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24 Jul 2012

Mitr Phol Group

Mitr Phol Group response to alleged human rights abuses and seizure of land by sugar companies in Cambodia

…Mitr Phol does not support encroachment on private land or forced eviction, or the destruction of private property. In Cambodia, we initially sought out sparsely populated areas and have followed a land concession process prescribed by law. This process has been led by the local and national government officials and its principles are also reflected in project agreements with government authorities. Our understanding of this process is that authorized officials undertook land surveys within a larger identified area…Public consultation followed between officials and locals…to demarcate areas and agree on existing land ownership, to determine compensation offers for any private land identified that included financial payment and substitute land provided by officials. Mitr Phol was excluded from this process and was not a participant, but by agreement was responsible for the expenses incurred from this process…

Part of the following timelines

Cambodia: 602 families accuse Mitr Phol Sugar of land confiscation, livestock killing & crop looting in complaint filed with Thai National Human Rights Commission

"Cambodia Clean Sugar" campaign - company responses & non-responses

Human rights impact assessment of the EU Everything But Arms initiative in Cambodia – includes EU response