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Rubber boom fuelling SE Asia land grabs: report

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Vietnamese rubber firms bankrolled by an arm of the World Bank and Germany's Deutsche Bank are driving a land-grabbing crisis in Southeast Asia, activists said Monday. 

Undated handout image taken in 2013 and received on May 13, 2013 from environmental group Global Witness shows a woman and her son walking through community rice fields that they lost to a rubber plantation in Laos. Vietnamese rubber firms bankrolled by an arm of the World Bank and Germany's Deutsche Bank are driving a land-grabbing crisis in Southeast Asia, activists said Monday.

Indigenous ethnic minorities are bearing the brunt of the seizures, which have affected tens of thousands of villagers and led to the clearance of swathes of protected forests, according to campaign group Global Witness.

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