Wednesday, August 3, 2011

UN to release report on oil pollution in the Niger Delta

Daily Times
3 August 2011

Amnesty International says it will respond to the report when it is released tomorrow

A new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on the impacts of oil pollution in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta is expected to be released in Abuja on Thursday.

The report, which was established to examine the impacts of oil pollution on the environment and communities in Ogoniland, is the first such study of oil pollution impacts in the Niger Delta where the oil industry has operated for more than 50 years.

Major stakeholders in the oil industry in the Niger Delta comprise the federal government and multinational oil companies, with Shell being the main on-land operator.

Human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has researched and reported on "the devastating impact of oil pollution on human rights in the Niger Delta, including the rights to food, water, health and livelihood."

In a statement released today, the organisation said: "Amnesty has exposed how the poorest people are often the most likely to be exploited by multinational extractive companies, and to be pushed deeper into poverty."

The statement added that the organisation will be responding to the UNEP report when it is published.

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