Unocal to face trial in California regarding Myanmar human rights case

Unocal Corp. vows a "vigorous" defense in its California legal battle over allegations of human rights violations during construction of the $1 billion Yadana natural gas pipeline in military-ruled Myanmar.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Chaney last month cleared the way for Unocal to stand trial in September over the alleged human rights violations In a longstanding, complex case, attorneys representing 15 Myanmese refugees claim Unocal was complicit in human rights abuses by the Myanmese military. The abuses allegedly included slave labor, numerous deaths, and property seizures. Unocal has denied the allegations (OGJ, June 26, 2000, p. 24).The lawsuit was filed in 1996. US Dis...

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