Esther Kiobel of Kiobel-v-Shell fame speaking at an Amnesty International Event
By John Donovan
Amnesty International published an article in April 2014 revealing that the British government had intervened on the side of Royal Dutch Shell in the Kiobel-v-Shell case before the U.S. Supreme Court and had done so after being lobbied by Shell. A related document obtained in response to a Freedom of Information request confirmed that the Dutch government joined Shell in the representations made to the U.S. Supreme Court. Seems safe to assume that Shell also made representations to the Dutch government.
The Esther Kiobel case was brought against Shell “by communities from the Niger Delta, who accused Shell of helping the Nigerian military to systematically torture and kill environmentalists in the 1990s.”
For the first time, Esther Kiobel has spoken out about the extraordinary joint intervention by the UK and Dutch governments at the behest of Shell.
I am indeed full of disappointment to know about the shameful unhealthy influence of both the United Kingdom government and that of the Netherlands. What is their genuine concern for wanting to block a route to justice by sending a joint amicus brief to the U.S. supreme Court? I cannot comprehend that Nations with their status in the international community would give up integrity at the expense of human rights.