Shell Blocks Workers From Reading Whistleblowing Website On Ogoni Torture Case

Shell Blocks Workers From Reading Whistleblowing Website On Ogoni Torture Case

An activist website giving Shell workers updates on the current U.S. Supreme Court review of Shell's collaboration in the death of the 12 Ogonis has been blocked by Shell.

Over 7,000 employees had learned of the site from People Against Legalizing Murder who had obtained the Shell email list from a disgruntled employee.

 

  PALM intended the action to help shine a spotlight on the case, brought by  the widow of Dr. Barinem Kiobel, who was hanged along with novelist Ken Saro-Wiwa for opposition to Shell's drilling plans in West Africa. Shell is alleged to have aided paramilitary forces that raided more than 60 villages, killed over 800 people, and displaced 30,000 more.

  "Surely most Shell employees, like most people, don't want multinationals to get away with murder just because murder's convenient," said Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Lab, which provided technical assistance for the action.

  "Shell needs to let its employees speak," said Mike Bonanno of the Yes Lab. "They can prevent it for a day, but in the long run they have no   choice."

For further information, contact

    Sean Dagohoy     People Against Legalizing Murder (PALM)

 

 71,010 employees blocked from tweeting Oprah about Supreme Court murder

  Houston, TX (October 2, 2012) - EarlyMonday morning, 71,010 Shell

  employees received an email from the company's "Grassroots Employee

  Empowerment Division" providing information on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch

  Petroleum, a pivotal human rights case being argued in the U.S. Supreme

  Court. The email contained links to news stories, as well as a tool to

  help employees tweet their feelings about the case at key US news anchors

  The only thing is, Shell has no "Grassroots Employee Empowerment

  Division," and they don't want publicity for the case. The email was in

  fact the work of an activist group called People Against Legalizing Murder

  (PALM), who received the list of Shell emails from what they believe to be

  Within minutes of the email being sent out, Shell internally blocked the

  site, preventing employees from accessing it. "I would love to

  participate, but access is denied to all links you sent out," wrote one

  employee among many. The 71,010 employees were informed this morning of

  PALM intended the action to help shine a spotlight on the case, brought by

  the widow of Dr. Barinem Kiobel, who was hanged along with novelist Ken

  Saro-Wiwa for opposition to Shell's drilling plans in West Africa. Shell

  is alleged to have aided paramilitary forces that raided more than 60

  To prevail, Shell lawyers must overturn a 200-year-old law, the Alien Tort

  Statute (ATS), that compensates victims of international crimes. (The law

  has been used to compensate Holocaust survivors who sued for restitution

  from corporations that profited from slavery and forced labor during World

  War II.) Shell's lawyers are arguing that their corporation is not subject

  "When it comes to things like election spending, Shell and other

  corporations want to have all the rights of people," said Sean Dagohoy

  from PALM. "But when accused of murder, Shell conveniently argues that

  they aren't a person. A ruling in their favor would be a very dangerous

  precedent, and would badly undermine the United States' reputation as a

  place that cares about human rights. That's why we attempted to reach out

  "Surely most Shell employees, like most people, don't want multinationals

  to get away with murder just because murder's convenient," said Andy

  Bichlbaum of the Yes Lab, which provided technical assistance for the

  "Shell needs to let its employees speak," said Mike Bonanno of the Yes

  Lab. "They can prevent it for a day, but in the long run they have no

   Contact

    Sean Dagohoy     People Against Legalizing Murder (PALM)

    Andy Bichlbaum or Mike Bonanno     The Yes Lab

    Andy Bichlbaum or Mike Bonanno

 

    The Yes Lab

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