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Ogoni: Interim Statement of the UNPO mission to investigate the situation of Ogoni in Nigeria

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Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Interim Statement of the UNPO Mission to investigate the Situation of the Ogoni in Nigeria

Prepared by Richard Boele, The Hague, March 3 1995,

Office of the General Secretary

STATEMENT OF THE UNPO MISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE SITUATION OF THE OGONI (NIGERIA) February 17 to 26, 1995

The Hague, March 3, 1995

At the invitation of the Movement of the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), the General Secretary of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) sent a mission to Nigeria in order to investigate the situation of the Ogoni people in the oil-rich Niger delta, Rivers State. The mission coincided with the trial of Mr Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni leaders by a special military tribunal in Port Harcourt. Mr Saro-Wiwa was elected Vice-chairperson of the UNPO General Assembly in 1993.

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Ogoni: Addendum to the MOSOP Shadow Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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This report was published on April 14, 2005

The Continuation of the Discrimination Against the Ogoni People

Since the submission of our shadow report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), certain developments have taken place in Nigeria which is a glaring manifestation of the continuing discrimination that the Ogoni people face and will continue to face in the nation ,if no action is taken to mitigate their precarious situation.

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Ogoni Bill of Rights

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The Ogoni Bill of Rights which was presented to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1990 called for, among other things, political autonomy to participate in the affairs of the Republic as a distinct and separate unit (by whatever name called), provided that this autonomy guarantees political control of Ogoni affairs by Ogoni people; the right to control and use a fair proportion of Ogoni economic resources for Ogoni development; adequate representations, as of right, in all Nigerian national institutions, and the right to protect the Ogoni environment and ecology from further degradation.

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Ogoni Day Special Report: The Ogoni Struggle

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    “The Ogoni have been gradually ground to dust by the combined effort of the multi-national oil company, Shell Petroleum Development Company, the murderous ethnic majority in Nigeria and the country’s military dictatorships.” – Ken Saro-Wiwa, 1992

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