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US News Burma: Totalnergies called to block the financing of the Junte

19:59  01 december  2021
19:59  01 december  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Totalnergies-Burma-activists: Burma: Totalnergies called to block the funding of the Junte

BIRMANIE: TOTALENERGIES APPELÉ À BLOQUER LE FINANCEMENT DE LA JUNTE © Reuters / Pascal Rossignol Burma: Totalnergies called to block the financing of the Junte

Paris (Reuters) - Human rights activist and defense groups called Wednesday TotalEnergies to block funding with the Group's junta benefits through the Group's gas activities in the country.

While the company has so far excluded to cease its activities in Burma and its payments in the country, despite the military coup of February 1, the organizations ask TotalEnergies to ensure that payments "be" placed on a sequester account until a democratically elected government is in place ".

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The authors of this call, which include Global Myanmar Spring Revolution (GMSR), Blood Money Campaign (BMC), Burma Info and the Burmese Community of France, also indicated at a press conference having written a letter open to CEO of the group, Patrick Pouyanné, approved by 789 organizations.

present in Burma since 1992, TotalEnergies mainly exploits the yadana sea gas field, which ensures half of Rangoun's electricity generation and 12% of the gas consumed by Thailand, via a gas pipeline. State Corporation Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), controlled by the army and whose activists wish to be sanctioned at the international level.

contacted Wednesday, the group was unable to comment on the press conference in the immediate future but, however, recalled its positions on the subject.

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In the spring, after expressed concern and condemned the repression that followed the coup, TotalEnergies defended its decision to maintain its activity in Burma, arguing that interrupting the gas supply would increase the situation of the population and That the junta would not hesitate to submit its local teams to forced labor.

The Group also explained to have considered the amounts due for taxes and taxes on a sequester account but concluded that not paying them would constitute a crime according to local law and would expose the officials of his subsidiary to the risk of being arrested and imprisoned.

In addition to the cessation of its projects and drilling in Burma, Totalnergies suspended the payment of dividends to the shareholders of a society that it coodents with MOGE and decided to publish all quarters the taxes and taxes it pays to Burma and pay an amount equivalent to organizations "working for human rights" in the country.

On its website, TotalEnergies refers to $ 13.1 million in taxes and donations to Burma and donation agreements signed with organizations representing an amount of 12.2 million.

Organizations opposed to the junta, however, argue that all the financial resources available by the production of Totalnergies in Burma - including production rights subject to Pettep Thai payments and up to several hundred million dollars a year - must be taken into account.

(Report Benjamin Mallet, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)

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