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Huge energy projects to transport oil and gas across Burma to China are fuelling human rights abuses, including forced labour, violence, evictions and land confiscation, activists warned Tuesday.
The deployment of 6,600 government troops to guard a corridor for the pipelines, being laid from Burma’s western coast to its north-eastern border with China, risks increasing abuses and ethnic unrest, according to a report by the Shwe Gas Movement.
The community-based campaign organisation said that pipeline-related infrastructure is being built with forced labour and land has been confiscated to make way for project roads and military camps.
It urged firms such as China National Petroleum Corp and South Korea’s Daewoo International to withdraw from the projects, which will transport natural gas from Burma and oil from the Middle East and Africa to China.