Wednesday, February 5, 2014

[biofuelwatch] Cameroon Activists on Trial for Peaceful Protest against Wall Street Land Grabber





Cameroon Activists on Trial for Peaceful Protest against Wall Street Land Grabber

Take Action!

1. Make a donation toward legal fees and support local community struggle against Herakles Farms 

2. Email Herakles Farms and tell the company to stop its intimidation of Nasako Besingi and other defenders of local communities and forests
 

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Nasako Besingi and his NGO, Struggle to Economise Future Environment (SEFE), have been working alongside other activists and local organisations to protect people's rights and preserve forests in the area where Herakles Farms is developing a controversial 20,000 ha oil palm plantation. They have been subjected to intimidation, lawsuits, arrests, and violent attacks.

On December 31, 2013 Nasako was summoned, at the request of Herakles Farms, for "publication of false news via the internet." Nasako's court case begins on February 25, 2014 and he could face up to 6 months imprisonment and $4,000 in fines. 

Herakles' lawsuit is based on an email that Nasako sent in August 2012 in which he explained how he was ambushed by a group of men that he identified as junior managers of Herakles Farms. Luckily, a team of French journalists from France24 happened to be trailing Nasako that day. When their truck appeared, the men let Nasako go and fled. Herakles Farms admits that the men who attacked Nasako were "local service providers." Nasako and four colleagues are also facing other charges for organising "an undeclared public meeting" while distributing anti-Herakles T-shirts to locals.

Nasako is not the only target of intimidation by Herakles and the government of Cameroon. Another local NGO, Nature Cameroon, has in effect been barred by a government official from informing residents of the threats posed by the Herakles Farms project to their livelihoods and environment since last September.

International support is urgently needed to help Nasako with his court cases and to pressure Herakles to stop its intimidation of Nasako and Nature Cameroon.


Take Action!

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1. Donate toward Nasako's legal fees and support local community struggle against Herakles Farms 
(100% of all contributions will go to Nasako).

2. Email the company directly to demand that it withdraw its defamation case against Nasako and stop intimidating activists and organisations.

 

For more information about the destructive Herakles Farms' project in Cameroon see:

SEFE - SEFE calls President of Cameroon's land deal with US company Herakles Farms a grave injustice and hindrance to conventional values

Greenpeace and Oakland Institute - Herakles Exposed: The Truth Behind Herakles Farms False Promises in Cameroon (2013) Massive Deforestation Portrayed as Sustainable Development: the Deceit of Herakles Farms in Cameroon (2012)

GRAIN - Cameroon activist takes on land grabber from Wall Street, now faces imprisonment (2013)

Nasako can also be contacted directly at nasako.bondoko@gmail.com.



 
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