Bangkok court admits Cambodia farmers’ lawsuit against Thai sugar firm

A Bangkok court on Friday agreed to grant class action status to more than 700 Cambodian families suing a Thai sugar firm for evicting them from their homes, a lawsuit that human rights experts see as a test case for transboundary disputes.

The lawsuit against Asia’s largest sugar producer Mitr Phol, for the evictions in 2008-09, is the first class-action lawsuit filed in a Thai court by plaintiffs from another country against a Thai company operating outside Thailand.

A lower court had earlier denied class action status on grounds including the villagers’ lack of Thai language skills.

In full: https://in.reuters.com/article/thailand-cambodia-landrights/update-1-bangkok-court-admits-cambodia-farmers-lawsuit-against-thai-sugar-firm-idINL5N2F24KV

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