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Amnesty International demands criminal investigation of Shell’s complicity in murder

Esther Kiobel poses with a picture of her late husband Dr. Barinem Kiobel one of nine men executed by Nigeria’s military government after a peaceful uprising in 1995 against Shell’s widespread pollution in Ogoniland. Photograph: Amnesty International

Multiple news stories: Amnesty International demand criminal investigation of Shell complicity in Nigerian murder, torture and rape

The Guardian: Amnesty seeks criminal inquiry into Shell over alleged complicity in murder and torture in Nigeria

Extract: Amnesty International is calling for a criminal investigation into the oil giant Shell regarding allegations it was complicit in human rights abuses carried out by the Nigerian military. Amnesty is urging the UK, Nigeria and the Netherlands to consider a criminal case against Shell in light of evidence it claims amounts to “complicity in murder, rape and torture” – allegations Shell strongly denies.

BBC News: Shell accused of abuses in Nigeria’s Ogoniland

Oil giant Shell should be investigated for alleged complicity in” horrific crimes” committed by the military in Nigeria in the 1990s, Amnesty International has said. Shell encouraged a crackdown, which led to killings and the burning of villages in the oil-producing Ogoniland region, the rights group added. The Anglo-Dutch oil firm said the allegations were “without merit”.

Reuters: Amnesty wants probe into Shell’s alleged role in 1990s Nigeria violence

Extracts: In 2009, Shell agreed in an out-of-court settlement in the United States to pay $15.5 million in damages to a group of relatives of the nine. Esther Kiobel, the widow of one of the nine Ogoni activists, had sought to raise a case against Shell in the United States but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the country did not have jurisdiction to hear it.

Daily Mail Online/AFP: Shell ‘liable for rights violations’ in Nigeria: Amnesty | Daily Mail Online

Extracts: Amnesty International on Tuesday called for Shell to be prosecuted for allegedly helping Nigeria’s military to commit human rights abuses in the oil-rich south in the 1990s. The London-based global rights watchdog said the oil giant should be tried in Nigeria, as well as Britain and Netherlands where it has its head office. Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary strongly denied the charges, calling them “false and without merit”.

HUFFPOST: Amnesty Accuses Shell Of Complicity In Killings, Torture In Nigeria In The 1990s

In 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were hanged following an internationally discredited trial, which led to Nigeria’s suspension from the Commonwealth. In 2009, Shell agreed to pay a $15.5 million settlement after being accused of collaborating in the executions.

Bloomberg: Amnesty Wants Shell Probed for Nigerian Abuses in the 1990s

Extract: Royal Dutch Shell Plc should face investigations in three countries for alleged complicity in Nigerian government abuses, including murder and rape, more than two decades ago in the oil-rich Niger River delta, Amnesty International, said.

The Independent: Shell should face investigation over murder and rape by Nigerian military, says Amnesty International

Extract: Shell should face investigations in three countries for alleged complicity in Nigerian government abuses, including murder and rape, more than two decades ago in the oil-rich Niger River delta, Amnesty International said.

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Shell Nigeria Faults Amnesty International’s Report On Ogoniland

Extract: Shell has denied any wrong doing, describing the allegations as false and without any merit. “The allegations cited in your letter against (Royal Dutch Shell) and [Shell Nigeria] are false and without merit. (Shell Nigeria) did not collude with the military authorities to suppress community unrest and in no way encouraged or advocated any acts of violence in Nigeria. In fact, the company believes that dialogue is the best way to resolve disputes. We have always denied these allegations, in the strongest possible terms,” said the Anglo-Dutch oil giant.

DutchNews.nl: Amnesty International says Shell had role in ‘brutal campaign’ in Nigeria

Extract: Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell played a part in a ‘brutal campaign’ by the Nigerian security forces to silence protests in the oil-producing Niger Delta region in the 1990s, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The human rights group is calling on the governments of Nigeria, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to investigate Shell’s potential involvement in crimes linked to human rights violations in Ogoniland with ‘a view to prosecution’.

The Irish Times: Royal Dutch Shell should face investigation, Amnesty International says

Extract: Authorities in Nigeria, the Netherlands and UK should investigate Shell’s conduct, especially in the Ogoni area of the southern delta, the London-based human-rights group said in a report on Tuesday. Violations linked to Europe’s largest energy company amounted to criminal infractions for which it should be prosecuted, it said. Shellsaid the allegations “are without merit.”

Nasdaq: Amnesty International Calls on Investigation Into Royal Dutch Shell Complicity in ‘Murder, Rape’ in Nigeria

Extract: Amnesty International on Tuesday said it is calling on Nigeria, the UK and the Netherlands to launch investigations into Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A ) over the company’s alleged role in “a swathe of horrific crimes” that it said were committed by the Nigerian military government in the oil-producing Ogoniland region in the 1990s.

SaharaReporters: Amnesty International Calls On Nigeria, UK, Netherlands To Investigate Shell For Complicity In Murder, Other Crimes

In a report published on Tuesday, entitled “A Criminal Enterprise? Shell’s Involvement in Human Rights Violations in Nigeria in the 1990s,” the human rights organization revealed that Shell encouraged the Nigerian military to use force to silence natives of Ogoniland who protested oil pollution caused by Shell’s activities in the region.

Al Jazeera: Amnesty: Shell involved in Nigeria abuses in 1990s

In a statement to Al Jazeera, Shell in Nigeria denied it was involved in human rights violations. “We have always denied, in the strongest possible terms, the allegations made in this tragic case,” the statement read. “Amnesty International’s allegations are false and without merit. Shell did not collude with the authorities to suppress community unrest and in no way encouraged or advocated any act of violence in Nigeria,” the statement added. Amnesty has compiled a case to start a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell.

Oilprice.com: Shell Could Be Investigated For Complicity In Human Rights Abuses

Amnesty International released today a review of internal company documents and witness statements that allegedly show that “Shell repeatedly encouraged the Nigerian military to deal with community protests, even when it knew the horrors this would lead to – unlawful killings, rape, torture, the burning of villages,” Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International, said.

Premium Times: Investigate Shell for crimes committed during Nigerian military dictatorship – Amnesty international

Extract: Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria, the UK and the Netherlands to launch investigations into Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, over its role in a swathe of horrific crimes committed by the Nigerian military government in the oil-producing Ogoniland region in the 1990s. The organisation has released a ground-breaking review of thousands of pages of internal company documents and witness statements, as well as Amnesty International’s own archive from the period.

The Guardian (Nigeria): Shell in eye of the storm over ‘crimes’ in Ogoniland

Extract: “The evidence we have reviewed shows that Shell repeatedly encouraged the Nigerian military to deal with community protests, even when it knew the horrors this would lead to, such as unlawful killings, rape, torture and the burning of villages,” said Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International.

An Amnesty International portrait of author and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed in Nigeria in 1995. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Reuters

Royaldutchshellplc.com: Investigate Shell for complicity in murder, rape and torture says Amnesty International

Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria, the UK and the Netherlands to launch investigations into Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell, over its role in a swathe of horrific crimes committed by the Nigerian military government in the oil-producing Ogoniland region in the 1990s. The organization has released a ground-breaking review of thousands of pages of internal company documents and witness statements, as well as Amnesty International’s own archive from the period.

Disclosure relating to Esther Kiobel and her litigation against Shell launched in June 2017: The lead claimant Esther Kiobel, her lawyer Channa Samkalden of the Dutch human rights law firm Prakken d’Oliveira representing the widows, and the acclaimed human rights organisation Amnesty International, have all acknowledged the involvement of John Donovan in bringing *this case. (*See Writ of Summons in English and Dutch served on Shell 28 June 2017 – copy obtained from US Pacer public electronic court records)

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