ICJ writes to Nigerian President to ensure enforcement of ruling in case related to oil pollution in the Niger Delta

Oil pollution Niger DeltaThe ICJ wrote to the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to call his attention to the ruling by the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States in the case SERAP vs The Federal republic of Nigeria.

In this case the ECOWAS Court recently ruled that Nigeria had violated its obligations under the Article 24 of the African Charter on Human Rights and People’s Rights, which provides: “All peoples shall have the right to a general satisfactory environment favourable to their development”.

The case concerns activities by oil companies operating in the Niger Delta, whose operations were identified as the cause of severe pollution of water, land and the general environment where people of the Niger Delta live.

The ICJ is asking the Nigerian President to ensure the enforcement of the ruling by the competent authorities in the Niger Delta and the Federal Government.

Nigeria-ICJ letter to President-advocacy-2012 (full text of the letter in pdf)

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