Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Maynooth University Library hosts Amnesty International speaker to mark the anniversary of the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa

Much has happened since Sr. Majella Majella McCarron (OLA) donated her collection of material relating to Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian activist and writer to Maynooth University in November 2011. The Library digitised Saro-Wiwa’s letters to Sister Majella, which were smuggled out of military detention in breadbaskets: these are  now available on open access  Links to the letter and other materials, including photographs, YouTube videos, articles, blog posts and other records from various events, can be accessed via the Maynooth University Library Ken Saro-Wiwa Library Guide 
On Tuesday 14 November, MaynoothUniversity Library will host a seminar, from 14:00 to 16:00,to mark the anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues (The Ogoni 9).The Keynote speaker is Mark Dummett. Former BBC correspondent, Mark is Business and Human Rights researcher at Amnesty International, based in London. He has investigated human rights violations linked to business activities in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh. On Nigeria, Mark and his colleagues have focussed on two areas: the failure of oil companies, including the UK-Dutch multinational Shell, to prevent and adequately clean up oil spills that destroy the environment of the Niger Delta; and secondly, the role that Shell played in the 1990’s during the military crackdown on protests in Ogoni.
 seminar programme
The event is open to the public. There is no charge for attending but booking is essential.
For more information or to book a place please contact Library.Bookings@mu.ie;
tel: (01) 7086445

Helen Fallon
Deputy University Librarian

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