Shell settles Saro-Wiwa lawsuit over 1995 execution of Nigerian activists for $15.5 million

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8 June 2009

Shell settles human rights suit for $15.5M

Author: Chris Kahn, Associated Press

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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8 June 2009

Shell settles Wiwa case with humanitarian gesture

Author: Shell

Shell today agreed to settle a court case in New York related to allegations in connection with the Nigerian military government's execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others in 1995, making a humanitarian gesture to set up a trust fund to benefit the Ogoni people…[T]he plaintiffs have dismissed all claims made in the litigation against Shell Petroleum NV, Shell Transport and Trading Company Limited and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC)…Malcolm Brinded, Shell’s Executive Director Exploration & Production, said: “We believe this settlement will assist the process of reconciliation and peace in Ogoni land, which is our primary concern."

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8 June 2009

[DOC] Statement of the Plaintiffs' Attorneys in Wiwa v. Royal Dutch/Shell, Wiwa v. Anderson, and Wiwa v.SPDC

Author: Center for Constitutional Rights, Anthony DiCaprio, Earthrights International, Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow, Harris and Hoffman, Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll

We want to express our satisfaction that these cases have provided the plaintiffs with substantial compensation for their claims. After 13 years of fighting these cases, our clients now have resources which will allow them to start to rebuild their lives. We are also pleased that, although this settlement is only for our clients’ own claims and they did not negotiate on behalf of the Ogoni people, this settlement has the potential to benefit thousands of other people in Ogoni.

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8 June 2009

[PDF] Statement of the Plaintiffs in Wiwa v. Royal Dutch/Shell, Wiwa v. Anderson, and Wiwa v. SPDC

Author: Lucky Doobee, Monday Gbokoo, David Kiobel, Karalolo Kogbara, Blessing Kpuinen, James N-nah, Friday Nuate, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr., Michael Vizor, Owens Wiwa

The Plaintiffs in the Wiwa v. Shell cases are pleased to announce a settlement of their claims…This settlement only resolves the individual claims of the Plaintiffs for the injuries they have suffered and provides them compensation…The settlement will create The Kiisi Trust. The name “kiisi” means “progress” in our Ogoni languages. This Trust will allow for initiatives in Ogoni for educational endowments, skills development programmes, agricultural development, women’s programmes, small enterprise support, and adult literacy. The settlement will also provide funds to compensate the Plaintiffs for their injuries. The larger disputes between Shell and Ogoni remain and are beyond the scope of our settlement.

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8 June 2009

[PDF] Wiwa v. Shell - Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release

Author: US District Court for the Southern District of New York

[Full text of the Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release filed by the parties in Wiwa v. Shell with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.]

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