Two major rubber plantation companies are under intense pressure from affected communities to immediately halt further illegal expansion and encroachment of their ancestral lands and withdraw from those illegally occupied areas.
As Bolloré Group heads to its annual shareholder meeting this week, the company is facing a new lawsuit against its Socfin interests, filed on behalf of Cameroonian palm oil workers by a group of NGOs demanding better working conditions for them.
Une action de solidarité avec les communautés affectées par les plantations de SOCFIN en Afrique et en Asie a été menée au Luxembourg ce 28 mai durant l’Assemblée générale de la multinationale. Une dizaine d’activistes ont directement participé à l’AG pour dénoncer ses agissements et réclamer des actions immédiates.
An action of solidarity with the communities affected by SOCFIN's plantations in Africa and Asia was carried out in Luxembourg today during the multinational's General Assembly. About 10 activists participated in the GA to denounce the situation and demand immediate action.
In a complaint filed today, 22 Liberian indigenous villagers say the Salala Rubber Corporation is using World Bank money to expand and operate its Liberian plantations through illegal land grabs, sexual violence and intimidation of human rights defenders.
In a letter addressed to SOCFIN's Nigerian subsidiary, Okomu Oil Palm, the Traditional Council of Okomu Kingdom tells the company it will enforce its rightful ownership of the lands that the company currently occupies.
In France, the holding company Socfin and its Cameroonian subsidiary Socapalm, both affiliated with Bolloré Group, sued journalists and nongovernmental groups who reported on villagers’ protests against the companies’ palm oil plantations in their communities and land.
In 2011, the plantation management company, Socfin opened a new palm oil plantation in Malen, in south east Sierra Leone. The subsequent eight years have seen a grave property conflict emerge between a number of local residents and the company.