Le 10 novembre 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa, écrivain et militant écologiste nigérian et huit compagnons d’infortune étaient exécutés par le régime du président général Sani Abacha à l’issue d’un procès controversé. Membre de la minorité ogoni, il avait alerté l’opinion mondiale sur les désastres écologiques liés à l’exploitation du pétrole dans le Delta du Niger. Le territoire Ogoni est l’une des trois régions les plus riches en pétrole en Afrique. Ken Saro Wiwa n’a cessé de son vivant de dénoncer la mauvaise redistribution des recettes du pétrole.
A Dutch court will hear witnesses in a landmark case brought by Esther Kiobel and three other women with regard to what they claim was Shell’s involvement in the unlawful arrest, torture and execution of their husbands by the Nigerian military.
The District Court of The Hague rejected a request from the Government of Ecuador to annul an arbitration award that rejected the multibillion-dollar conviction against the US oil company Chevron, for environmental damage in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Steven Donziger helped win a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador in 2011. Since then, he has lost a fraud case brought against him by Chevron, has been facing criminal charges and been disbarred in New York. A committee of seven legal scholars and activists was formed to monitor alleged misconduct from judicial authorities in the US.
Donziger “has been found guilty of egregious professional misconduct” in connection with the Ecuadorian environmental lawsuit he led as an attorney against Chevron, said the Appellate Division, First Department while disbarring him.