By Georgia Wilkins
April 16, 2012
Trong chuyến thăm Úc nhân dịp lễ năm mới Khmer, Mu Sochua, nghị sỹ đảng đối lập SRPđã kêu gọi Chính phủ Úc chấm dứt sự dính lúi của các công ty Úc nhận đất tô nhượng ở CPC , vì cho rằng sẽ tiếp tay cho vi phạm nhân quyền làm mất kế sinh nhai của hàng triệu dân CPC.
Mu Sochua trao đổi với the Cambodian community and Greens MPs about the issue.
She says the Cambodian government has given away 2.5 million hectares of land – 13.8 per cent of the country – to domestic and international agricultural firms, and an additional 1.9 million hectares to mining companies to explore for gold and other precious metals.
“Cambodia is for sale,” she said. ”China is the biggest beneficiary of economic land concessions. Australian companies are in the north-east, in indigenous areas. We are talking about thousands of hectares of land.”
According to Cambodians for Resource Revenue Transparency, Australian mining companies have received at least 20 mining concessions spread over at least six companies, with licences to explore more than 760,000 hectares in total.
Australian companies Southern Gold and Indochine Mining Limited have some of the biggest stakes in the country, with Indochine licensed to explore 431,000 hectares.
Ms Mu said it was unclear how many Australian agricultural firms were operating in Cambodia, but that Australia had long invested in the sector.