New complaint challenges Thai company’s membership in sustainable sugar group

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Phnom Penh, February 19, 2016) – Clean Sugar Campaign members filed a com­plaint with the global sugar industry group Bonsucro for re-­admitting Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol Group despite the fact that thousands of fam­ilies forced off their land to make way for the company’s for­mer plantations in Cambodia have yet to receive redress.Bonsucro was founded in 2008 to oversee sugar industry standards.  The organization confers […]

REPORT: National Human Rights Commission of Thailand confirms human rights violations in Koh Kong Plantation

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The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand released its report on the allegation that Khon Kaen Sugar Industry caused human rights violations due to their decision to “receive and benefit” from their land concessions. The Commission states that the the impact of the human rights violations are a “direct responsibility” of the company and gives recommendations […]

NEWS: The bitter aftertaste of a sugar deal gone bad

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(PHNOM PENH POST – May Titthara and Daniel Pye) – Houy Mai has lost everything to the global demand for cheap sugar and biofuel. The 54-year-old mother-of-eight has fought a years-long battle with Mitr Phol, Asia’s biggest sugar producer and one of three major suppliers to Coca-Cola. Her family was left homeless and without a sustainable income […]

PRESS RELEASE: Human Rights Violations in Koh Kong Sugar Plantation Confirmed by Thai Human Rights Commission

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June 3, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand – Hundreds of villagers were evicted when their land was illegally confiscated in 2006 to make way for a 19,100 hectare sugar plantation in Sre Ambel, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. Almost a decade after the forced evictions, a long-awaited final report by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) […]

NEWS: Sugar company pulls out

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PHNOM PENH POST (11 May 2015 – Daniel Pye) – Asia’s largest sugar producer, Thailand’s Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation, has withdrawn from its three plantations in Oddar Meanchey province following years of criticism over alleged illegalities and human rights abuses at the concessions, a development watchdog has said. The three Mitr Phol concessions in Oddar […]

NEWS: Sugar Exports to Europe Drop After Peak Year

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BY ZSOMBOR PETER | THE CAMBODIA DAILY | MAY 13, 2015 Cambodia’s sugar shipments to Europe fell by 41 percent last year, according to trade data from the European Union (E.U.), a significant drop for one of the country’s most controversial exports. Dubbed “blood sugar” by the families that have lost their homes and farms […]