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Korean Corporations Linked to Human Rights Abuses in Military-Ruled Burma

Author: EarthRights International, Published on: 30 October 2008

EarthRights International (ERI) filed a complaint yesterday in Seoul to the South Korean National Contact Point (NCP), on behalf of the Shwe Gas Movement (SGM) and nine Korea-based organizations, alleging Daewoo International and the Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) are in breach of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises related to their involvement in a large-scale natural gas development project in military-ruled Burma...EarthRights International…claims in the complaint that human rights abuses have been perpetrated against local people opposing Daewoo’s Shwe Gas Project, and that the company’s plans to construct a cross-country, transnational natural gas pipeline to China poses an unreasonably high risk of more serious and widespread human rights and environmental impacts...The complaint calls on the companies and the Korean government to postpone the project. [also refers to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE)]

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Related companies: Daewoo International (part of Posco) KOGAS (Korea Gas Corporation)