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31 Jan 2014

Zsombor Peter, Cambodia Daily

EU Parliamentarian Probes Sugar Plantations in Cambodia

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A member of the European Parliament is in Cambodia investigating agri-business firms accused of evicting hundreds of families while benefiting from a free-trade scheme with Europe worth millions of dollars, according to the NGO Equitable Cambodia. The visit from France’s Patrice Tirolien follows a resolution the European Parliament passed…urging the European Commission to act on a 2013 report by local NGOs detailing evictions and land grabs by sugar plantations profiting from duty-free export to Europe under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme…[refers to Angkor Sugar & Tate & Lyle]

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Cambodia: Phnom Penh Sugar Director welcomes “objective look” at company’s work but prefers any probe on alleged abuses be in company’s hands rather than the EU

Koh Kong sugar plantation lawsuits (re Cambodia)