BTC Pipeline in New Human Rights Storm

March 27, 2005 (The Observer, UK, via Ecofinancas) — BP is facing renewed criticism of its involvement in the BTC pipeline after campaigners made fresh claims of human rights abuses relating to the controversial project. The pipeline has been dogged by claims of environmental damage and heavy-handed behaviour by the Turkish government, whose forces provide security for the project. Hannah Ellis of Friends of the Earth said: "BP's project is resulting in human rights abuses on the back of development bank finance. [...] The evidence we saw on the ground was shocking." Read the related press release from Friends of the Earth (March 29, 2005).