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Australia: Resources company Woodside will withdraw workers from Myanmar in response to suspected human rights abuses by the military

"Woodside to withdraw workers from Myanmar after suspected human rights abuses by military", 27 February 2021


“Woodside condemns human rights violations,” Woodside said in a statement on Saturday. “Reports of violence against the Myanmar people participating in peaceful protests are deeply distressing.

“We have watched with growing concern since the events of 1 February 2021. Woodside supports the people of Myanmar and we hope to see a peaceful journey to democracy.

“Until we see the outlook for Myanmar and its political stability has improved, Woodside will keep all business decisions under review.”

It had started reducing its presence and expected “full de-mobilisation” of its drilling team within weeks. It had previously said it has about 100 workers in Myanmar.

The drilling works are exploratory and Woodside said it did not generate revenue in the country nor have any direct commercial arrangements with Tatmadaw-connected organisations.