Investigate land-grabbers in Cambodia and revoke their trade preferences.
  • Petitioned Karl de Gucht

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European Commissioner for Trade
Karl de Gucht

Investigate land-grabbers in Cambodia and revoke their trade preferences.

    1. Clean Sugar Campaign
    2. Petition by

      Clean Sugar Campaign

      Burnsville, NC

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodian small-scale farmers have been forcibly displaced by private firms that have been granted large scale land concessions for agro-industrial plantations in the last decade. Stripped of their land, crops and productive base, affected families have been forced to make a choice: toil on the big plantations growing sugarcane, cassava and rubber for irregular wages or starve. Those who resist have been thrown in jail and sometimes shot dead by armed forces contracted by the companies to forcibly evict villages lying within their land concessions. Appalled? Well, get this...

The European Union is subsiding these crimes by granting the perpetrators preferential access to the European market under the trade scheme Everything But Arms (EBA). This initiative is intended to benefit poor countries and assist their development by allowing them to sell their goods in Europe without quotas or tariffs. In Cambodia, however, the EBA is having the opposite effect with respect to agro-industrial investment and trade. This industry has uprooted and impoverished a significant segment of the Cambodian population, while the benefits have remained concentrated in the hands of a business and political elite.

EU regulations call for the withdrawal of trade preferences from products tied to serious and serious human rights abuses. Cambodian civil society groups have been calling upon the EU to investigate the abuses and revoke trade benefits from companies that steal people's land and abuse their rights. So far, the EU Trade Commissioner has refused to heed their call.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bunny Hieng SACRAMENTO, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Hun Sen Administration is only looking to self profit and abusing poor people Khmer people.

    • obert heymnnn LE BLANC, FRANCE
      • about 2 years ago

      pas et faisons savoir, qu'au nom du profit,n'importe quoi se fait, au mépris de l'intéret du citoyen.

    • Rachelle Adam WINTHROP, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Landgrabbing has to stop, whether in Cambodia, Africa, and other countries where weak and corrupt governments let foreign companies exploit their own peoples' land, their only source of sustenance and livelihood. The Euroepan Union must not be part of these inhuman and corrupt practices. Please put an immediate stop to to the EBA trade scheme with Cambodia, and then investigating.

    • Saudaneth K. Keo LONG BEACH, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Farmers should not be force against their own will. There must be an agreement between land owners and business investors. EU has the responsibilities to investigate any abuse or corruptions prior to the decision.


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