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Shell to face trial over human rights abuses

Published in: Legalbrief Today
Date: Mon 13 October 2008
Category: Criminal
Issue No: 2173

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.

THISDAY reports that the case deals with the 1995 hangings of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other members of the Movement of the Emancipation of the Ogoni People. In addition, it deals with an attack on a woman protesting the bulldozing of her farm by Shell in preparation for a pipeline project.

According to documents made available by EarthRights International, Shell was engaged in ‘acts of oppression’ against peaceful opposition to the company’s environmental damage and human rights abuses in the Ogoni area. The plaintiff’s action was brought under the Alien Tort Claims Act and alleges violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act.

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