March 1, 2012

The Global Day of Action Against the Shwe Gas and China-Burma Pipelines Project

Date: 1st March 2012, Thursday
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Place: In front of South Korea Embassy 60 Buckingham Gate London SW1E 6AJ.
Nearest tube: St James’s Park Underground Station


This global day of action is organized by the Shwe Gas Movement. They are calling on Burma’s military-backed government and companies to postpone the Shwe Gas Project until community rights and the environment are protected, affected peoples share in benefits, and transparency and accountability mechanisms are in place.

The Shwe Gas Project involves the exploitation of underwater natural gas deposits off the coast of western Burma’s Arakan State and dual oil and gas pipelines running through Arakan State, Shan State, and Central Burma. In cooperation with Burma’s military-backed government, a consortium of Indian and Korean corporations are currently exploring gas fields off the coast of Arakan State in Western Burma. These gas fields are destined to become the Burmese military government’s largest single source of foreign income.

The Shwe Gas Movement has documented abuses associated with the project, including widespread land confiscation, forced labour, increased militarization and environmental destruction.

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