CCR Executive Director Vince Warren to speak about "The Case Against Shell"
Come hear Vince Warren speak about our case against Shell for serious human rights violations in Nigeria. Learn about this landmark case for justice and corporate accountability before it goes to trial, on May 26, 2009 in New York City.
What: Presentation and Discussion of upcoming trial against Shell
Who: Vince Warren, CCR Executive Director
Sowore Omoyele, founder of SaharaReporters.com
Where: Global Information Network
146 W 29th St, 7th fl (between 6 and 7 Ave)
New York, NY
When: April 8, 2009 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
Please RSVP! 212-244-3123
Royal Dutch Shell, plc (Shell) began oil production in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 1958 and has a long history of working closely with the Nigerian government to quell popular opposition to its presence in the region. From 1990-1995, Nigerian soldiers, at Shell’s request and with Shell’s assistance and financing, used deadly force and conducted massive, brutal raids against the Ogoni people living in the Niger Delta to repress a growing movement in protest of Shell.
On November 10, 1995, nine Ogoni leaders (the "Ogoni Nine") were executed by the Nigerian government after being falsely accused of murder and tried by a specially- created military tribunal. Those executed were internationally acclaimed environmental and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, prominent youth leader John Kpuinen, Dr. Barinem Kiobel, Saturday Doobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbokoo, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate and Baribor Bera. The detention, trial, and executions of the Ogoni Nine were the result of collusion between Shell and the military government to suppress the Ogoni’s peaceful opposition to Shell’s oil operations in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), EarthRights International (ERI) and other human rights attorneys sued Shell for human rights violations against the Ogoni. The case will go to trial on May 26, 2009 in federal court in New York City.