The rainforest defenders besiege Unilever

Dec 14, 2011

On Wednesday, December 14th, eight human rights activists and palm oil victims start their protest action in front of the Unilever headquarter building located at Strandkai 1. Among the protesters is the family of Bidin and Ida, natives of Sumatra. Unilever’s palm oil supplier Wilmar has robbed them of their forest and destroyed their homes and lives. Now, they want their land back – and they are going to stay until Unilever meets their demands.

Daily news about the visit of the Indonesians:

On Wednesday, December 14th, at 10 a.m., eight human rights activists and palm oil victims start their protest action in front of the Unilever headquarter building located at Strandkai 1. Among the protesters is the family of Bidin and Ida, natives of Sumatra. Unilever’s palm oil supplier Wilmar has robbed them of their forest and destroyed their homes and lives. Now, they want their land back – and they are going to stay until Unilever meets their demands.

Please post your protest on Unilever’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/unilever). These people need your support.

 

Interview with Bidin

Bidin belongs to the indigenous tribe of the Suku Anak Dalam; his family is one of 41 families living in Sungai Buayan. The village is located in the middle of a palm oil plantation – its surrounding forest has been cut down in favour of monocultures. For nine years now, the natives are making efforts to reclaim their common land; Bidin leads the negotiations.