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Total Oil settles French lawsuit over forced labour in Burma, will set up £3.5 million humanitarian fund - campaigners vow to keep up pressure for divestment

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Author: Info Birmanie, Ligue des droits de l'homme, Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l'Homme (FIDH)

...Info Birmanie, la LDH et la FIDH regrettent vivement que le communiqué de presse rendu public conjointement ce jour par Total et l'association Sherpa, entérine en réalité la version de Total sur son absence de responsabilité pour les faits qui lui sont reprochés... Info Birmanie, la LDH et la FIDH sont indignées par cet accord qui fait abstraction des responsabilités dans la perpétration de graves violations des droits de l'Homme au profit d'une transaction financière permettant ainsi au groupe Total de s'acheter une bonne conduite.

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29 November 2005

Myanmar: Total and the Sherpa Association reach agreement for the creation of a solidarity Fund for humanitarian actions

Author: Total

Total upholds its categorical denial of any involvement in forced labour and all accusations of this nature. Under the terms of this agreement, Total has decided to create a 5.2 million Euro solidarity fund. The major part of the money will be used to finance collective humanitarian measures locally, benefiting housing, health and education. It is further designed to compensate the plaintiffs and any other person who can demonstrate that they suffered a similar experience in the area near the Yadana pipeline during construction work.

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29 November 2005

TOTAL Climbdown on Burma Court Case

Author: Burma Campaign UK

The Burma Campaign UK today welcomed the climbdown by TOTAL Oil – which was being sued in French courts over its involvement in forced labour in Burma. Total has agreed to set up a £3.5 million humanitarian fund in an out of court settlement... Campaigners pledged that the settlement would have no impact on the campaign to get TOTAL to withdraw from Burma.

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29 November 2005

Total pays 5.2 mln eur to settle claims of forced labour use in Myanmar

Author: AFX

Total SA said it has agreed to pay 5.2 mln eur to settle claims that the oil giant used forced labour at its Yadana gas pipeline project in Myanmar, ending legal proceedings that had been brought against the company in a French court in 2002... Total repeated its 'categorical denial' of the claims, and said it settled for 'humanitarian reasons'. [also refers to Unocal (now part of Chevron), PTT, MOGE (Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise)]

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