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Civil society statement on the process to implement the UN Environment Programme’s 2011 assessment of Ogoniland

On September 16th 2014 the Ministry of Petroleum of Nigeria held a multi-stakeholder workshop on the implementation of the UN Environment Programme’s 2011 assessment of Ogoniland. We, the undersigned organisations –, while welcoming a process to address the oil pollution in Ogoniland and the economic, environmental and health effects of this pollution – believe that...
A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

A manifesto for Energy beyond Neoliberalism

We’ve written a manifesto titled Energy beyond Neoliberalism: “This is a call for energy democracy. Not energy security or energy separation. A survivable and just energy future means breaking the grip of elite interests on our energy systems, ending dependency, increasing autonomy, building diverse power structures through which we can hold one another to account,...
Sweet (Crude) Lies: is the game up for Shell?

Sweet (Crude) Lies: is the game up for Shell?

Last week, Shell was forced to reveal documents as part of an ongoing legal case against them in the UK High Court brought by 15,000 community members in Bodo in the Niger Delta. The documents expose the fact that Shell has repeatedly made false claims about the size and impact of two major oil spills at...
Today is the 19th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues

Today is the 19th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues

It is genocide. I accuse the oil companies of practising racism because they do in Ogoni what they do not do in other parts of the world. Ken Saro-Wiwa, 1993 On November 10th 1995, Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues were executed by the then military government for protesting against oil companies’...
Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Possess the Bay! Taking control of the Oil Road in Falmouth

Platform was invited to present to the Geohack workshops that are part of the Fascinatecon conference in Falmouth this week. A version of the following was given via skype by James Marriott to an audience of ‘artists, gamers, historians, performance-makers, seafarers, landlubbers, the flooded and the landlocked’ in the Performance Centre, Penryn Campus, University of...
Communities in the Niger Delta demand justice

Communities in the Niger Delta demand justice

Blog by Sarah Shoraka from Platform and Patrick Kane from War on Want. Yesterday, communities took to the streets to protest in the Niger Delta. They were protesting three years of inaction by Shell in response to UN study which found that the company had failed to clean up decades of oil pollution in Ogoniland...

Nigeria and Shell ‘not cleaning pollution’

Nigeria: Govt, Shell Not Cleaning Oil Pollution

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Nigerian Government and Shell continue to ignore horrendous pollution in Niger Delta

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL; CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ACTION; FRIENDS OF THE EARTH EUROPE; PLATFORM Abuja/Amsterdam/Brussels/London, August 4, 2014 – The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “shameful” by a group of Nigerian and...
BP using crackdown to steamroll unpopular project in Egypt

BP using crackdown to steamroll unpopular project in Egypt

BP is back in Cairo. The multinational never quite left, but intense community opposition put its flagship North Alexandra project on hold during the last three years. With former military leader Abdel Fattah El-Sisi firmly installed in the President’s chair, now BP has seen an opportunity to restart drilling and construction.  CEO Bob Dudley was...
Interviews about the Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa

Interviews about the Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa

At an event on 22 May – the 20th anniversary of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s arrest we showed this video. There are interviews with: sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp talking about the living memorial and Celestine AkpoBari from Social Action in the Niger Delta, talking about the bus returning to Ogoniland.
Shell in the High Court today

Shell in the High Court today

Lazarus Tamana Coordinator of MOSOP Europe writes from court today. Today is the preliminary judgement in the case brought by the people of Bodo in Ogoni by legal firm Leigh Day & Co against Shell. The judgement will form the legal issues that will be part of the trial expected to take place at the High Court in London in...