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English-speaking group Berlin (1312)


Protesting against oil pollution in the Niger Delta

On 1 September 2012 our group, supported by other Amnesty groups from Kreuzberg and Neukölln, once once again protested in front of a Shell petrol station in Berlin against oil pollution in the Niger Delta in Nigeria, stressing that the right to a clean and healthy environment is an important human right.

Thousands of oil spills have occurred in the Niger Delta since the oil industry began operations in the late 1950s. Corrosion of the pipes and equipment failure were responsible for the majority of these spills. You can find more information on this subject here. We urged Shell to clean up the oil spillages from its pipelines in the Niger Delta.

Amnesty activists wearing protective clothing and carrying banners, brooms and brushes attracted the attention of customers as well as people walking or driving by. We collected 98 signatures and send these to Goodluck Jonathan (President of Nigeria) and Mr. Vosser (CEO of Shell).