Did Shell’s lawyer really tell the Supreme Court that corporations can’t be sued for piracy? For any human rights abuses, including torture, rape & murder? Yes she did.

On October 1st, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will re-hear Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell), a human rights case accusing Shell of conspiring with the Nigerian military to violently suppress a peaceful movement opposed to Shell’s oil activities in the Niger Delta. The allegations include acts of rape, torture, murder, and crimes against humanity.

If the Supreme Court sides with Shell, corporations will literally be able to get away with murder, and a critical human rights law will be seriously weakened.

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All voices in this film were recorded at the Supreme Court on February 28, 2012. Some artistic license has been taken in the remix, but the underlying message is accurate: Shell believes, and argued to the court, that corporations can not be sued for their involvement in human rights abuses abroad.

Film by Brad Weikel for EarthRights International.
Music by houseofsouldc.