devastating social and environmental impact on Africa. Today’s actions are focused specifically on the state-owned China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (SINOSURE), the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim), and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), institutions that have been reported to be likely get involved with the pipeline project. Affected people and their allies have reached out to these firms and other Chinese banks in the past to alert them to their concerns about the project, but they have never received a response.
StopEACOP Coordinator Zaki Mamdoo said, “Today, people stood united across borders to say this dangerous pipeline project must be stopped. We urge SINOSURE, China Exim Bank and the ICBC to listen to local communities and respect their rights, aspirations and agency. By refusing to provide insurance or financing for EACOP, these entities must prove that they are not simply interested in profiting at the expense of Africa’s wellbeing.”
Richard Senkondo, Executive Director OCE said, “This pipeline will destroy our land and water – our very way of life. It poses a grave threat to the environment and the well-being and rights of our communities. Any institution still committed to supporting this project is perpetrating injustice. We are united with allies around the world in our continued resistance against this harmful project. Instead of supporting such projects, we urge these Chinese institutions to be a true ally to the African continent by favouring the development of people-centred renewable energy to power Africa’s future.”Brian Atuheire, Executive Director, AIFE Uganda said, “Every time activists and communities stand up to peacefully oppose EACOP in Uganda, they are brutalised and arbitrarily arrested. Today, seven young activists have been detained for peacefully protesting outside the Chinese Embassy in Kampala. Despite the repression, we remain resolute and have drawn strength and courage from the incredible show of solidarity from comrades worldwide.”
individual actions, please contact StopEACOP digital communications lead Abiud Onyach at
● Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – 10:00 am EAT outside of the Chinese embassy
● Kampala, Uganda – 10:00 am EAT outside of the Chinese embassy
● Kinshasa, DRC – 10:00 am WAT outside of the Chinese embassy
● Tshwane, South Africa – a solidarity action is taking place at 10:00 am SAST outside
the Chinese embassy
● London, UK – a solidarity action is taking place at 08:00 am GMT outside the
● Paris, France – a solidarity action is taking place at 11:00 am CET outside the China Exim Bank & ICBC offices
November, outside the Chinese Embassy.
#StopEACOP is a global campaign against constructing the East African Crude Oil pipeline (EACOP). This proposed 1,443-kilometer heated pipeline will transport oil from Hoima, Uganda, to the port of Tanga in Tanzania. An alliance of local groups, communities, and African and global organisations leads the campaign. The #StopEACOP Coalition has been calling for a stop to the proposed pipeline and associated oil fields at Tilenga and Kingfisher.