In Cambodia today, hundreds of thousands of people are being
alienated from their homes, farmlands, forests and fisheries as the country’s
ruling elites and foreign investors plunder the country for private profit in
the name of ‘development’. In rural
areas, more than 2 million hectares – 12 percent of Cambodia’s total landmass –
has been granted to private companies as concessions for the development of
Forest clearing, sand-dredging and large-scale seizure of
productive land threaten the ecological balance and the livelihoods and food
security of rural families. Dozens of rural and indigenous communities have
been forcibly evicted and rendered homeless by land concessions in the last
five years, while considerably more have faced economic displacement in the
form of reduced access to farming and grazing land, and the destruction of
forests that they have used for generations for collecting food and forest
products. Despite legislative protections and constitutional and statutory
recognition of rights, affected and at-risk families are unable to protect
their rights or seek legal recourse because of the weak and corrupt state of
legal institutions in Cambodia.
Sugarcane is the one of the leading ‘boom crops’ driving the
Cambodian land-grabbing frenzy today. Over the last several years, there has
been a rapid expansion in the Cambodian sugar industry, with at least 75,000
hectares in land concessions being granted to private companies for industrial
sugarcane production. Rights observers have documented serious and widespread
human rights abuses and environmental damage caused by these companies
affecting more than 12,000 people.
The Clean Sugar Campaign is a coalition of affected
communities and non-governmental organizations working to:
human rights abuses and environmental damage caused by the Cambodian sugar
about a just resolution for the individuals and communities who have been
harmed by the industry; and
that the agricultural development and trade policies benefit smallholder
farmers and local communities.
Visit www.boycottbloodsugar.net for more information.
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