter; food prices tripling; and extortion of goods on both sides of the border.

      “Hundreds of thousands of people have been robbed of their right to a dignified existence,” said Ulrika Blom, NRC’s country director in DRC. “This is not a crisis that is about to begin, it is a full-blown emergency.”
      What has the reaction been?

      While local communities have generally been welcoming to the returnees, OCHA’s Schreiber said skirmishes erupted in certain villages, mainly over the strain on limited food resources.

      “Experience in the DRC does show that when you have a large influx of people arriving in an area it can generate tensions between host communities and the people who arrive,” he said.

      Schreiber said OCHA has seen most returnees wanting to move away from the border areas and toward other destinations inland, which could help ease the humanitarian strain in Kasaï, but he also warned that more returnees could arrive from Angola.

      “We don’t expect the first wave to be the last wave,” he said. “Expulsions from Angola are a cyclical phenomena that go all the way back to 2002-2003. It’s not a new phenomenon, but in this case we are seeing a major influx, and clearly the absorption capacity is not there.”
      Why is their arrival in Kasaï in particular such a problem?

      Kasaï was a relatively stable region in an unstable country – one currently dealing with multiple conflicts, an Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province, and one of the world’s most neglected displacement crises.

      The situation in Kasaï changed dramatically in 2016 when conflict erupted between the Kamuina Nsapu anti-government movement and Congolese security forces. The inter-communal clashes spread far and wide, soon engulfing the entire region.

      The conflict escalated in 2017, with massacres and mass graves, as well as general insecurity marked by banditry, and poor harvests that led to food insecurity and malnutrition.

      An estimated 5,000 people have since been killed and more than 1.4 million displaced.

      Toward the end of 2017 and into 2018, the crisis eased slightly, as national authorities regained control over large parts of the region. Despite isolated bouts of violence, aid groups say most militias have been formally disbanded and displaced communities are tentatively returning home.

      “But those returns are accompanied by many needs, because people are returning to burned villages, destroyed homes, and a lot of destruction,” said OCHA’s Schreiber.

      Two years of violence and displacement also mean locals have been unable to grow crops for three seasons, which has led to concerns over malnutrition. “We have really seen food insecurity skyrocket. So even in areas where returns have occurred, humanitarian needs have not come to an end,” Schreiber added.
      What are the risks?

      Although the current influx of people from Angola isn’t directly linked to the Kamuina Nsapu rebellion, aid groups are concerned about the implications of piling one problem on top of another in the same geographic area.

      For the most vulnerable groups, specifically women and children, the challenges that affect those displaced by the insurgency also pose risks for the new returnees from Angola.

      In May for instance, UNICEF reported that 400,000 children were “at risk of death” in the Kasaïs, because of food shortages.

      Yves Willemot, a spokesman for UNICEF in Congo, said the rate of severe acute malnutrition among children living in the region has improved slightly since earlier this year but “remains challenging”.

      “The security situation has clearly improved, but the impact on children is not ending in the short term,” he said.

      Among those newly returned from Angola are 80,000 children. They now are also at risk, forced to walk long distances while exposed to inclement weather, hunger, and the threat of violence. Willemot said basic services are lacking for them, including access to drinking water, schooling, and treatment for diseases like malaria and measles.

      Médecins Sans Frontières is among the NGOs initiating primary healthcare services for the recent arrivals, while also continuing interventions to assist the local population.

      In a recent report, MSF documented alarming levels of rape in the Kasaï region, saying it treated 2,600 victims of sexual violence between May 2017 and September 2018; 80 percent of those interviewed said armed men raped them.

      “The sexual violence committed in Kasaï was perpetrated largely by armed groups against non-armed people,” Philippe Kadima, MSF’s humanitarian advisor for the Great Lakes region, told IRIN. “Although the main conflict is over, we still see some violence happening in Kasaï.”

      For the more than 300,000 returnees, he said there are clear humanitarian concerns, but also the risk of insecurity. “The question is, how do you keep people secure?”

      “Displaced people become vulnerable, so it’s not that different to what the existing IDPs in Kasaï are going through… Security concerns, humanitarian needs, and risks of sexual violence are all factors when people become vulnerable,” he said.
      What about the longer-term challenges?

      Humanitarian needs remain critically underfunded in the Kasai region, said OCHA’s Shreiber, emphasising that beyond the immediate concerns are much broader needs in the region and the DRC as a whole.

      He added that the humanitarian response must help minimise the long-term impact of the crisis on those affected.

      “The longer we remain in this critical phase, the more we can expect to see humanitarian needs spiral out of control,” he said. “The current trigger of new humanitarian needs (the returnees from Angola) may be time-bound, but I think the impact will be lasting.”

      Schreiber said the Kasaï region remains vulnerable because it faces particular challenges, including decades of underdevelopment and inaccessibility as a result of poor road infrastructure, and he urged more development actors to get involved.

      “People in the Kasaïs are eager to rebound, to be back on their feet, and move on. There is no expectation that humanitarian assistance should continue forever in the Kasaï region,” he said. “People want to be autonomous, but what they need is support to build up their resilience and be able to move towards a situation where their most basic needs are met and they are able to think about their futures again.”


      http://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/11/08/briefing-congo-kasai-angola-aid-conflict

    • Les violations des droits humains des migrants africains en Angola

      Les violations des droits humains des migrants africains en Angola

      Depuis un certain moment, la communauté africaine vivant sur le territoire angolais est l’objet de toute sorte de violation de ses droits les plus fondamentaux par les autorités de ce pays. La Charte Africaines des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples protège les droits des migrants dans tous ses aspects contre les violations des droits et l’Angola est justement membre de l’Union Africaine. Ainsi, ces violations se matérialisent par des arrestations musclées et arbitraires, des emprisonnements dans des conditions inhumaines et dégradantes (art.5 de la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme et de la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples) de même que les expulsions collectives pourtant interdites par la Charte Africaine dans son article 12.5.

      L’AME est vivement préoccupée par les récentes arrestations, détentions et expulsions des centaines de milliers de migrants africains dont des maliens. Selon des informations recueillies auprès de nos sources sur place, une centaine de maliens sont concernés par cette situation qui évolue et change de jour en jour.

      Nous attirons l’attention de l’Union Africaine et de ses pays membres sur la situation inacceptable que vivent les étrangers sur la terre africaine d’Angola et rappeler que les droits de l’homme sont des droits inaliénables de tous les êtres humains, quels que soient leur nationalité, leur lieu de résidence, leur sexe, leur origine ethnique ou nationale, leur couleur, leur religion…

      L’Angola comme la plupart des pays africains s’est engagé à protéger, respecter et réaliser les droits de l’homme, non seulement de ses nationaux, mais de toute personne sous sa juridiction. Dans ce contexte, tous les étrangers se trouvant sur le sol angolais auraient dû bénéficier de la protection des autorités angolaises quelque soient les raisons qu’elles mettent en avant pour justifier ces expulsions.

      L’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) n’est pas resté silencieuse comme la plupart des pays africains, le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme a mis en garde sur les conséquences des expulsions massives de réfugiés depuis l’Angola, au cours des trois dernières semaines de ce mois d’octobre.

      Par ailleurs, le Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies a rappelé le 19 septembre 2017 que : « tout pays a le droit de contrôler ses frontières. Mais cela doit se faire de telle sorte que les droits des personnes ‘en mouvement’ soient protégés ».

      Au regard de tout ce qui vient d’être évoqué :
      1. L’Association Malienne des Expulsés (AME) pour sa part, exhorte le gouvernement Malien à tout mettre en œuvre pour la sécurisation de nos compatriotes et de leurs biens dans les pays d’accueil ;
      2. Appelle le gouvernement à communiquer davantage sur cette situation en donnant beaucoup plus d’informations aux familles des maliens vivants en Angola ;
      3. Encourage le gouvernement de continuer à œuvrer pour le respect des droits des migrants maliens et aussi pour le développement d’une relation franche entre les Etats africains en vue de la réalisation de l’unité africaine comme le prévoit l’article 117 de la Constitution ;
      4. Invite l’Union Africaine à dénoncer et prendre des mesures contre les violations des droits humains dans les pays membres ;
      5. Invite également les Etats membres de l’Union Africaine à renoncer aux expulsions massives des ressortissants d’autres pays africains et à mettre fin sans délais aux opérations actuelles en cour ;
      6. Exhorte l’U.A et les Etats à une plus grande implication des organisations de la société civile aux différents processus pour la gestion de la migration.

      http://www.expulsesmaliens.info/Les-violations-des-droits-humains-des-migrants-africains-en-Angola

  • Palma da olio: le piantagioni maledette del Congo orientale

    Guardiani delle piantagioni di palma da olio che tormentano la popolazione, salari bassi e contratti fantasma: ecco la denuncia dei leader comunitari raccolta dalle ong nella Repubblica Democratica del Congo. Sotto accusa la compagnia canadese #Feronia e l’aiuto allo sviluppo, che sostiene la coltivazione della pianta in vaste aree.

    Rabbia e malcontento. È il clima che si respira tra i leader delle comunità congolesi, ai margini delle piantagioni di palma da olio della compagnia canadese Feronia. A raccontarlo sono le ong in visita sul campo.

    Le tre piantagioni di palma da olio della società canadese occupano più di 100.000 ettari e si trovano nelle regioni dell’Equatore e del Congo Orientale. La loro vicenda attraversa tutta la storia recente della Repubblica Democratica del Congo. Assegnate al britannico William Lever già in epoca coloniale, sono rimaste in uno stato di semi abbandono durante le due guerre del Congo, quando erano gestite dalla multinazionale anglo-olandese Unilever. Infine sono state assegnate alla compagnia Feronia nel 2009, con un contratto rinnovabile di 25 anni.

    L’aiuto allo sviluppo della palma da olio africana

    La compagnia canadese ha una struttura molto complessa. Fin troppo, secondo la rete di ong europee e congolesi che nel 2016 hanno analizzato le sue caratteristiche in un rapporto. La società è detenuta in maggioranza dal Cdc Group, un organismo pubblico britannico, ed è finanziata da banche di sviluppo europee, americane e dalla Banca Africana per lo Sviluppo. I soldi provengono, quindi, dalle istituzioni di molti paesi europei: Francia, Germania, Belgio, Gran Bretagna, Olanda e Svizzera.
    Le terre contese per la coltivazione di palma da olio

    Si tratta di terre concesse illegalmente, secondo la popolazione locale che ne rivendica la gestione, perché di proprietà dello stato congolese. Stéphane Desgain, ricercatore per il coordinamento Cncd (Centro nazionale per la cooperazione allo sviluppo), che riunisce numerose ong belghe, è stato sul posto a metà luglio. Ha incontrato alcuni rappresentanti delle comunità locali nell’area di Lokutu, dove si trovano le concessioni più ampie di Feronia.

    «La popolazione è assolutamente insoddisfatta delle relazioni con la compagnia, degli accordi presi e del programma degli investimenti. Le critiche sono a tutti i livelli», sottolinea il ricercatore del Cncd.

    Le molestie delle guardie private

    Al centro delle ultime contestazioni c’è l’operato delle guardie, che si occupano della sicurezza delle piantagioni. A giugno la rete di informazione e d’appoggio alle ong nazionali (Riao-Rdc) ha denunciato molestie, minacce nei confronti della popolazione e violazioni dei diritti umani. Feronia ha appaltato la sicurezza alla società privata “Tanganyika”, in sostituzione delle guardie industriali che operavano in precedenza. La nuova società ha assunto personale proveniente da altre regioni, per evitare forme di solidarietà con i residenti.

    Feronia sostiene, dal suo punto di vista, la necessità di tenere sotto controllo le piantagioni e di combattere i furti dei frutti della palma. A generare il conflitto con la compagnia, secondo Stéphane Desgain, è la mancanza di un negozio per la vendita locale di olio di palma.

    A questo si aggiunge la rabbia generalizzata della popolazione, che non vede vantaggi dalla presenza della piantagione, solo limitazioni. Le guardie di Feronia, infatti, impediscono ogni forma di trasformazione artigianale del frutto della palma e «danno la caccia a tutti coloro che ne possiedono», raccontano i leader comunitari interpellati.

    Se è vero che si sono verificati furti all’interno della piantagione, è altrettanto vero che «i frutti provengono anche dalla foresta», come evidenzia il ricercatore. La popolazione viene, di fatto, privata della possibilità di comprare l’olio e di trasformarlo localmente.
    Arresti arbitrari per chi ha frutti della palma da olio

    I leader comunitari raccontano anche di arresti arbitrari da parte delle guardie della compagnia. Lo scorso aprile l’ong locale Riao-Rdc denunciò l’arresto di un minatore in possesso di alcuni frutti della palma nei pressi di una delle piantagioni della società. L’uomo sarebbe stato picchiato dalle guardie e portato in una vicina prigione.
    Produzione, estrazione e vendita: salari bassi e personale da fuori

    Una delle rivendicazioni più sentite dai testimoni incontrati dal Cncd, durante la visita sul terreno, è l’assenza di personale locale tra i quadri dell’azienda. «Si tratta di una pratica che arriva dall’epoca coloniale e si ritrova in molte aziende», spiega Stéphane Desgain. Che aggiunge:

    «In questo modo l’azienda controlla meglio il personale ed evita che si generi solidarietà interna».

    Secondo i leader comunitari interpellati, inoltre, i salari non sarebbero sufficienti al benessere delle famiglie.

    Un rapporto sull’olio di palma pubblicato nel 2016 da una rete di organizzazioni internazionali e congolesi confermava la necessità di aumentare i salari sia per i lavoratori assunti che per quelli giornalieri. Le ultime buste paga recuperate dalle ong, però, sembrano essere in linea con la media salariale congolese.

    «In molti casi i lavoratori devono tornare a casa a piedi dopo ore di lavoro perché i camion che li accompagnano al mattino e non li prelevano in serata», racconta il ricercatore. I capi tradizionali denunciano anche la mancanza di contratti e l’utilizzo del lavoro giornaliero anche per lunghi periodi.
    Palma da olio: pochi investimenti nei villaggi

    Gli investitori internazionali che finanziano il progetto, riporta Stéphane Desgain, sostengono che ci sia stato un miglioramento nelle relazioni con la popolazione e nelle condizioni di vita, grazie alla presenza di Feronia. Ma dall’osservazione sul campo emergono ancora grosse difficoltà, anche a livello di infrastrutture.

    La compagnia sul suo sito internet ha riportato i dettagli della realizzazione di strade, di ambulatori medici e di scuole. I capi tradizionali incontrati dal Cncd parlano invece di ritardi nella costruzione, di cambi del progetto in corsa e di materiali al risparmio.

    «La mancanza di infrastrutture è la prima fonte di insoddisfazione della popolazione. Nella zona di Lokutu l’unica struttura realizzata dal momento dell’insediamento della compagnia sono le fondamenta di un presidio sanitario», sottolinea il ricercatore.

    Pianta di palma da olio ostacolo per agricoltura locale

    L’impatto delle operazioni della compagnia non è uguale in tutte le comunità. Alcuni villaggi si sono ritrovati circondati dalle piantagioni, altri confinano con le proprietà di Feronia.

    Già nel rapporto del 2016 emergeva la rivendicazione delle terre da parte delle comunità nei pressi delle piantagioni. I leader locali lamentano la limitazione nell’accesso alla terra per l’agricoltura di sussistenza e nell’accesso alla foresta come fonte di cibo.


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