Dear RSW supporters,15 years ago today, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed by the Nigerian military government. Last year, Shell paid out $15.5 million to settle accusations that the company played a part in the killings. Yet for many Ogoni people who were shot, killed, raped or tortured – there has been no justice.This year, PLATFORM is doing more to hold Shell accountable for its human rights abuses. Following revelations in The Guardian last night, we will be publishing detailed investigations into Shell’s collusion with the Nigerian military, in the 1990s and today.
Later today, I will be going head to head with Shell Nigeria at a public debate in Coventry University. I will ask Shell what they are doing about the daily oil spills that pollute the drinking water and farms of rural communities; and why Shell refuse to stop the poisonous and illegal practice of gas flaring. You join the debate on twitter, or send me your comments & questions directly.
Last night, candlelit vigils in Port Harcourt were reportedly disrupted by police violence. Despite government repression, the events and protests continue. Right now, the world remembers the Ogoni campaign. Organisations across the globe are marking the 15th anniversary of November 10th from Rome, Den Haag, Brussels , South Africa and Benin. Be sure to check out two new European coalitions demanding that Shell Clean The Niger Delta and calling for corporate accountability on human rights issues.
With your engagement and support, we can help make this a year of justice for the Ogoni.
15 Years On: Episode I
To mark this year’s anniversary PLATFORM visited Nigeria to meet some of the activists working for environmental and social justice. Episode I hears from women’s rights advocate Emem J Okon fromKebetkache Women’s Development and Resource Centre on the challenges faced by Niger Delta women, and the legacy of the Ogoni struggle. You can listen to, subscribe or download 15 Years On for free.
Week by week, we will podcast further episodes in the series. For more information, please visit ourwebsite.PLATFORM is recruiting!Job Title: Funding Development Worker
Initially freelance 26 days over six months (flexible) with the possibility of extension into a wider permanent role.
Platform is looking for a freelance Funding Development Worker to strengthen and support its project portfolio by developing new funding sources for this work. This is an opportunity to have an important impact on the future development of a small, pioneering charity, working for social and environmental justice.
Interested in this role? Please read the job descriptionon our website, or contact us for further information. Please forward to any of your contacts and networks who may be interested.
remember saro-wiwa is a coalition of organisations and individuals, initiated and co-ordinated by… PLATFORMWe bring together artists, campaigners and researchers for projects driven by the need for social change. For over a decade, PLATFORM has been highlighting the social and environmental impact of the oil industry in key areas, including Nigeria.
Creativity, Dissidence & Women: a course with Nawal El SaadawiA rare opportunity to be taught by writer and activist Nawal el Saadawi . Nawal is a speaker and writer of global renown. For the first time ever she will be facilitating a course in the UK on her specialist area of creativity and dissidence. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. For more information, contact African Writers Abroad.Date: 19 – 21 November
Costs: from £50 (concessions) to £150 (full payment).