President and CEO, KOGAS
Mr. Kang-Hyun Oh,
write to you in response to your company’s investment in the A-1 “Shwe”
natural gas project in the Bay of Bengal off Burma’s (Myanmar’s) western
coast, in which your company owns a 10% share.
it is clear that the development of cleaner energy alternatives such as natural
gas is important, the “Shwe” project is different from others.
development projects such as “Shwe” do not help the people of Burma. Two
Burmese natural gas pipeline projects in the 1990s �C Yadana and Yetagun �C
made it devastatingly clear that large-scale gas pipeline projects in Burma are
not only detrimental to the cultural life and environmental integrity of the
pipeline areas, but also lead to the entrenchment of one of the world’s most
brutal military regimes.
the construction of previous Burmese gas pipelines, villagers were forcibly
relocated without adequate compensation. Many were forced to work to construct
military outposts, clear pipeline routes or porter crops and goods the army
confiscated from people’s homes. The incidence of rape in these areas also
rose dramatically. All reports from Western Burma indicate that history is
are tarnishing the record of your company through your involvement with the
regime in Rangoon.
letter is a demand for you to cease all involvement with the Burmese military
regime until the people of Burma �C particularly Western Burma �C can have a
say in the extraction of their natural resources and the revenues they generate.
Until this demand is met, you can expect me to do the following:
others to boycott your products
and encourage others to divest from your company
hands with Burmese opposition groups to help bring an end to the Burmese
the Korean government and citizens of Korea to start lawsuits against KOGAS and
its responsible authorities.