(July 31, 2020) – Today, Cambodian plaintiffs representing more than 700 farming families won a landmark appeal allowing them to move forward with their class action against Asia’s largest sugar producer, Mitr Phol.
(June 15, 2020) – Hoang Anh Gia Lai, a publicly listed Vietnamese real estate, energy, mining and agribusiness giant, is at the center of recent allegations of clearing land in Cambodia that had been earmarked for local indigenous communities.
(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.
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 […]
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – After years of protesting, two Cambodian farmers make their case this week in a Bangkok court against Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol, who they blame for the loss of their livelihoods.
(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 […]
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.
Representatives of more than 700 Cambodian families who were violently displaced to make way for a sugar plantation have filed a formal complaint against Bonsucro, the sugar industry’s sustainability certification body, for breaches of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
(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 […]
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.
(April 2, 2018) – Displaced farmers from Cambodia have filed a landmark class-action lawsuit against the Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol. The legal complaint was filed in a Thai civil court by two plaintiffs representing a class of approximately 3000 people who were violently displaced and dispossessed of their land and livelihoods in five remote […]
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.
(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. […]
(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 […]
(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’ […]
(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, […]
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 […]
(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 […]
(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, […]
(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 […]
(Phnom Penh, 7 July 2014) – Inclusive Development International and Equitable Cambodia expressed disappointment that ANZ Bank has cut its business ties to the Cambodian firm Phnom Penh Sugar without first ensuring redress for the grave harms caused to hundreds of families by the plantation that it financed. The Australian newspaper reported on Saturday that […]
(May 14, 2014 – The Age) – After months of cozying up to the authoritarian government of Hun Sen, Australia has finally managed to convince Cambodia to accept its refugees from Nauru and Manus Island. Never mind that Cambodia has neither the resources – nor the human rights record – to guarantee the proper resettlement […]
(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 […]
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.
(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 […]
(Manila / Phnom Penh, February 7, 2014) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) must undergo “a mind shift” in the way it treats people impacted by its projects, according to a scathing investigation report released today. In its most damning investigation to date, ADB’s internal watchdog, the Compliance Review Panel (CRP), found that the regional […]
(January 29, 2014) Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International call upon ANZ to right the wrongs it has done by financing the Phnom Penh Sugar plantation and not just jump ship. In response to revelations last week that ANZ had bankrolled the high-profile land grab in Cambodia, ANZ made the following statement: “Where we have […]
(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 […]
(Phnom Penh, January 16, 2012) – The Boeung Kak Lake community in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, and others around the world who are fighting for justice from international financial institutions, won a major political victory from the United States Congress on Wednesday. The 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, approved by the US House of Representative, requires […]
(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 […]
(July 23, 2013) – The Guardian newspaper recently ran a damning expose of child labor on the KSL Group sugar plantations in Cambodia that supply the sugar giant Tate & Lyle Sugars. Rather than acting quickly to address the abuses, the companies seem to have resorted to a strategy of denial and legal bullying in […]
(Kate Hodal, The Guardian, July 09, 2013) – The plantation extends as far as the eye can see, row after row of green leaves swaying against the dusky blue light until, finally, it merges with the horizon. There are no houses, no animals, no people. Just sugar. Standing by a rickety wooden fence that separates […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]