Oil on troubled waters: multinational corporations and realising human rights in the developing world with particular reference to Nigeria

Hakeem Yusuf

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)


This article examines the current state of tension in the Niger Delta of
Nigeria. It locates the current unrest in the continued denial of economic,
social and cultural rights to the oil-rich communities in the area. The author
argues that this denial happened with the complicity and acquiescence of
the international community. The Nigerian government as well as multinational
corporations operating in the area have not been responsive to the development needs of the people. The article argues that, although the
primary obligation for realising the economic, social and cultural rights of host communities rests on the government, multi-national corporations in
developing countries, considering their awesome resources and influence
on government policies, should be similarly obligated to respect, promote
and protect those rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-107
Number of pages29
JournalAfrican Human Rights Law Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • human rights
  • multinational corporations
  • obligations
  • economic and social rights
  • oil
  • troubled waters
  • nigeria
  • developing world

Cite this