There are 22 impoverished villages of over 2,000 inhabitants surrounding the Salala Rubber Corporation, and all are contending that the company turns over their land of inheritance, which it claimed without their consent years ago.
Alliance for Rural Democracy says recent attacks they suffered at the hands of thugs said to be acting on behalf of the Salala Rubber Corporation will not deter them from helping communities suffering abuses.
Those accused were all members of the Malen Affected Land Owners and Users Association (MALOA), advocating for the land rights of their members in the face of the operations of the palm oil company SOCFIN.
Aminata Fabba, Chairlady of the Malen Land Owners Association, spoke out at the First Peoples’ Hearing of Mano River CSO Platform in Liberia about the abuses here community in Sierra Leone is facing at the hands of SOCFIN.
The fund’s initial offering has raised EUR32.45 million to-date from private investors to back sustainably-managed agricultural land and forests in the Baltic Sea region and Central and Eastern Europe.
Malen Affected Land Owners Association (MALOA) say they are dissatisfied with the process of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to certify Socfin Agricultural Company's operation in Malen Chiefdom.