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1 Sep 2017

Indigenous Voice of Asia,
Indigenous Voice of Asia,
Indigenous Voice of Asia

Cambodia: Preah Vihear communities report human rights violations by Chinese sugar companies to UNWG on BHR

"Cambodia: Communities in Preah Vihear affected by sugarcane concessions of Chinese companies submit information to the UN Working Group on business and human rights," 29 August 2017

Communities in Preah Vihear province of Cambodia affected by sugarcane concessions of Chinese companies...submitted information on the violations of their human rights to the UN Working Group on business and human rights….

According to the information from the communities, five companies (Heng Nong, Heng Rui, Lan Feng, Heng You, and Rui Feng), which are subsidiaries of Hengfu Group Sugar Industry based in China, have economic land concessions of 42,422 hectares in area in Preah Vihear. …All five companies have allegedly failed to respect the human rights of the communities and destroyed their environment, economy and cultures.

“The corruption of local authorities and neglect by the Cambodian government and the companies in addressing our demands have exacerbated the impacts,” the submission reads.

The affected communities have demanded that the the Cambodian government immediately cancel all five concessions of Hengfu in Preah Vihear province….

The communities have thus urged the Working Group to communicate, without any delay, with the Cambodian and Chinese governments, Hengfu and its subsidiaries…to address their demands.


Note: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre previously approached the company on the same allegations but it did not respond. The story can be viewed here.

Heng Yue's contract can be viewed at openlandcontracts.org