Oil giants Total and Chevron quit Myanmar over human rights abuses | Oil and Gas News
Total said it was leaving Myanmar due to the “worsening” human rights and rule of law situation after the country’s military seized power in a coup State last year.
Energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron Corp said they were leaving Myanmar due to the ‘worsening’ human rights situation and deteriorating rule of law after Iran seized power. the country’s army in a coup last year.
Friday’s announcement followed a call from France Total a day earlier to impose targeted international sanctions on Myanmar’s oil and gas sector to place all revenue in sequestration – a move aimed at cutting off the biggest source of foreign currency financing of the army after overthrowing Myanmar’s elected official. government in February 2021.
Total, Chevron and other companies were part of a joint venture operating the Yadana offshore gas field and the MGTC transportation system that transports gas from the field to the Myanmar-Thailand border.
“While our Company considers that its presence in a country allows it to promote its values, including outside its sphere of direct intervention, the situation, in terms of human rights and more generally the rule of law, which has continued to deteriorate in Myanmar since the February 2021 coup, has led us to reassess the situation and no longer allows TotalEnergies to make a sufficiently positive contribution in the country,” Total said in a statement. communicated.
The French energy giant added that it was withdrawing from joint ventures “without any financial compensation for TotalEnergies”.
Human rights activist Human Rights Watch applauded Friday’s announcement, posting on Twitter: “Total’s welcome decision reflects the importance of avoiding complicity in the atrocities of the Burmese junta. The next step is to ensure that gas revenues do not continue to fund these atrocities.
TotalEnergies withdraws from #Burma: https://t.co/FSa3vvYAlx
A welcome move! pic.twitter.com/PneYERytRJ
—Human Rights Watch (@hrw) January 21, 2022
In December, HRW urged Total to support sanctions that would prevent natural gas revenues from flowing to entities controlled by the Burmese military.
Civil society organizations and institutional investors in Total have also pressured the French energy giant to end its partnership with entities controlled by the Burmese military.
Last year’s coup was met with popular opposition in Myanmar, with people across the country taking to the streets to protest the return of the democratically elected government. HRW has documented a myriad of human rights abuses committed by the Myanmar military against protesters, activists, journalists and the political opposition. These abuses, which HRW says constitute “crimes against humanity”, include the murder of more than 1,400 people.