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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...

World remembers Saro-Wiwa hangings

This blog post first appeared in the Comment Factory on 12 November 2010. World remembers Saro-Wiwa hangings by Ben Amunwa Fifteen years ago, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed by the Nigerian military government, in collaboration with Shell Nigeria. The oil giant is under fresh scrutiny after secret documents revealed in The Guardian expose how Shell tried to cover...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – November 2010

remember saro-wiwa UPDATES, PODCASTS & GLOBAL EVENTS 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 –...
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...
Fifteen years on: introduction

Fifteen years on: introduction

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. The podcasts mark the 15th anniversary of the execution...
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...

Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria

Platform coordinated this letter in the Observer newspaper, originally published on 4 July 2010. Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria Grilled in Congress, shares down to £3 and forced to pledge billions of dollars in compensation, BP is paying the price for the damage it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico –...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – June 2010

remember saro-wiwa DEEPWATER HORIZON: COMMENT & ANALYSIS Dear RSW supporters, We present fresh analysis of what the BP disaster could mean for the Niger Delta. You can add your opinion here. Media enquiries: Ben Amunwa on +44207 357 0055, [email protected]   The $20 Billion Question On day 57, the US government forced BP to allocate $20 billion...
Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada's "blood oil"

Cashing in on Tar Sands: RBS, UK banks and Canada’s “blood oil”

Tar sands extraction in Canada is devastating Indigenous communities, wildlife and vast areas of boreal forests, as well as being many times more carbon-intensive to produce than ‘conventional’ oil. The higher oil prices in recent years have meant that it’s become a more attractive prospect for oil companies to expand their operations in the costly...