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New blog: Shell’s impact on human rights in Nigeria

In a new blog post on New Internationalist, Niger Delta activist Sokari Ekine provides a critical overview of Shell’s operations in Nigeria, including her first hand experiences in Rumuekpe, the town where Shell funded killings and militant clashes: This week a report by Platform London, ‘Counting the Cost’, found that between 2000 and 2010, Shell fuelled...
Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta

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

New research reveals Shell paid militants who destroyed Nigerian towns Shell fuelled human rights abuses in Nigeria by paying huge contracts to armed militants, according to a new report published by Platform and a coalition of NGOs and featured today in The Guardian. [1] Counting the Cost implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta...

Legal analysis: Shell Nigeria lawsuits

Michael D. Goldhaber is an expert on human rights law and corporate accountability in the US. In his recent article in AM Law Daily, he offers up his views on the settlement between claimants from the village of Bodo and Shell over massive oil spills caused by the company in 2008-2009. Royal Dutch Shell has...

When corporate strategies backfire: Shell in Nigeria

When Shell aren’t spilling oil in Nigeria, they’re finding new ways to otherwise lose it. According to reports, one third of Shell’s daily oil extraction in Nigeria – some 300,000 barrels per day – is currently shut in at the Adibawa oil field in Bayelsa State. Shell declared a “force majeure” on 23 August, suspending...

Niger Delta activist to stand trial in Holland

Sunny Ofehe, known as Comrade Sunny to his friends and colleagues, is to stand trial today in a Rotterdam court on charges of conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism. Ofehe was arrested on 22 February 2011, originally on “suspicion of people smuggling and forgery” and has been in detention since then. The Dutch authorities...

Aljazeera: UN slams Shell over Nigeria pollution

Aljazeera produced this excellent video about Shell’s oil spills in Ogoni. In it, Ledum Mittee of MOSOP (the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People) calls on the Nigerian government to revoke Shell’s licence.

“Nowhere and no-one has escaped” – message from Bodo, Nigeria

This video, made by Amnesty International, shows the horrifying extent of the pollution in Bodo village, where two oil spills from a burst Shell pipeline devastated the land and water which 70,000 local villagers depend on for their survival.

The struggle for justice in Ogoni

Here is a heartfelt comment piece in The Guardian on the local reaction in Ogoni to Shell’s oil spill payout. Shell has admitted liability but has a long way to go to make amends Oil spills destroyed my village in Nigeria and decades of environmental and social injustice are still to be addressed. By Patrick...

Breaking: Delta Activists Respond to UNEP Report

Below is a press release from ERA/FoE Nigeria, in response to UNEP’s publication – in the last half hour – of its report on the ecological impact of oil spills in Ogoni. Local activists argue that UNEP’s recommendation for a $1 billion fund for restoration in Ogoni is a token. 4 August 2011 UNEP Report:...