This report investigates the role of French oil giant TOTAL Oil in fuelling the oppressive dictatorship in Burma.
Key findings of the report include:
- TOTAL as the largest European corporate funder of the regime. The Yadana gas project, in which it is a partner, is believed to earn the regime between $200m to $450m a year.
- TOTAL’s presence in Burma influencing French, European Union and British foreign policy on Burma, as France vetoes effective EU sanctions in order to protect TOTAL.
- Horrific human rights abuses committed in the region of TOTAL’s gas pipeline by pipeline security forces.
- Arms sales closely linked to TOTAL’s gas project. The regime used its first downpayment for gas exports to buy 10 MIG jets from Russia.