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Over ten thousand Ogonis including MOSOP activists marched on Bori, the Ogoni ancestral capital to commemorate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples  and protest the failure of the Nigerian Government to implement the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoni two years after its official release. 

Georgina Ahamefule began working at the Imperial Medical Center as an auxiliary nurse in 1989. In 1995, while she was pregnant, she developed boils on her skin and sought medical attention from her employer Dr. Alex Molukwu, who conducted medical examinations and diagnostic tests without disclosing to her the nature and the outcome of the tests. Georgina tested positive for HIV and her employment contract was promptly terminated.

A UN report says it will cost up to $1bn and take 30 years to clean up the damage done by decades of drilling by Shell. Oil exploration in Nigeria's south for several decades has had a debilitating effect on the environment of the region.

Click on the title above to see a short video about oil in Ogoniland.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from southern Nigeria

The Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) has received the 2010 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI) in recognition of the organization's consistent work in the advancement and protection of economic, social and cultural rights in Nigeria.

In SERAP v. Nigeria, the ECOWAS Court[1] considered whether it had the jurisdiction to adjudicate a claim involving the right to education under the African Charter, even if such a right was arguably non-justiciable in domestic constitutional or statutory law. The complainant initiated the case due to lack of adequate implementation of Nigeria's Basic Education Act and Child's Rights Act of 2004.

On June 8th, 2009, the parties in Wiwa v. Shell agreed to settle human rights claims charging the Royal Dutch/Shell company, its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC or Shell Nigeria), and the former head of its Nigerian operation, Brian Anderson, with complicity in the torture, killing, and other abuses of Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa as well as  other non-violent Nigerian activists  in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta in the mid-1990s.

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View letters from Comite Garifuna / The Garifuna Emergency Committee of Honduras and La Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos - Perú, APRODEH

ESCR-Net asks the government of Nigeria to protect the members of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), an ESCR-Net member organization.  Member homes have been invaded and their lives have been threatened.  ESCR-Net also encourages other organizations to send their own letters of solidarity to the Nigerian government.