ELA CONDEMNS EXECUTION OF KEN SARO WIWA AND CALLS FOR DAY OF MOURNING

Cape Town, 11 November, 1995

Earthlife Africa (Cape Town) utterly condemns the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and his eight co-trialists by the Abacha regime. It is clear that Ken Saro Wiwa was an innocent man, and his death can be called nothing but political assasination.

Ken Saro Wiwa was an internally respected environmental hero and human rights leader. His courage in leading MOSOP in its campaign of non-violence against Shell and the Nigerian dictatorship puts him in the class of other great leaders such as Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi.

We call on the Commonwealth heads of government to expel Nigeria immediately. We call on President Nelson Mandela to take up the campaign for the isolation of Nigeria. In diplomacy, in sports, in culture and in the economy Nigeria must be isolated to force an end to the tyranny of Sani Abacha, and to secure justice for MOSOP and other pro-democracy forces in Nigeria.

We call on Anglo-Dutch Shell and all other multinational oil companies in Nigeria to disinvest - to stop their funding of this murderous regime. Until such time as this happens, we call for a comprehensive, international boycott of Shell products.

Earthlife Africa (Cape Town) calls for Sunday the 12th of November to be a day of mourning and rememberance for Ken Saro Wiwa. A hero has fallen.

Endorsements:

Earthlife Africa (Pretoria)
Earthlife Africa (East London)
Earthlife Africa (Grahamstown)


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