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Old 27.05.2009, 05:38
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Wiwa vs Shell trial

A landmark trial against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell’s alleged involvement in human rights violations in the Niger Delta begins Wednesday 27th May 2009 in a federal court in Manhattan.

Fourteen years after the widely condemned execution of the acclaimed Nigerian writer and environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa, the court will hear allegations that Shell was complicit in his torture and execution.

Ken Saro-Wiwa was the founding member and president of MOSOP, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, a group committed to use nonviolence to stop the repression and exploitation of the Ogoni and their land by Shell and the Nigerian government.

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Old 27.05.2009, 06:50
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Re: Wiwa vs Shell trial

Interesting to see how it finally ends. In many cases, the bigger the company, the higher the chances to get into illegal actions to achieve the expected earnings. And it is easier for them to get away unpunished when the cases happen in developing countries. Despite of all its propaganda, Shell (and few other oil companies) still has a long way to go with regards sustainability and environment. I wish I will be able to see the day when we all have electric vehicles!
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Re: Wiwa vs Shell trial

Well, Shell has settled the lawsuit ( USD$15.5mil ) but it is not the end of its ( legal ) troubles.

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Shell, which still operates in Nigeria, said it agreed to settle the lawsuit in the hope of aiding the "process of reconciliation" but acknowledged no wrongdoing in the case.

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Lawyers also hailed the agreement as a rare and significant success in the field of international human rights and as a precedent for holding Shell and other oil giants responsible for activities in countries with repressive governments.
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Re: Wiwa vs Shell trial

$15m is less than the cost of the attorneys needed to defend themselves against such claims. Really pleased to see the negative PR hitting Shell again. Let's hope some activist shareholders / pension investors get agitated and try to make this Right...



Although I do use the Shell garage shop to get groceries on Sunday evenings...
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Re: Wiwa vs Shell trial

As I understand it, it was "settled" to prevent it from getting to trial in a few days' time, possibly to avoid further negative publicity and unflattering revelations on the part of Shell.
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