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The potent critisism against NORAD's support to Oceanor's high-tech sale to Indonesia is largely based on the experiences from Thailand in the early 90's: Then, Seawatch was launched for the first time outside of Norway, funded with 14.4 million developing aid NOKs. However, a report from 1995 raises several fundamental questions concerning the project's developing effect. The authors of the report expresses to NorWatch that based on NORAD's own criteria for a supporting a project, it is basically a failure. - We needed a glass of water, but got a bucket down the throat, says the local project manager in Thailand.
This newsletter is among other things concerned with Norwegian investments in Indonesia, a country that the past few months has received worldwide attention due to repeated and increased abuses of the population by the authorities. Norwegian companies follow in the footsteps of the government, which last year sent Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland off on a charm offensive to the regime’s dictator, Suharto.
In 1991, 26 workers at Scancem’s cement factory in Ghana, GHACEM, were dismissed allegedly because the enterprise was overstaffed. Today seven of them are dead and three have lost their eyesight due to dust pollution from the factories. NorWatch has obtained a fresh report claiming that the local population is suffering from grave health and environmental problems in connection with Scancem’s activities. The report criticizes GHACEM for refusing to provide information as to what types of releases the cement factory generates. Scancem finds the criticism puzzling, and says that its company in Ghana is a model enterprise as concerns the environment.
State secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, A. Mathiesen, has said that the large amount paid last year to Norwegian companies setting up businesses in Indonesia was a coincidence. NorWatch has found out that the amount may increase by 30% for 1996 if the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) approves the applications they have received.
On August 15, the gold and silver mine Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New Guinea was closed by indigenous people of the area. Two people were killed and several hurt during the riots. Members of the Porgera River Alluvial Miners Association (PRAMA) rioted when the compensation for damage caused by the mine was withheld in the last minute. Other enterprises and offices in the mining town were also forced to close. Dyno’s subsidiary Dyno Wesfarmers Ltd. (DWL) has a factory manufacturing explosives at the mining-site.

For three years, well out of the eyes of the Norwegian public, the Norwegian furniture company Scansia has run a furniture factory in Rangoon, the capitol of Burma. The factory produces garden furniture using teak, which they buy from the military regime. The Burmese rainforest contain 80% of the remaining teak trees, but the military regime is strongly criticised for the removal of this valuable type of tree. Should today's speed of removal continue, Burma's resource of teak trees will disappear within 25 years, according to environmentalists and the international boycott campaign against the military regime.

As late as 1993, Dyno Industries US subsidiary, Dyno Nobel Inc., supplied detonators to US anti-personnel mines. Now the company has been registered on Human Rights Watch' blacklist over companies which do not want to waive the opportunity for such production in the future. In spite of this, Dyno Industrier informed the Foreign Ministry in the spring of 1995 that the company did not produce or had not produced equipment for such mines. Norwegian authorities support an international ban against anti-personnel mines, which is a large problem for the people of the third world.
When the Apartheid regime was at the verge of falling in South Africa, the most important argument the Norwegian authorities used for the lifting of sanctions as soon as possible, was the fear for the Norwegian industry loosing the fight for contracts. Looking back, it does not seem like the lifted sanctions created any big interest among companies, for the Democractic South Africa.
The 27th of May 1996, marked the start of an international campaign that supports the indian demand for the return of land occupied since the 1960’s by the worlds largest producer of bleached cellulose, Aracruz Celulose S.A. A little less than a third of the company is owned by the Lorentzen family and Den norske Bank, both Norwegian. Aracruz owns enormous areas of land where forest and indian land have been converted to eucalyptus plantations. Recently, the Ministry of Justice in Norway received a letter from the Brazilian indians, asking the Norwegian authorities to support the Indian demand. Den norske Bank, on its part, tells NorWatch that they are not aware of the conflict.
In Papua New Guinea’s rainforest, Dyno Wesfarmers Ltd (DWL) produces explosives and detonators for Porgera Joint Venture’s (PJV) gold and silver mine. A new and comprehensive report which NorWatch has access to, shows that the Porgera mine is perhaps the most polluting mine in the world. The death rate among indigenous people in the area has increased. Fishing, hunting and farming are heavily reduced because of the discharge from the mine. The mine gets its main supply of explosives from Dyno Wesfarmer’s factory at the minsesite. Yet, Dyno denies responsibility for the conditions at Porgera.
The work at the Bakun dam project in Sarawak, Malaysia (see NorWatch 4/96), was stopped by Malaysian High Court on the 19th of June. Three from a total of over 9 000 indigenous people who has to resettle as a result of the project, took the developers to court. The High Court agreed with them, in that the feasibility study did not considerate their situation. The developer, Ekran Bhd appealed, and on the 13th of July got permission to continue work on the project until the case is settled.