Cambodian villagers to appeal Thai court’s rejection of suit against sugar giant

Bangkok – Cambodian villagers will appeal a Thai court decision rejecting their class action lawsuit against Thailand’s biggest sugar producer, complaining of rights abuses, a non-profit group said on Friday.

The class action lawsuit, filed in April last year on behalf of more than 3,000 Cambodian plaintiffs, accused the Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol of violently displacing them in Cambodia’s northwestern Oddar Meanchey province between 2008 and 2009 to make way for plantations.

Mitr Phol said it had invested in Cambodia in “a good faith partnership” with the Cambodian government and got temporary concessions in compliance with all local and national laws.

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