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Burma: EarthRights says Chevron "financing & profiting from human rights abuses"

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5 May 2008

Open Letter to EarthRights International in Response to Its April 29, 2008 Report

Author: Total

Total has read the report published by EarthRights International...on the Yadana project in Myanmar. While we share ERI’s desire to see living conditions improve for the people of Myanmar, we strongly repudiate the allegations made against the gas consortium as a result of ERI’s wrongly linking the Yadana project and human rights abuses. It is unfortunate that ERI did not feel it necessary to contact us to discuss the situation relating to human rights in the pipeline corridor. If it had done so, serious errors of fact, mix-ups and guilt-by-association allusions would have been avoided...Total will continue its operations in Myanmar which help to improve living standards there.

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29 April 2008

Report: Chevron financing, profiting from and liable for human rights abuses in Burma (Myanmar)

Author: Earthrights International

A report released today by EarthRights International (ERI) documents the ongoing human rights abuses…in the Yadana pipeline region of southern Burma (Myanmar). The first in-depth look at conditions in the pipeline region since Chevron Corporation joined the Yadana Project in 2005, the report details Chevron’s role in financing the military regime in Burma and highlights Chevron’s continuing legal liability for abuses associated with the pipeline... According to the report..., Chevron relies on the brutal Burmese military for pipeline security. The pipeline security soldiers conscript forced labor (including forced sentry duty along the pipeline route) and commit other serious human rights abuses in the course of their operations. [also refers to Unocal (part of Chevron)]

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29 April 2008

Watchdog group says Chevron complicit in Myanmar

Author: Michael Erman, Reuters

A human rights watchdog group on Tuesday accused Chevron Corp of complicity in human rights abuses along a natural gas pipeline in Myanmar in which it holds a stake and said Chevron could be sued. EarthRights International claimed in a report issued on Tuesday that Myanmar's army has in recent years committed serious abuses including rape and murder while providing security for the pipeline that moves gas from the Yadana gas field, located offshore in the Andaman Sea... Chevron said it strongly disagreed with the report. "The allegations of human rights abuses associated with the project are baseless," spokesman Kurt Glaubitz said in a statement. Yadana "helps meet the energy needs of people in the region, supports critical health, education and infrastructure programs, and serves as a positive influence in the country," he said... [also refers to Total, PTT, Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise]

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