A Shell-shocked land: Shell in the Niger Delta

ImageImageDid you ever read The Other Hand (Little Bee) by Chris Cleave? In the first chapter, a young girl is being chased by militia after their brutal attacks on her village – a scene that could be taken directly out of Shell and Nigerian militaries´ blood-shed history in the Niger delta. It is a book I would recommend to anyone, and not only because of my great love for Nigeria…

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I wrote about Shell´s rape of the Niger delta and its inhabitants in a previous post a few years ago (Norwegian only, I´m afraid). Now I just received a tip from a friend, as there is one week left to sign petitions to force this global oil giant cleaning up their mess. I´ve signed the campaign, and encourage all others to do the same 🙂

Center for Constitutional Rights published the full report about Shell´s activities in Nigeria some years ago, describing their involvement in pollution, suppression, raids and finally – murdering innocents… The court case regarding the Niger Delta activist murders (incl. environmental activist and acclaimed writer Ken Saro-Wiwa) was settled in the U.S. in 2009, following a settlement where Shell paid up to get the case of the radar;

“Royal Dutch Shell, plc (Shell) began oil production in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 1958 and has a long history of working closely with the Nigerian government to quell popular opposition to its presence in the region. From 1990-1995, Nigerian soldiers, at Shell’s request and with Shell’s assistance and financing, used deadly force and conducted massive, brutal raids against the Ogoni people
living in the Niger Delta to repress a growing movement in protest of Shell.

On November 10, 1995, nine Ogoni leaders (the “Ogoni Nine”) were executed by the Nigerian government after being falsely accused of murder and tried by a specially created military tribunal. Those executed were internationally acclaimed environmental and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, prominent youth leader John Kpuinen, Dr. Barinem Kiobel, Saturday Doobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel
Gbokoo, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate and Baribor Bera. The detention, trial, and executions of the Ogoni Nine were the
result of collusion between Shell and the military government to suppress opposition to Shell’s oil operations in Nigeria. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), EarthRights International (ERI) and other human rights attorneys sued Shell for human rights violations against the Ogoni.”

Now, the focus is on the environmental aspects and long-term consequences of Shell´s Nigerian operations. Sign the petition now in your country to support an important cause. Here are the links;
Australia: http://foe.org.au/articles/2013-08-01…
Austria: https://www.global2000.at/shell-clean…
Denmark: http://noah.dk/energi/international-k…
Europe: http://www.foeeurope.org/shell-clean-…
France: http://www.amisdelaterre.org/Petition…
Germany: http://www.bund.net/shell and http://bundjugend.de/projekt/umwelt-s… ‎
Holland: http://www.milieudefensie.nl/oliewinn…
International: http://www.foei.org/en/what-we-do/lan…
Norway http://naturvernforbundet.no/energi/f…
Spain: http://www.sosclima.org/shell-%C2%A1l…
Sweden: http://www.jordensvanner.se/2013/shel…
UK http://foe.co.uk/campaigns/fair_futur…

Activist greetings, Birgit 🙂

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