Dole wants corporations to get away with murder. Literally.
Today, one of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court cases of our time begins. At stake is whether or not corporations can literally get away with murder.
When the Ogoni people of Nigeria began to nonviolently protest Shell’s oil development, Shell colluded with the Nigerian military regime to violently suppress opposition through extrajudicial killing, torture, and crimes against humanity. More than 60 villages were raided, over 800 people were killed, and 30,000 more were displaced from their homes.
This precedent-setting Supreme Court case could finally bring justice for the Ogoni people of Nigeria, but corporations like Dole Foods filed briefs to the Supreme Court in support of Shell to protect their own interests and make sure they can’t be held accountable for human rights abuses abroad either.
Will you join us in telling Dole Foods to immediately pull its name from its amicus brief in the Kiobel v Shell case before the court makes its ruling?
Dole is one of the largest public-facing food corporations in the world, and it cares about its public image – and that’s why everyone needs to know what it is up to. It knows that the stakes are high in the Kiobel case: It has previously been accused of hiring a paramilitary organization that was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in 2001 to provide ‘violent services’ for Dole’s banana operations in Colombia. These services include murdering trade union leaders and intimidating Dole’s banana workers so that they would not dare to join unions or demand collective negotiations. The paramilitaries allegedly also murdered small farmers so that they would flee their land and permit Dole to plant bananas, and keep profits high.
This case comes down to the fact that corporations want to be people — but not when it comes to being prosecuted for rape, murder and torture. If Shell wins Kiobel then it will mean that corporations can no longer be prosecuted in the US for crimes against humanity committed overseas — overturning decades of established case law that have protected human rights activists all over the world.
The landmark Kiobel case could finally hold Shell Oil accountable for sanctioning extrajudicial killing, torture, crimes against humanity, and the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa. If Shell wins, it will overturn a 200-year-old law used to compensate Holocaust survivors when corporations profited from slavery and forced labor during World War II. Corporations could no longer be prosecuted in the US for crimes against humanity committed overseas, and it would overturn decades of established case law that have protected human rights activists all over the world.
The landmark Kiobel case could finally hold Shell Oil accountable for sanctioning extrajudicial killing, torture, crimes against humanity, and the murder of the late Dr. Barinem Kiobel – an outspoken Ogoni leader – and eleven other Nigerians from the Ogoni area of the Niger Delta. But if Dole gets its way next week, a vital check on corporate power will be lost.
Dole has worked hard to build a benign public image — a remarkable feat considering the atrocities the corporation has committed in poor countries. If the SumOfUs.org community can expose Dole for what it really is, then we can begin to hold Dole and other companies accountable for the actions they take in their relentless pursuit of profit.
Corporations should not be able to get in the way of justice, and Dole should know that when it attempts to protect corporate interests and power at the expense of human rights, that we’ll come together and hold it accountable.
Sign our petition to Dole Foods now demanding that it immediately pull its name from its amicus brief in the Kiobel v Shell case.