Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Response to Sime Darby Berhard’s Claim of “False and Inaccurate Reports on Liberian Operations”

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — In response to February 3, 2012 press release by Sime Darby Berhard “False and Inaccurate Reports on Liberian Operations.”

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In light of Sime Darby’s February 3rd claims, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has verified all quotes and facts presented in “Turning Point: What future for forest peoples and resources in the emerging world order?”, “Rights to Resources in Crisis: Reviewing the fate of customary tenure in Africa,” and the accompanying press release. We stand behind the facts as we originally reported them.

These recent analyses provide a rigorous analysis covering 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, showing that there is an almost continent-wide disconnect between what many governments assert they own and what local communities know has been theirs for generations.

RRI recognizes and applauds Sime Darby’s ongoing engagement with the rigorous social and environmental standards established by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). RRI looks forward to reporting on the positive benefits accrued by all parties stemming from these interactions.

The land rights issues raised in RRI’s analyses, specifically regarding the Sime Darby operations in Liberia, is an exemplary warning of the issues and risks investors in Africa will face unless the rights of local people and communities are respected at the outset of investment deals.

RRI supports responsible investment and development, and works closely with local actors to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights respected.

For additional information, please contact:

Jenna DiPaolo
Manager, Communications and Coordination
Rights and Resources Initiative
Tel: +1 202 470 3900

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a strategic coalition comprised of international, regional, and community organizations engaged in development, research, and conservation to advance forest tenure, policy, and market reforms globally. For more information, please visit www.rightsandresources.org.
Media Contact:

Jenna DiPaolo Rights and Resources Initiative, +1 202 470 3900, jdipaolo@rightsandresources.org

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