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Sierra Leone: Report alleges Socfin's operations exposing local communities to human rights violations including loss of livelihood & pollution; company denies allegations

A report by FIAN Belgium titled "Land Grabbing for Palm Oil in Sierra Leone : Analysis of the Socfin Case from a Human Rights Perspective" alleges that since the arrival of Socfin in 2011 as part of a large-scale investment in palm oil in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, social conflict has raged in the Malen Chiefdom. The report finds that affected communities who have lost access to and control over their land have been exposed to serious human rights violations and abuses since 2011. Several issues are raised in the report, spanning from the rights to land, food, water and a healthy environment, to workers’ rights, women’s rights, the rights of the elderly and the right to education. The report also points to serious allegations of corruption, lack of transparency and non-implementation of corporate social responsibility promises by Socfin. Socfin has denied the allegations; includes the company's response.