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Governance & Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta @ London South Bank University - 21 June 2012

Governance & Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta @ London South Bank University – 21 June 2012

  5pm till 8pm on Thursday 21 June 2012 Abbey Centre, London South Bank University Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo Line) RSVP Grimot Nane, Seminar Coordinator, email: [email protected], tel: 07735 365915.    You are cordially invited to attend an IDEARS series seminar organised by the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University. The seminar...

Exploring The Oil Road – Two Platform events in Bristol and London

There are two Platform events coming up which explore themes in our forthcoming book The Oil Road by Mika Minio and James Marriott, due out in September. The first event is a talk in the Bristol Festival of Ideas – What if we left the oil in the ground? Taking place at Arnolfini on Sunday 20th...
Shell admits funding Niger Delta "warlords"

Shell admits funding Niger Delta “warlords”

This guest blog for Greenpeace UK was written by Ben Amunwa and first published on 2 May 2012.  A recent video published online shows a Shell executive admitting that the oil giant could easily be funding what he describes as “warlords” and militants in Nigeria. You can watch the video here, (see 57mins – 1hr). The admission...
Oil conflict in the Niger Delta - the role of Shell: a Platform briefing for investors

Oil conflict in the Niger Delta – the role of Shell: a Platform briefing for investors

This investor briefing on Shell Nigeria was written by Ben Amunwa for Platform in April 2012. It provides an overview of the social, environmental and financial issues on Shell's operations in the Niger Delta region. It is recommended to investors who are concerned about economic risks, social responsibility issues and reputational damage. Download the briefing....

Network Africa interview with Platform on 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.
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...
Report ties Shell to human rights abuse, environmental destruction in Niger Delta

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

US radio station Free Speech Radio News interviews Platform's Ben Amunwa on the new report, Counting the Cost, which implicates Shell in new human rights abuses in Nigeria.

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 fuelled conflict in the Niger Delta

BBC Business Daily interviewed Platform in detail about its new report on Shell’s human rights abuses in the Niger Delta. Shell were invited to the interview but refused. The BBC World Service broadcast the report to hundred millions of listeners worldwide. The report, titled ‘Counting the Cost’ implicates Shell in cases of serious violence in...

Shell funds militant clashes in Nigeria

CBC Radio Canada broadcast an interview with the author of Platform’s new report, Counting the Cost, on Shell’s human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Crackdown intensifies in oil region - Shell pledges to keep paying Syrian regime

Crackdown intensifies in oil region – Shell pledges to keep paying Syrian regime

The crackdown on the Syrian uprising has intensified in the eastern oil region around Deir Az-Zour. According to the FT, The towns of Mayadin and Burhama were attacked on Wednesday, according to the Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist group, with tanks and machine guns used during mass arrest campaigns. Another local resident said she had...
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...