Jailed for Resisting Big Palm Oil: Release the MALOA Six!
Six people were sentenced to several months in prison in a protracted show trial in Sierra Leone for protesting the loss of their land and livelihoods to Socfin, a multinational palm oil company. Tell the Sierra Leonean authorities to stop trampling the land rights of local communities for corporate profits! Sign the petition now at Rainforest Rescue.
Socfin has taken over thousands of hectares of smallholder land in Sierra Leone’s Pujehun District for oil palm plantations since 2011. According to the company’s own figures, the concession covers 17,832 hectares and is to be expanded to 35,000 hectares. Around 12,000 hectares of land are currently under cultivation.
According to local communities and national and international organizations – including Oakland Institute, Grain and Environmental Justice Atlas – authorities at the chiefdom and…
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