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Report calls out Pheap [Cambodia]

Author: May Titthara, Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia), Published on: 19 November 2013

Logging tycoon Try Pheap’s rapidly expanding land empire, criticised by rights groups for displacing families and encroaching on protected forest areas, has grown to almost 70,000 hectares in size and is helping to facilitate a cross-border illegal logging operation, a report [by Cambodian Human Rights Task Force]…alleges…[A] company representative…denied allegations of illegal activity. “Our company does not log illegally,” he said…“We buy wood that has been seized by the authorities…The money goes to the state. We do not export it. We process it in Phnom Penh as furniture.” He said allegations made about the companies’ practices were spurious, and villagers were given adequate compensation when they were relocated...[refers to MDS Import Export, Pheapimex, Shukaku]

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