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Cambodia : Cambodian farmers battle in landmark lawsuit against Thai sugar firm

Jun 12, 2019 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) --

As a young woman living in Cambodia's northwest Oddar Meanchey province, Hoy Mai witnessed some of the fiercest fighting and atrocities during the reign of the Khmer Rouge.

Two decades on she is preparing for a different and landmark battle, one against Thai sugar company Mitr Phol that she accuses of violently forcing her family off their land and burning their home to make way for plantations.

The lawsuit against Asia's largest sugar producer, filed on behalf of about 3,000 people, is the first class-action lawsuit filed in a Thai court by plaintiffs from another country against a Thai company operating outside Thailand.

"It was the first time that we got involved with the police, lawyers and a lawsuit. But we had no other choice," said Hoy Mai, 56, who was arrested in 2009 for protesting the loss of her land and spent eight months in prison.

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