Campaign supported by 40 organisations calls on Total to quit Burma

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23 February 2005

Response by Total: Total’s presence in Burma fuelling human rights abuses, says new report – 40 organisations in 18 countries call on Total to quit the country.

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Article
21 February 2005

Total website: "The Allegations & Total's Response"

Author: Total

Criticism leveled against Total over the years can be divided into three categories: - That Total used forced labor to build the pipeline. - That security arrangements for the onshore section of the pipeline created a militarized zone in the pipeline region where human rights violations occurred. - That Total's presence in the country provides support and legitimacy to an intolerable regime. [website provides Total's response to each of these criticisms]

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Article
21 February 2005

Total website: "Total in Myanmar"

Author: Total

This web site provides a history of our engagement in Myanmar and describes the initiatives that have been implemented. Rather than respond to the unwarranted criticism, we want to restore balanced debate on whether a responsible multinational can contribute positively to the economic and social development of a country that faces sharp internal divisions.

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Author: AFP

Une quarantaine d'organisations ont lancé lundi, dans 18 pays, une campagne exigeant le retrait du groupe pétrolier français Total de Birmanie, afin de "mettre un terme au soutien moral et financier que sa présence constitue pour la dictature militaire". [fait référence aussi à Triumph, British American Tobacco]

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Article
21 February 2005

full report: "Totalitarian oil: Total Oil - fuelling the oppression in Burma"

Author: Burma Campaign UK

[refers to Total, PTT, Unocal, Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), & includes "Investors perspective" by Co-operative Financial Services]

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Article
21 February 2005

Total Oil & Burma - New report & campaign

Author: Burma Campaign UK

The report Totalitarian Oil - TOTAL Oil: Fuelling the oppression in Burma, coincides with the launch of a global campaign against the company, supported by 40 organisations in 18 countries...Key findings of the report include: TOTAL as the largest European corporate funder of the regime...TOTAL's presence in Burma influencing French, European Union and British foreign policy on Burma...Horrific human rights abuses committed in the region of TOTAL's gas pipeline by pipeline security forces...Arms sales closely linked to TOTAL's gas project.

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Article
1 February 2005

Burma Campaign UK castigates Total’s presence in Myanmar - Total's response to the correspondence from Burma Campaign UK and various other interested organisations

Author: Jean-François Lassalle, Vice President Public Affairs, Total

Thank you for your letter to our Chairman in which you express your deep concern about Total's presence in Myanmar. Let me start by assuring you that we have shared, and continue to share the concerns you and others have about the political situation and the human rights issues in this country...

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