NGOs demand palm oil company IOI respects customary rights in resolving long running land dispute in Sarawak

NGOs demand palm oil company IOI respects customary rights in resolving long running land dispute in Sarawak

Exasperated with the lack of discernible progress that IOI has made in resolving the land dispute between its majority owned subsidiary IOI-Pelita and the community of Long Teran Kanan and others on the middle Tinjar river in Sarawak, NGOs sent a letter today spelling out what a resolution would mean from their point of view.

Calling on the company to heed the demands of the RSPO Complaints Panel, which had ruled clearly on how the dispute should be resolved many years ago, the NGOs spell out the most important requirements of the RSPO Principles and Criteria that the company must respect. Since 2013, the case has been handled by the RSPO Dispute Settlement Facility (DSF), but after repeated but unsuccessful efforts to get the company to adhere to RSPO standards the DSF  passed the case back to the RSPO Complaints Panel in January 2017. There has been little evidence of progress since then.

Click here to read the letter (English only)

For further background information also see 'Conflict or Consent?' Chapter 9: Sarawak: IOI-Pelita and the community of Long Teran Kanan