Ethnic minorities and indigenous people
Ethnic minorities and indigenous people policy and rights
‘Indigenous people must exercise rights’
While indigenous communities in the Kingdom have largely obtained equal rights, they need to step up their advocacy when facing abuses and threats to their traditions, conservation NGO Save Cambodia’s Wildlife (SCW) said. ...
Under a controversial new plan by the Ministry of Interior, ethnic Vietnamese – some living in Cambodia for generations – begin to see documents revoked
Behind the traffic police station in Kampong Chhnang town, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Tonle Sap, immigration officials gathered thousands of ethnic Vietnamese to begin a nationwide process of revoking “improperly” issued documents this week. The plan to review birth certificates, identity cards, passports ...
Kong Meta and Andrew Nachemson
Call to protect rights of indigenous peoples
The chairman of the National Assembly’s Commission on Legislation and Justice has called for a united effort to safeguard the rights and interests of indigenous peoples. Pen Panha said Cambodia paid attention to indigenous peoples in areas such as tradition, identity, land ownership, and rights to ...
Ethnic education aid sought
The NGO Forum on Cambodia yesterday demanded government funding for higher education for indigenous students to mark World Indigenous Peoples’ Day. ...
Sacred site threatened by construction in Mondulkiri
Villagers in Mondulkiri province are protesting the construction of a Ministry of Mines vocational training centre on a piece of land they say is sacred with cultural significance to people across the province. ...
Phak Seangly and Ananth Baliga
Families in Ratanakkiri file ELC complaint
More than 220 ethnic Tompuon families in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district yesterday filed a complaint to rights group Adhoc over a 2,000-hectare land dispute against an economic land concession. ...
More Montagnards opt to return home
More Montagnard asylum seekers are planning to return to home amid cuts in United Nations-provided food rations.Vivian Tan, regional spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said more than 10 indigenous Christian Montagnards had requested assistance in returning to Vietnam. ...
Alice Cuddy and Phak Seangly
Ministry requests governor response to minorities
The Interior Ministry on Friday released a letter that it sent to Mondolkiri provincial governor Eng Bunheang asking him to respond to a petition—filed last month and thumbprinted by 900 members of 17 ethnic minority Bunong communities—requesting his removal. ...
Firm gives Ratanakkiri minorities cash for ceremony
Representatives of 14 ethnic minority communities in Ratanakkiri province on Friday accepted $1,700 each from Vietnamese rubber company Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) to buy a buffalo and hold a ceremony to appease the spirits that had been disturbed by the firm’s plantations. ...
Khuon Narim and Matt Blomberg
Youth lead tribal push for development
The move toward modernity and development is often represented in numbers: growth in GDP, wellness indicators and many other kinds of statistics. ...
Ros Chanveasna and Raquel Bacay
Hundreds of minority villagers seek M’kiri governor’s ouster
A group of 900 Bunong villagers are seeking the removal of the governor of Mondolkiri, complaining in a petition that was submitted to the government Monday that he does not respect the rights of ethnic minorities in the province. ...
Villagers in Cambodia’s Stung Treng say waterway contaminated by local sawmill
Indigenous villagers in northeastern Cambodia’s Stung Treng province on Monday called for an investigation into a saw mill they say has polluted their local waterway and caused residents to contract a skin disease. ...