This page lists all of Platform’s press releases

Algeria visit by UK trade envoy raises concerns ahead of London arms fair

Algeria visit by UK trade envoy raises concerns ahead of London arms fair Civil society raises concerns with FCO over arms and human rights A coalition of human rights NGOs have written to Baroness Warsi at the FCO in advance of the visit of trade envoy Lord Risby to Algeria, raising concerns about potential arms...

Human rights impact of UK military aid to Nigeria under fresh scrutiny

*** For immediate release *** Saturday 17 August 2013 Human rights impact of UK military aid to Nigeria under fresh scrutiny Armed Extraction: The UK Military in Nigeria https://platformlondon.org/p-publications/armed-extraction/ A UK government official has raised questions over the impact of UK military aid to Nigeria, admitting that “we’ll never know how effectiveit is.” The government...

Shell employees given ‘Niger Delta’ sponges on 2nd anniversary of UNEP report

** For Immediate Release ** Monday 5th August 2013 Activists handed out sponges to Shell employees on their way into work at the Shell centre in London this morning with “Shell – Clean up the Niger Delta” written on them. The protest took place on the second anniversary of the UNEP report that stated that...

Meltdown festival put in fracking spotlight by new report

Yoko Ono’s anti-fracking activism contrasts with venue sponsors Shell’s international fracking activities A report published today called Shell Global Mega-Frackers has juxtaposed Yoko Ono’s anti-fracking activism in the US with new research showing the extent of Shell’s world-wide fracking activities. The report has been published on the first day of the international Meltdown Festival curated...

Groups oppose European Bank’s plan to fund oil drilling in Egypt

Cairo/ Brussels May 27, 2013 On Wednesday 29 May, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) will vote on whether to make a $40 million loan to Kuwait Energy to drill and extract oil in Egypt. Egyptian and international organisations are pushing the board of the public multilateral bank to reject the loan –...

Shell CEO to be presented with ‘retirement present’ by Niger Delta activist at shareholder meeting

What: Photo opportunity – At the Shell Shareholder presentation, in London an oil activist from Niger Delta and watchdog group to present retiring Shell CEO with “polluted water” champagne bottle as a present When: 9.30am Thursday 23 May 2013 Where: The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 3DB On Thursday morning...

Oil majors gambling investors’ money on ‘Russian roulette’ of Arctic ventures – new report from Greenpeace, Platform and ShareAction

Oil majors gambling investors’ money on ‘Russian roulette’ of Arctic ventures – New Report from Greenpeace, Platform and ShareAction Oil majors rushing to partner up with Russian energy giants in order to gain access to the country’s Arctic resources are gambling shareholders’ money on ‘a five-bullet Russian roulette’ of poor environmental and safety records, lack...

Oil trading scandal ‘unsurprising’ based on BP and Shell’s past record

16 May 2013 Reacting to the unfolding oil price fixing investigations of BP and Shell, Platform oil campaigner Mika Minio-Paluello said: “The scale of the likely market-rigging by BP and Shell is shocking but unsurprising. BP and Shell have a record of making massive profits at the expense of the public by either price-fixing or...

Revealed: Vince Cable, ‘Minister for Shell’

Documents obtained by Corporate Watch show that Vince Cable has been acting as “Contact Minister for Shell”. In a letter to Vince Cable, dated 19 March 2012, Malcolm Brinded, (who, at the time of writing, was Chief Executive of Shell Upstream International) thanks Vince Cable for attending a Shell strategy presentation; adding that he hopes...

RBS finance for tar sands revealed on eve of AGM – students protest

Platform [1], UK Tar Sands Network [2] and the Indigenous Environmental Network [3] have revealed that in the past year the Royal Bank of Scotland underwrote bonds worth $131.25 million [4] for controversial Canadian tar sands pipeline company Enbridge Energy Partners [5]. At the RBS AGM tomorrow in Edinburgh student groups are planning to protest...

Tate Modern removes oil from its new galleries

What were “The Oil Tanks” at Tate Modern have now been rebranded as “The Tanks” within recent Tate press communications it has been noted by campaign group Platform [1]. It appears that the forthcoming launch of its new space has prompted Tate to remove the word ‘oil’ from the name of its new galleries that are now referred to...

Tate Soundscape Hijacked by Artists

BP’s environmental record is appalling yet many people are prepared to turn a blind eye to the fact that Tate is in bed with BP, one of the “ten worst corporations’’ based on its environmental and human rights record. A new series of artworks questioning Tate’s relationship with BP has been commissioned by three activist...