October 18, 2011
The president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People [MOSOP] said his group welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a dispute between the Ogoni people and Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company.
The high court justices agreed Monday to hear a federal appeal by a group of Nigerians who alleged that shell was complicit in torture, wrongful deaths and other human rights abuses committed by Nigerian authorities against environmental campaigners during the 1990s.
MOSOP President Ledum Mitee said the decision sends the right message that Shell must be held to account.
“It is quite a refreshing news coming at this time, and I think it sends the right message that clearly, even though there have been delays in getting there, but at least we can see light at the end of the tunnel that someday Shell will be held to account,” he said…Read more.
- Ogoni 9: US Supreme Court to hear Nigeria-Shell rights case (vanguardngr.com)
- U.S. Supreme Court will hear Shell human rights case from Nigeria (theglobeandmail.com)
- Torture Suits Against Companies Draw U.S. High Court Review (businessweek.com)
- High Court to Hear Shell-Nigeria Rights Case (blogs.wsj.com)
- Supreme Court to decide Shell human rights lawsuit (marketwatch.com)