Vietnamese Agribusiness Giant HAGL Destroys Indigenous Lands

(May 25, 2020) – Indigenous villages in Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province waited years for Vietnamese rubber company Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) to return sacred lands, as promised. Instead, during March, HAGL carried out sweeping land clearances.

UK Government Body Accepts OECD Complaint against Sugar “Sustainability” Group

A Win for Corporate Accountability and Displaced Cambodian Communities (September 25, 2019) – The UK National Contact Point for the OECD, a government body that monitors the operations of British businesses overseas, has ruled admissible a landmark complaint against the sugar industry’s sustainability certification body, Bonsucro. The decision establishes that London-based Bonsucro is bound by OECD standards […]

Cambodian indigenous communities win back their sacred land from Vietnamese rubber developer

(March 26, 2019, Banlung) – Twelve indigenous communities in Cambodia’s northeastern province of Ratanakiri scored a major victory today when the government announced it was returning to them 20 spirit mountains and dozens of other spiritually significant areas that had been grabbed by the Vietnamese agribusiness giant Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL). The communities have […]

Calling out the BS in BonSucro

This week the world’s biggest sugar producers, traders and buyers are gathering at a luxury hotel in Bangkok for “Bonsucro Global Week” to celebrate their journey to social and environmental sustainability.

Thai court accepts Cambodian land grabbing case, orders mediation

(September 5, 2018, Bangkok) – A Thai court has accepted a landmark lawsuit filed by plaintiffs representing a class of over 700 Cambodian farming families accusing Asia’s largest sugar producer of grabbing their land and destroying their livelihoods. In line with Thai legal procedure, the judges have asked the plaintiffs and the defendant, the Thai […]

Rights in poorer nations must be upheld as Thai firms go abroad, activists say | PLACE

BANGKOK, April 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thailand’s businesses and its government must do more to protect the rights of vulnerable people abroad, analysts and activists said, after a landmark case filed by Cambodian farmers in a Bangkok court against a Thai sugar firm. It is the first time plaintiffs from another country have filed a class-action lawsuit against a Thai company in a Thai court over its operations outside Thailand.

Vietnam rubber firm reaches accord with Ratanakkiri ethnic villages, Phnom Penh Post

In an agreement mediated by the International Finance Corporation’s watchdog mechanism, a controversial Vietnamese rubber firm has reached a deal with 11 ethnic minority villages affected by its Ratanakkiri operations to return nearly 20 community “spirit mountains”, restore streams filled or polluted by its activities and repair roads and bridges. The deal between the locals and the Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) rubber company was brokered by the IFC’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), and remains tentative pending government approval.

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

(Phnom Penh, February 19, 2016) – Inclusive Development International and two Cambodian partners 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. […]

ADB Compliance Review Panel calls for urgent action to help families living along the railway

(Phnom Penh, November 26, 2015) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Compliance Review Panel has released a new report calling upon the bank to “take urgent steps” to address the grievances of families impacted by the ADB-financed project to redevelop Cambodia’s railway who have not yet received resettlement assistance. The Railway Rehabilitation Project has impacted […]

Major Breakthrough in Mediation Between Hoang Anh Gia Lai Company and Fourteen Indigenous Villages

(Siem Reap, September 19, 2015) – A major breakthrough was reached in the mediation between fourteen Cambodian indigenous communities and the Vietnamese rubber firm Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), during meetings held this week in Siem Reap, Cambodia. On 15-19 September 2015, community representatives of fourteen indigenous villages affected by HAGL’s land concessions in Ratanakiri province, company representatives of HAGL and its subsidiaries, and the communities’ […]

Families Threatened by Cambodia Railway Development Again Seek Justice from the Asian Development Bank’s Accountability Mechanism

(Manila, August 31, 2015) – Families threatened by the Asian Development Bank-financed project to redevelop Cambodia’s railway have once again filed a complaint to the bank’s Compliance Review Panel about the controversial project. The Railway Rehabilitation Project has impacted approximately 18,000 people living alongside Cambodia’s 642-kilometers of dilapidated railway tracks.   At least 1200 families, […]

Coke’s zero tolerance for land grabs proves difficult to fulfill

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Coca-Cola Co has made a good start in axing land grabs from its supply chain, but it must work harder in proving that its bottlers and sugar suppliers do not violate land rights, development experts told the company. Coke declared two years ago that land grabbing is unacceptable, and […]

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

(December 7, 2014) – Inclusive Development International 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. The European Commission has announced a tender for […]

Eleven Cambodian human rights defenders jailed in three days

(Civil Rights Defenders – November 13) – In the span of 72 hours, the Cambodian authorities have arrested, tried and sentenced eleven housing rights activists. They were arrested for participating in peaceful protests relating to the forced evictions around the Boeung Kak lake in Phnom Penh.  The rights activists, ten women and one man, a monk, […]

Displaced Cambodians file OECD complaint against ANZ Bank for financing massive land grab

(Phnom Penh – October 7, 2014) Inclusive Development International and Equitable Cambodia have filed a formal complaint with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) against the Australian ANZ Bank. The complaint was lodged on behalf of 681 families who were forcibly displaced and dispossessed of their land and property to make way for […]

Time for the Asian Development Bank to rethink displacing the poor, by David Pred

(May 2, 2014 – The Cambodia Daily) – Every year millions of people around the world are forcibly displaced from their land, homes and livelihoods to make way for large-scale development projects. Most often those who are forced to sacrifice their place on Earth for both public and private interests are amongst the poorest and most […]

World Bank Group implicated in illegal seizures of indigenous land in Cambodia and Laos, communities call for Bank’s help to get their land back

(Phnom Penh, February 10, 2014) – Representatives of seventeen indigenous communities from Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province filed a complaint to the World Bank’s private lending arm today, describing illegal seizures of their farming and grazing land and destruction of their forests and sacred sites. The complaint, submitted on behalf of affected communities by Equitable Cambodia, Cambodian […]

ANZ bankrolls massive land grab in Cambodia

(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 meeting […]

EU’s Everything But Arms initiative is impoverishing Cambodian farmers: Trade scheme must be reformed to safeguard human rights

(Brussels, 17 September 2013) – A European Union (EU) trade initiative intended to reduce poverty in the world’s poorest countries has driven thousands of Cambodian farming families into destitution and led to serious human rights violations, Inclusive Development International (IDI) and Equitable Cambodia and said in a report released Monday. The report, Bittersweet Harvest, assesses […]

Cambodia Resettlement Debacle Cover Up: ADB Conceals Critical Expert Report

Inclusive Development International (IDI), Equitable Cambodia (EC) and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) regret the Asian Development Bank’s refusal to disclose a critical independent expert report on the impacts of involuntary resettlement caused by the Railway Rehabilitation Project in Cambodia. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has denied disclosure of an independent monitoring report by the world-renowned […]

Joint Statement: Investigation into Human Rights Violations Related to Trade Preferences for Cambodian Agro-industrial Products Must Begin Now

Eleven Cambodian and international organizations, including IDI, wrote to European Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht today following upon an open letter they sent to the Commissioner on June 26th outlining evidence of grave human rights abuses in the Cambodian agro-industrial sector directly linked to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade scheme.  These communications have followed two […]

IDI submits complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission on AusAID’s railway debacle

Families resettled by Cambodia’s railway rehabilitation project filed a complaint today with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) alleging that they have suffered serious violations of their human rights as a result of resettlement under the project, which is partly funded through a grant from AusAID.  The complaint, which was jointly submitted on behalf of […]

Families Displaced by Cambodian Railway Development Seek Justice from the Asian Development Bank

Families displaced from their homes and livelihoods by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-financed project to rehabilitate Cambodia’s railway have filed a complaint to the Bank’s Compliance Review Panel (CRP) stating that they have suffered serious harms, including impoverishment, because of the project. The complaint, which was filed on behalf of affected families by Inclusive Development […]

Think sugar is sweet? Watch this video

The sugarcane industry has been one of the worst offenders driving Cambodia’s land-grabbing crisis.  Today we launched a boycott campaign with affected communities and partners in Cambodia to demand that the sugar industry stop bleeding Cambodian farmers by taking their land.                               […]

Open letter to EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht on human rights and trade with Cambodia

IDI has written an open letter to EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, together with nine other Cambodian and European civil society organizations, calling upon the European Commission to investigate escalating human rights abuses in Cambodia resulting from the granting of economic land concessions for agroindustrial development, in connection with goods being exported to the […]