Anonyme, Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 21:29

Free Burma Coalition

The campaign against Burma's military regime picks up steam as Canada’s prestigious university joins efforts in the US and UK...

(Montreal, Quebec) -- Taking a page out of the international struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, the
student union at McGill University, one of Canada’s most prestigious universities, has passed a resolution
calling on the University to cut ties to international companies operating in the Southeast Asian country of
Burma. The move follows the United States-based University of Virginia’s recent decision to divest over a
million dollars in stock from Unocal and the United Kingdom-based Exeter University’s school-wide
referendum that called for the resignation of the university Chancellor on account of his ties to Total Fina
Elf. Both Unocal and Total are oil companies with operations inside Burma and Unocal is facing a U.S.
court case alleging it is responsible for human rights abuses associated with its Burma pipeline project.

“We're all really excited that the resolution passed. International companies that prop up Burma’s regime
should be on notice that we will not stand for injustice any longer," said Sari Long, a McGill student and
member of Free Burma McGill.

The resolution calls for the University to divest from companies operating in Burma: “The Students’ Society
of McGill University calls upon the governing boards of McGill University to refrain from investing and
divest any McGill University funds from stocks, bonds, securities, or other obligations of any company,
bank or financial institution which does business in Burma.

Links to the Free Burma Coalition and the Canadian Friends of Burma

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