Bloodhound complains to Swedish TV over misrepresentation of Hind helicopter gunship outside Lundin's oilbase in Sudan
7th July 2011.
Following the screening on Swedish TV during July 2011 of a documentary on South Sudan titled 'Världens Nyaste Land', Bloodhound has written a formal complaint to the Swedish Broadcasting Authority over the serious misrepresentation of facts. An attack helicopter gunship parked outside Lundin's headquarters at Rubkona was made out to belong to a militia group, thereby deflecting the responsibility of the Government of Sudan for the deployment of attack helicopters to clear the oilfields of their local inhabitants. Satellite images analysed by Prins Engineering on behalf of ECOS demonstrate that 160,000 people were driven off their land in Lundin's Block 5a concession alone. Many more were undoubtedly displaced from the neighbouring Arakis and later Talisman concessions.
14th April 2012.
In an open letter published on the 18th March 2012 in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Lundin directors Ian and Lukas Lundin defend their policy of investing in countries at war, with the claim that oil is good for development and therefore helps local people. A report by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) in 2010 demonstrates that this was very far from the reality in Sudan where some 160,000 people were driven off their land when Lundin explored for oil there. Furthermore, research by Bloodhound and published in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet shows that much of the massive increase in foreign exchange earnings by the government of Sudan was used on the civil war.
Updated: 14th May 2013.
Many people in Sweden are working hard to expose the truth about Swedish oil company Lundin’s links to the atrocities that have been perpetrated on the civilian population living in their oil concessions in South Sudan during 1997–2003.
These efforts have received a lot of media attention in Sweden, together with the publication of investigative books and the release of documentary films.
More recently the campaign has widened to include Norway, as Lundin's profits from the sale of its Sudanese licences in 2003 were invested in Norwegian licences in the North Sea.
As most articles relating to Lundin are in Swedish and Norwegian, they can be difficult to locate for non-Swedish/Norwegian speakers, and are therefore summarised here with relevant links.
Bloodhound releases the report Justifying Blood Money,
and demands the Swedish government to investigate
whether Lundin misled shareholders and investors during
1997-2003 regarding its oil concession Block 5A in Sudan
7th May 2013
The Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority Finansinpsektionen should investigate whether Swedish stock market rules were contravened by Lundin Oil/Petroleum AB’s omissions and communications to shareholders and the market regarding the situation in their Block 5A licence in Sudan during 1997-2003.
The most comprehensive investigation yet of attacks on villages in Darfur, Sudan, during the period January 2001 to September 2005 has shown that 63% of the attacks were directly perpetrated by soldiers or aircraft belonging to the Sudanese government, often in cooperation with government-backed Janjaweed militia forces.