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Clean the Niger Delta
?Standing before history? - Ken Saro-Wiwa 1995
28 October 2010
On 10 November 2010 the Clean the Niger Delta Coalition organised a public event in The Hague, to help find sustainable solutions to the situation in this region. The Niger Delta is one of the world?s most important wetland and coastal marine ecosystems and oil pollution poses an enormous threat to environmental security in the region.
The event was held at the Plein in The Hague. Here some important stakeholders spoke about their ideas and commitments on the Niger Delta.
The meeting was part of a larger initiative aimed at commemorating the Nigerian writer and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa exactly 15 years after his execution by the military government. His death and those of 8 other activists that day has served to spur what is an ongoing campaign to diffuse the tension in the region and return the land to a state that can provide secure livelihoods for all who live there.
To pay tribute to the life and campaigns of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a photo exhibition and a superb concert ?Standing Before History? took place in the evening of 10 November, featuring Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka.
The Clean the Niger Delta Coalition is formed of 8 environmental, human rights and African diaspora organizations based in The Netherlands. Apart from the Institute for Environmental Security the coalition consists of Amnesty International, Cordaid, Friends of the Earth Netherlands, Oxfam Novib, the Hope for the Niger Delta Campaign, Afro-Euro, Global Human Rights Defence, and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO).