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18 Jul 2012

compiled by Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

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

In June-July 2012, a group of affected communities and NGOs launched a campaign aiming to "stop the sugar industry from bleeding Cambodian farmers by taking their land". It stated that the sugarcane concessions "have led to the destruction of protected forests, the pollution of water sources, and the forced displacement and dispossession of hundreds of families...Crops have been razed. Animals have been shot. Homes have been burned to the ground. Thousands of people have been left destitute. Some have been thrown in jail for daring to protest." It called on both companies producing the sugar in Cambodia and companies that have purchased sugar from these producers "to provide restitution to those who have lost their land, homes and livelihoods to make way for their plantations". Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the five companies named to respond to [items raising these concerns. Includes responses from Ve Wong, Mitr Phol Group. Tate & Lyle declined to respond. American Sugar Refining/Domino Sugar and Khon Kaen Sugar (part of KSL Group) did not respond.]