The letter continued "reportedly, in the months immediately following the imposition of sanctions, your company raised purchases by 27%, at the same time enjoying an increased discount due to the 'reputational risk' for companies trading with Iran."
Samuels added "apparently, the once proud reputation of your parent, Royal Dutch Shell, has been sullied by irresponsible greed. Your payment of $ 1.5 billion this summer to Tehran enriched your coffers, but Shell arguably, may be perceived as now indirectly complicit in encouraging Tehran's weaponization programme, its sponsorship of global terrorism and its repressive abuse of domestic fundamental rights."
The Centre stressed that "Shell's alleged exploitation of the sanctions regime for immoral enrichment must carry a reputational price."
"Until Shell publicly announces the cancellation of further crude oil purchases from Iran,we urge the public to exercise its intellignt choice and avoid Shell gas stations to give their business to companies that honour sanctions. All who are concerned for world peace and human rights should leave Shell products on the shelf." concluded Samuels.
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