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Human Rights Watch calls on UN and govts. to ban new investment in Burma's oil & gas sector

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19 November 2007

Burma: Foreign Oil and Gas Investors Shore Up Junta

Author: Human Rights Watch

Foreign companies are lining up to partner with Burma’s military junta and tap into the country’s lucrative resources, particularly oil and gas fields. This foreign investment provides a crucial source of support to the junta, allowing it to ignore demands that it return Burma to civilian rule and end human rights abuses. The billions of dollars generated by these projects, which involve at least 27 companies from 13 countries, help to fund the military without bringing benefits to ordinary people...We collected public statements about Burma by some of these companies, including Chevron, Daewoo International, Nippon Oil and Total. [lists 27 companies with investments in Burma's oil & gas sector: China Huanqiu Contracting and Engineering Corp. (HQCEC) (part of China National Petroleum Corporation), China National Offshore Oil Company Myanmar (part of CNOOC), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Chinnery Assets (joint venture CNPC (Hong Kong), CNPC International), Daewoo International, Danford Equities (part of Twinza Oil), Essar Oil (part of Essar Global Limited (EGL)), Focus Energy, Gas Authority of India Ltd. (GAIL), Golden Aaron, Goldpetrol Joint Operating Company, IGE, JSC Zarubezhneft Itera (joint venture Zarubeznheft, Itera Oil), Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS), MPRL Exploration and Production, Nippon Oil Exploration, ONGC Videsh, Petronas Carigali Myanmar (part of Petronas), PTTEP International (part of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company), Rimbunan Retrogas, Silver Wave Energy, Silver Wave Sputnik Petroleum, Sinopec Dianqiangui (part of Sinopec), Sun Group, Total E&P Myanmar (part of Total), Unocal Myanmar Offshore Co. (part of Chevron), UNOG]

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19 November 2007

Burma: Targeted Sanctions Needed on Petroleum Industry

Author: Human Rights Watch

The United Nations Security Council should act to prohibit any new investment in Burma’s oil and gas fields and block company payments that help sustain Burma’s brutal military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said that until the Security Council imposes sanctions…countries that have economic ties to Burma should act to suspend any further development of Burma’s oil and gas sector…In a detailed new compilation of information on foreign investment in oil and gas released today, Human Rights Watch identified 27 companies based in 13 countries as having investment interests in Burma’s oil and gas fields. [refers to Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE)]

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