Bittersweet Dispute: Business, Human Rights and the Sugarcane Plantation in Cambodia

Authors

อ.ดร.วัชรชัย จิรจินดากุล

Published

NIDA International Conference for Case Studies on Development Administration 2018 (NIDA-ICCS 2018)

Abstract

This paper examines the problem of sugar business and human rights in Cambodia.
Drawing by the European Union’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) preferential trade scheme
for least developed countries, the paper analyses how the Thai sugar companies and
Cambodian tycoon have severely caused the forced evictions, land grabbing and other
human rights violations in Kampong Speu and Oddar Meanchey, Koh Kong, Cambodia.
In raising business ethics, public awareness and moving the United Nation’s Guiding
Principles on Business and Human Rights, the paper questions the roles and powers of
states, transnational corporations, civil society and communities in empowering social
justice in Cambodia; put specifically, it asks how the lawsuit and non-legal dispute
resolution in Thailand preserve the Cambodian villagers suffering from the violations in the
sugarcane plantation industry.
The paper shows that the villagers have been for years facing struggles in accessing
justice quickly, effectively and fairly. In seeking the redress for the victims, the paper argues
that the class action lawsuit is a powerful tool, though costly and complicated, for
remediation and advocacy. The Song Mao v. Tate & Lyle Industries Ltd. case has been
purposively selected to compare and analyze with the lawsuit in Thailand.

Bittersweet Dispute: Business, Human Rights and the Sugarcane Plantation in Cambodia.. NIDA, NIDA International Conference for Case Studies on Development Administration 2018 (NIDA-ICCS) (121-136).