21 Nov '11, 7am

Palm oil giant misled the public on violent conflict with local communities

Palm oil giant misled the public on violent conflict with local communities mongabay.com November 21, 2011 Oil palm in Sumatra Palm oil giant Wilmar Corp misled the public over a conflict between local communities and one of its subsidiaries in Sumatra, alleges a new report published by the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). The report [PDF ], which is based on an extensive field investigation, says that local Indonesian police (BRIMOB) in Jambi "systematically evicted" people from three settlements within in oil palm concession controlled by PT Asiatic Persada, a subsidiary of the Singapore-based Wilmar, during a confrontation this past August. Security forces fired guns to scare off community members and subsequently bulldozed their homes. The action was widely decried by local human rights NGOs, but Wilmar "strongly repudiated the accusations" via a press release and lette...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1120-fpp_asiatic_persada.html

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