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24 Mar 2007

Human Rights Watch

Burma: Natural Gas Project Threatens Human Rights - South Korean, Indian Investments May Lead to Complicity in Abuses

...Human Rights Watch [has] expressed concern that the proposed construction of overland pipelines to transport...gas will involve the use of forced labor, and result in illegal land confiscation, forced displacement, and unnecessary use of force against villagers. Revenue from gas sales would also serve to entrench the brutal military rule in the country. Because of these well-founded concerns, Human Rights Watch urged companies with interests in Burma’s oil and gas deposits to suspend activity until they can credibly demonstrate that their projects can be carried out without abusing human rights... The Shwe gas project is led by...Daewoo International... Other consortium partners include...ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL)...; the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL); and Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)... [also refers to PTT Exploration and Production (part of PTT), Petronas, Nippon Oil, Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Essar Oil; lawsuits against Unocal (now Chevron), Total]

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Burma: Human Rights Watch warns Shwe & other gas projects threaten human rights, investments by Daewoo, ONGC, GAIL, KOGAS & others may lead to complicity in abuses

Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)