Four Nigerian have won a 13-year legal battle against Shell Oil after a spill allegedly contaminated their lands. The farmers were compensated with further mandates for both safety and cleanup being pressed upon parent company Royal Dutch Shell.
It was on Friday that the Netherlands ruled in favor of farmers from the Goi and Oruma communities, rejecting Shell Nigeria’s claim that oil spills in the area were the result of sabotage.
“Finally, there is some justice for the Nigerian people suffering the consequences of Shell’s oil,” said Eric Dooh, one of the complainants in a statement from Friends of Earth Netherlands, a grassroots organization that took on the case as a major rallying call.
“It is a long time victory that we have been dreaming of. It is not only a victory for me, it is a victory for the entire Niger Delta region, the Ogoni people, the civil society organizations. It is a victory for me and my family. It is a victory for humanity,” he added.
“This is fantastic news for the environment and people living in developing countries,” said Friends of the Earth’s Netherlands head, Donald Pols. “It means people in developing countries can take on the multinationals who do them harm.”