EarthRights report alleging abuses involving Chinese, Korean, Indian oil firms - Mar 2011

On 29 March 2011 EarthRights International released a report, entittled "The Burma-China Pipelines: Human Rights Violations, Applicable Law, and Revenue Secrecy" [PDF], which "link[ed] major Chinese and Korean companies to widespread land confiscation, and cases of forced labor, arbitrary arrest, detention and torture, and violations of indigenous rights connected to the Shwe natural gas project and oil transport projects in Burma."  The companies named in the report are:  China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Daewoo International [part of POSCO], GAIL (India), Korean Gas Corporation (KOGAS), ONGC Videsh, and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE)

In May, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies to respond to the EarthRights International report, as well as these related items:

-  "Chinese and Korean Gas and Oil Projects Linked to Land Confiscations, Violations of Indigenous Rights, Torture, and Corruption in Burma (Myanmar)", EarthRights International (press release),     29  March 2011 http://www.earthrights.org/sites/default/files/documents/press-release-b...
-  "The Burma-China Pipelines: Human Rights Violations, Applicable Law, Revenue Secrecy", EarthRights International (Situation Briefer, No 1), March 2011      http://www.earthrights.org/sites/default/files/documents/the-burma-china...
-  " Bad Business for Burma", Matthew F. Smith, EarthRights International in The New York Times, 3 April 2011 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/opinion/04iht-edsmith04.html?_r=2
-  " Oil Companies Complicit in Burma Right Abuses: ERI", Htet Aung, The Irrawaddy, 29 March 2011, http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=2103

-  "The Burma-China Pipelines: Human Rights Violations, Applicable Law, Revenue Secrecy", EarthRights International (Situation Briefer, No 1), March 2011     
-  "Oil Companies Complicit in Burma Right Abuses: ERI", Htet Aung, The Irrawaddy, 29 March 2011
-  "Daewoo Int’l denies rights abuse allegation in Myanmar", Kang Hyun-kyung, Korea Times, 29 March 2011
-  "Bad Business for Burma", Matthew F. Smith, EarthRights International in The New York Times, 3 April 2011  

The company responses and non-respones appear below:

-  CNPC did not respond.  CNPC's website features a press release in Chinese stating its view of its investment in the pipeline.  An unofficial summary translation of the press release by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is available here [DOC].

-  Daewoo International response [PDF]  Note:  In this response Daewoo says it is preparing a "comprehensive response" to the EarthRights report.  When that response is available we will post it here and include it in the Resource Centre's Weekly Update.  Daewoo also submitted the following supplementary documents:  Shwe Project Socio-Economic Program Annual Report [PDF]; Daewoo Code of Corporate Conduct and Ethics [PDF]

      (Dec 2011 update): [PDF] "A Comprehensive Report to better understand the Shwe Project", Daewoo International, Dec 2011 

- GAIL did not respond

- KOGAS response [DOC] 

- MOGE declined to respond 

- ONGC Videsh did not respond

 

 

 

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