Shell on Trial: Human Rights & Oil

  • Created: Jan 20 09, Members: 5 (view members)
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Regions: Nigeria, United States

Issues: Arbitrary arrest, Corporations and human rights, Crimes against humanity, Environment

Update: The Wiwa v Shell trial - originally scheduled to begin in a New York federal court on May 27 - has been postponed by order of Chief Judge Kimba Wood. A hearing set for Wednesday June 3 at 2pm (EST) will determine the next steps in the case. We will post new details as soon as they emerge.

This group follows the trial of Wiwa v. Shell: a trial on the involvement of Shell Oil in the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other peaceful protesters in Nigeria in 1995, and Shell's continued involvement in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta. For up-to-date coverage of the trial and more background information, visit Shell On Trial on the Hub

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In 1995 Ken Saro-Wiwa - a non-violent activist who fought against the environmental destruction caused by Shell's oil drilling in the Niger Delta and for a more equal share in the wealth produced from the oil for his people - was tried and hung by the Nigerian government in a trial internationally condemned as a sham. Since 1996 Saro-Wiwa's family have been suing Shell Oil for its alleged collusion with the Nigerian government. This trial is scheduled to start in New York City on May 27, 2009. This group follows the trial and gives background information on the conditions caused by oil drilling in Nigeria.