18 Years ago a man was hanged for speaking out against the oil industry.
His name was Ken Saro Wiwa.
This injustice has to end. #Reclaimpower
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Who was Ken Saro-Wiwa?Ken Saro Wiwa
Ken Saro-Wiwa was born in 1941 as the eldest son in an Ogoni family. After leaving university he pursued an academic career and became the most outspoken environmental activist in the Niger Delta decrying the devastation of the land, air and water at the hands of rich corporations and complicit governmental authorities.
He was a writer, artist, journalist, and television producer and became the President of the Association of Nigerian Authors for three years until 1991, when he decided to devote himself entirely to the nonviolent struggles of his fellow Ogoni people.
He chose to fight using nonviolent resistance techniques such as poetry, prose and peaceful protest. Saro-Wiwa was able to mobilize the people of the Niger Delta to push for adequate representation and the preservation of their homeland, which was continuing to be destroyed by oil exploitation.
In 1994, Saro-Wiwa was given the Right Livelihood Award, often called the “alternative Nobel Prize”, along with three other environmental activists. The following year he was given the Goldman Environmental Foundation of California prize. It didn’t take long before the Nigerian government felt their economic interest in oil exploitation was being threatened by the growing movement of Saro-Wiwa and his followers.
In May 1994, a meeting took place which broke out in violent confrontation, and four of the elders were killed. Even though Saro-Wiwa had been barred from attending the meeting, he and 8 other Ogoni leaders were held responsible and arrested. A trial took place, though independent and international witnesses claim the various circumstances surrounding the proceedings strayed from the laws outlined in the Nigerian Constitution and international human rights law. Accused of murder and without legal counsel nor right to appeal, Saro-Wiwa and the other 8 Ogoni leaders, Baribor Bera, Saturday Doobee, Nordu Eawo, Daniel Gbokoo, Barinem Kiobel, John Kpuinen, Paul Levura and Felix Nuate were hanged on November 10th, 1995.
In 1996, several environmental rights organizations and various human rights attorneys brought lawsuits against Royal Dutch Shell and the Nigerian head of Shell operations. The trial finally took place in 2009 in New York, under the Alien Tort Statute, a 200 year old statute rarely used but which makes it possible to address egregious violations of human rights in US Federal Courts that have occurred outside of the US. Following repeated efforts by Shell to have the case dismissed, each of which were rejected, an out-of-court settlement was finally agreed upon in June 2009.
Shell recently put out a statement saying they had “zero-point-zero percent to do with the situation in Russia” — yet they are partners with oil company Gazprom.
Gazprom owns the rig on which the Arctic 30 peacefully protested, and have been arrested and detained for 2 months pending charges of piracy and hooliganism.
It seems that Shell are 100% involved in the detention of the Arctic 30, read more to find out how: http://bit.ly/1bDBM4A
Greenpeace call on Shell to speak out against detention of Arctic 30
Greenpeace activists protested at Shell petrol stations across the UK as part of a global day of action intended to put pressure on Shell, a key financial partner of Gazprom, to speak out against the detention by Russian authorities of the Arctic 30.
Gazprom and Shell are set to sign an agreement for oil exploration in the Arctic expected to be worth up to half a trillion dollars. Greenpeace contend that Gazprom were critical to the arrest and detention of the Arctic 30 and believe that Shell could use its influence as their key financial partner to help secure their release.
The Arctic 30 comprise 28 Greenpeace activists from 18 different countries, a British videographer, Kieron Bryan, and a Russian photographer, Denis Sinyakov, all of whom detained following a protest at the Russian state-controlled Gazprom Prirazlomnaya offshore oil platform in the Arctic on 19th September.
The protest was intended by Greenpeace to draw attention to the grave dangers posed by drilling in the fragile Arctic environment. Greenpeace believes that drilling in the Arctic for oil and gas contributes to climate change and ice-melt and that a major disaster at Prirazlomnaya could pollute up to 1,900 miles of coastline.
Tell Shell CEO Peter Voser: Speak out for the Arctic 30!
The 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists being detained in Russia and charged first with piracy and now also with “hooliganism” following a peaceful protest against Shell’s partner, Gazprom, are normal people moved by their conscience to extraordinary action.
They’re giving voice to the global movement of millions who are opposing Arctic oil drilling, and we must do everything we can to honor the sacrifice they made to protect the Arctic, stand up for the right of free speech anywhere in the world, and carry on their fight.
Shell has a huge role to play in this, as a key partner to Gazprom.
Please ask Peter Voser, the Shell CEO, to speak out on behalf of his company right now.
Sign petition here: https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1514
As the detention of Greenpeace’s ‘Arctic 30’ by Russian security services approaches its second month, a shift of campaign tactics is taking place. Now Shell, Gazprom’s partner in developing oil and gas on the Arctic Shelf, is in the firing line.
Greenpeace is targetting Shell in a new round of protests aimed at securing the release of the Arctic 30 protestors arrested on a Russian oil platform owned by oil and gas giant Gazprom in the Arctic Ocean 56 days ago.
This Saturday, November 16, 2013, thousands of protestors are expected to gather at 57 nominated Shell stations around the UK to demand the Artic 30’s immediate release, and similar actions will take place around the globe.
In November 30 2010 Gazprom and Shell signed the Protocol on Global Strategic Cooperation providing for a wider interaction of the companies in hydrocarbons exploration, production, processing and distribution in Russian and international energy markets.
In June 16 2011 Gazprom Neft and Shell signed the Basic Terms and Conditions of the Agreement which stipulates the study of possible ways to create a joint venture to deliver joint projects in Western Siberia, other Russian regions and in third countries, having reached an agreement in April 2013 to jointly develop oil and gas on the Arctic shelf, and produce shale oil in Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Area.
“The agreements reached bring our partnership to a new level. Our companies already have the experience of long-lasting successful work within the Sakhalin II and Salym projects, and we welcome the opportunity to use this experience and our innovation technologies in Arctic operations and shale oil development”, said Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell.
And now Gazprom is in advanced negotiations with Shell over another huge deal that would see a huge acceleration in Arctic oil exploration, creating an Arctic oil rush worth up to half a trillion dollars.
“Gazprom were critical to the arrest and detention of the Arctic 30”, says Greenpeace. “Shell could use its influence as a key financial partner to help secure the release of our friends, but so far it has stayed silent on the matter. By continuing this silence, Shell is complicit in the ongoing detention of the 30. On Saturday 16th, we’ll go to Shell petrol stations across the UK and demand that they finally speak out and join calls for the Arctic 30’s release.”
But Shell insists that it has “nothing to do with the events in Russia – zero point zero percent”.
The Arctic 30, comprising 28 activists and two freelance journalists, have now been transferred to St Petersburg.
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Save the Arctic and Free the Arctic 30
Published on Nov 13, 2013
The Arctic is majestic, extreme, and extremely fragile. Companies like Gazprom and Shell want to drill for oil, putting the entire planet at risk. Now 30 men and women are imprisoned in Russia for trying to stop this destruction and protect the region. ACT NOW to Save the Arctic and Free the Arctic 30:http://www.greenpeace.org/freethearct…
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