Swedwatch report shows how local communities were affected when the Addax Bioenergy project in Sierra Leone stalled and when development banks exited from the project without taking steps to protect that the rights of local communities.
A caravan of 200 women was stopped by police on their way to Pujehun to urge local authorities to take action against the Luxembourg-based oil palm plantation company SOCFIN for grabbing their lands and committing other related human rights abuses.
There is a large gap between SOCFIN's “responsible management” policy and the reality of violence and destruction around its plantations, where, with the complicity of national governments, the company attempts to suppress people’s resistance.
In a press conference, UN expert Baskut Tuncak spoke of “numerous claims of land appropriation by Socfin”, a Luxembourg company that produces palm oil in Sierra Leone and is part owned by the French group Bolloré.
The World Bank says it had a team of consultants in Sierra Leone in May 2017 to do an assessment of large scale agricultural land acquisitions and that the report is now ready with several recommendations.