Proponents of land rights in Sierra Leone note with grave concern the human rights violations against members of the Malen Affected Landowners and users Association who were dispossessed of their land by the agro–based multinational SOCFIN.
Details are just emerging of the scale of the recent disturbances in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Southern Sierra Leone. There are disputes between local land owners and a European agribusiness company, SOCFIN. BBC reporter Umaru Fofana went to the area with a group of human rights activists and sent this special report from Pujehun.
Au moins deux villageois ont été tués et nombre d’autres sont cachés ou ont été détenus par la police à Malen, en Sierra Leone, suite à l’intervention brutale de la police et de l’armée visant à supprimer les protestations surgies localement contre les opérations de la plantation de palmiers à huile de SOCFIN.
At least two villagers killed and dozens of others are in hiding or being held by police in Malen, Sierra Leone following a brutal intervention by police and military to suppress local protests against SOCFIN's oil palm plantation operations.
The SOCFIN land acquisition in Malen Chiefdom reads like a collusion between the government and the investor—an alliance of the powerful and wealthy—to strip a community of their most valuable resource.
The peace agreement signed between Makpele chiefdom and Natural Habitat was as a result of concern over land grabbing where large tracts of land in the chiefdom are leased to the commercial investor by a small fraction of community stakeholders.
As ING launches its sustainable investment campaign, a civil society coalition from Belgium and the Netherlands calls upon ING to clean up their act. ING’s financing of controversial palm oil companies such as SOCFIN is far from sustainable.