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British Tobacco Company to Sell Burma Factory - 2003-11-06


A major tobacco company says it will sell its stake in a Burmese cigarette factory because of the country's human rights record.

British American Tobacco announced today (Thursday) it will sell its share in the Burmese factory to a Singapore-based investment company.

Britain had called on British American Tobacco to pull out of Burma. But the company previously resisted the government's request, saying it would not be forced by London and human rights groups to leave Burma.

The government in London has asked all British companies and investors to end relations with Burma, saying it is not appropriate to deal with a country that fails to respect basic human rights.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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