The Guardian (
2 October 2011
Oil company rejects watchdog
's claims that its local contracts made it complicit in the killing of civilians
Shell has fuelled armed conflict in
by paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to feuding militant groups, according to an investigation by the oil industry watchdog Platform, and a coalition of non-government organisations. Nigeria
The oil giant is implicated in a decade of human rights abuses in the
delta, the study says, claiming that its routine payments exacerbated local violence, in one case leading to the deaths of 60 people and the destruction of an entire town. Niger
's investigation, which includes testimony from Shell 's own managers, also alleges that government forces hired by Shell perpetrated atrocities against local civilians, including unlawful killings and systematic torture.
Shell disputes the report, defending its human rights record and questioning the accuracy of the evidence, but has pledged to study the recommendations.