Land grabber’s paradise: Cameroonian environmentalist faces trial | Climate Connections

Arrested, assaulted and then charged with libel: this is just some of what land and environmental activist Nasako Besingi has faced while helping communities from the southwest region of Cameroon stop US company Herakles Farms HF from grabbing their lands for the development of a 20,000 hectare palm oil plantation.

On June 19, 2014, Besingi and four other opponents of the HF project will be in court, accused by the government of “participating in the organisation and holding of an undeclared public meeting”. The five were arrested and charged while distributing t-shirts critical of Herakles Farms in November 2012.

via Land grabber’s paradise: Cameroonian environmentalist faces trial | Climate Connections.

Pressing Refresh Notes: And this is the type of freedom and democracy we want to spread to the rest of the world?

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