February 21, 2005

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.

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