Social development

Ethnic minorities and indigenous people

Half of high school dropouts in Ratanakiri are indigenous

Ratanakiri provincial authorities are concerned as almost half of the high school dropouts in the province are students from indigenous communities. ...

Chhun Sunly

Indigenous communities urge action on collective land titles

Just 38 indigenous communities out of 455 have received communal land titles since the government first made them available in 2009, with indigenous activists and rights groups bemoaning the notoriously slow process. ...

Son Sarak

Ecotourism gives ethic community new hope

Ecotourism has turned a struggling community into one with higher incomes, an upgraded road and new school and health services. ...

Sok Haingkheang

Cambodia’s indigenous peoples struggle with digital literacy on eve of elections

Lek Karry has been using a smartphone for nearly two years but the grade 12 student admits she still struggles to distinguish between real and fake information online. ...

Tuy Engly

PM urges creation of new art works focusing on national identity

Prime Minister Hun Sen has encouraged the creation of new and creative works of art with a focus on national image and identity. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Indigenous community banned from farming over unclear zoning in Areng valley

 Preav Hun cultivated bananas and mangos in the Areng valley of the Cardamom mountains for more than 25 years, but for the past six months Ministry of Environment officials have banned him and his indigenous Chorng neighbors from farming as the government rezones the protected ...

Seoung Nimol

ICT seminar for teachers in Kratie and Mondulkiri

With an eye on the future, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) has organised a special training seminar in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by school administrators and teachers of multilingual education at the primary level. ...

Nang Veasna

Culture minister calls to protect artifacts and heritage buildings

Minister of Culture and Fine arts Phoeurng Sackona called on authorities from three key ministries to join forces to help protect antiquities and heritage buildings from vandalism and demolition. ...

Hang Punreay

Indigenous groups warn: ‘we will be slaves on our land’

Communities are already facing lawsuits for traditional farming practices and seeing encroachment on ancestral lands as new draft laws are set to further erode protections, indigenous groups warned in a forum with government officials on Wednesday. ...

Keat Soriththeavy

Fears grow as draft laws leave out ‘indigenous,’ allow hunting

Changes to forestry and protected area laws are proceeding without enough public input, communities say, as drafts introduce hunting licenses and remove wording about ethnic minorities. The country’s Protected Areas Law and Forestry Law are being amended by the environment and agriculture ministries, respectively, sparking growing ...

Keat Soriththeavy

Five Preah Vihear community representatives released after questioning over death threat allegations in long-standing land dispute

Preah Vihear Provincial Court last week questioned five community representatives from Prame commune over allegations that they had issued a death threat to a man who had been clearing contested land in Tbeng Meanchey district. ...

Phon Sotthyroth

Pounong indigenous people in Mondulkiri province complain to local authorities for failing to prevent forest crimes

Four forestry community representatives in Mondulkiri province have filed a complaint with local authorities against the provincial prosecutor’s office, accusing them of failing to prevent forest crime in a timely manner. ...

Va Sopheanut

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri province accuse an official and a tycoon of conspiring to take nearly 36 hectares of their land

On December 6, 2022, 10 indigenous people submitted their petitions to the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, and the Office of the Council of Ministers to seek the intervention to help resolve their land disputes. ...

Khut Sokun

Bunong Residents Say Gov’t Gave Community Land to Tycoon

Indigenous Bunong families from Mondulkiri are petitioning government institutions about 255 hectares of community land transferred to a tycoon amid nationwide state-land privatizations. ...

Khut Sokun and Saut Sok Prathna

Young indigenous women live in the society that lack of information

Young indigenous women and people working to support the development of indigenous women found that young indigenous women live in a situation where information is lacking due to social perspective and public service. ...

Chea Sokny

Kun Lbokator inscribed on representative list of intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Kun Lbokator, Cambodia’s traditional martial art, has just been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Indigenous representatives in Mondulkiri seek Prime Minister's intervention to keep community land

Representatives of indigenous peoples in Mondulkiri province file a petition at the office of Prime Minister Hun Sen to keep more than 200 hectares of community land for residents and stop giving that land to a private company for development that will affect their livelihood. ...

Saut Sokprathna

Pounong indigenous peoples ask Mondulkiri Provincial Authorities to take action against those clearing their faith mountain

Indigenous people in Laoka village, Sokdom commune, Sen Monorom city, Mondulkiri province, request the authorities to take action to prevent the clearing of the mountainous land, which is a place of worship and the extraction of non-timber forest products as they claim that the perpetrators ...

Meng Kroypunlok

Indigenous people gather in front of Kampong Thom Provincial Court as a witness testifies in their land case

On Friday, more than 20 representatives of the Kuy indigenous group in Ngon commune, Sandan district, Kampong Thom province gathered in front of the Kampong Thom Provincial Court while an indigenous witness testifies to the case of their representative involved in a land dispute. ...

Khut Sokun

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