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Lundin Petroleum Accused of War Crimes

Published tisdag 8 juni 2010 kl 09.01
Image showing how agriculture has been affected by oil drilling in Sudan

Updated 19:30

Swedish oil company Lundin Petroleum, and the consortium it worked with, were responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan, according to a scathing new report by a European NGO.

The company denies the accusations.

The report claims that militia groups killed 10 000 people, and forced almost 200 000 to leave their homes so the company could start drilling for oil.

The "European Coalition on Oil in Sudan", which wrote the report, is made up of 50 NGO's. The report says that Lundin Petroleum hired in Sudanese officers to do the dirty work for them.

One of the report's authors, Egbert Wesserlink, told Swedish Radio news:

"Our conclusion is that Lundin helped cause the wars in the region, and not peace and development as they themselves claim".

When it comes to Sweden the Organisation is accusing not only Lundin Petroleum but also the Swedish government in power at the time of failure to protect the rights of defenceless people.

Sweden's current Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, was a member of Lundin Oil's board of directors up until 2006.

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