Global rights body hails ECOWAS Court ruling on Niger Delta pollution

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International Saturday hailed the ECOWAS Court's ruling which found the Nigerian government and multinational corporations responsible for years of pollution in the Niger Delta.

The global human rights body described the judgment as a groundbreaking ruling which was also a crucial precedent that vindicates the human right to a health environment  

“This historic ruling affirms the human right of the Nigerian people to live a life free from pollution and makes clear that the government must hold the oil companies to account,” Kolawole Olaniyan, a legal adviser for Amnesty International, said in a statement Saturday.

“Amnesty International joins the many Nigerian human rights activists in welcoming this decision and invites the government to identify the steps it will now take to make this judgment a reality,” Olaniyan said.    

Amnesty International and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a Nigerian NGO, were scheduled to issue a more detailed joint statement on the ruling Sunday.
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