Nigeria: Amnesty report says oil industry has brought pollution, poverty & human rights violation to Niger Delta

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29 July 2009

Full report, Shell response, Amnesty rejoinder & related materials

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Shell to respond to a report by Amnesty International regarding its operations in Nigeria, “Nigeria: Petroleum, pollution and poverty in the Niger Delta”. includes links to: - press release & full report, 30 June [refers to Chevron, Eni, ExxonMobil, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell, Total] - Shell response, 8 July - Amnesty Intl. rejoinder, “Nigeria: Shell's response to Amnesty report is disappointing”, 20 July - Shell public webchat, “Doing business in Nigeria: challenges and questions”, 23 July - “Shell Disputes Amnesty Report on Nigeria”, Jad Mouwad, New York Times, 2 July - “Nigeria oil company rejects damning Amnesty report”, CNN, 1 July [refers to Agip (part of ENI), Chevron, NNPC, Shell]

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30 June 2009

Oil industry has brought poverty and pollution to Niger Delta

Author: Amnesty International

The oil industry in the Niger Delta of Nigeria has brought impoverishment, conflict, human rights abuses and despair to the majority of the people in the oil-producing areas, according to a new Amnesty International report...[T]he report...also details how the Nigerian government is failing to hold oil companies to account for the pollution they have caused. “Oil companies have been exploiting Nigeria’s weak regulatory system for too long,” said Audrey Gaughran of Amnesty International. “They do not adequately prevent environmental damage and they frequently fail to properly address the devastating impact that their bad practice has on people’s lives.” [refers to Shell]

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