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28 July 2015

Cameroon: Local communities say Socapalm infringes on their land rights; includes comments by Socapalm and parent firm Socfin

Author: Victoria Schneider, The Guardian

"The palm oil company at the centre of a bitter land rights struggle in Cameroon", 27 July 2015...

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5 May 2015
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4 May 2015
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Author: Socfin

…Ces groupes se réclament d’une association dénommée SYNAPARCAM et disent agir contre « les accaparements de leurs terres par les groupes BOLLORE et SOCFIN »…Cette affirmation est un mensonge…Toutes ses concessions ont été acquises légalement et chaque...

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21 January 2015

Sierra Leone: 2 Socfin employees shot during land protest

Author: Umaru Fofana, Reuters

'Belgian, Zimbabwean shot in land protest in Sierra Leone', 17 Jan 2015: A Belgian and a Zimbabwean working for…Socfin…have been shot during a protest over land rights…The…company…is embroiled in a bitter feud with local landowners in the Malen...

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19 February 2014

Sierra Leone Govt. & African Minerals allegedly involved in forced relocation Tonkolili residents & abuses of workers' rights, Human Rights Watch report

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10 December 2013

Sierra Leone police open fire during anti-palm oil protest

Author: Tommy Trenchard, Reuters

Police in Sierra Leone opened fire on Tuesday on an armed protest against the expansion of palm oil plantations...by...Socfin Group, a police chief said. The Luxembourg-registered company, part of the business empire of...Vincent Bollore, has been...

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1 September 2013

[PDF] Human Rights Due Diligence - Policy measures for effective implementation

Author: CIDSE

Human rights due diligence has been receiving greater attention from policymakers, businesses and civil society groups since the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework in 2008 and its Guiding Principles on Business ...

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3 June 2013
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Author: Point de contact national français - OCDE

Le Point de contact national (PCN) pour la mise en œuvre des Principes directeurs de l’OCDE à l’intention des entreprises multinationales a été saisi le 3 décembre 2010 par un groupe de quatre [ONG] et associations camerounaises, française, et...

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5 March 2013

Sierra Leone Farmers Evicted for Sugarcane Biofuel Plantations

Author: Jennifer Kennedy, CorpWatch

Addax Bioenergy…is jeopardizing the livelihoods of thousands of subsistence farmers…according to the Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food (SiLNoRF) and Brot Für Alle (Bread for All)... Addax has planted…sugar cane on large areas of productive...

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11 April 2012

Sierra Leone: local resistance grows as investors snap up land

Author: Claire Provost, and Paige McClanahan, Guardian [UK]

Ten years after the end of civil war in Sierra Leone, the government is taking great pains to attract large-scale agribusiness investments, which it says will help boost exports and employment opportunities. But some local NGOs and civil society...

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