Thai Sugar Company Accused of Rights Abuse in Cambodia

A Thai sugar company with major shares in Cambodian sugar cane is being investigated for human rights violations in operations along the border between the two countries.

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand recently investigated allegations that villagers were forced from their homes to make way for plantations of the three companies: Angkor Sugar, Tonle Sugar Cane, and Cane and Sugar Valley.

The three of them have lands totaling 20,000 hectares, all granted in 2008 with 70-year leases and used by Mitr Phol, Thailand’s leading producer and exporter of sugar, and its largest producer in Asia. …

Suy Heimkhemra