We write to inform you that we are members and dwellers of the affected local communities including heads. seniors. adult females and young person within the proposed Malayan thenar oil company. Sime Darby 220. 000 ha oil thenar grant in Liberia.
Specifically. we are local dwellers of towns and small towns which include a ) Sije. B ) Moore town. degree Celsius ) Kon town. vitamin D ) Medina. vitamin E ) Gayah Hill. degree Fahrenheit ) Beafinie. g ) Gbasomou. H ) Dama. I ) Bama. J ) Gbar. K ) Baaja. cubic decimeter ) Claymontuah. m ) Gobo. N ) Zarmeyan. O ) Vonzua. etc… identified by the Sime Darby Social and Environmental Impact Assessments ( SEIA ) and its Public Summary Report of New Planting Assessment. May 2011 reported on the RSPO web site for the proposed 10. 000 hour angle located in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount County where Sime Darby is presently engaged in active land glade. devastation of our sacred sites. devastation of our harvests. damming of our brook and watercourses. make fulling in of our swamps. devastations of grave sites. devastation and pollution of our imbibing H2O beginnings. forceful supplanting of our people without equal compensation. active planting and cultivation of oil thenar including the monolithic constitution of an oil thenar baby’s room without our free prior informed consent.
Additionally. we are local dwellers of towns and small towns which include: a ) Marnivalor B ) Mesila. degree Celsius ) Soe. vitamin D ) Banford. vitamin E ) Kornomah. degree Fahrenheit ) Number 2. g ) Mecca. H ) Bacca. I ) Massatine. J ) Gbenii. K ) Seimi. cubic decimeter ) Didior. m ) Dangatee. N ) Burphy. O ) Sambola. P ) Geedah. Q ) Mbalikou. R ) Thomas Camp. s ) Goodrich. etc… identified by the Sime Darby Social and Environmental Impact Assessments ( SEIA ) and its Public Summary Report of New Planting Assessment. July 2011 reported on the RSPO web site for the proposed 15. 000 hour angle located in Garwula and Gola Konneh Districts Grand Cape Mount County where Sime Darby is be aftering to spread out its oil thenar operation
Salahudin and Julia. we have been informed by local Liberian civil society organisations that Sime Darby is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil ( RSPO ) . which requires members to detect the RSPO criterions and processs. We understand that some of those criterions and processs include rights of local communities to their customary land and their Free Prior informed consent to developments on their land.
Salahudin and Julia. if you took a closer expression at Sime Darby Environmental and Social Impact Assessment ( ESIA ) for both the 10. 000 hour angle and the 15. 000 hour angle you will happen that within the Socio-Economic Survey Data. in Appendix F of the ESIA that the “ nature of land term of office is “tribal land” . “family land” and “community land”— owned by us. We are hence lawfully entitled to liberate prior-informed consent with the full power to reject or accept proposals to put on our belongings Additionally. if you reviewed both the May 2011 10. 000 hour angle and July 2011 15. 000 ha Public Summary Reports of New Planting Assessment reported on the RSPO web site. you will happen that humor in those two study Sime Darby’s Environmental Impact Assessment ( SEIA ) and a High Conservation Value ( HCV ) Assessment completed in 2011 recognized among others “ All local peoples’ land” . The Land belongs to and is owned by us.
We are hence aghast to see Sime Darby runing on our customary land without our free prior informed consent. particularly since Sime Darby herself recognized that the “ nature of land term of office with in their “so-called grant area” is “tribal land” . “family land” and “community land.
We therefore write to officially subject this ailment to the RSPO that within the 10. 000 hour angle and several part of the 15. 000 hour angle. Sime Darby has forcefully engaged into the grabbing o our tribal land with our free prior informed consent. with small or no compensation. . They have engaged into monolithic devastation of our harvests and culturally important sites such as cemeteries and shrines utilizing heavy Earth traveling equipments. they have polluted our H2O beginnings.
Salahudin and Julia. Sime Darby activities on our customary land have brought great jobs to us as a people. They are taking our land. destructing our harvests without informing us and mortifying us by profaning our sacred shrines including the Gravess of our ascendants. We were non consulted. non by the authorities nor the company… The company has destroyed more than 5 towns to turn oil thenar. This company came to damage us non assist us. This is why we call it “Sime Damage” . Sime Darby action have impacted negatively on the natural environment upon which we depend for subsistence. They have jeopardized our supports and civilization.
We have gathered grounds and are prepared to demo you topographic points where harvests were destroyed. shrines were desecrated. small towns uprooted and Gravess sites besmirched. We are besides prepared to take you on a transect walk and field visit to verify sites and countries where harvests have been destroyed by Sime Darby. musca volitanss where towns and small towns have been swept-away to turn oil thenar. sites where hereditary Gravess. Sande and Poro societies sacred sites were dishonoured utilizing Bull dozers.
In add-on to the above. there are several sites where wetlands including rivers. fens. swamps. watercourses and brooks have been dammed or diverted and polluted. The swamps and several wetlands were a beginning of nutrient. proteins through fishes. pediculosis pubis. snails. spiny lobster. boodles. and mollusk. thenar vinos. wild fruits. berries. palm oil. The swamps were besides a beginning of edifice and buildings stuffs through straws for roofing. clay. vines. strings. unit of ammunition poles and barks for structural edifice building. every bit good as roots. barks. foliages. roots. flowers and stems for medicative workss. It was a fertile land for turning veggies and other nutrient basics to congratulate our local nutrient basket. All of these are no more. All of the swamps within our communities have been filled in to do manner for oil thenar. We hardly have fuel wood to cook our repast.
What is even more horrifying is that Sime Darby has done small to better alternate life conditions in our communities. We now pay more for locally produced palm oil and have to now go to the Capital metropolis to purchase palm oil. WE do non hold entree to and can non afford protein. Our sacred sites have been dishonoured.
Salahudin and Julia. is this consistent with the RSPO? Is this the manner the RSPO members can handle hapless people I other states. We are non a member of the RSPO and do non clearly understand to the full the criterions and processs. However. based upon what we read from your web site and what we have explained in this ailment. we have really strong grounds that Sime Darby is runing in misdemeanor of the RSPO Principles and Criteria and in misdemeanor of the RSPO’s New Plantings Procedure by
1 ) Catching our lands without esteeming our customary rights and without the free. anterior and informed consent of the customary land proprietors as represented through representative organisations of their pick ( P & A ; C 2. 2. 2. 3. 7. 5 and 7. 6 )
2 ) Forcibly evicting the people from their lands ( 7. 5 and 7. 6 )
3 ) Clearing lands prior to the new plantings process ( NPP ) .
We are kindly imploring the RSPO to rapidly:
a. informs Sime Darby about this ailment.
b. requires Sime Darby to hold all land acquisition and land readying in Liberia while the current state of affairs is investigated and resolved.
c. instigates a procedure to decide the current land struggle in full conformity with the RSPO Principles and Criteria through a transparent and participatory procedure agreeable to the affected parties ( 2. 2. 2. 3. 6. 4. 7. 5 and 7. 6 )
We look forwards to confirmation that this ailment has been received and what actions the RSPO will now set about to turn to the concerns raised.
We are besides attaching for mention intents. a missive we send to Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency bespeaking the denial of an environmental license to Sime Darby
Sakamon Samukai- Clan Chief Gorbla Clan. Bomi County. Zina Folley. Hawah Konuwah through Lamine Bondakai Browne-Tel # +231880703959 for local communities in Bomi County
Sekou Balloe. Head Traditional Council. Cape Mount. Momodou Zodua and Hawah Depeew through Oscar Dolo. Te # + 23166956138