September 15, 2022

Breaking: European parliament passes emergency resolution against human rights violations & environmental threats linked to EACOP

Brussels, Belgium. Today the European Parliament adopted a groundbreaking resolution that officially recognises the disastrous consequences for both human rights and the climate due to the construction of Total East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). This pipeline, under construction in Uganda and Tanzania, would be the largest heated oil pipeline in the world. More than one hundred thousand families and farmers are already being displaced from their lands, if completed the pipeline would generate over 34 million tons of CO2 emissions every year, and threaten protected wildlife. 

This EU resolution puts further pressure on the financiers and corporations behind EACOP that are already facing sustained resistance from local communities – and millions of people around the world. The decision comes against the background of recent protests by communities in parts of Uganda, citing failure by Total to mitigate against the impacts of the Tilenga oil projects on them.

Clémence Dubois, France Team Lead at, says:

“This is an important step forward in the fight against EACOP. The pressure is growing daily against Total and this project at all levels of society and throughout the world. We won’t stop until the project is stopped. No banks or financers who currently fund Total can ignore their responsibility, and they should be prepared to meet increasing pressure too, until they stop financing climate bombs like this around the world.”

Omar Elmawi, Coordinator at Stop EACOP campaign says:

By denouncing the persecution and intimidation of human rights defenders who dare to criticize the project – several of whom have been arbitrarily arrested in the past – the resolution by the European parliament is sending a clear message that the rights of the people in Uganda and Tanzania should come before the interests of corporations and governments out to enrich themselves. The resolution however urges Total to study the feasibility of an alternative road but if we want to safeguard the environment and water resources, there’s only one road – ending this project that violates human rights and our environment. Communities and climate activists have already expressed their concerns and continued resistance to EACOP. The responsibility lies with the financiers to take a stand against this project.”

Sebastian Bock, Germany Team Lead at says:

“Deutsche Bank is still supporting the French oil giant Total with millions. This resolution from the EU Parliament shows once again why the bank must completely withdraw from financing Total –  it must send a signal against this destructive project and show that the bank is finally serious about climate protection, especially after the greenwashing scandal surrounding its investment subsidiary DWS.”

Notes to editor

Media contact: Mark Raven, [email protected], +447841474125

The EU resolution – please note the decision is not directly binding on Total, but it puts a lot of pressure on Total, on all the governments and financial institutions that still support this project.

Press Statement on community protests Uganda

East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline facts:

  • The East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) will be more than 1,400 km long – the distance between Paris and Rome – and would run alongside Lake Victoria basin, which is the continent’s largest freshwater reserve and the source of the Nile, between Uganda and Tanzania.
  • The oil would be heated permanently to 50°C to keep it fluid and transport it to the port of Tanga, in Tanzania, and into international shipping tankers. 
  • This pipeline would transport 200,000 barrels of oil per day and generate up to 34 million tons of carbon emissions each year – seven times what Uganda emits each year and about 1/16th of France’s emissions.
  • More than 100,000 people are being forced off their land and expropriated.
  • The project risks poisoning the water resources and wetlands of Uganda and Tanzania, including the Lake Victoria Basin, on which more than 40 million people depend for drinking water, food production and their livelihoods.
  • This will violate a multitude of human rights: the right to property, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to food, the right to education, the right to health, the right to adequate housing, the right to life and safety, the right to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and the right to free, prior and informed consent.
  • There are threats, harassment, intimidation, attacks, arrests and imprisonment of environmental, human rights and journalistic defenders.

For more information about the StopEACOP campaign please visit their website