Burma: Two EarthRights reports accuse Chevron & Total's Yadana pipeline of links to forced labour & killings, undermining sanctions; also cites banks OCBC, DBS

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Company response
4 November 2009

Response by Chevron: Two EarthRights reports accuse Chevron & Total's Yadana pipeline of links to forced labour & killings, undermining sanctions.

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Company response
4 November 2009

Response by Total: Two EarthRights reports accuse Chevron & Total's Yadana pipeline of links to forced labour & killings, undermining sanctions.

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Company response
30 September 2009

Response by OCBC Bank: Two EarthRights reports accuse Chevron & Total's Yadana pipeline of links to forced labour & killings, undermining sanctions; also cite banks OCBC, DBS and criticise non-profit consultancy CDA.

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Article
11 September 2009

September 2009 EarthRights reports re Burma & company responses

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

EarthRights International published two reports in September 2009 alleging links between Chevron and Total's Yadana gas pipeline in Burma, and human rights abuses there. The reports also alleged that government revenues from the Yadana gas pipeline are held in Singapore-based banks Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and DBS Group... The following articles include responses by the companies...

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Article
10 September 2009

Junta Gas Profits Stashed in Singapore Banks: ERI

Author: Simon Roughneen, Irrawaddy [Thailand]

...[On] Thursday, Earthrights International (ERI) launched two reports alleging that...Total and Chevron are linked to “forced labor, killings, high-level corruption and authoritarianism” in Burma. The reports...examine how revenue from the Yadana gas project sustains military rule in Burma and undermines Western sanctions. The NGO also said that two Singapore-based banks—Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and DBS Group—function as “offshore repositories” for junta revenues accruing from the Yadana gas project... In a June 26 letter to ERI published in the “Total Impact” report, Vice-President Jean-Francois Lasalle refused to answer a number of questions sent to Total by ERI...because [according to Total] ERI “presents allegations as facts,” and is “more interested in harassing our companies, in line with a divestment agenda, than in a real dialogue about how to improve people's lives.” Total has cited its socioeconomic work in the pipeline area, and the “overall improvement in living conditions for the 50,000 people” who live in the pipeline area. [also refers to Petroleum Authority of Thailand Export and Production (PTTEP)]

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