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The Oil Industry and Human Rights in the Niger Delta

The Director of Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Ngieria) Nnimmo Bassey testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law….

This submission describes the deleterious human and environmental  impacts of the operations of multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta in Nigeria. It provides information about the population of the Niger Delta and the harmful effects of the oil industry on the region’s delicate environment. Oil companies, including Chevron and Shell, have repeatedly used the Nigerian military to violently repress Delta inhabitants’ peaceful protests, causing deaths and injuries, and creating an environment in which ordinary citizens are unable to exercise their rights to free expression. Finally, recommendations are presented for improvements in corporate practice by extractive industry companies, as well as suggestions for further inquiries by the Subcommittee. 

The Geographical, Economic, and Cultural Context The Niger Delta region is a coastal plain covering approximately 70,000 km2 in southeastern Nigeria. Over 12 million people live in the states of the Niger Delta; a large  percentage of the inhabitants come from diverse minority ethnic groups like the Ijaw,
Ilaje, Urhobo, Ibibio and Itsekiri, who have been marginalized historically in Nigerian political and economic life. Farming and fishing are key livelihood activities for the region’s inhabitants.  Continue reading


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  1. If you suffer this kind of abuse in Nigeria, we suffer almost the same from multinational companies looking to digg our mountains of gold that only they will get the advantage of.

    The Philippine government seems to have something to do with it for some reason the people don’t know of but for one thing, it’s all about abuse with the use of political power.

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