Monday, November 10, 1997

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  • Ken Saro Wiwa and Nigeria

    Today marks the second anniversary of the execution of West African author and activist Ken Saro Wiwa. He led a campaign against the ecological devastation that petroleum giant Shell was causing in his homeland — the oil-rich region of Nigeria called Ogoniland. The protests targeted the company’s abusive practices and even caused a partial shutdown of some of its facilities. But the Nigerian military regime, led by General Soni Abacha, launched a wave of fierce repression against the Ogoni, which led to the hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other men on November 10, 1995, in the yard of Port Harcourt prison.

  • Nike Audit Report

    Sportswear giant Nike has come under repeated attack by human rights and labor groups for the atrocious and exploitative conditions in the company’s 150 factories that employ some450,000 workers across Asia. Nike has denied that it mistreats its workforce, even going so far as to hire former UN Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young to inspect the factories. After completing a two-week tour of 15 Asian factories, Young said earlier this year that Nike was doing a good job.

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