Three months after local human rights group Adhoc reported that a Vietnamese-owned rubber company had cleared 150 hectares of communal forest in Ratanakkiri province, Jarai ethnic minority villagers and Adhoc said Monday that illegal logging is continuing on land outside the company’s economic land concession (ELC). On Sunday, Adhoc sent five representatives of a communal forestry committee made up of Jarai residents from Lom village in O’Yadaw district’s Paknhai commune to investigate claims that the deforestation was ongoing, said Chhay Thy, an investigator for Adhoc. Mr. Thy said that the group found six Vietnamese nationals cutting trees outside
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