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26 May 2022

Author:
Inclusive Development International

Thai Court Greenlights Trial Against Global Sugar Supplier Mitr Phol

26 May 2022

Thailand’s Court of Appeals [...] denied Mitr Phol’s motion to dismiss a historic class action lawsuit filed against the company by plaintiffs representing hundreds of Cambodian families who were violently displaced to make way for one of the Thai sugar giant’s industrial sugar plantations. The case also shines a light on the serious human rights abuses hidden in the supply chains of some of the world’s best known consumer brands.

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While not directly implicated in the lawsuit, consumer brands that source sugar from Mitr Phol have an obligation under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to use all available leverage to address known human rights violations that they are linked to through their business relationships. This includes Mitr Phol’s ongoing failure to provide compensation and other appropriate remedies for the losses and human rights impacts suffered by the evicted families.

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Part of the following timelines

Cambodia: 602 families accuse Mitr Phol Sugar of land confiscation, livestock killing & crop looting in complaint filed with Thai National Human Rights Commission

Thailand: Court allows class action to proceed against Thai sugar firm Mitr Pohl brought by 700 Cambodian families alleging land grabbing