A Thai environmental auditing firm has confirmed that it is assessing the fallout from a trio of plantations in Oddar Meanchey province that Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol abandoned in late 2014 amid mounting accusations of land grabbing.
Three local NGOs have filed a complaint with international sugar industry group Bonsucro for readmitting Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol even though thousands of families forced off the company’s former plantations in Oddar Meanchey province have yet to be fully compensated.
A leader of a group trying to seize a 1,400-rai oil palm plantation run by Thai Pattana Co, a joint operation of a foreign investor and his Thai business partner, was shot dead while leaving the farm on motorcycle.
Mitr Phol Sugar Corp has pulled out of its three plantations in Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey province after years of allegations about illegal business practices and human-rights abuses, a media report said Monday.
Asia’s largest sugar producer, Thailand’s Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation, has withdrawn from its three plantations in Oddar Meanchey province in Cambodia following years of criticism over alleged illegalities and human rights abuses at the concessions.
The “blood sugar” plantations in Cambodia have been accused of violently evicting villagers in order to raze farmland and build their plantations. Representatives from Coca-Cola and Pepsi said they are not aware of sugar in their supply chain supplied by rights violators.
On February 11, Chai Bunthonglek, a land rights activist from Klong Sai Pattana village and member of the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand was gunned down. Four locals have been slain in similar attacks since 2010.