Sugar company pulls out #ThaiCompany

Asia’s largest sugar producer, Thailand’s Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation, has withdrawn from its three plantations in Oddar Meanchey province in Cambodia following years of criticism over alleged illegalities and human rights abuses at the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.

Beverage companies wary of ‘blood sugar’ in supply chain

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.

Rights groups decry land activist killing

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.

Mitr Phol disputants to testify

Representatives of Oddar Meanchey villagers who allegedly lost their homes in a 2008 land grab by Thai-owned sugar giant Mitr Phol are hopeful a settlement may soon be reached.

85 squatter farmers face arrest

Authorities plan to arrest about 85 farmers who have occupied a large tract of land, formerly an oil palm plantation, in Plai Phraya district of Krabi today.