Land Evictees Left Waiting as EU Plan Stalls

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More than a year after a comprehensive plan was crafted to audit the claims of thousands of families that lost their land to Cambodian sugar companies, the government has still failed to sign off on the proposal, the E.U. confirmed on Friday. Reacting to bad publicity caused by low tariffs for Cambodian “blood sugar,” or […]

Petitioners offer flip side of Kampong Speu land dispute story

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Less than 24 hours after a petition claiming the issue was resolved was submitted to the EU Embassy, nearly 300 Kampong Speu families locked in a six-year land dispute with ruling party Senator Ly Yong Phat delivered one of their own to the Ministry of Land Management on Friday. More than 1,500 families were displaced […]

Kampong Speu protesters reject NGO’s help

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In defiance of an order by Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Khoun Sreng, more than 100 people protested outside the offices of Equitable Cambodia (EC) yesterday. They held signs denouncing the NGO, as community representatives inside submitted a letter withdrawing their consent for the group to represent them in a land dispute with one of Cambodia’s […]

In Koh Kong, a harvest denied

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Tonnes of fruit has been left to rot in Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel district due to a road block erected by two Thai sugar producers nearly two weeks ago that has prevented farmers from reaching their crops. Thirty-two families in Chi Khor Leu commune’s Trapaing Kandaol village are demanding that Koh Kong Sugar Industry and […]

Mitr Phol evictees vow homecoming

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More than 100 villagers evicted to make way for a Mitr Phol sugar plantation have vowed to return to their land in a week after they were snubbed by the Oddar Meanchey provincial governor yesterday, according to community leader Hoy Mai. To see more, please click here.

Mitr Phol evictees eye return to former land

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Hundreds of displaced Oddar Meanchey farmers will return to their land within a fortnight, with or without authorisation, community leader Hoy Mai said yesterday. Thousands of people were violently evicted from their homes and farmland when the government granted economic land concessions (ELC) totalling 20,000 hectares to Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol in 2008. When […]

EU referendum: Tate & Lyle Sugars joins campaign to leave EU

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Tate & Lyle Sugars has written a pro-Brexit letter to staff saying leaving the EU would benefit the business. The letter, written by senior vice-president Gerald Mason, says that the EU has pushed up the firm’s costs. TLS, which was sold to American Sugar Holdings in 2010 by FTSE 250 company Tate and Lyle plc, […]

The sugar industry has been catastrophic for Cambodia’s poor, so why are companies being honoured?

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In October, Bonsucro, the world’s largest association promoting responsible sugar production, presented its annual sustainability award. At a banquet and cocktail reception attended by industry insiders, the association honored Thai sugar producer Mitr Phol, one of Coca-Cola’s top three global cane suppliers, for its “exemplary work.” What Bonsucro didn’t – couldn’t – mention is that […]

NEWS: Community Reps Claim ministry rejected sugar ELC petition

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Representatives from communities in four provinces evicted to make way for sugar plantations alleged during a press conference yesterday they were barred from delivering petitions to the Ministry of Land Management. The representatives from Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Kampong Speu and Koh Kong communities told media at Phnom Penh’s Meta House that they went to […]