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Ministers challenged on backing for oil company - £3m support for company under spotlight for human rights abuses [UK]

Leading groups campaigning on human rights, development and the environment...called on the Scottish Executive to explain why it gave £3m of taxpayers money to an oil company that is the subject of a $2billion court action over human rights abuses in Sudan...the groups claim the decision to fund an offshore windfarm project being developed by Talisman Energy reveals serious shortcomings in the Executive's screening process.

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