Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Case Against Shell: 'The Hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa Showed the True Cost of Oil'

After 13 years of legal battles, the deaths of these activists who opposed Shell's gas flaring and environmental devastation of their homeland have been recompensed. Shell was forced to pay $15.5 million, including $5 million for a trust to benefit communities in Ogoni territory in Nigeria, the homeland of the executed activists.

The fact that the Nigerian plaintiffs were able to win such a large settlement means they successfully held Shell accountable for its complicity in human rights abuses. You can read more about the settlement at our Shell Guilty campaign website (http://www.shellguilty.com), or take a look at some of the news articles below.

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