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.
Su objetivo: obtener la aplicación de medidas para mejorar las condiciones de vida de los trabajadores y residentes de las plantaciones de aceite de palma en Camerún, gestionadas por una empresa de la que el grupo es accionista.
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.
This historic case against French corporation Bolloré does more than send a strong signal supporting freedom of the press: it is a recognition of the reality for villagers living in the shade of the plantations of SOCAPALM in Cameroon.