Outside Shell's AGM, (UK leg, Barbican, London, 19.5.09
New global campaign launches: ShellGuilty
In May 2009, multinational oil giant Shell will stand trial in United
States federal court to answer to charges that it conspired in human
rights abuses – including murder – in Nigeria in the 1990s.
But Shell’s crimes didn’t end there. We’re launching a campaign to
demand that Shell cease and desist the human rights and corporate
climate crimes it continues to commit.
Shell must come clean:
Stop gas flaring in Nigeria, a practice devastating to the environment
and human health, and a significant contributor to global warming.
Disclose its role in the abuses committed against the Ogoni people in
Nigeria, including the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9.
The ShellGuilty coalition includes Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International, and PLATFORM/Remember Saro-Wiwa
The ShellGuilty coalition will soon launch a major new initiative to
turn up the heat on Shell and press for an end to its gas flaring in
Nigeria, an environmental abuse which Ken Saro-Wiwa and many other
Ogoni ultimately gave their lives trying to stop.
We will be announcing campaign actions soon and need you to join us: sign up for email updates at the website shellguilty.com.
Get 9 friends to sign up, to remember the Ogoni 9
Supporting Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9
A landmark human rights trial is opening in a few weeks in U.S. federal
court, where oil giant Royal Dutch Shell will answer to charges that it
colluded with the Nigerian military to commit egregious human rights
abuses, including the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the leader of a human
rights and environmental justice movement in the Ogoni region of the
Niger Delta. Ken Saro-Wiwa was, was a recipient of the Goldman
Environmental Prize. In solidarity, I'm writing to ask you to support
this important campaign for justice and accountability.
Please watch a short video now about Ken Saro-Wiwa and the case against Shell at http://wiwavshell.org/video
Filed over a dozen years ago, Wiwa v. Shell seeks to hold Shell
accountable for its complicity in egregious human rights abuses in
Nigeria, including murder, torture, and extrajudicial executions, and
the destruction of villages throughout the Ogoni region of the Niger
Delta. The cases charge Royal Dutch Shell and a key Shell official for
complicity with the Nigerian military government in attacks on peaceful
protesters and the November 10, 1995 hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other
leaders in the nonviolent opposition to Shell’s pattern of human rights
abuses and environmental destruction.
Please help bring about justice for Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni people
by helping to spread the word. Visit the new campaign website,
http://WiwavShell.org, and watch the video at
http://WiwavShell.org/video, and then forward this email on to your
friends, family, and colleagues.
You can also:
- Post the links on facebook, myspace, Twitter or any other social networking sites you use
- Join "The Case Against Shell” Cause on Facebook at
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/192275/886303 and invite your friends to join.
- Visit www.WiwavShell.org to learn more and find other ways you can support this case.