22 Liberian Indigenous villages file complaint against SOCFIN subsidiary at IFC

Green Advocates | 27 May 2019

Kakata City, Liberia, May 27th, 2019 – In a complaint filed today, 22 Liberian indigenous villagers say, the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) is using World Bank money to expand and operate its Liberian plantations through illegal land grabs, sexual violence, and intimidation of human rights defenders, according to a complaint filed today.

SRC, a Liberian subsidiary of Luxembourg-based agricultural giant Socfin, took over the Weala Rubber Company in 2007, after the end of Liberia’s civil war.  SRC received an IFC loan in 2008 to expand and modernize its rubber plantations.  But according to villagers, that expansion has undermined their livelihoods and has been accompanied by violence against women and community leaders.  The company has forcibly taken over traditional territory and even lands for which locals hold formal title deeds, without regard for land rights and without compensating the owners.

One resident explained, “Our ancestors resided upon these lands before the Republic of Liberia even existed.”  But now many villages are surrounded by plantation, their farmlands and forests cleared and engulfed by rubber trees.

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Complaint to IFC

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