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Mon, Oct 1, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Chevron Silent On Human Rights

    NEWS RELEASE
    October 1, 2007

    CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, cell: 213-280-0175

    ‘Human Rights’ Not Part of Chevron ‘Human Energy’ Advertising Campaign;

    Watchdog Group’s Letter Calls on CEO to Dump Myanmar Gas Fields that Fund Brutal Dictatorship

    Santa Monica, CA — The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
    and its OilWatchdog.org project today called on Chevron CEO David
    O’Reilly to "immediately sever Chevron’s ties to Myanmar’s brutal
    government and personally speak out against its violent suppression of
    peaceful protest."

    In a letter to O’Reilly, OilWatchdog co-founder Judy Dugan
    said, "Your ad campaign, which a Chevron official said would cost ‘in
    the high tens of millions’ of dollars, portrays a company that deeply
    cares about the world and its future. Given your investment in Myanmar
    alone, that is a gauzy, gorgeous lie."

    Chevron has a stake in natural gas fields in Myanmar through
    its 2005 purchase of Unocal. Unocal’s 28% ownership of natural gas
    fields with the French oil company Total was, along with other existing
    investments, excluded from an embargo by the United States and European
    nations.

    "It is surprising that the 2005 change of ownership did not
    trigger demands for disinvestment by the embargo partners," said Dugan.
    "Chevron should divest now as a moral imperative."

    Click here to tell Chevron to walk its talk.

    Here is the text of the letter (also viewable as a pdf here).
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    October 1, 2007

    Dear Mr. O’Reilly,

    "Chevron’s lavish new image-advertising campaign makes your
    65,000 employees look like the Peace Corps, sowing harmony and good
    feeling across the world. Yet as you well know, the smiling families,
    poets and sports coaches shown in your 2.5-minute debut television ad,
    "Human Energy," don’t make corporate policy.

    "Chevron’s continued lucrative investment in the natural gas
    fields of Myanmar fuels a despotic regime that has focused its "human
    energy" on violently suppressing its citizens — including the murder
    of Buddhist monks and the apparent point-blank killing of a Japanese
    news photographer.

    "You could have divested the Myanmar fields when Chevron
    bought their operator, Unocal, in 2005. Chevron said last year that it
    was considering such action, but failed to take it.

    "You and your corporation have been silent as Myanmar troops
    fired on democracy proponents, beat them and incarcerated them. You
    have been silent about the continued imprisonment and intimidation of
    Aung San Suu Kyi, whose overwhelming 1990 election to lead the nation
    was overturned by force.

    "Your ad campaign, which a Chevron official said would cost
    ‘in the high tens of millions’ of dollars, portrays a company that
    deeply cares about the world and its future. Given your investment in
    Myanmar alone, that is a gauzy, gorgeous lie.

    "We urge you to immediately sever Chevron’s ties to Myanmar’s
    brutal government and personally speak out against its violent
    suppression of peaceful protest."

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