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Nigeria news: US Groups launch campaign against Gas flaring in Nigeria

Several United States based environmental advocacy groups including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Earth Rights International, and other human rights have launched a campaign for an end to Gas flaring by multinational corporations operation in Nigeria, and also to press Shell Petroleum to disclose its role in environmental degradation of the Niger delta, human rights abuses, including the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa in 1995.

The groups have also dragged Shell before a United States Federal Court for human rights violations against the Ogoni including the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa by the Abacha military administration in 1995.

The groups are planning to present evidence that evidence “will demonstrate that Shell was complicit in egregious human rights abuses in Ogoni, including the execution of nine leaders of a nonviolent movement that opposed Shell’s devastating environmental and human rights practices in the region”The case comes up on May 26, 2009, in federal court in New York City.

“We’re launching a campaign to demand that Shell cease and desist the human rights and corporate climate crimes it continues to commit”, says ShellGuilty.com

Shell must come clean:

* Stop gas flaring in Nigeria, a practice devastating to the environment and human health, and a significant contributor to global warming.


* Disclose its role in the abuses committed against the Ogoni people in Nigeria, including the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 9.