Cambodian companies tied to abuses promoted by UN program, rights group alleges

The United Nations Development Programme’s internal watchdog is reviewing a complaint that a project led by the agency is platforming companies linked to human and environmental rights abuses.

A rights group in Cambodia has accused a United Nations project of promoting private sector actors tied to human rights and environmental abuses.

The U.N. Development Programme’s SDG Impact – Private Sector Capital project includes the SDG Investor Platform and Cambodia SDG Investor Map, which aim to assist in facilitating investment in Cambodian companies.

The complaint, filed by the organization Licadho, alleges a failure in the UNDP’s due diligence prior to establishing the project, resulting in companies alleged of abusing rights and environmental crimes being listed as potential investment opportunities.

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