French court drops case of nearly 100 Bunong families in rubber plantation dispute

Members of the Bunong indigenous minority gathered in front of the Mondulkriri provincial hall in 2009 to seek intervention in their land dispute with French-funded firm Socfin-KCD. Supplied

Civil rights groups are decrying the erosion of indigenous land rights after a French court dropped a lawsuit from a collective of 97 Bunong minority families from Mondulkiri province in a long-running dispute with Cambodian rubber plantation firm Socfin-KCD.