Clean Sugar Campaign Response to Ve Wong Corporation

The Clean Sugar Campaign welcomes the response by Ve Wong Corporation on 18 July 2012 to Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s enquiry regarding reports of illegal activities, including human rights abuses and seizure of land by Koh Kong Plantation Co. Ltd. and Koh Kong Sugar Industry Co. Ltd., in which Ve Wong holds a 30 percent share.

In particular we welcome the statement that Ve Wong Corporation has received assurances from the Thai majority shareholders, KSL Group, that “if there is any evidence proving that Koh Kong Plantation Co Ltd. and Koh Kong Sugar Industry Co. Ltd. illegally acquired the land from residents, the companies are willing to return [the land] and compensate all relocation costs of all affected families.“

Unfortunately we have heard similar promises from KSL Group before, to no effect.

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