Our partners in the Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia are asking for international help to remind the Liberian President of her promise to protect community land from the UK company Equatorial Palm Oil UK. They are asking as many people as possible to sign their petition.
Liberia's Goldman Environmental Prize winner and Lead Campaigner at SDI, Silas Kpanan'ayoung Siakor writes:"The struggle in Liberia to defend community land rights in light of the rapid oil palm plantation expansion scored a small victory in March when the Liberian President promised a delegation of community leaders that she would protect their land from Equatorial Palm Oil; a UK company that is trying to grab their land. Two months later, the company is refusing to honour the President's pledge to the communities. There is now tension in the region as the company is now planning to begin clearing more of the community's land.""A delegation from the clan is in Monrovia, the Liberian capital for a round of lobbying and reminder to the President. EPO/ KLK on the other hand have stepped up their intimidation tactics - sending in their security patrols into the villages and intimidating the residents."Please click here to watch the community's celebration after the meeting with the President