West Papua revokes quarter of a million hectares of land from palm oil

Local government in Indonesia’s West Papua province has revoked permits for 12 oil palm concessions that cover an area twice the size of Los Angeles after a recent audit of palm oil concession holders found widespread administrative and legal violations. Activists have called on the government to follow up on the revocation by granting Indigenous peoples access to the rescinded concessions instead of granting new licenses to other investors.

United Nations end business with the Bolloré Group

The Bolloré Group is a major supplier to the United Nations. The UN pays Bolloré over US$50 million every year for logistics and other services. While Bolloré Group through SOCFIN has been accused of land grabbing and widespread human rights violations for years.