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Thai Human Rights Commission blazes the trail in hearing transnational human rights cases

Author: Earthrights International [USA], Published on: 4 October 2011

...Transnational cases are the most viable legal option when domestic options are unavailable or ineffective. Often, these cases are brought in the homes of American and European corporations. In August of this year, however, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand carved its niche in regional human rights promotion when it heard a case about violations in Sre Ambel District, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. The case involves sugar land concessions in Cambodia, the process of acquiring which was fraught with violence in the form of land confiscation from locals with strong legal claims to the land, killing of livestock, and threats by armed security groups. The Thai connection is a Thai company (Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Public Company Limited or KSL) that has 70% investment in and effective operational control over the two companies holding the Cambodian concessions (Koh Kong Plantation Co., Ltd. and Koh Kong Sugar Industry Co., Ltd.)...

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