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02 juni 2015 02 juni 2015
Friends of the Earth Netherlands demands the right to clean air

Friends of the Earth Netherlands demands the right to clean air

Amsterdam, 14 November 2017- The Netherlands must stop violating the human right to health. Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) is calling for this at the court in The Hague today, by bringing a lawsuit against the Dutch government to demand clean air. The Netherlands has so far done little to improve air quality and its inhabitants suffer serious harm to their health as a result. Moreover, the Dutch state is violating European Union air quality standards.

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Outcome appeal against Shell: victory for the environment and the Nigerian people

Outcome appeal against Shell: victory for the environment and the Nigerian people

Amsterdam, December 18, 2015 - Four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands welcome today’s ruling by the Court of Appeals in The Hague allowing them to jointly sue Shell in the Netherlands for causing extensive oil spills in Nigeria. The ruling is unique and can pave the way for victims of environmental pollution and human rights abuses worldwide to turn to the Netherlands for legal redress when a Dutch company is involved. In addition to competence question, the Court also ruled in favour of Friends of the Earth NL and the Nigerian farmers regarding the issue of access to internal company documents, Shell must give access to internal company documents.

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Verdict on first phase of the Milieudefensie and Nigerians vs. Shell appeal due on 14 July

Verdict on first phase of the Milieudefensie and Nigerians vs. Shell appeal due on 14 July

The Hague, 27 March 2015 – On 14 July 2015, the Dutch court will rule on the first phase of the appeal in the legal case of Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers versus Shell. This case centres on oil spills from Shell pipelines in three villages in the Niger Delta. On 14 July it will become clear whether the Dutch court is authorised to rule on Shell's subsidiary in Nigeria and whether Milieudefensie and the Nigerian plaintiffs will be permitted to examine internal Shell documents. Then the substantive proceedings of the appeal will follow.

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Banks and Insurers Fail to Take Recycling Seriously

Banks and Insurers Fail to Take Recycling Seriously

AMSTERDAM, 15 JANUARY 2015 – Banks and Insurers invest 69 times more in mining of metals than in recycling them for electronics, reveals a new case study by the Fair Bank and Insurance Guide. This practice runs contrary to the sustainability ambitions of the financial concerns, states the Fair Bank and Insurance Guide. Mining does substantial damage to nature and the environment, and more reuse of metals could make mining unnecessary in part. Moreover, responsible electronics processing would prevent environmental pollution associated with demolition yards and rubbish dumps in Africa and Asia.

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Shell lied to Dutch court about oil pollution in Nigeria

Shell lied to Dutch court about oil pollution in Nigeria

Amsterdam, 17 November 2014 – Shell did not tell the truth to the court in The Hague in the legal action brought by Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers. The action was taken against Shell due to major oil spills in three Nigerian villages. Documents (1) revealed in a British court show that Shell lied about the situation in the village of Goi.

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Appeal proceedings begin in Milieudefensie vs. Shell legal case

Appeal proceedings begin in Milieudefensie vs. Shell legal case

Amsterdam/The Hague, 7 October 2014 – Today marks the beginning of appeal proceedings in the legal case started by Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and four Nigerian farmers in 2008, charging that Shell is responsible for damage caused by oil leaking from its pipelines in Nigeria. Following the decision by the court in The Hague in January 2013, Milieudefensie and three of the four Nigerian plaintiffs have decided to appeal the verdict. Shell’s subsidiary in Nigeria has also filed an appeal. Today the parties will file their written complaints with the court for the appeal.

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Friends of the Earth activists arrested at Microsoft Head Office

Friends of the Earth activists arrested at Microsoft Head Office

Amsterdam, 7 July 2014 - Dutch military police arrested 24 Friends of the Earth activist after an action at the Dutch Microsoft Head Office near Amsterdam. The activists decorated Microsoft’s Office with ‘dirty hands’ . They were released in the late afternoon. Friends of the Earth Netherlands claims the electronics company is disregarding the environmental damage caused by the tin mining industry on Bangka Island, Indonesia. In addition, working conditions in this industry are poor. Tin mining annually claims some dozens of lives and even makes use of child labour. In contrast to progressive companies like Philips, Samsung and Apple, Microsoft refuses to publicly declare intentions to move its purchasing toward sustainable tin sources in Indonesia.

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Big differences in sustainability between electronics brands

Big differences in sustainability between electronics brands

AMSTERDAM, 2 June 2014 - An updated sustainability ranking published today[*] by Rank a Brand in cooperation with Friends of the Earth Netherlands[**], shows a big difference in sustainability between electronics brands. Social enterprise Fairphone was ranked with a B-label (well-on-the-way) as the most progressive brand in the sector. Nokia and Apple (C-label) are the best major brands.

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HP, Acer, Lenovo take action against irresponsible tin mining in Indonesia

HP, Acer, Lenovo take action against irresponsible tin mining in Indonesia

AMSTERDAM, 18 March 2014 - Tablet and laptop manufacturers Hewlett Packard, Acer and Lenovo wants to stop the environmental destruction caused by tin mining on the Indonesian island of Bangka. Tin is mainly used as solder to connect electronics components in electronical equipment. Philips and major smartphone producers such as Apple and Samsung have already taken the same step (1). However, many manufacturers are still ignoring the issue. Tomorrow, Milieudefensie is present at the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) conference in Brussels to ask these brands to join the effort to stop illegal mining and deforestation.

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New evidence points to liability of Shell Netherlands for environmental devastation Nigeria

New evidence points to liability of Shell Netherlands for environmental devastation Nigeria

Amsterdam/The Hague, 10 September 2013 – The lawyers of four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), who are pressing charges against Shell over the oil pollution in three villages in the Niger Delta, have obtained confidential records that shed new light on the working methods of the Shell oil company. Today, on the basis of these documents, the lawyers are again asking the court in The Hague for access to additional internal Shell documents, which they want to use to prove that Shell head office in The Hague is liable for the oil leaks that have been occurring in the Nigerian villages. In September 2011 a similar request for access was turned down by the courts.

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Milieudefensie surprised by Shell’s appeal against Nigerian victim

AMSTERDAM, 3 May 2013 – Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] has been surprised to learn that this Wednesday, Shell filed an appeal against the decision of the court in The Hague in a case on a leaking oil well in the Nigerian village of Ikot Ada Udo. The case is part of the lawsuit of Milieudefensie and four Nigerian farmers based on three separate cases of oil pollution from Shell installations.

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Nigerians and Milieudefensie appeal in Shell case

AMSTERDAM/PORT HARCOURT, 1 May 2013 – Today, the Nigerian farmers from two villages who lost their case against Shell, together with Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), have submitted an appeal to the 30 January decision by the court in The Hague. Milieudefensie is also filing an appeal in a third case. All the cases are centred around oil pollution due to spills from Shell pipelines and oil wells.

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Milieudefensie response to the verdict in the Shell Nigeria court case

Geert Ritsema: ‘This verdict is great news for the people in lkot Ada Udo who started this case together with Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands]. But the verdict also offers hope to other victims of environmental pollution caused by multinationals. At the same time, the verdict is a bitter disappointment for the people in the villages of Oruma and Goi – where the court did not rule to hold Shell liable for the damage. Fortunately, this can still change in an appeal.’ This is the first time that Shell has been ordered by a Dutch court to pay compensation for the damage in Nigeria.

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Shell has satirical clip removed from YouTube; counteraction considered

Shell has satirical clip removed from YouTube; counteraction considered

Amsterdam, 25 May 2012 – Shell has had Milieudefensie’s (Friends of the Earth Netherlands') campaign video clip 'Shell CEO, Uncensored' removed from YouTube. The environmental organisation’s 'Worse than Bad' campaign team was informed of this via an email sent by YouTube. In the popular satirical clip, Milieudefensie ridicules Shell CEO Peter Voser regarding the oil disaster that the company has caused in Nigeria. The clip has been viewed more than 25,000 times and can now only be viewed on Dumpert.nl, which copied and pasted the video to http://www.dumpert.nl/mediabase/2122561/ec187493/videofuck_.html on 4 May. Milieudefensie is considering a counteraction on YouTube by having the clip reposted.

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 Friends of the Earth Netherlands treats Shell shareholders to a Nigerian cocktail at the Worse than Bad-bar

Friends of the Earth Netherlands treats Shell shareholders to a Nigerian cocktail at the Worse than Bad-bar

Amsterdam, 21 May 2012 – Shell shareholders deserve to be pampered. That’s why five chic Nigerian Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] waiters will be offering an exclusive cocktail at the exotic ‘Worse than Bad’ bar during Shell’s annual shareholders meeting tomorrow in the Circus Theatre in Scheveningen, Netherlands. A blend of hydrocarbon, a generous splash of benzene and a pinch of barium provide an unforgettable smell and taste sensation. The drink comes right out of water pumps in the Niger Delta and residents of the Niger Delta drink this daily, thanks to the oil disaster Shell has caused there. The waiters are pleased to share this powerful brew with the people who lend financial support to the multinational. The bar opens at 9:30 am.

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Shell 'Live with it' app success rising: already viewed 20,000 times

Shell 'Live with it' app success rising: already viewed 20,000 times

Amsterdam, 18 May 2012 – The satirical film clip for Shell’s 'Live with it' iPhone app, created by Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands], has already been viewed more than 20,000 times on YouTube in its first four days. And the viral film is showing up increasingly often on other websites which are sharing and commenting on it. In the film, Milieudefensie ridicules Shell’s irresponsible oil production in Nigeria by presenting a new app for the victimised residents of the Niger Delta. The 'Chief Facade Officer' of the multinational explains that this app will considerably improve the lives of Nigerians. The video is part of Milieudefensie’s campaign on the oil disaster in Nigeria, 'Worse than Bad', which can be found at: worsethanbad.org.

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International campaign: Shell's oil disaster in Nigeria is 'Worse than Bad'

International campaign: Shell's oil disaster in Nigeria is 'Worse than Bad'

Amsterdam, 8 May 2012 – How much worse does the biggest oil disaster in the world have to get before the offender starts cleaning up? Apparently even worse than it is now, because Shell has still taken no action. Friends of the Earth Netherlands believes this is unacceptable and has started an international campaign to bring attention to the oil disaster in Nigeria. This 'Worse than Bad' campaign shows the suffering that the Dutch oil concern has been causing in the Niger Delta for decades and asks site visitors to support Friends of the Earth in the struggle against the Dutch multinational. Many ways to do so are shown on worsethanbad.org. For those who want to know the facts, there is also a 'Timeline of Shell's oil pollution in the Niger Delta', filled with unique documents and photos.

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