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 […]

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PENH POST (11 May 2015 – Daniel Pye) – Asia’s largest sugar producer, Thailand’s Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation, has withdrawn from its three plantations in Oddar Meanchey province following years of criticism over alleged illegalities and human rights abuses at the concessions, a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

NEWS: European Union agrees to investigate Cambodian sugar industry

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THE GUARDIAN  | Kate Hodal – Phnom Penh | DECEMBER 10, 2014 Booming industry faces allegations of human rights abuses such as land grabs, forced displacement and child labour The European Union has agreed to investigate forced displacement claims in relation to Cambodia’s troubled sugar industry. The move could see thousands of villagers compensated for […]

PUBLIC STATEMENT: Commencement of Cambodian ‘blood sugar’ reparations process a crucial step towards justice

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(December 7, 2014) – The Clean Sugar Campaign welcomes the commencement of a joint EU-Cambodia process to assess displacement claims pertaining to sugarcane plantations in Cambodia. This development represents a pivotal step towards justice for thousands of Cambodian people who have suffered enormously at the hands of the sugar industry.