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Yale University Dumping Oil Investments Linked to Sudan

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Yale University Dumping Oil Investments Linked to Sudan

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NEW HAVEN, CONN.

Yale University is selling off its oil stocks linked to the African nation of Sudan because the country has been accused of genocide.

"The time-honored principles that Yale observes as an ethical institutional investor have guided us to take this strong action," Yale President Richard Levin said while announcing the move.

He added that he did not know the value of the stock, calling it "a small piece of a large fund."

The United States and international humanitarian groups have accused the Sudanese government of using its oil wealth to commit acts of genocide against the people of its western Darfur region.

Levin said the university had stock in one of seven oil companies that it determined were providing "the lion's share of the revenue to the Sudanese government."

He did not identify the company or the value of Yale's holdings. A Chinese-led consortium dominates the oil industry in Sudan.

Levin said the companies are presumed to be committing "grave social injury" by providing financial assistance to the perpetrators of genocide.

He also said the school would not invest in any of the seven companies, which he identified as Bentini SPA, an Italian construction company that builds pumping stations; Higleig Petroleum Services and Investment Co. Ltd., a Sudanese company; Hi-Tech Petroleum, a Sudanese company; Nam Fatt Corp. …

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