Oil, art & human rights links

EU oil companies including Shell and Total will be banned from importing and purchasing Iranian oil by new sanctions, reported Reuters. As Iran threatens to retaliate by blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a major artery of global oil shipments, the UK foreign minister William Hague downplayed the likelihood of war.

Shell’s Bonga oil spill hits Nigerian communities

Shell’s major oil spill at the offshore Bonga facility in Nigeria is threatening the livelihoods of at least 13 different coastal communities, reports Reuters. As thick crude oil continues washing up on Nigeria’s shoreline, Shell is denying responsibility and claims that “non-Bonga oil” from a third party spill is to blame. A local resident from...

Shell spill worst in a decade, says Nigerian regulator

Nigeria’s oil spill agency, NOSDRA, says that Shell’s Bonga oil spill “is likely the worst [offshore spill] in a decade.” Peter Idabor of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency told The Associated Press on Thursday that oil from the spill in Shell’s Bonga field has spread to roughly 100 nautical miles. Idabor said...

Eni misled shareholders over gas flaring in Nigeria

A new report by CRBM, Corner House and FoE Nigeria and others condemns oil majors Eni, Total and Shell for their record of environmental and social devastation in Nigeria. It also dissects EU ‘energy security’, arguing that a policy that locks the EU into dependence on fossil fuels leads to increased conflict and climate chaos. FOR IMMEDIATE...

Protest Exposes Shell’s Grim Record on Human Rights

Last night Shell came face to face with its grim record on human rights in Nigeria at a corporate event for London’s bright young entrepreneurs. Protesters in haunting costumes from London Rising Tide stormed the Shell Live Wire event, unfurling a large banner and distributing leaflets to event attendees.         Watch the video by you and...

A quick plug for our new (and beautiful) printed reports

Counting the Cost, Platform’s new report on Shell Nigeria, is now available in print! Please buy your copy here. The report looks and feels incredible, thanks to our amazing designers at Ultimate Holding Company. Buying a copy of the report enables Platform to do more campaigning for human rights and corporate accountability in Nigeria. Your support...

‘Britain on Trial’ event in The Guardian

Check out this coverage of Shake! and Leeds Young Authors’ event on institutional racism in The Northerner blog. You don’t want to miss this unique collaboration between young people, Leeds University’s MA Activism and Social Change, Leeds Bicentenary Transformation Project, Leeds Black Film Club, chaired by Esther Stanford-Xosei of Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition of Europe. The...

TAKE ACTION: Demand corporate accountability

The Global Greengrants Fund has set  up an online petition calling on Shell to immediately clean up its appalling pollution in the Niger Delta and end its daily human rights abuses. The action has collected over 9,900 signatures since Wednesday. Let’s see if we can hit 10,000 by the end of today! Please sign the...

Shell is abusing human rights in Nigeria. But who can stop them?

This blog first appeared on Amnesty International UK’s new blog, Press Release Me, Let Me Go. We reproduce it here with these fantastic images from Environmental Rights Action, FoE Nigeria. Who can stop them? In the case of Shell in Nigeria this is a question well worth asking. Over the past few months, Shell’s appalling legacy of...

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

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...