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Oil Industry Braces for Trial on Rights Abuses

Author: Jad Mouwad, New York Times, Published on: 21 May 2009

Fourteen years after the execution of...activist Ken Saro-Wiwa by Nigeria’s former military regime, Royal Dutch Shell will appear before a federal court in New York to answer charges of crimes against humanity in connection with his death...The case could have global repercussions for the oil industry, said Arvind Ganesan, the head of the business and human rights practice at Human Rights Watch...“The lesson here is that these cases aren’t going away,” Mr. Ganesan said. “If a jury found Shell guilty, this would change the behavior of the industry pretty quickly.” [refers to Unocal lawsuit (re Burma), Chevron lawsuit (re Nigeria)]

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Related companies: Shell