Profits over Human Rights
by Bryan McGaw on November 15, 2013 - 6:39pm
In this article posted by The Guardian on November 6th 2013, there are plantations of Palm Oil trees and the companies running them are destroying the tropical forests, the wildlife, and not respecting human rights. The company Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is based in Indonesia, Liberia, Philippines, Malaysia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon, these countries plantations where visited by international human rights groups to see if they are following the guidelines of what is right and wrong. Local communities accused these companies of not following the guidelines and respecting human and land rights. With global demands for Palm Oil are rising, this has caused a rapid expansion of plantations and resulting in environmental and social conflicts. “Since its founding the RSPO has adopted good standards, but too many member companies are not delivering on these paper promises,” said Norman Jiwan, Director of Human Rights group Transformasi Untuk Keadilan Indonesia. A report stated that almost 11 hectares of land has been destroyed to make way for plantations and this has caused growing alarm from the people living in these areas and is taking a great toll on the wildlife, like the Tiger. Reports say that the Indonesian legal system is “unjust” as it allows land to be exploited by these companies without regard for the people and their rights, land laws also favor the companies over the people and their rights. There has been much effort but little has changed, "We can point to one or two good results on the ground, but there are thousands of land conflicts with oil palm companies in Indonesia alone, and the problem is now spreading to other parts of Asia and Africa. We are calling for an urgent and vastly expanded response to this crisis" said executive director of Sawit Watch, Jefri Saragih.
I am defiantly not in favor of the companies in this situation. To me, no matte the demand of Palm Oil in the world there is no need to force people to leave there homes and kill endangered wildlife like tigers and orangutans. There should be a better way to make their money without all the destruction. My opinion is that the money should not come before the well being of people and destruction of the environment but in a world of globalization, production and profits are worth more to some people then others wellbeing is the biggest crime of all.