The company is also found to have violated the land and cultural rights of local communities, including the right to free prior and informed consent and social requirements on basic needs and grievance and remedy.
The African Peoples Tribunal demands that African governments ensure that the human rights of freedom of speech, expression, and association of citizens and persons who brought cases of abuses before the tribunal are respected and protected
One year after palm oil company Golden-Agri Resources (GAR) and its subsidiary Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) were called out for illegal deforestation, land grabbing, and the destruction of critical wildlife habitats, and many ongoing abuses later things on the ground don’t look much better.
Au Liberia, l’essor des plantations de palmier à huile n’a pas permis d’améliorer les conditions de vie des populations locales, selon Alfred Brownell, récipiendaire du Prix Goldman pour l’environnement 2019.
Locked within the legislation is a flaw for those living on the quarter of the country’s land set aside for concessions: it is not retroactive. A difficult truth that is only just beginning to permeate thousands of villages in Liberia.
Save My Future Foundation is calling for a separate regulator for large-scale concessions in Liberia it says will guarantee the rights of rural communities, protect concessionaires and increase government revenue.