Some 100 farmers who have spent the past 11 days sleeping on land to guard it from bulldozers in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia are exhausted by empty promises from the government to solve their problem.
In its Zero Deforestation Commitment published today, SOCFIN in Cambodia commits to manage and develop its rubber plantations in Mondulkiri while protecting the environment, respecting local communities and providing full transparency.
About 100 farmers from Koh Kong province traveled to Phnom Penh to press government officials for a solution to their long-running land disputes with a trio of sugarcane plantations they accuse of stealing their land.
In recent years, communities displaced by sugar plantations have attempted to reclaim their land by targeting the plantations’ investors and buyers overseas, but a study published last week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Civil Society suggests such efforts may disappoint.
A new report launched today takes the most comprehensive look to date at how corruption is fuelling the global land grabbing crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced from their homes and farmland.
With land grabbing fast becoming one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time, the International Criminal Court has started to recognize that the guise of economic development can mask many crimes against humanity.