Bernard Kouchner's Report
As an authority on Southeast Asia and its history, a humanitarian doctor specialized in public health and crisis issues, a politically engaged public servant and a personal acquaintance of Myanmar dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, Bernard Kouchner had all the necessary qualifications to provide a critical, impartial opinion of Total's actions in Myanmar. That's why the Group commissioned his consulting firm, BK Conseil, to send Dr. Kouchner to Myanmar to give his comments and recommendations.
Dr. Kouchner's mission involved three stages:
- Establishing a wide range of preliminary contacts with representatives of humanitarian NGOs active in Myanmar or monitoring the country's situation, as well as with Mary Anderson, President of The Collaborative Learning Projects (CDA).
- Reading a number of reports, notably the US Department of Labor's Report on Labor Practices in Burma (2002-2003) and the International Crisis Group's Myanmar - The Politics of Humanitarian Aid (2002).
- Visiting Yangon and the Yadana pipeline region from March 25 to 29, 2003.
In the seven villages he was able to visit extensively in the allotted time, Dr. Kouchner met with members of the Village Communication Committees and managers of a number of agricultural projects. He held lengthy interviews with medical teams, physicians and midwives, talked with Total's onsite expatriate staff, and visited the Yadana project's onshore technical facilities.