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Have Sierra Leone’s Citizens Been Forgotten in the Quest for Justice?

Charles Taylor’s sentencing to 50 years’ imprisonment on 11 counts of war crimes is undeniably momentous. However, with Sierra Leoneans still suffering abject poverty and remaining in dire need of aid, it must be questioned for whose benefit the costly War Crimes Court really is, writes EMMA PURDY

The Special Court for Sierra Leone will conclude this year on a triumphant note, with former Liberian president Charles Taylor now the first ex-head of state convicted by international justice since the 1946 Nuremburg trials.

Lâchées par leur Gouvernement, des Populations Autochtones Résistent à Bolloré (1ère partie)

 

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Le Groupe multinational du français Vincent Bolloré fait l’essentiel de son bénéfice en Afrique notamment dans les plantations de palmiers à huile et l’hévéa sur des pans entiers de territoires africains.

Poor Peasants Fight a Multinational Giant

 

Frederic Mousseau

Transparency, documentation, and proper consultation are essential for local people.

The Bunong tribe of Cambodia, the Bagyeli people of Cameroon, and the villagers of Malen Chiefdom in Sierra Leone share a common struggle. They are all challenging industrial plantations of oil palms and rubber by the subsidiaries of Socfin (Societe Financiere des Caoutchoucs), a company whose main shareholder is the Bollore Group, owned by the French businessman Vincent Bollore.

Les Populations Indigènes d'Afrique et d'Asie Contestent le Projet Socfin/Bolloré

Par Frédéric Mousseau, directeur politique du Oakland Institute

 

 

Sierra Leone Up for Grabs

 

Last October, 100 farmers gathered to protest against the Sierra Leone branch of the multinational corporate agribusiness giant, Socfin. The farmers were furious over the company's lack of transparency, its refusal to consult with local communities, its miserly compensation for dispossessed farmers, and its brazen pressuring of local leaders.

Sierra Leone Up for Grabs

Last October, 100 farmers gathered to protest against the Sierra Leone branch of the multinational corporate agribusiness giant, Socfin. The farmers were furious over the company's lack of transparency, its refusal to consult with local communities, its miserly compensation for dispossessed farmers, and its brazen pressuring of local leaders.

Sierra Leone: Resisting Land Deals

 

AfricaFocus Bulletin
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Editor's Note

"While the government of Sierra Leone says it is now supporting farmers with its smallholder commercialization program, at the same time it is promoting massive foreign direct investment in farmland in the country. It claims this will not harm smallholders or food security. ... Participants at the conference [of affected land owners and land users] strongly disagreed." - The Oakland Institute

Sierra Leone: Popular Resistance and Corporate Landgrabbing in Sierra Leone

 

INTERVIEW

A new report from the Oakland Institute examines a controversial land investment deal in Sierra Leone. Pambazuka News caught up with Oakland Institute Policy Director Frederic Mousseau to find out why the report has attracted so much attention.

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: Early April, Oakland Institute released a new land deal brief. Tell us about it.

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