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Shell may face contempt proceedings over pipeline breach

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005

Western People: Shell may face contempt proceedings over pipeline breach

“As the Rossport Five walked to freedom in the High Court on Friday after 94 days in jail, Shell oil company executives, who had demanded their imprisonment in the first place, were themselves having to face potential contempt of court issues.”

Posted Thursday, October 06, 2005

By Ray Managh at the High Court, Dublin

As the Rossport Five walked to freedom in the High Court on Friday after 94 days in jail, Shell oil company executives, who had demanded their imprisonment in the first place, were themselves having to face potential contempt of court issues.

High Court President, Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan, who released the men to the cheers of their families and friends, told counsel for Shell, Mr Patrick Hanratty, he wanted the company to address its breach of an undertaking not to do anything not permitted by the licence of Minister for the Marine, Noel Dempsey. read more

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Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005

The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

“Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped over the last year in Nigeria. Mr McCredie then went on to slag off the royal family in Saudi Arabia, where Shell is desperately trying to ingratiate itself, before moving on to Russia – another key market for the Anglo Dutch giant.”

Thursday 6 October 2005

Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? Following on from a Shell press officer telling a TV reporter on camera not to bother to listen to its then-UK chairman Ron Oxburgh about climate change because he will soon be gone, comes a front page belter in yesterday’s FT.

Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped over the last year in Nigeria. Mr McCredie then went on to slag off the royal family in Saudi Arabia, where Shell is desperately trying to ingratiate itself, before moving on to Russia – another key market for the Anglo Dutch giant. read more

royaldutchshellplc.com and its sister websites royaldutchshellgroup.com, shellenergy.website, shellnazihistory.com, royaldutchshell.website, johndonovan.website, shellnews.net and shell2004.com are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005

The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

“Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped over the last year in Nigeria. Mr McCredie then went on to slag off the royal family in Saudi Arabia, where Shell is desperately trying to ingratiate itself, before moving on to Russia – another key market for the Anglo Dutch giant.”

Thursday 6 October 2005

Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? Following on from a Shell press officer telling a TV reporter on camera not to bother to listen to its then-UK chairman Ron Oxburgh about climate change because he will soon be gone, comes a front page belter in yesterday’s FT.

Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped over the last year in Nigeria. Mr McCredie then went on to slag off the royal family in Saudi Arabia, where Shell is desperately trying to ingratiate itself, before moving on to Russia – another key market for the Anglo Dutch giant. read more

royaldutchshellplc.com and its sister websites royaldutchshellgroup.com, shellenergy.website, shellnazihistory.com, royaldutchshell.website, johndonovan.website, shellnews.net and shell2004.com are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

Dutch judge rejects Shell attempt to ban Greenpeace from protesting its Arctic drilling

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, October 5, 4:29 PM

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC against Greenpeace International seeking to ban environmentalists from holding protests against the oil company’s Arctic drilling program on or near Shell property.

The Amsterdam District Court said Friday Greenpeace has the right to protest, and Shell should expect public protest about business practices that are controversial.

However, the court also handed Greenpeace a set of protest guidelines intended to ensure its protests are “proportionate,” including the requirement the group not occupy gas stations for more than an hour at a time. read more

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Terrible step backward for human rights if Supreme Court sides with Shell

Shell Oil is set to argue to in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) that this law cannot be used to hold it accountable for human rights abuses. Shell is facing allegations of aiding and abetting rape, torture and extrajudicial killings by working with the Nigerian military in the 1990s to oppress activists opposed to its oil operations. Corporate complicity in human rights abuses is nothing new…

Desmond Tutu: Will U.S. rule for rights of S. Africans?

Supreme Court hears case that challenges 223-year-old law that holds multinational corporations accountable for abuse.

If the Supreme Court sides with Shell, it would represent a terrible step backward for human rights.

By Desmond Tutu

3:36PM EST September 30. 2012 – In South Africa, we have struggled for years against the evil system of apartheid that divided human beings because of the color of their skin. Apartheid was a culture of legalized oppression that denied all of my people our fundamental human rights. We knew this was wrong. By the grace of God, the world supported our struggle for freedom, dignity and justice.

After apartheid, South Africans built a new country where the law was a tool for protecting human rights, not a means of oppression. But on Monday, the opening day of the new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that could severely weaken a key legal mechanism used to secure justice for survivors of abuses such as those that fueled apartheid. read more

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Shell hopeful on Arctic drilling despite setback

Dan Joling, Associated Press: Oct 4, 2012 – 02:41 PM AKST

The stars lined up — almost — for Shell Oil to drill exploratory wells this year in waters off Alaska’s north coast.

The Arctic Ocean was on record pace for low sea ice. The Obama administration gave a qualified green light to drilling. Two drill ships and a flotilla of support vessels were staged off prospects.

But as the roughly four-month open water season wound down, Shell announced last week it would limit drilling to “top-hole” work, the shallow but time-consuming preparation for an offshore well. The final straw for the decision: damage during testing Sept. 15 to an undersea containment dome, part of a spill response system that Shell put in place to reassure federal regulators that Arctic offshore drilling could be done safely. read more

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Kiobel v. Shell: Will ‘Enemies of All Mankind’ Be Held Accountable?

“The plaintiffs in Kiobel are members of Nigeria’s Ogoni people, who claim that Shell violated the law of nations (now referred to as international law) when it helped dispatch killing and torture squads to put down their protests against polluting oil fields.”

By Ryan Mitchell

Could five unelected individuals be all it takes to undo a major, 2-century-old U.S. commitment to advance the rule of law? If they wear the right robes, the answer is yes.

The Supreme Court opened its new term on Monday morning with a second round of oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell). The court’s nine justices will decide by majority whether to reduce the scope of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a 1789 law passed by the First Congress, which makes punishable violations of the “law of nations,” and grants non-U.S. citizens the right to bring related civil lawsuits.  read more

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Royal Dutch Shell Crimes Against Humanity

“Under the terms of the Rome Statute it is clear why so many large corporations and foreign governments are working so hard to limit the reach of the US Alien Tort Statute. Too many corporations and corporate managers could face criminal charges if Shell does not prevail in their arguments before the US Supreme Court to limit the reach of this Statute.”

INFORMATION AND COMMENT SUPPLIED BY A FORMER SHELL EMPLOYEE

The enclosed Wiki link will give your readers a broader view of the concept we now refer to as ‘crimes against humanity’. This term is now well defined within the body of international law. Furthermore, it was not only employed during the IMT trials at Nuremberg after the defeat of Nazi Germany, it was employed in the Tokyo war crimes trials as well. This legal concept has been use to bring Yugoslavia war criminals to trial, as well as those who perpetrated the atrocities in Rwanda.

Crimes against humanity – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia read more

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