Aker BP and Aker ASA accused of indifference to survivors of war crimes

March 24, 2022

Acquisition of Lundin Energy’s oil and gas assets allegedly designed to protect shareholders against the consequences of criminal charges.

26 humanitarian and human rights organisations including PAX call upon Aker BP and its main shareholder Aker ASA to support victims of war crimes and not buy Lundin Energy’s assets under the agreed terms. According to the Swedish public prosecutor, Lundin Energy has been complicit in systematic attacks on civilians with ground and air forces, massive destruction of property, and the use of hunger as a weapon of war. An estimated 12,000 people died as a result. Lundin Energy made a fortune in South Sudan and did not pay attention to the survivors. Aker BP’s acquisition will strip Lundin Energy of the means to come clear with its South Sudanese legacy.

Lundin Energy’s assets are directly linked to war crimes and Aker BP’s acquisition will almost certainly facilitate the perpetuation of severe ongoing and unremediated impacts as it will deny victims of war crimes access to redress. On 5 April Aker BP’s shareholders including Aker ASA will decide on the acquisition.

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