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Netherlands: Widows of Hanged Nigerian Activists Sue Shell Oil

HeadlineJun 29, 2017

In the Netherlands, the widows of nine men who were hanged by Nigeria’s military government in 1995 have filed suit against Shell Oil in a Dutch court, charging the company with complicity in the deaths. Among those hanged was Ken Saro-Wiwa, who led the movement against Shell’s oil practices in the Ogoni region. Despite widespread international protests, Saro-Wiwa was hanged under the Nigerian dictatorship after a sham trial along with eight other Ogoni rights activists.

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