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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.

Indigenous and affected communities, human rights NGOs, and unions, including members of the ESCR-Net Corporate Accountability Working Group, participated in The Regional Consultation of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights and Business in Bogotá, Colombia, 18-19 January 2007.  Twenty-five organizations jointly drafted and endorsed a common Declaration, containing clear recommendations.