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14 Aug 2014

Zsombor Peter, Cambodia Daily

Cambodia: Thai Human Rights Commissioner backs villagers’ claims of land confiscation, other abuses by Mitr Phol Sugar

“Thai Human Rights Body Says Plantations Stole Land”, 14 August 2014

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand…corroborated claims that a Thai sugar company that supplied Coca-Cola has illegally taken land off of villagers in Oddar Meanchey province and violated their human rights, more than a year after the communities filed their complaint with the commission...After a two-day visit to the affected communities this week, Thai human rights commissioner Niran Phitakwatchara said…that he backed the claims against Mitr Phol…In comments it sent in 2012 to Business and Human Rights Resource Center…Mitr Phol said it did not support encroachment on private land or destruction of private property…Late last year, amid mounting pressure from NGOs to clean up its supply chain, Coca-Cola revealed that Mitr Phol was one of its three main global sugar suppliers and announced the launch of an international investigation into the allegations of land grabbing by it and other firms. Coca-Cola sent a team to Cambodia in February to investigate its suppliers here but has yet to release its findings…