The European Union’s human rights legacy is tainted by its inaction in Cambodia.

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — In 2006, the Cambodian sugar industry was so negligible as to be non-existent. A decade on, it has grown into a multi-million dollar commercial enterprise — largely thanks to a European policy known as “Everything But Arms” (EBA), which provides tariff-free access to the common market for exporters from the world’s least-developed […]

Government Threatens Land Rights Protesters With Legal Action

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The Commerce Ministry has threatened to take unspecified legal “measures” against anyone joining a protest against a sugarcane plantation who does not have a personal claim in the dispute. The ministry issued the warning on Thursday, two days after villagers from Oddar Meanchey province held a press conference in Phnom Penh to urge the government […]

Conference on Sugarcane Industry Hurts Cambodia’s Reputation

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Phnom Penh (FN), March 24 – The Ministry of Commerce is calling a press conference organized by civil society organizations harmful to Cambodia’s reputation, social order, peace, unity, and reconciliation. The Ministry’s statement followed a joint press conference held by ActionAid Cambodia, Equitable Cambodia, Heinrich Boll Stiftung Cambodia, and Adhoc to solve economic land concessions […]

Villagers issue new calls to solve old land dispute

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Villagers from Oddar Meanchey used a news conference yesterday to appeal for government action to return land at the centre of a years-old dispute with sugar companies. The conflict erupted in 2008, when villagers were forcibly evicted from their land to allow Angkor Sugar, Tonle Sugar Cane, and Cane & Valley Sugar to start operations […]

Loggers burned in sugar cane plantation

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A father and his two sons were badly burned while driving a tractor across a sugarcane plantation that was undergoing pre-harvest burning in Kampong Speu’s Oral district on Wednesday, local authorities said. District deputy police chief Orn Yuthhong said that Un Horm, 48, and his two sons – Un Rotha, 23, and Un Ponleu, 14 […]

Communities Protest Sugar Disputes

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Hundreds of people representing communities locked in long-running land disputes in four provinces came to Phnom Penh yesterday to seek the intervention of Prime Minister Hun Sen, asking him to sign off on an EU-backed initiative to evaluate the conflicts. The communities from Koh Kong, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Kampong Speu provinces yesterday filed […]

Bulldozer Incident Dredged Up

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Two villagers were questioned by Mondulkiri court officials yesterday over a two-year-old dispute with a Chinese company that has since been stripped of their licence and left Cambodia. The two men are accused of hijacking Dai Nam company’s bulldozer in 2014 to stop the company from clearing forest on land that ethnic Phnong consider spiritually […]

A bitter feud in Preah Vihear

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Poeun Cheun woke before sunrise on December 12 – a Monday – and after preparing a quick breakfast, she headed to her rice field a couple of kilometres away. The 45-year-old widowed mother of four had been gone from the Tbeng Meanchey district farm for fewer than 24 hours, but now found herself staring at […]