Event: “Violence on Trial”

Violence on Trial Thursday, April 28 · 6:00pm – 11:30pm Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, London E2 9RF Alongside a host of exciting speakers, PLATFORM will be presenting on oil, insurgency and “corporate violence” in Nigeria and beyond. Using the crisis between the Ogoni and Shell as a starting point, PLATFORM will be discussing the...

BP violated human rights rules, says UK government

Company failed to respond to alleged intimidation by Turkish security forces along its UK-backed Caspian oil pipeline Ruling places BP in breach of loan agreements, say campaigners A BP-led consortium is breaking international rules governing the human rights responsibilities of multinational companies in its operations on the controversial Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the UK Government ruled...

Delta Activists Assaulted and Illegally Detained by Nigerian Police

Frontline human rights defenders in the Niger Delta suffered a brutal police attack on Monday 5th April, it emerged today in an Amnesty International statement. Activists from the Ogoni Solidarity Forum and Social Action were beaten, illegally detained without charge and denied access to lawyers and medical treatment. The text below is cross-posted from the Amnesty...

War for Oil in the Niger Delta

For the past few months, the Nigerian military has waged war on the Niger Delta in a desperate attempt to restore Nigeria’s faltering oil production, which has almost halved due to security concerns. Tuesday 15th September is due to be the last day of the ceasefire observed by MEND, the main group of insurgents in...

Shell in the spotlight over ‘human rights tragedy’

Kate Allen of Amnesty International UK writes in The Guardian today, highlighting the human rights impacts of Shell’s pollution in the Niger Delta. If the oil giant truly wants reconciliation in the Niger Delta, its incoming CEO must take concrete action A new chief executive takes the helm at Shell today. Peter Voser will preside...

Two Reports + Amnesty’s Campaign on Shell

Shell’s polluting practises blasted by 2 reports: Take Action HERE As Peter Voser becomes Shell’s new CEO on 1st July, his inbox is already feeling the weight of a 143-page report from Amnesty International, and a critical report from the ShellGuilty coalition. The reports document Shell’s appalling impact on the human rights of oil-producing communities...

Flawed logic of Nigeria’s response to insurgency

Is there any logic to the Nigerian Federal Government’s latest offer of amnesty to armed insurgents in the oil-rich Delta region? The offer follows one of the largest military offensives in the region, in which hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed and many thousands displaced. The government’s idea of winning the hearts and minds...

Evidence Against Shell Continues in Independent on Sunday

An article by on 14th June in the Independent on Sunday highlighted the damning evidence of Shell’s involvement in human rights abuses. Andy Rowell writes: Serious questions over Shell Oil’s alleged involvement in human rights abuses in Nigeria emerged last night after confidential internal documents and court statements revealed how the energy giant enlisted the...

Channel 4 News Expose Unpublished Evidence Of Shell’s Military Partnership

When a settlement was announced in the landmark Wiwa v Shell case, Shell stated that it ‘had no part in the violence that took place’ , and denied any responsibility for the military crack downs in Ogoniland that led to the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues. This evening, the company’s denial of liability...

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL FORCED TO SETTLE HUMAN RIGHTS CASE OUT OF COURT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2009 Damning Evidence Reveals Shell’s Complicity In Crimes Against Humanity; Landmark Case Resolved in Favor of Ogoni Plaintiffs After 14 Year Legal Battle New York– After legal battles lasting nearly fourteen years, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has been forced to pay a $15.5 million out-of-court settlement. Plaintiffs from the...

Trial Delay & Latest Update

For our interpretation of the recent delays in the much anticipated Wiwa v Shell trial, please read this excellent blog post by ShellGuilty campaigner Han Shan: Today, there was another delay in the Wiwa v. Shell trial, causing teeth-gnashing by journalists who have dedicated resources to cover the trial, hand-wringing by Ogoni people and human...

Shell trial: end of the line for corporate impunity?

Jury selection for the historic Wiwa v Shell trial in New York was delayed until further notice on Tuesday, but a media storm is brewing over oil multinational Shell, who is charged with complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria, including the execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight of his colleagues in...