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Inver remembers Nigerian leader Ken Saro Wiwa

By: 
Western People

THE annual Ken Saro Wiwa Memorial Seminar takes place in Inver this weekend. The Justice and Peace Organisation, Afri, will take part in a series of events in the local community centre on Saturday next, November 28.

Organisers say the Commemoration, remembering Ken Saro Wiwa who was executed in Nigeria in November 1995, has a particular relevance this year in light of the recent decision by An Bord Pleaneála. “The decision vindicates the opposition of local people to the proposed high-powered pipeline through the heart of a rural community, suggesting that the proposed route is 'unacceptable' on grounds of health and safety,” said a spokesperson.

Contributors to the event will include Cathal Doyle, who is completing a PhD on the theme Free, Prior and Informed Consent and the Extractive Sector, with a particular focus on Indigenous People; Benny McCabe, who has worked in the area of human rights in Central America, Kosovo, Cambodia and has recent experience of human rights monitoring in Erris; Michael McCaughan, the well-known journalist and author, who among other books, has written The Price of Our Souls: Gas, Shell and Ireland, published by Afri and Eve Tessera, a lawyer who has worked with human rights organisations in Ireland, Guatemala and in the Extractive Department with the France-based NGO Sherpa. In addition, actor and playwright, Donal O’Kelly, will read from his new work, which relates the experience of a Security man who finds himself ‘Stuck in Erris’.