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World bank loans prompt credibility questions

The World Bank’s decision earlier this month to resume lending to Cambodia after a five-year moratorium has drawn criticism from development experts.   ...

Sok Khemara
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/world-bank-loans-prompt-credibility-questions/3347308.html

Rubber giant to hear villagers’ complaints

More than 15 months after a Global Witness report revealed that Vietnam’s state-owned rubber giant had illegally cleared land and displaced communities in Cambodia, the company has announced that it will accept and respond to complaints from those whose lives it has damaged. Vietnam Rubber Group, ...

Matt Blomberg
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rubber-giant-to-hear-villagers-complaints-67074/

Aus called out on railway

Rights groups are calling out the Australian government for being “curiously absent” from discussions about further compensation for thousands of families affected by a railway rehabilitation project that it co-funded with the Asian Development Bank. The bank has borne the brunt of criticism over botched resettlement ...

Kevin Ponniah
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/aus-called-out-railway

Worse off than before

In May of 2010, just four days after their family was resettled in Battambang province, two children, accompanied by their sister-in-law, walked to a pond. Stories differ as to why they were there. Rights groups say they went to bathe and collect water. Police claim ...

Daniel de Carteret
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/worse

ANZ Implicated in Sugar Plantation Evictions

Three NGOs on Wednesday called on ANZ Royal Bank to help the hundreds of families who have lost farmland to a sugar plantation that the bank helped to finance in Kompong Speu province. The NGOs also made public a 2013 social and environmental impact assessment of ...

Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/anz-implicated-in-sugar-plantation-evictions-50980/

EU resolution passed against sugar abuses

The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on the bloc’s executive body to urgently act on an EU preferential trade scheme found to have carried high risks of human rights violations in Cambodia through land evictions for industrial sugar development. In a January 16 resolution, ...

Kevin Ponniah
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-resolution-passed-against-sugar-abuses

US House passes B Kak bill

A draft US law that would require the World Bank to regularly report to congress about the condition of families displaced or still living in the Boeung Kak lake area was approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives. The bill includes language that specifically requires the ...

Sean Teehan and Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-house-passes-b-kak-bill

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