Petroleum And Human Rights: The New Frontiers Of Debate

Petroleum and politics have always made a combustible mixture, and human rights controversies have long been part of the brew.Past examples include criticisms of the oil industry's relationship with the Shah of Iran and his notorious secret police or its relationship with apartheid South Africa at a time when much of the world was calling for a commercial boycott of that country.But while the issues are not new, the debate is intensifying. Recent high-profile controversies include: accusations concerning Royal Dutch/Shell's relationship with the military regime in Nigeria, arguments about BP Amoco PLC's links with the security forces in Colombia, and the campaign against investme...

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