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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.

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