Two years ago a major palm company called Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO) began clearing the customary lands of local Jogbahn communities in Grand Bassa County, Liberia, without their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). The communities said no to palm oil development on their land then and they say no to palm oil development on their land now.
The communities have taken their complaints against EPO and its parent company Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) to the Liberian government, to the industry certification system the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and to the boardrooms of EPO and KLK. Yet, two years later, their grievances remain unresolved and their rights to their land not respected.
Amplify the Jogbahn communities’ voices and their right to say no to development of palm oil on their lands by sending an send an email to the CEO’s of EPO and KLK today.
Banner Image: Community members of Jogbahn clan (Grand Bassa) at a meeting in Tarloe Town discussing the EPO plan to expand onto their customary land.
Photo Credit: Sustainable Development Institute
No Means No: KLK and EPO Must Respect Community Rights Now