Cambodia: Forest Stewardship Council disassociates from Vietnam Rubber Group after findings of human rights & environmental abuse

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2 November 2015

Forest Management Group Strips Vietnamese Rubber Company of Certification

Author: Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia

A global forest management organization has stripped a Vietnamese rubber company of its certification after finding that the state-owned entity committed human rights violations and illegally destroyed thousands of acres of forest for rubber plantations in Cambodia. The U.S.-based Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests, publicly announced the decision…after finding evidence that Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) had illegally seized land from local villagers in Cambodia and decimated at least 50,000 hectares (123,600 acres) of forest, including wildlife sanctuaries and protected areas, for its plantations…

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2 November 2015

Global Witness complaint against Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) - Recommendation to the FSC Board of Directors, 9 June 2015

Author: Forest Stewardship Council

[Evaluation of the complaint included stakeholder interviews with VRG executives, among others]…[W]e have information showing that VRG occupied land to which it was not entitled by encroaching severely on river corridors and possibly by extending outside its boundaries..The panel considers that these occurrences constitute clear and convincing evidence that VRG was involved in illegal activities in Cambodia…[T]he panel finds that there is clear and convincing evidence that VRG was the beneficiary of human and traditional rights violations mainly but not exclusively carried out by others…[T]he panel concludes that there is clear and convincing evidence that VRG destroyed High Conservation Values of several types during its conversion of forest to rubber plantation…

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