On May 26, Shell will stand trial for complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria. Help shine a spotlight on the landmark trial & promote human rights, environmental justice & accountability.
Evidence demonstrates that Shell was complicit with the Nigerian military in attacks that led to murder and torture, and the destruction of villages throughout the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta, and that Shell colluded with the military government to bring about the arrest and execution of community activists - the Ogoni Nine - who led a powerful movement to resist the environmental devastation and human rights abuses accompanying Shell's operations in their land - abuses that continue today.
Beginning in 1996, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), EarthRights International (ERI), Paul Hoffman of Schonbrun, DeSimone, Seplow, Harris & Hoffman and other human rights attorneys have brought a series of cases to hold Shell accountable for human rights violations in Nigeria, including summary execution, crimes against humanity, torture, inhuman treatment and arbitrary arrest and detention. The lawsuits are brought against Royal Dutch Shell and Brian Anderson, the head of its Nigerian operation.
The cases were brought under the Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 statute giving non-U.S. citizens the right to file suits in U.S. courts for international human rights violations, and the Torture Victim Protection Act, which allows individuals to seek damages in the U.S. for torture or extrajudicial killing, regardless of where the violations take place.
Shell has made many attempts to have these cases thrown out of court, which the plaintiffs have defeated. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has set a trial date of May 26, 2009. The plaintiffs eagerly await their day in court to hold the defendants accountable for their injuries and the deaths of their loved ones.
To learn more, please visit http://www.wiwavshell.org.
1. For the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta, oil companies have brought poverty, environmental devastation & widespread, severe human rights abuses.
2. Royal Dutch/Shell colluded with the Nigerian military forces that used deadly force against the Ogoni to repress a growing opposition movement.
3. Shell must be held accountable for its human rights violations in Nigeria. Wiwa v. Shell will go to trial on May 26th, 2009 in U.S. federal court.