Fern is deeply concerned with the looting of Rencontre pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme (RPDH) offices in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, on 9 March, 2018. RPDH has been working on human rights issues and natural resource governance in the Republic of Congo for many years. The organisation is actively involved in monitoring the implementation of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU and the REDD+ process.
On the night of 9 March, several unidentified individuals entered RPDH premises and took away all the computers and electronic equipment of the organisation, causing extensive material damage. Fern expresses its support to RPDH whose tireless efforts have led to significant improvements in transparency and accountability in the country's forest, mining and oil sectors, and in the fight against corruption. Fern joins local civil society groups in the Republic of Congo to ask that light is shed on this troubling incident.