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Issue: Human Rights and Environmental violations by Shell Nigeria

Description Amnesty International & FoEI allege that Royal Dutch Shell has breached human rights and environmental provisions of the Guidelines at its oil operations in Nigeria. The complainants are concerned by the practices and communications of Shell with regard to its in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta. According to the complainants, Shell is in breach of the OECD Guidelines because of the severe pollution it has caused, the companys slow and inadequate response to oil spills, and insufficient control and maintenance of oil infrastructure. The complaint also alleges that the information provided by Shell with regard to these matters is incorrect, misleading and unsubstantiated.

The complainants have documented the impact of the oil industry on the environment and human rights in the Niger Delta over many years and also base their complaint on a report recently conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the request of the Nigerian Government to determine the environmental and health impacts of oil contamination in Ogoniland. Over slightly more than a year the UNEP researchers examined many locations, surveyed kilometres of pipeline, reviewed medical records and engaged people at local community meetings.

Oil production in the Niger Delta Area ran from the end of the 1950s until 1993. The UNEP report maintains that even though no oil production has taken place in the region since, the oil field facilities have not been decommissioned. Oil pipelines carrying oil from other parts of the country still pass through Ogoniland but are not being adequately maintained.

Consequently, the infrastructure deteriorated due to exposure to natural forces, which caused severe environmental pollution in the Niger Delta area. In addition, the UNEP report documents how Shell failed to adequately clean up oil spills and related contamination, failed to take appropriate action after problems had been identified, and failed to provide for adequate remediation.
Developments/Outcome The case was accepted, but was put on hold until a related complaint filed in January 2011 was concluded. The complainants were disappointed in the outcome of that case, which convinced them that the Dutch NCP was incapable of contributing to a meaningful resolution to the dispute with Shell. The complainants thus decided to withdraw this case.

1 cases relating to 'Human Rights and Environmental violations by Shell Nigeria':

Title Issue Date filed Status
Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth vs Shell Human Rights and Environmental violations by Shell Nigeria 30 December 2011 Withdrawn

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