Executive members of an organisation representing landowners engaged in a long drawn out dispute with Socfin Agriculture Company in Malen Chiefdom in the Pujehun district have appealed to President Julius Maada to intervene.
A joint statement issued by 97 Bunong indigenous families in Mondulkiri province expressed disappointment in the Tribunal of Nanterre in France which overruled their complaints concerning 2,386ha of disputed land with French company Bollore. The families from Pech Chreada district’s Bou Sra commune said they would grant lawyers the right to file an appeal in France.
This community of itinerant farmers believes it was robbed of nearly 7,000 hectares of its land when the Cambodian government granted a concession to a joint venture in which the Bolloré group is a stakeholder.
The court of Nanterre has just dismissed 80 Bunong farmers who accused the French group of illegally appropriating their land in Cambodia. Ten years ago, Noam Léandri from Angers was commissioned by the International Federation for Human Rights to produce a report on the subject. He looks back.
Pour le leader communautaire Michel Essonga : « Il est difficile de comprendre comment Safacam a pu obtenir un certificat Rspo sans changer ses pratiques. Elle viole nos droits fonciers et pollue nos ruisseaux et rivières. Les gens sont intimidés et harcelés. Pourquoi les auditeurs n'ont-ils pas pris nos doléances en considération ? »
Eighty Cambodian farmers of the Bunong ethnic group were dismissed on Friday by the judicial court of Nanterre. They believed that they had been robbed of their ancestral forest by the Bolloré group, who replaced it with rubber plantations. The farmers' lawyer has appealed against this judgment.