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News from the Baku Ceyhan Campaign

16 July 2005:
Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline Far From ‘Complete' While Threats to People and Environment Remain Unaddressed

24 May 2005:
New reports find BTC pipeline unsafe for Azeri citizens

29 March 2005
Evidence of human rights abuses exposed in Turkey

3 February 2005
BP oil pipeline an ever greater safety threat, activists warn
On first anniversary of finance agreement, independent audit is essential

1 December 2004
Major private backer pulls out of embattled BP oil pipeline

24th November 2004
Government admits failing BP pipeline was experimental engineering

15th September 2004
Turkey: BTC campaigner's office attacked

27th July 2004
Pipeline construction stopped as BP caught violating Georgian law

26th June 2004
Campaigners urge halt to BP "environmental timebomb"
Whistleblowers expose Turkey pipeline failings

7th June 2004
Pipeline Campaigners Quiz BP on Security Fears

20th May 2004
Parliamentary committee criticises UK government over controversial pipeline
ECGD slammed for role in Baku Ceyhan pipeline

6th May 2004
Turkey: BP pipeline campaigner arrested and tortured

15th April 2004
BP excludes shareholders from annual meeting
Outrage at unprecedented BP move, as shareholders from Azerbaijan and Georgia denied a voice

9th March 2004
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to make the same mistake twice?
Campaigners urge bank not to support South Caucasus Pipeline

18th February 2004
Campaigners demand independent inquiry into corruption and cover-up allegations over controversial pipeline

3rd February 2004
Royal Bank of Scotland / Natwest slammed over Caspian pipeline loan

16th January 2004
Embarrassment for BP as financial completion ceremony postponed

8th January 2004
Concern over arrest and sentencing of BTC campaigner in Turkey for “Mr” remark

7th January 2004
European Commission taken to Court over Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline

18th December 2003
Human rights groups dismiss ECGD decision to back Baku-Ceyhan pipeline as politically motivated

1st December 2003
Barclays says no to Caspian pipeline loan
Pressure now on HSBC, NatWest to follow suit

5th November 2003
Groups slam "BP Benn" for caving in to political pressure over controversial oil pipeline

29th October 2003
World Bank delays pipeline decision
Campaigners slam leaked internal report as whitewash

23rd October 2003
Banks under fire over Caspian pipeline
High street banks slammed for breaking ‘Equator Principles’ lending rules

14th October 2003
Hilary Benn under pressure over BP pipeline cash
Caspian project breaks World Bank rules on 173 counts

26th September 2003
Public bank in pipeline protest
Legal statements of villagers presented

5th September 2003

European Commission to investigate BP pipeline

11th August 2003
Environment and human rights groups slam BP on transparency
Publish payments and environment data on Caspian pipeline, say campaigners

17th July 2003
MPs slam export funding body's green record
Caspian pipeline decision will be test of ECGD’s environment policy say campaigners

14th July 2003
Amos under pressure over BP pipeline
Campaigners unveil legal challenge on Turkey’s breach of European law

4th July 2003
BP pipeline breaks Turkey’s Europe deal
Campaigners threaten EU legal challenge against Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline

27th June 2003
BP pipeline faces court challenge in Georgia

13th June 2003
Amos moves into spotlight - public funding approval process starts for controversial BP pipeline

5th June 2003
Global call for moratorium on BP's Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline

4th May 2003
Controversial BP Pipeline Under Yet More Fire; Report Calls for Moratorium

29th April 2003
Groups File Claim Against BP and Pipeline Partners in 5 Countries:
"Green" Company Violating International Norms in Controversial Caspian Oil Pipeline

27th March 2003
No public money for new oil - UK taxpayers fund destruction and fuel future conflict

24th March 2003

18th March 2003
Campaigners warn UK government of human rights threats over BP's Caspian oil project

28th October 2002
‘BP’s new oil project a "disaster waiting to happen", say campaigners - BP refuses to discuss concerns in public’

30th August 2002
Oil Companies Colonise Turkey: MAI by the Back Door?’

Onshore oilfields from the Soviet era, south of Baku. The coastline here is littered with rusting derricks and pools of oil. The growth area, that will feed the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, is offshore. [Yury Urbansky/ CEE Bankwatch Network

News from other organisations

May 27, 2004
Ongoing BTC construction abuses provoke fresh complaint to project backer
Association Green Alternative

May 5, 2004
New BTC monitoring report throws light on Georgia's forgotten pipeline people
Association Green Alternative, CEE Bankwatch Network and Georgia Young Lawyers Association

April 19, 2004
Georgian campaigner wins environmental "Nobel Prize"
Association Green Alternative, CEE Bankwatch Network

16th March 2004
Georgians demand action to save their homes from oil pipeline - Official complaint to IFC reveals shocking BTC negligence
CEE Bankwatch Network

25th February 2004
NGOs cross London Rising Tide picket line to attend BP greenwash meeting
London Rising Tide

15th February 2004
BP accused of cover-up in pipeline deal
Sunday Times article

6th February 2004
BTC workers outraged by oil company's violations. Promised highest standards are sorely lacking in Georgia
Association Green Alternative + Georgian Trade Union Amalgation

3rd February 2004
Royal Bank of Scotland to fund controversial oil pipeline

27th January 2004
London Rising Tide disrupts Caspian oil and gas conference
London Rising Tide

11th November 2003
WWF urges commercial banks not to fund controversial pipeline

10th November 2003
WWF alarmed at World Bank impotence on BTC pipeline decision

24th October 2003
People’s pipeline in Azerbaijan a sham - New report on EBRD/IFC public consultation process
CEE Bankwatch Network

22nd October 2003
Azerbaijan: Government Launches Crackdown
Human Rights Watch

8th October 2003
Oil pipeline will exacerbate corruption in Azerbaijan
Committee of Oil Industry Workers’ Rights Protection / CEE Bankwatch Network

1st October 2003
Leaked Documents Reveal World Bank Set to Threaten Pillar of Georgia's Economy
Friends of the Earth US

28th August 2003
Protesters occupy Export Credit Guarantees Department offices
Rising Tide UK

18th August 2003
Bank consultation meetings criticised
Green Alternative / CEE Bankwatch Network

17th July 2003
Welsh Assembly members oppose pipeline public funding
Members' Statement of Opinion

17th July 2003
Georgian protest prevents work on BP oil pipeline
Rosbalt / Alexanders

11th July 2003
Caucasus NGO Confederation urges moratorium on BTC
Caucasus NGO Confederation / Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Azerbaijan National Committee

10th July 2003
AMEC Blockaded over Baku Pipeline Construction

Earth First! / Rising Tide

5th July 2003
Protest at the British Museum over BP sponsorship
London Rising Tide

4th July 2003
European Commission admits pipeline creates accession issues for Turkey
Jean Lambert MEP

18th June 2003
New form of 'best practice' jeopardises land users' rights in Georgia

Association Green Alternative / CEE Bankwatch Network / Oxfam / Georgia Young Lawyers Association

20th May 2003
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project puts human rights on the line
Amnesty International

25th March 2003
Protest at EBRD Tbilisi office
Association "Green Alternative" / Movement for a Dignified Future / Helsinki Citizens' Committee of Georgia / Environment and Animals Rights Protection Union "Lobo" / Institute for MultiTrack Diplomacy / CEE Bankwatch Network

Dec '02 - Mar '03
Direct actions in Britain against Baku Ceyhan pipeline,
Rising Tide UK