Palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and its primary investor Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) continue to drive deforestation, habitat destruction, and human rights violations in some of the most dense rainforests in West Africa. They are actively destroying rainforests that are home to chimpanzees, hippos, and thousands of people who have lived and worked upon these lands for generations. Since GVL’s arrival in Liberia, the company has faced consistent and well-documented allegations of human rights violations, environmental degradation and disregard for communities’ land rights, including desecration of sacred sites, labor violations, and increased food and water insecurity.
Communities in Liberia remain on the frontlines of a development model that puts people’s wellbeing in the hands of private companies and foreign investors. We interviewed these communities and made a series of videos highlighting the environmental destruction and human rights violations going on in Liberia.