Stop Unocal's Atrocities Against the People and Rainforests of Burma!
|The Unocal Oil Corporation is involved in a natural gas venture with one of the world's most brutal and repressive military regimes, Burma's State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). SLORC has received the strongest condemnations from the US Congress, the US State Department, the European Parliament, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the International Labor Organization, Amnesty International, and ten Nobel Peace Laureates. Foreign oil corporations provide one of the largest sources of revenue to the SLORC regime, helping them keep their reign of terror.
The gas pipeline will run undersea for 218 miles, and 41 miles across southern Burma's Tenasserim division to Thailand. A second consortium of Unocal, Mitsui of Japan and Total have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SLORC to be the joint venture partners in the "Three-In One" project. This project consists of building an offshoot pipeline to Rangoon-- connecting it to a power plant--and building a power plant and urea fertilizer plant near Rangoon.
The gas pipeline will go through a variety of ecosystems including dense tropical forest, disrupting the habitat of rare animals such as tigers, rhinos and elephants. The pipeline area is inhabited by the Karen, Mon and Tavoy peoples who have partial control of the region. This venture is currently linked to forced village relocation, the forced labor of tens of thousands of local inhabitants, and fatalities at the hands of the SLORC troops. This entire region is a war zone due to the ethnic peoples' need to defend themselves against SLORC attacks, making the region highly unstable.
Wetlands is joining activist groups around the world in working to expose Unocal's abuses of human rights and the environment, and force Unocal to join Heineken, Texaco, Arco, Apple Computer, Disney, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard, Levi-Strauss &Co., PepsiCo, and many other companies who have pulled of Burma!
What You Can Do:
1) Send a letter to Unocal's CEO
, Charles Williamson, expressing your concern about their continued operations in Burma.
2) Join Wetlands for demonstrations, forums, and other educational events and actions in our campaign agianst Unocal. Call us at (201) 968-0595 for details.
3) Don't buy teak
, shrimp, luggage, gems and birdseed
Free Burma Coalition