BBC interviews Platform over Shell’s human rights abuses

Network Africa, the BBC World Service’s flagship programme broadcasting across the continent, interviewed Platform’s Ben Amunwa about the new report which implicates Shell in a decade of new human rights abuses in Nigeria. Shell declined to attend the interview. For more Platform podcasts, visit our page for the remember saro-wiwa project on podomatic.
BREAKING: Shell to face grilling from Nigerian House of Reps over human rights abuses

BREAKING: Shell to face grilling from Nigerian House of Reps over human rights abuses

The House of Representatives, part of Nigeria's legislative body has ordered an official investigation into the allegations that Shell fuelled violence in the Niger Delta by paying armed militant gangs. As John Ameh reports from Punch, in Abuja: The House of Representatives on Wednesday ordered an investigation into the allegation that Shell Petroleum Development Company funded...

Shell refuses to clean up devastating oil spills; cites “security”

Al Jazeera reports that since Shell admitted liability for 2 major oil spills in Bodo after a lawsuit was filed against the oil giant in the High Court in London, the company has done nothing to clean up the extensive damage in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta. While Shell cites ‘security issues’ as...

Report ties Shell to human rights abuse, environmental destruction in Niger Delta

US radio station FSRN interviews Platform’s Ben Amunwa on the new report, Counting the Cost, which implicates Shell in new human rights abuses in the Niger Delta. The interview includes reference to the different ways that Shell’s ‘community development’ projects have undermined stability, and the company’s appalling record of environmental destruction and oil spills. The...

Egyptian oil workers strike over conditions

Egyptian oil workers at the SUMED pipeline terminal on the Red Sea went on strike and protested demanding better employment rights this week, showing their power to slow the transit of crude from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean. The striking workers help dock and unload very large tankers that use the SUMED Red Sea-Mediterranean pipeline...

Sweet Crude: the movie

“To an oil company, it’s liquid gold.” That’s how filmmaker Sandi Cioffi describes Nigerian oil, known as ‘sweet crude’ because it is low in sulphur and therefore cheaper and easier to refine. The trailer below is for Sweet Crude, the film. An amazing and insightful documentary by Sandi Cioffi, it looks at the appalling legacy of...

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...

London-based oil-mercenary company marches into Libya

Oil and private military/mercenary company Heritage has muscled its way into Libya. The London-based oil company is the first new foreign oil company to buy its way into Libya, after acquiring a controlling 51% stake in Sahara Oil Services – which apparently brings the right to bid for and operate oil and gas licenses in...

Shell funds clashes in Nigeria: exclusive interviews with Platform

BBC Business Daily conducted an in-depth interview with researcher Ben Amunwa about Platform’s new report, titled Counting the Cost, on Shell’s human rights abuses in the Niger Delta. Shell were invited to the interview but refused to attend. The BBC World Service broadcast the interview to hundred millions of listeners worldwide this morning. You can...
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...

Uganda demands end to oil clause that freezes weak regulation

The Ugandan government is insisting that British oil company Tullow Oil, France’s Total and Chinese group CNOOC drop the stabilisation clause from their oil contract of Lake Albert before approving the $10 billion oil project. The original contracts were leaked by PLATFORM in 2010. Meanwhile Ugandan opposition MPs are unhappy that Museveni’s government allowed disputes...

President Jonathan: ‘Our system has collapsed’

In a speech to mark Nigeria’s 51st anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, President Goodluck Jonathan talked openly about how the systemic breakdown of government institutions in the ‘giant of Africa’. The Daily Trust reports: Jonathan said the country has been running on a deficit budget because the institutions that are supposed to protect public...