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Shell settles human rights suit for $15.5M

Author: Chris Kahn, Associated Press, Published on: 8 June 2009

Royal Dutch Shell agreed to a $15.5 million settlement Monday to end a lawsuit alleging that the oil giant was complicit in the executions of activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and other civilians by Nigeria's former military regime. Shell…said it agreed to settle the lawsuit in hopes aiding the "process of reconciliation." But Europe's largest oil company acknowledged no wrongdoing in the 1995 hanging deaths of six people, including poet Ken Saro-Wiwa…Jenny Green, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York who helped file the lawsuit in 1996,…said [the settlement] will send a message to Shell and other multinationals that operate in developing countries. "You can't commit human rights violations as a part of doing business," she said. "A corporation can't act with impunity. And we think there is accountability in this settlement." [also refers to Chevron, ExxonMobil]

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