Palm oil land grab during Liberian ebola crisis caused abuses

TeleSur| 23 July 2015

A Golden Veroleum Liberia plantation in Liberia. Photo: Global Witness

A new report details harassment and violence toward communities to coerce them into signing away their land to a major palm oil company.   Massive land grabs in Liberia by a major foreign agribusiness company at the peak of the Ebola outbreak have had a hand in the harassment and violence faced by Liberians speaking out against palm oil expansion, a new report released Thursday claims.

According to the expose by Global Witness, Liberian state authorities are helping pave the way for the company Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) to expand its already sprawling palm oil production by criminalizing grassroots opposition and pressuring communities to give up their land rights in the face of state-sanctioned harassment and violence……
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