Burma: Human Rights Watch warns Shwe & other gas projects threaten human rights, investments by Daewoo, ONGC, GAIL, KOGAS & others may lead to complicity in abuses

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28 March 2007

[PDF] Myanmar, human rights and inward investment

Author: Richard Welford, CSR Asia Weekly, Vol. 3, Week 13

[scroll to page 11]...Human Rights Watch says that the decision to invest in Myanmar’s extractive industries is no ordinary business move because lives are at risk. Companies have a responsibility to make sure their investments do not lead to abuses. Human Rights Watch has called on companies to conduct thorough and independent human rights impact assessments prior to proceeding with decisions about the pipeline construction, and to make the results of such assessments public. The group also said that these companies should disclose all payments made to the Myanmar military, directly or through the entities it controls. CSR Asia supports that call. [refers to CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Daewoo International, Essar Group, Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL), KOGAS (Korea Gas Corporation), Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE), ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation), PTT]

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24 March 2007

Burma: Natural Gas Project Threatens Human Rights - South Korean, Indian Investments May Lead to Complicity in Abuses

Author: Human Rights Watch

...Human Rights Watch [has] expressed concern that the proposed construction of overland pipelines to transport...gas will involve the use of forced labor, and result in illegal land confiscation, forced displacement, and unnecessary use of force against villagers. Revenue from gas sales would also serve to entrench the brutal military rule in the country. Because of these well-founded concerns, Human Rights Watch urged companies with interests in Burma’s oil and gas deposits to suspend activity until they can credibly demonstrate that their projects can be carried out without abusing human rights... The Shwe gas project is led by...Daewoo International... Other consortium partners include...ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL)...; the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL); and Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)... [also refers to PTT Exploration and Production (part of PTT), Petronas, Nippon Oil, Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Essar Oil; lawsuits against Unocal (now Chevron), Total]

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