The women of Malen, Sierra Leone are demanding that the lands taken from them by SOCFIN be returned to them so they can go back to their farms for their own agricultural activities and be able to take care of their families.
The BBC's Hassan Arouni speaks to Sierra Leone's foreign minister Dr. Alie Kabba about the violent crackdown in Pujehun district against people protesting the unjust seizure of their land for large-scale agribusiness
Report calls on SOCFIN to comply with the request by affected communities and MALOA for a fair, transparent, effective and independent conflict resolution mechanism to review the land lease agreements and find a long-term resolution to the land conflict.
Sierra Leone Land Rights Defenders say SOCFIN's land acquisition in Malen has resulted in serious conflict with local landowners, who face intimidation and harassment for defending their land rights and challenging the company.
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.