Justice In Nigeria Now! (JINN) is a San Francisco-based organization working in solidarity with communities in Nigeria and allies in the U.S. to hold multinational corporations accountable for their operations in Nigeria to act in a manner that respects human rights, protects and cleans up the environment, and enhances community livelihoods.
JINN’s Key Goals:
1. To build public awareness, through events, speaking engagements and media about the human rights and environmental abuses committed by oil companies in Nigeria and the rest of the world.
Bowoto v. Chevron:
Currently, JINN works to educate the public about two upcoming court cases against Chevron Corporation to be held in Federal and State court in San Francisco this October 2008. The cases address an incident that involved Chevron paying the Nigerian military to shoot unarmed protesters on May 28, 1998. Chevron not only paid the military, but they transported them in Chevron-leased helicopters, and closely supervised them during the attack. Two protesters were killed and several others were injured including the lead plaintiff – Larry Bowoto.
2. To call for accountability and transparency regarding Chevron’s and other multinationals’ in-country practices including public disclosure of payments to the military and special police forces.
3. To call for Chevron to perform an Environmental Impact Assessment with public input prior to undertaking any new projects in Nigeria and to conduct an environmental audit with the local communities as well as provide real jobs and training with supervision to the community members to conduct the clean up projects.
4. To work in solidarity with Nigerian civil society who are calling for oil companies to provide:
• Real jobs and skills training to members of oil producing communities
• Clean up the environmental disasters they have caused
• Provide schooling opportunities
• Provide fully-supplied health clinics with trained salaried staff
• Install electricity in the riverine communities
• Provide close access to potable water
• Compensate local communities for the economic degradation caused by the polluting of
their waters and seriously damaging their fishing economy.
5. To work in solidarity with other communities across the world who are adversely affected by how U.S. based oil companies conduct business particularly in Richmond, California; Ecuador; Burma and Canada.