Thursday, 6 October 2011

HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS: From Rossport to Nigeria

'HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS: From Rossport to Nigeria'
OPEN MEETING AND DISCUSSION EVENING
With Sr Majella McCarron & Donal O’Mearain (TABLE) & Terence Conway (Rossport Campaign)
 
In 1995, execution of poet and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other activists unleashed international outrage over the situation in the Niger Delta.  In 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and 13 other campaigners for the rights of Ogoni people in their struggle against Shell were subjected to a secret tribunal that, based on unsubstantiated allegations, sentenced nine of the men to death by hanging. All nine were summarily executed without any opportunity for appeal.  Long time friend of Saro-Wiwa and human rights campaigner, Majella McCarron, will visit Derry on October 14th as part of her life long commitment to building awareness, solidarity and support for environmental and human rights.   Sr Majella who lived in the Niger Delta for many years was at one time refused re-entry to Nigeria due to her outspoken criticism of Shell. 
 

 The meeting aims to raise awareness of the environmental and human rights breaches resulting from the actions of multi national oil and gas companies in Ireland, Nigeria and beyond.   Sr Majella will be joined by her colleague and human rights observer from the Table Project, Donal O'Mearain and also by Terence Conway from Rossport in County Mayo.   Terence has been part of a decade long struggle against Shell in which several campaigners have been jailed and a small community has supported blockades, protests, non-violent direct action and hunger strikes in one of the longest running and most controversial campaigns in the history of the state.   On the night, Terence will give an insight in to what is happening in the campaign right now and why the community continues to oppose the pipeline on the grounds of health, safety and environment. 

Speakers will highlight how the tactics being used by police, by Government and by the company in Mayo are markedly similar to what the company has done in other regions, including the Niger delta.   And with ‘fracking’ being initiated in Fermanagh, oil and gas exploration being carried out off Rathlin and several multinational companies exploring off the Donegal coastline; the meeting is an opportunity for people to find out more about the practices of multi national companies and their record in relation to environmental damage and human rights abuses and be better prepared to protect fundamental human and environmental rights.
 
HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS: From Rossport to Nigeria
Friday, October 14th, 7.30pm
Unison Building, Clarendon St, Derry