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Article

2 Apr 2014

Author:
Mu Sochua, Member of Parliament in Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

Blood sugar: Made in Cambodia

…Cambodia is facing a human-rights crisis in the form of land grabbing and often-violent forced evictions by sugarcane plantations whose crops are destined for the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the European Union. As a consequence of the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade pact with Cambodia, sugar has become big business here over the past half-decade…I am writing to request that you, in your capacity as UK trade envoy to Cambodia, do everything in your power to push the Cambodian government to deliver on its so-far-unfulfilled promises to protect the rights and livelihoods of its citizens as our economy advances…