World Bulletin / News Desk
An human rights body, EarthRights International, accused on Monday the U.S. oil firm Chevron and French oil giant Total of being implicated in human-rights violations in Myanmar, reports said.
The EarthRights said that Total and Chevron have used soldiers linked to killings and are using forced labor to keep pipelines operating smoothly, Time Magazine said.
EarthRights also accuses energy companies of supporting an oppressive military regime.
But the oil firms denied the charges they are tacitly funding an oppressive government and using forced labor in the region, according to UPI.
Last year, the NGO, which is based in Washington and Chiang Mai, Thailand, published interviews with locals describing how soldiers protecting the pipeline had dragooned them into unpaid manual labor, according to Time report on Tuesday.
According to the EarthRights report, in February some soldiers of the battalion murdered two residents in the pipeline area after suspecting them of being linked to an armed militia group.
Operations by Total in the country brought in about $9 billion for Myanmar over the last decade.