Royal Dutch/Shell: Human Rights in Nigeria
1.Does Shell bear some responsibility for the problems in the Ogoni region of Nigeria?
It is obvious that Shell bears responsibility for the problems in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. From 1958, Royal Dutch/Shell struck oil on Ogoni lands. By estimates, the company has extracted some $30 billion worth of oil from the region since then. But Shell didn't give any contribution to the local people and environment. The social and environmental costs of oil production which Shell deliberately ignored and didn't attempt to take responsible for were really extensive:
-Large area of farmlands and fisheries had been occupied to explore oil. And because Ogoni is a powerless minority, they often overlooked when it comes to the allocation of jobs. This leads to the Ogoni region face with loss of land, as well as forced migration and unemployment.
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