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7 Apr 2009

George Monbiot, Guardian [UK]

Shell: corporate impunity goes on trial

Fourteen years after the judicial murder of the Nigerian novelist, environmentalist and human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Shell is about to go on trial in New York, accused of complicity in his execution. This represents a remarkable moment in the struggle between people and multinational corporations...From now on, no transnational corporation involved in possible human rights abuses will feel completely safe...For two centuries corporations and governments from the rich world have treated the people they encounter overseas as nothing but obstacles...Now these inconvenient people might begin to be seen as human beings.

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Shell faces Saro-Wiwa death claim

Shell lawsuit (re executions in Nigeria, Wiwa v Shell, filed in USA)