Posts Tagged ‘Kambodscha’

EU/Kambodscha: Everything but Arms?!

Donnerstag, April 18th, 2013

“European Parliament calls upon Commission to investigate and halt human rights abuses linked to EBA in Cambodia

The European Parliament, representing one of the country’s largest donors, on Friday called for a moratorium on forced evictions, an overhaul of elections and even went so far as to suggest to the European Union that it suspend tariff-free imports of agricultural goods linked to human rights abuses in Cambodia.

In the body’s motion, seven distinct areas of concern are listed, ranging from a rise in violence against protesters to specific cases such as that of Mam Sonando.

The parliament then calls for a number of recommendations, the strongest of which is that the EU’s decision-making body, the European Commission, temporarily halt its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) trade agreement with the Cambodian government – which allows Cambodian goods free access to European markets – “in cases where human rights abuses are identified”.

European Parliament Resolution on the situation in Cambodia (English)

European Parliament Resolution on the situation in Cambodia (Khmer)

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(Quelle: Clean Sugar Campaign.)

Siehe auch:

European Parliamentarians again call on Commission to act on blood sugar: When will they listen?

Global: Die wunderbare Welt des CO2 (Teil 1)

Dienstag, Dezember 4th, 2012

Klima_1.1

(Tabelle aus: United Nations Environment Programme: The Emissions Gap Report 2012, S. 16, 17
Download des o. g. Reports hier.)

 

(Quelle: United Nations Environment Programme: The Emissions Gap Report 2012)

Thailand: Hmmm, Meeresfrüchte

Dienstag, Juli 17th, 2012

“Migrant workers protest

Published: 12/04/2012 at 06:40 PM
Online news:


Recent protests by thousands of migrant workers in Songkla and Kanchanaburi has exposed further evidence of how Thai exporters to giant American, European and Australian food chains have gone unaudited.

Thousands of Cambodian and Burmese workers claimed during strikes early this month at Pattana Seafood factory in Songkla they were being seriously exploited. They accused their employer of reducing meal allowances, docking their pay for so called "bondage payments" and holding their passports to prevent them from leaving.

One of the striking workers said the company has reduced their food allowance (20 baht per day) and decreased the attendance bonus (from 400 baht every two weeks to 300 baht per month) from the new wage of 247 baht since April 1.

The company and the broker CDM Trading Manpower, the workers said, have sent away a few hundred people who wanted to return home, but the others either could not make a decision or continued to argue for their rights, such as whether they had to pay to get their passports back and for transportation.

They said after April 19, the company will deal with the labour problem again, sources said.

Thai labour authorities said they were monitoring the situation and believe the resentment stems from misunderstandings due to the language barrier.

Pattana Seafood has had no strikes at its other branches in Samut Sakhon’s Mahachai and Chantaburi, Anusorn Kraiwatnussorn, the vice labour minister said.

“In Mahachai, they may have Burmese interlocutors that might help fine-tune internal communications between employers and employees, while in Chantaburi, they might have Khmer-speaking people who clarifies things to the workers. But not so in Songkla,” Mr Anusorn told the Bangkok Post.

Company representatives could not provide adequate information and claimed there was no labour problem at the Songkla factory.

Pattana Seafood is a key exporter of seafood to Australia, the US and Europe. According to American labour union sources, the company is a large supplier of shrimp to Walmart.

Cambodian ambassador to Thailand You Ay told the Bangkok Post said she has told the CDM broker who brought in 800 workers from Cambodia to work at the Songkla factory to settle the issue quickly and smoothly or she will appeal to her government to withdraw its licence in Phnom Penh.

“Now, 90% of the protesters have agreed to a settled deal. Those who are satisfied with the work and wage-payment conditions can continue to stay there, but for those who want a new job, CDM will see to it,” Ms You Ay said.

She said she has communicated with the factory and CDM and advised the workers to respect Thai labour laws and not to resort to any violence.

The Cambodian ambassador said the problem was that the factory is cutting the food allowance of 20 baht as it had agreed to increase the daily wage from 147 baht to 274 baht from April 1. But they have not been able to settle the issue with the workers.

UN sources confirmed the hasty, and at times illegal, migration routes of the Cambodian workers coming to the Songkla factory. For example, 20-year-old Sok from Kampong Thom, who learnt of the work opportunity through a CDM Trading Manpower Co advertisement, signed a Khmer/English contract that he did not read.

CDM told them that the length of the contract would be two years, and after it expired they would provide transport back to Cambodia. They would also provide a room to stay, a mattress, pillow, plate and a food allowance.

But when he got to Thailand, he found he had to work 26 days a month. He got his salary every two weeks, but half was withheld to ensure he did not run away. “Most of the workers wanted to go home, but we will be in debt from preparing to travel and an unknown amount we are told to pay to get passports and transportation,” he said.

Similar conditions exist for 395 Burmese workers, who came in groups between October and February, Burmese sources said.

A separate protest was also reported at Vita, a pineapple canning factory in Kanchanaburi province on April 11. Sources said a stand-off between the factory and the workers, thousands of them from neighbouring Myanmar, remained tense with local police called in to ensure no violence.

The Vita company is a key supplier of food to Walmart. According to US Customs Import, 356 of 485 shipments from Vita to the US — or 73 per cent — went to Walmart under the “Great Value” private label of Walmart.”

 

(Quelle: Bangkok Post.)

Kambodscha: Land Grabbing…

Freitag, April 27th, 2012
 

 

(Quelle: YouTube.)

Siehe auch:

Save Boeung Kak
Landraub in Kambodscha

BRD: Die Öko-Lüge an der Zapfsäule

Freitag, März 2nd, 2012

“E10: Landraub für unseren Tank – Beimischungsquote fördert Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Afrika

Köln, 1. März 2012. Die Beimischungsquote für Agrartreibstoffe (Stichwort ‘E10′) führt zu Vertreibungen und Hunger in Afrika. Damit tragen EU und Bundesregierung zur Verletzung des Rechts auf Nahrung bei, fördern riesige Agrarplantagen und konterkarieren damit ihre eigenen Anstrengungen, Kleinbauern zu fördern und den dortigen Hunger zu bekämpfen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine Studie der Menschenrechtsorganisation FIAN, die diese Woche der Europäischen Kommission vorgestellt wurde.

Der UN Sonderberichterstatter zum Recht auf Nahrung, Olivier De Schutter, hob bei der Vorstellung der Studie in Brüssel hervor, dass die EU bei ihrer Biosprit-Gesetzgebung in 2009 (Renewable Energy Directive) von falschen Annahmen bezüglich der globalen Auswirkungen ausgegangen ist. „Die negativen Auswirkungen wie Landraub und Anstieg der Nahrungsmittelpreise sind nicht mehr wegzudiskutieren“, so Roman Herre, Agrarreferent von FIAN. „Die EU muss die Reißleine ziehen und die Zwangsbeimischung streichen.“ VertreterInnen afrikanischer Bauernorganisationen forderten die EU auf, alle Anreize für eine globale Agrartreibstoffproduktion abzuschaffen. Der Zusammenhang zwischen Landnahmen, dem so genannten Land Grabbing, und Agrartreibstoffen ist gewaltig. 66 Prozent aller großflächigen Landnahmen in Afrika werden getätigt, um Agrartreibstoffe zu produzieren. „Die EU fördert mit ihrem künstlich geschaffenen Markt diesen Landraub erheblich,“ so Roman Herre. „Anstatt die Automobilindustrie zu Autos mit etwas weniger Verbrauch zu verpflichten und so den Treibhauseffekt effektiv zu bekämpfen werden Ackerflächen in Afrika für unseren Energiehunger okkupiert.“

„Wir importieren nicht nur fertigen Biosprit, sondern auch jede Menge Soja oder Zuckerrohr um das dann hier in Europa in Agrartreibstoffe umzuwandeln – das wird gerne verschwiegen.“ erklärt Roman Herre. So wurden schon 2008 knapp 40 Prozent der Agrartreibstoffe in die EU importiert. 2010 hat die EU unter anderem Agrartreibstoffe aus Hungerländern wie dem Sudan und Kambodscha bezogen.
Europäische Investoren spielen bei der Landnahme in Afrika eine prominente Rolle. FIAN fordert die Bundesregierung daher auf, deutsche Investoren – Firmen und Finanzinvestoren – effektiv zu kontrollieren und zur Rechenschaft ziehen, falls diese in Menschenrechtsverletzungen verwickelt sind.

Kontakt: Roman Herre, Agrarreferent, FIAN Deutschland, 0176-76145926, r.herre@fian.de

Die Studie, die im Auftrag der Plattform EuropAfrica erstellt wurde, sowie die Zusammenfassung der Ergebnisse und Empfehlungen stehen auf Englisch zum Download bereit:

http://www.europafrica.info/en/publications/biofueling-injustice

 

(Quelle: FIAN.)

Klima: Sackgasse CDM?

Samstag, November 26th, 2011

“CDM does not reduce emissions. Leaving fossil fuels in the ground does

By Chris Lang, 18th November 2011

Last month, I took part in a meeting in Bangkok about carbon markets in Southeast Asia. Much of the discussion during the meeting involved the complexities and details of the Clean Development Mechansim, but the two points in the headline came across clearly.

Below is an article I wrote about the meeting for the World Rainforest Movement. In a separate post, I’ll post a version of the presentation that I gave at the workshop.

CDM does not reduce emissions. Leaving fossil fuels in the ground does

Published in WRM Bulletin No. 172, November 2011

Last month, I was in Bangkok for a meeting about carbon markets in southeast Asia. It was ironic to be discussing a false solution to climate change when large areas of Thailand were underwater and floods were threatening the capital. (While we cannot say that this particular flood was caused by climate change, we can say that this type of flood will become more common as the planet continues to warm.)

The Bangkok meeting was organised by CDM-Watch and Focus on the Global South with participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia. The meeting highlighted two distinct problems with CDM projects:

  1. Because CDM is a carbon trading mechanism, it does not reduce emissions; and
  2. Several CDM projects are in themselves destructive and create serious impacts for local communities and their environments.

“The CDM has never been designed to reduce emissions,” said Jacques-Chai Chomthongdi of Focus on the Global South. “Even worse is that there are no measures in place that address negative environmental and social impacts.”

For several years, International Rivers has been monitoring how CDM hydropower projects are not additional, because they would have gone ahead anyway, without assistance from the CDM. At the Bangkok meeting, Carl Middleton, of Chulalongkorn University, spoke about the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia, which is currently under validation as a CDM project. Financing for the project was secured in 2006 from the China Exim Bank and construction of the dam is expected to be finished this year. “It is impossible to assume that this project is additional,” Middleton commented. The dam will flood 2,000 hectares of lands including part of the Bokor National Park. “No intention has been communicated to address the severe environmental impacts it will cause,” Middleton added.

International Rivers maintains a database of hydropower projects in the CDM project pipeline. As of 29 October 2011, 1975 hydro projects with an installed capacity of 86,439 MW had applied for CDM credits, more than two-thirds of which are in China.

Nichakan Yuenyao is a local researcher from a community affected by a biomass power project in Surin Province in Thailand. She spoke at the meeting about the impacts that the community is suffering as a result of this supposedly “clean development” project. She explained that air pollution from the project was a problem, leading to lung diseases and skin problems. One villager told her he has to keep his doors and windows closed all day in an attempt to keep the dust out of his house. Noise is also a problem and after four years of operation, the biomass plant has affected villagers’ water supplies.

Another speaker was Patrick Bürgi, one of the co-founders of carbon trading company South Pole Carbon Asset Management. “Some of these environmental impacts could be easily addressed, for example by adding dust nets or sprinkling water,” he said. “The problem is that there is no enforcement mechanism in place.” Which is quite an admission, coming from a proponent of CDM projects.

During his presentation, Bürgi explained that, “CDM is about money transferred from the developed world to the developing world to finance projects that will help climate change mitigation.” Since this is not true, I asked Bürgi to confirm that in fact CDM does not reduce emissions, because it is a carbon trading mechanism. While emissions may be reduced in one place, selling carbon credits allows pollution elsewhere to continue. CDM is “at its best a zero sum game”, as then-chair of the CDM Executive Board, Lex de Jonge put it in 2009.

In addition to Bürgi, the panel included Bo Riisgaard Pedersen of the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy and Sudeep Kodialbail of SGS a CDM Designated Operational Entity. Although they nodded while I was asking the question, they were somewhat reluctant to acknowledge in so many words that CDM does not reduce emissions. Eventually Kodialbail acknowledged the point (sort of). “If you look at the UNFCCC website, it’s very interesting when you read it because they don’t use the word reduce, they use the word stabilise,” he said.

Hearing this, I jumped up. “It doesn’t reduce,” I shouted. “Can we have this in big letters? CDM does not reduce emissions. It’s true. CDM does not reduce emissions. Can we all agree?”

It turns out that we could agree. “You are quite right saying that CDM as such does not lead to net reduction of emissions,” Bürgi replied.

For me, the highlight of the meeting came towards the end when Jerome Whitington of the National University of Singapore talked about a proposal that he and colleagues are working on for a strict cap on fossil energy extraction – in other words a planned phase out of coal, oil and natural gas mining.

In 2007, before the UN climate meeting in Bali, journalist George Monbiot made a similar suggestion and pointed out that, “The talks in Bali will be meaningless unless they produce a programme for leaving fossil fuels in the ground.” Four years later, with greenhouse gases rising by a record amount last year, it is about time that this simple solution to runaway climate change was taken seriously.”

 

(Quelle: redd-monitor.org)