Don’t Allow Greedy Corporation to Seemingly Trample Landowners’ Rights

Target: Vincent Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Group

Goal: Cease seemingly abusive treatment of villagers and workers in Cameroon.

The residents of Mbonjo, a small village in Cameroon’s Littoral Region, have apparently been subject to corporate bullying and land grabs at the hands of Belgian rubber and palm oil giant, Socfin. The company, owned by the Bolloré Group, laid claim to more than 200 square miles of plantation land surrounding Mbonjo and they have reportedly attempted to force the residents away to expand their operations.

Socfin backed down at the time and handed back some 78 square miles of land to the local government, agreeing to respect villagers’ land rights and to improve living and working conditions for their employees on the plantations. However, residents report that the company continues to occupy the land without paying rent while continuing to harvest oil and rubber. They allegedly receive no information from the company about their intentions in violation of the United Nations’ guidelines for foreign investments. Furthermore, they have reportedly made no progress in establishing court-ordered changes to protect locals’ land rights.

The people of this tiny village deserve recognition, respect, and honesty. Sign the petition below to demand that the Bolloré Group implement these changes immediately.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Bolloré,

The people of Mbonjo are neither numerous nor well-known, but they deserve respect as human beings. Currently, they are seemingly left in the dark about your company’s intentions and actions in Cameroon, despite court orders to engage with the locals and to offer a solution for land and workers’ rights in the area.

Your subordinate, Socfin chief Luc Boedt, is on record as saying that your companies “only speak to recognized bodies, not some farmer who thinks he has to make a show.”

This is a seemingly repugnant disregard for the dignity and concerns of the people on whom you depend. I demand that you begin communication with the people of Mbonjo immediately to resolve the issues which remain.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Amcaja




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One Comment

  1. Elizabeth Story says:

    Stop trampling on peoples’ land rights. Show some respect – it is their land, not yours.

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