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Environmental Group Urges Laos to Support Complaint Mechanism

RFA, 31 Dec 2014

An environmental advocacy group has called on the government of Laos to ensure that a Vietnamese state-owned rubber group operating in the country is adhering to the law and upholding the rights of villagers affected by its plantations. Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which is majority owned by the Vietnamese government, agreed in July to set up a system through which it resolves issues raised in citizen’s complaints and inquiries concerning two of its plantations in Champasak and Savannakhet provinces within 30 days.

Complaint launched after land grabbing Vietnam Rubber Group certified ‘OK’

Global Witness, 10 September 2014

Vietnam rubber giant to address issues raised by displaced communities

Vientiane Times, 28 August 2014

The state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) will directly resolve all issues raised by villagers affected by its plantations in Laos and Cambodia, Thanh Nien News reported. A large area of land in Laos has been given over to rubber plantations under concessions awarded to large companies.

The report by the news agency, which is run by Vietnam’s Youth Association, referred to Global Witness’ requests that VRG improve its communication with communities affected by the company’s plantations in the two countries.

New report on land and forest “grabs” in Cambodia and Laos

Press Release, Global Witness, 14 May, 2013

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Deutsche Bank are financing Vietnamese rubber companies driving a wave of land and forest “grabs” in Cambodia and Laos, according to a new report and film by Global Witness.

The report, “Rubber Barons”, reveals how a pervasive culture of secrecy around plantation investments in the region has allowed two of Vietnam’s largest companies, Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and the state-owned Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), to acquire more than 200,000 hectares of land through a series of deals with the Lao and Cambodian governments that lack transparency.

New international land deals database reveals rush to buy up Africa

Guardian,

Almost 5% of Africa’s agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000, according to an international coalition of researchers and NGOs that has released the world’s largest public database of international land deals. The database, launched on Thursday, lifts the lid on a decade of secretive deals struck by governments, investors and speculators seeking large tracts of fertile land in developing countries around the world.

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