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The price of oil: Shell in the Niger Delta

This blog first appeared on the Greenpeace UK blog on 7 October 2011. This time last year I was standing in a vast pool of oily water. It used to be a fish pond for local villagers, but now everywhere was coated with oil and the stench of petroleum was overpowering. A light rain was falling....
Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta

Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta

Counting the Cost implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region from 2000 to 2010. The report uncovers how Shell’s routine payments to armed militants exacerbated conflicts, in one case leading to the destruction of Rumuekpe town where it is estimated that at least 60 people were killed. The report describes...

Community Support

People are resisting the repression, poverty and pollution caused by London-based oil & gas corporations on every continent. Platform’s Community Support project provides responsive support to these frontline groups challenging oil extraction and transportation. We work with indigenous communities, oil workers, social movements and fenceline communities that are affected by British oil companies including BP,...
Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter - August 2011

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – August 2011

remember saro-wiwa SPECIAL UPDATE: SHELL OIL SPILLS IN OGONI Dear RSW supporters, In the last 48 hours, oil giant Shell’s appalling record of pollution in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta has come under intense scrutiny. Below are some of the key stories, links and videos on this urgent issue. Please share them widely...

Shell has admitted liability but has a long way to go to make amends

This article first appeared in The Guardian, Comment is Free on 4 August 2011. by Patrick Naagbanton, as told to Ben Amunwa Oil spills destroyed my village in Nigeria and decades of environmental and social injustice are still to be addressed Shell’s admission of liability for two massive oil spills in 2008-09 in my village of...
Off The Deep End - Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

Off The Deep End – Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

This Platform report provides in-depth analysis of these trends and alerts policy makers to the environmental and safety concerns around present and planned offshore drilling in the UK North Sea and the Falkland Islands. It exposes significant capacity shortfalls in government inspection agencies and highlights key areas where better regulatory oversight is urgently required to...
Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter - January 2011

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – January 2011

remember saro-wiwa NEWS ACTION AND EVENTS – JANUARY 2011 Dear RSW supporters, Happy (Old) New Year! Thanks for your support over the last 12 months. With your continued engagement, we look forward to making a bigger impact in 2011. NEWS: Shell Faces Grilling in The Hague Shell was called before the Dutch Parliament today toface questions from lawmakers and...
No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent, 19 Poets on Climate Justice and Change

No Condition is Permanent features writing and poetry specially selected and written for PLATFORM’s season C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture, which took place at Arnolfini, Bristol, October and November 2009. It takes its title from the packed night of performance and music which took place on November 7th in Arnolfini’s main gallery. C Words was a...
Episode I: Fifteen years of not getting justice

Episode I: Fifteen years of not getting justice

This series of Platform podcasts explores the issues of the Niger Delta through conversations with leading human rights defenders and influential activists. Platform visited the Niger Delta in Autumn 2010 to conduct research and collaborate with key figures in the movement for environmental justice and social change. Episode I concerns women's rights in the Niger...
Episode II: Patrick's podcast

Episode II: Patrick’s podcast

An activist, campaigner and human rights reporter, Patrick Naagbanton has a solid reputation as one of the foremost rights monitors in the region. His organisation, the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) is a vital force in the movement for social change in the Delta. In Episode II we hear Patrick’s personal reaction...
Episode III: I believe in justice

Episode III: I believe in justice

Comrade Che is best described as a local legend. Ex-trade unionist, political prisoner, environmental activist and village elder, his life story is complex and fascinating. In this highly quotable interview, Comrade Che talks about his experiences; how imprisonment under Nigerian military dictatorship changed his understanding of politics; how oil companies work in alliance with their...
Episode IV: Environmental Rights Action

Episode IV: Environmental Rights Action

This series of Platform podcasts explores the issues of the Niger Delta through conversations with leading human rights defenders and influential activists. Platform visited the Niger Delta in Autumn 2010 to conduct research and collaborate with key figures in the movement for environmental justice and social change. In Episode IV, Platform’s Ben Amunwa interviews Morris...