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The Church of England has decided to sell all its shares in the British oil company SOCO International following a series of allegations of bribery, corruption and human rights abuses.
The Church Commissioners are to divest of their £1.6 million holdings amid concerns about the company’s plans for Africa’s oldest national park, Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The WWF and Sir David Attenborough are among those who have criticised the company for past actions in Virunga, where about half the world’s mountain gorillas survive.
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