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Shell’s ‘crimes against humanity’

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR I have been reading with some interest your main-stream media posts and the accompanying discussions in your blog regarding Shell’s complicity with the Nigerian government (or the Nigerian governments complicity with Shell) in the obvious political repression that occurred in the Ogoni tribal region. There was political repression, torture of dissidents, […]

U.S. Supreme Court to hear bid to sue Shell for Nigerian abuses

17 October 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will use a dispute between Nigerian villagers and oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to decide whether corporations may be held liable in U.S. courts for alleged human rights abuses overseas. The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court ruling in favor […]

Shell’s shameful track record in Brazil

From pages 17, 18 & 19 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. A Shell pesticide factory For a decade or more, beginning in […]

Twitter storm pounds Shell’s Syria operations

Twitter users have joined forces to protest against Dutch oil giant Shell’s business operations in Syria. Friday saw the announcement of an EU-wide-ban on Syrian oil imports. Activists used the hash tag #shellfuelsmurder to stop all of the company’s operations in the country. Shell is the second-biggest foreign oil firm in Syria after French Total […]

U.K. Shell Deal Spotlights Value of Common Law Model for Human Rights Litigation

Michael D. Goldhaber:  The American Lawyer August 31, 2011 Royal Dutch Shell has been sued so many times over its conduct in Nigeria that its cases offer a laboratory experiment for human rights litigation. After thirteen years of arduous U.S. alien tort litigation, Wiwa v. Shell resulted in a piddling $15.5 million settlement in 2009. […]


Nigeria’s then acting President Goodluck Jonathan with President Obama in 2010 By KORNEBARI NWIKE 8/28/2011 President Goodluck Jonathan constituted a special committee on oil pollution in Ogoniland recently, according to him; to perform a “holistic review of the UNEP report.” The committee is chaired by Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources and former Shell […]

EU prepares to embargo Syrian oil in line with US

The new measures if approved are unlikely, however, to prevent European oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell or Total from continuing to produce crude in Syria through joint ventures. By Justyna Pawlak: 25 August 2011 European Union governments are likely to embargo imports of Syrian oil next week to ratchet up pressure on president […]

Royal Dutch Shell profiting from Sultan’s absolute rule in Oman

By Mika Unrest has reached Oman, the usually “sedate” and “tranquil” Sultanate on the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Inspired by uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain, Omani youth took to the streets to challenge government corruption, cronyism, unemployment and a lack of democracy. Protests spread across the desert country, with police firing […]

Royal Dutch Shell Moral Monsters?

Second Circuit Denies Rehearing En Banc in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. Posted on February 11, 2011 by editor In our posting last September when the decision was announced (here), we discussed the Second Circuit’s decision in Kiobel, et al. v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., et al., 06-4800-cv, 06-4876-cv (2d Cir. 17 Sept. 2010), […]

Shell, human rights and corporate accountability

The implications of the settlement of damage claims against Shell, based on the allegation that it was complicit in the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the other “Ogoni 9” in 1995, as well as numerous other human rights violations, has been underestimated…

Shell’s “humanitarian” gesture in settling out of court is entirely self-serving – Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK

All of this could have been avoided had the oil companies been held properly accountable for decades of adverse impacts on human rights.

Was Shell’s $15.5 Million Alien Tort Settlement A Win ‘For the Principles of Human Rights Law’? THE AM LAW LITIGATION DAILY By Alison Frankel June 10, 2009 In a lengthy analysis at The Am Law Daily of Monday’s $15.5 million settlement between Royal Dutch Shell and Nigerian plaintiffs who accused the oil giant of complicity in the torture and death of activists protesting Shell’s drilling in the Ogoni region of the Niger […]


Below is an article supplied to Shell in advance of publication. The relevant email correspondence with Richard Wiseman, the Shell official who is the subject of the article is printed immediately below it. It contains his comments and our response. By Alfred and John Donovan This is the first in a series of articles in which we […]

Oil Industry Braces for Trial on Rights Abuses

The New York Times Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times Ken Wiwa, son of the Nigerian writer and advocate Ken Saro-Wiwa. By JAD MOUAWAD Published: May 21, 2009 Fourteen years after the execution of the Nigerian author and advocate Ken Saro-Wiwa by Nigeria’s former military regime, Royal Dutch Shell will appear before a federal court in New […]

Congressional Commission Hears Testimony on Shell’s Environmental Abuses in the Niger Delta

Hearing Comes Four Weeks Before Landmark Human Rights Case, Wiwa v. Shell, Goes to Trial in Federal Court in New York

Remembering Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Ken Saro-Wiwa

Fourteen years ago, Ken Saro-Wiwa received the Goldman Prize for his leadership of a powerful non-violent movement against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. He was hanged seven months later after a sham trial condemned around the world.

Chevron faces suit over Nigerian violence

A suit similar to Bowoto’s, filed against Royal Dutch Shell by Nigerians including relatives of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a writer and activist hanged by the military regime in 1995, is scheduled to go to trial in New York in February.

Self policing hasn’t stopped big oil abuses

Since oil began to be extracted in the Niger Delta 50 years ago, the police and military, acting on behalf of the government and Shell Oil, have consistently ignored or violated the rights of local communities, he said.

Shell to Go to Trial for Complicity in Death of Former UNPO Vice President Ken Saro Wiwa

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set 9 February 2009 as the date for a trial stemming from two lawsuits accusing Shell of being complicit in decisions by Nigeria’s military government to hang oil industry opponents.

Shell to face trial over human rights abuses

Oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum, will go on trial in the US in February for alleged complicity in human rights abuses in the Niger Delta.

Royal Dutch Shell to go to Trial for Complicity in Torture and Murder of Nigerian Protesters

New York, October 8, 2008 — Yesterday, Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York set a trial date of February 9, 2009 for a human rights and racketeering case against the Royal Dutch Shell company (Shell) and the head of its Nigerian operation, Brian Anderson. The case […]

Angry Shell Ethiopia employees accuse Shell of discrimination and infringement of human rights

The demonstration which was held on July 23, 2008 is one of the various moves that the employees are planning to do until their demands are met. Such moves might go to a larger scale that can lead to strike, press releases, media, etc.

Shell Ethiopia Employees Demonstrate

This is not the first time the company has been involved in a conflict with its employees. The two had a disagreement which took them to court a couple of months ago, in connection with the amendment of a retirement policy. According to the Labor Union, the revision was made without the consent of the employees and the litigation is still pending.

Rights groups condemn 24 corporations, including Shell, in symbolic trial during Latin American-EU summit

The panel, known as the Permanent People’s Tribunal, accused 24 companies including Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Spanish oil company Repsol YPF and German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer AG at a symbolic trial held on the sidelines of a biennial Latin America-European Union summit.

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