Thai Court Greenlights Trial Against Global Sugar Supplier Mitr Phol

Thailand’s Court of Appeals last week denied Mitr Phol’s motion to dismiss a historic class action lawsuit filed against the company by plaintiffs representing hundreds of Cambodian families who were violently displaced to make way for one of the Thai sugar giant’s industrial sugar plantations. The case also shines a light on the serious human […]

Sustainable sugar group Bonsucro ignored rights abuses by member, UK body finds

Women watch their farm houses burn during forced eviction of Bos village (October 2009)

Women watch their farm houses burn during forced eviction of Bos village (October 2009) (Phnom Penh) – The UK-based “sustainable sugarcane” certification body Bonsucro violated its international human rights responsibilities, according to a statement released by the UK National Contact Point (UK NCP), a government body that handles complaints against British multinational enterprises. The NCP […]

U.S. Court Orders Coca-Cola to Turn Over Evidence in Thai Human Rights Case

Lead Plaintiff Hoy Mai with her children (Atlanta, GA.) – A U.S. federal court in the Northern District of Georgia last week ordered the Coca-Cola Company to turn over evidence related to an ongoing class action against Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol in the Thai courts. The decision, an important victory for plaintiffs representing hundreds […]

Peugeot: act against land-grabs in Cambodia now

Inclusive Development International joined partners Equitable Cambodia and Mighty Earth in an open letter to Peugeot, a global automobile brand, calling on the company to use its substantial influence to ensure the return of land, restoration of degraded forests and waterways, and full compensation to Indigenous communities in Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province whose land and livelihoods […]

Vietnamese Agribusiness Giant HAGL Destroys Indigenous Lands

Indigenous villages in Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province had waited years for Vietnamese rubber company Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) to finally return their sacred lands, as they had promised to do in a 2015 mediated agreement. Instead, during March, HAGL carried out sweeping clearances of land that had been earmarked for return to the communities through […]

Australia’s ANZ to compensate Cambodian families over land loss – Nikkei Asian Review

Bank admits due diligence “failings” in loan to sugar company that bulldozed villages. Australia’s ANZ will compensate hundreds of families forcibly evicted by a Cambodian sugar plantation and refinery to which it loaned $40 million a decade ago. Experts say the settlement sets an important precedent for how other major banks deal with human rights […]