On Tuesday, 9 Sept. 2014, Cambodian authorities detained two employees of Equitable Cambodia (EC) without just cause. Ms. Meg Fukuzawa, a research consultant who has dual citizenship in the United States and Japan, and Mr. Lida Sok, a Cambodian research officer, had been in Oddar Meanchey province since last Monday to conduct field research on […]
On August 18, 2014, the Phnom Penh Sugar Co. Ltd., took out advertisements in several major Cambodian newspapers accusing Equitable Cambodia’s Executive Director, Mr. Eang Vuthy, of making false and misleading statements about Oknha Ly Yong Phat, and causing “irreparable damage” to the Senator’s reputation as well as that of his business, Phnom Penh Sugar.
BY ZSOMBOR PETER | The CAMBODIA DAILY | AUGUST 14, 2014 The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand on Wednesday corroborated claims that a Thai sugar company that supplied Coca-Cola has illegally taken land off of villagers in Oddar Meanchey province and violated their human rights, more than a year after the communities filed their complaint with […]
BY RICHARD BAKER & NICK MCKENZIE | THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD | AUGUST 20, 2014 ANZ is resisting pressure to assist the hundreds of families who claim they been adversely affected. Photo: Ken Irwin ANZ has ruled out helping hundreds of poor Cambodian families forcibly evicted from their land to make way for sugar-cane plantations that […]
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 7.30 Broadcast: APRIL 4, 2014 One of Australia’s big banks is facing scrutiny it financed a Cambodian sugar business responsible for forcing almost 500 families off their land, as the conduct of Australia’s ‘big four’ in developing countries is analysed. Click here to watch the special report.
BY Daniel de Carteret |THE PHNOM PENH POST |JANAURY 24 2014 Shareholders will want answers from ANZ bank after it was revealed this week that the banking giant’s joint venture in Cambodia financed ruling party senator Ly Yong Phat’s controversial sugar plantation, the Responsible Investment Association Australia (RIAA) said yesterday. Environmental audit documents obtained by the Post on Tuesday […]
BY: Richard Baker & Nick McKenzie| THE AGE |JANUARY 23, 2014 From 5am, several days a week, 11-year-old Li* works evicted to make way for asugar plantation owned by one of Cambodias richest men. Leaked documents obtained by Fairfax Media reveal that Australian banking giant ANZ provided the finance for the Phnom Penh Sugar Companys […]
(Phnom Penh, 22 January 2014) – Two confidential social and environmental audits leaked to the Clean Sugar Campaign indicate that ANZ Royal Bank provided significant financing for a sugar plantation and refinery owned by the notorious Cambodian senator and tycoon Ly Yong Phat. ANZ confirmed its financing of the Phnom Penh Sugar Company in a […]
BY: Kevin Ponniah |THE PHNOM PENH POST |JANURY 21, 2014 The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on the bloc’s executive body to urgently act on an EU preferential trade scheme found to have carried high risks of human rights violations in Cambodia through land evictions for industrial sugar development. In a January 16 resolution, EU […]
By Zsombor Peter and Chhorn Chansy |THE CAMBODIA DAILY |November 11, 2013 Koh Kong Sugar has offered to settle its yearslong dispute with Cambodian families who accuse its plantations of stealing their land, but the farmers remain wary of being able to secure a fair deal. The firm, a subsidiary of Thailand’s Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Limited (KSL), made […]