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Article

17 Apr 2013

Author:
Sugaronline.com [UK]

Cambodia: Tate & Lyle defends land deal

A U.K. firm being sued by 200 Cambodian farmers over the loss of their land to two sugar plantations has defended its business dealings, claiming that the affected families were dealt with legally and were properly compensated for the loss of their properties. Local farmers and human rights groups accuse two sugar plantations-both majority owned by Thailand's Khon Kaen Sugar, a subsidiary of the KSL Group-of forcing some 400 families in Koh Kong province off their farms or out of their homes since 2006, some of them violently. Two hundred of the families filed a suit against Britain's Tate & Lyle company, which buys sugar from the Cambodian plantations...[They claim that] Tate & Lyle, by profiting off that land, owes them compensation for their loss…