New Reports Link Total and Chevron to Human Rights Abuses, Corruption in Burma

September 10, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand -- EarthRights International (ERI) released two reports today linking oil giants Total and Chevron to forced labor, killings, high-level corruption and authoritarianism in military-ruled Burma (Myanmar). For the first time, ERI reveals that the military regime is hiding multi-billion dollar revenues from natural gas sales in two offshore banks in Singapore.

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English Language Media

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Burma junta 'siphoned off Yadana cash' , Upstreamonline.com, September 10, 2009

Junta has ‘stolen billions’ in gas revenue, The National, Larry Jagan, September 12, 2009

Industry Impact: Oil-equities benchmark falls back from new high for 2009, Market Watch, September 11, 2009

Report: Oil Companies Prop Up Myanmar, Offical Wire, September 11, 2009

Myanmar allegations highlight Singapore bank secrecy , AFP, September 15, 2009 

 

Reactions from Banks & Oil Companies

Oil giant Total's presence in Myanmar is "positive": CEO, DPA, September 11, 2009

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'Total's mission is not to restore democracy in the world. That is not our profession,' Margerie said in the interview with readers of the daily. He also said that Total had no plans to leave Myanmar.

But ERI did not call on Total and Chevron to divest from Myanmar, but to publish all their payments to the country's authorities since 1992, when the contract was signed.

Margerie did not respond to that demand. Nor did he address another demand by ERI, to acknowledge that forced labour was used with the pipeline, which passes from the Andaman Sea over 65 kilometers of Myanmar into Thailand.

 

Total staying put in Burma, Upstreamonline.com, September 11, 2009

Total rejects accusation it props up Myanmar regime, AFP, September 11, 2009

Singapore banks reject Myanmar junta cash report , AFP, September 11, 2009

Total Defends its Business in Burma AP, September 11, 2009
 

French Language Media

Liberation.fr

Si Total en avait la volonte, elle pourrait initer des changements reels en Birmanie, by Arnaud Vaulerin September 29, 2009
En Birmanie, la junte pompe l’argent de Total September 10, 2009
Une dictature qui se rit des sanctions, September 10, 2009
L’image, une obsession pour Total, September 10, 2009

Bakchich: Total travaille en silence en Birmanie , September 20, 2009

Bakchich: Margerie, le discours (birman) de la méthode, September 12, 2009

Le Monde September 10, 2009

Radio Interview: Total et Chevron de nouveau accusés d'enrichir la junte, September 10, 2009

Total épinglé en Birmanie... et ailleurs, L'EXPRESS, September 10, 2009

Total n’est ni un outil politique ni une ONG, Le Parisien, September 11, 2009

Total : Ch. de Margerie revient sur la Birmanie et le baril. , Cercle Finance, September 11, 2009

Total, sponsor de la junte birmane ?, Metrofrance, September 10, 2009

5 jours en enfer pour Julie, Total encore sur la sellette en Birmanie, la triche au PS : ambiance "Tontons flingueurs", September 10, 2009

Birmanie: Total dénonce le rapport "à charge" d'une ONG américaine , September 10, 2009

Total et Chevron mis en cause pour leur soutien au régime birman, Newstin, September 10, 2009