More than 100 ethnic Lao families living in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district filed a complaint last week with local officials and rights group Adhoc accusing a private agro-industrial firm of illegally logging inside the protected Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary. District and commune officials on Sunday confirmed that illegal logging was occurring inside the sanctuary, but said they were powerless to stop it and that only the provincial environment department could do so. Chhay Thy, provincial coordinator for Adhoc, said that on Tuesday, 124 indigenous families from Chey Uddom commune’s Sre Chhouk village filed the complaint claiming that employees of
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