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28 Feb 2012


[PDF] Letter to the Boards of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Shell Companies in Nigeria

...Shell’s operations in the Niger Delta continue to be linked to human rights violations committed by government forces and other armed groups, as well as result in extensive environmental devastation. As the Nigerian government increases military spending and deploys more forces in the Delta and across Nigeria, there are clear risks that Shell will repeat the same mistakes, become complicit in human rights violations and fail to resolve some of the underlying issues of ongoing repression and pollution. A recent report by Platform recommends that Shell and other stakeholders address the root causes of conflict by cleaning up pollution, de-militarising the Delta and providing adequate remedies to the individuals and communities affected. In this letter, we, the undersigned, hold Shell accountable for its conduct and its inaction on these issues; challenge Shell’s stated commitments to human rights and “high ethical standards” and emphasise the need for urgent action.

Part of the following timelines

Open letter by Platform challenges Shell's commitment to human rights, calls for action & remedies for communities in Niger Delta

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