South Korea: NGO files OECD complaint alleging Daewoo, KOGAS linked to human rights & environmental abuses re Burma gas project

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30 October 2008

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

Author: EarthRights International

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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29 October 2008

[PDF] Complaint to the South Korea National Contact Point under the specific instance procedure of the OECD Guidelines For Multinational Enterprises regarding natural gas development by Daewoo International and Korea Gas Corporation (Kogas) in Burma ...

Author: Filed by EarthRights International on behalf of the Shwe Gas Movement (SGM) and nine Korea-based organizations

…As described in this complaint, Daewoo’s and KOGAS’s natural gas project in Burma has already been linked to human rights abuses…Given the Burmese military’s well-documented human rights record and pattern of grave violations associated with large-scale development projects,17 and given the proposed plans of Daewoo and KOGAS to construct a cross-country pipeline from their offshore operations, it is foreseeable that without intervention these abuses and others will ontinue to occur and increase in connection to the Shwe Project.

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