PetroChina plea turned downJuly 2008
The United Nations Global Compact has rejected a demand that it use its influence to persuade oil company PetroChina to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
Eighty civil society organizations from 17 countries have signed an open letter to the Global Compact calling on it to put pressure on PetroChina - the listed arm of China National Petroleum Corporation - which plays an important part in Sudan's oil industry and is a Compact signatory.
The letter, co-ordinated by US-based umbrella group Investors Against Genocide, was also signed by US Congress members and Canadian parliamentarians.
However, Georg Kell, executive director of the Global Compact, replied that his organization would not take action as it 'is not a mediation, dispute resolution or adjudicative body, nor is it an enforcement agency'. Kell noted that the letter 'does not articulate specific concerns about PetroChina's own conduct', though it claims a link between the company's activities in Sudan and human rights abuses there.
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