So. Korean Govt. rejects OECD Guidelines complaint against Daewoo, KOGAS over Burma pipeline

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23 December 2008

Korean Government Rejects OECD Complaint Against Daewoo International and KOGAS

Author: EarthRights International

The Government of Korea has rejected a complaint filed by EarthRights International 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. As an OECD-member state, Korea has committed to promote the Guidelines…. The Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), the governmental ministry of the OECD National Contact Point (NCP), rejected the complaint on all counts, expressing opinions uniformly consistent with those of Daewoo International. [also refers to Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)]

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24 December 2008

Korea Rejects Charge of Rights Abuse in Burma

Author: William Boot, Irrawaddy [Thailand]

The South Korean government has rejected a complaint by...Earth Rights International...that industrial conglomerate Daewoo International and government-owned Korea Gas Corporation have condoned human rights abuses...in Burma in pursuit of gas exploration...and failed to comply with OECD guidelines...ERI...backed by several other organizations including South Korea’s two biggest labor union federations...complained to...the South Korean government that Daewoo and Korea Gas...are in breach of at least six OECD guidelines “by failing to respect human rights, contributing to forced labor, failing to promote sustainable development, failing to disclose information about the project, failing to consult with local populations and by failing to conduct an environmental impact assessment according to international standards.”

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