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About Ken Saro-Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa was a noted Nigerian literary figure, activist for the rights of his indigenous Ogoni people, organiser against Shell's activities in the Niger Delta and campaigner for human rights and democracy. His organisation MOSOP, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, which saw 60% of the population join a single protest against Shell, was the target of brutal repression by the then military regime, including mass killings and destruction of villages. Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were convicted on trumped-up charges and executed by the then military dictatorship on November 10 1995 in the face of an international outcry. Shell recently settled with the families of those executed for $15.5 million.

Articles by Ken Saro-Wiwa

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

From 'Silence Would Be Treason' - the last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa

No, Shell are merely hoping that the government will succeed in “pacifying” the Ogoni and then they will move in proudly and calmly to continue to steal. They are in for a fight they will never forget.

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