Economic, social and cultural rights

Land and housing rights and evictions

Officials demolish 49 illegal huts in Siem Reap

After the authorities on Friday and Saturday dismantled 49 of some 1,000 huts which had been built illegally on forest land in Siem Reap’s Phnom Kulen National Park, Banteay Srei district governor Khim Finan said on Sunday that a hunt was on for a group ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-demolish-49-illegal-huts-siem-reap

Kampong Speu indigenous group concerned over land loss

The Suoy indigenous people of the Kor Dauntey community in Kampong Speu have expressed concerns over the loss of reserve land for future generations after allegedly receiving a $2,500 per hectare offer. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-indigenous-group-concerned-over-land-loss

Families living around lake evicted

Prek Pnov district authorities have evicted families living illegally around Boeng Tamouk lake, Phnom Penh’s largest reservoir, part of which is to be reclaimed to build a market. Sim Sophang, district administrative chief, said there will be no compensation. “There is no policy to compensate them ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50605742/families-living-around-lake-evicted/

Eight people sent to court over violent protest

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Sunday sent eight people to court for blocking National Road 4 and using violence against authorities in a land dispute in Prey Nop district’s Bit Traing commune. Four police officers and two commune security guards sustained injuries when the protesters ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eight-people-sent-court-over-violent-protest

HRW urges authorities to reveal activist whereabouts

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Cambodian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of a land activist who was “forcibly disappeared” in Preah Vihear province. It said it was the first time such a thing had occurred since the country was ruled by a single ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hrw-urges-authorities-reveal-activist-whereabouts

Evictees speak of hopelessness

Ouk Chetana, a 39-year-old mother of two, sits on a bamboo bed in a temporary home after the house she had lived in since 2009 was destroyed by authorities, as the village she shared with some 200 other families was deemed to have encroached on ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/evictees-speak-hopelessness

Cambodia orders rare investigation of shooting in land protest

Cambodian authorities have ordered an investigation into violent clashes over a land dispute in which a protester was shot, after a video clip of the incident sparked outrage on social media. A man was shot and a 10-year-old boy injured in the clash last week ...

Rina Chandran
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-landrights-crime/cambodia-orders-rare-investigation-of-shooting-in-land-protest-idUSKCN1PP1IW

Preah Sihanouk authorities to go ahead with demolition plan

The Preah Sihanouk provincial authority will continue with plans to bulldoze some 20 homes in Sihanoukville, after authorities failed to find a solution to an ongoing land dispute with villagers during a visit on Monday. The homes, located in Village I, Commune I, have faced ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-authorities-go-ahead-demolition-plan

Villagers demand $250 payout for land grab

Some 1,000 villagers on Tuesday blocked National Road 2 in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, each demanding compensation of $250 from the provincial authority for communal land they claim a former commune chief sold to a well-connected developer without their knowledge in 2008. ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-demand-250-payout-land-grab

Activists have charges dropped

Phnom Penh Municipal Court dropped the charges against three land activists on December 14, rejecting the accusations of extortion and property damage brought against the trio by the owner of a development company.​ ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-have-charges-dropped

Kratie authorities ban homes on riverbank after collapse

Authorities in Kratie province’s Chhloung district yesterday ordered villagers not to build houses and to remove those already built along the riverbank after five houses collapsed into the river on Tuesday. District governor Heng Sitha yesterday said that the authorities have banned the construction of ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50553933/kratie-authorities-ban-homes-on-riverbank-after-collapse/

Homes in Phnom Penh to be torn down

Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district administration will tear down illegal houses and shops built on the bank of Prek Thnot river, said its administrative director Mok Puthea. He said illegal homes, shops, cafes and canteens in Teuk Thla village along the river in Kraing Pongro commune ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/homes-phnom-penh-be-torn-down

A dozen Kratie farms demolished

Authorities in Kratie province yesterday demolished a dozen family farms deemed illegal in Snuol district’s Khsoem commune. A villager who requested anonymity said that the demolition was conducted by provincial and district authorities along with police and military police officers. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50538880/a-dozen-kratie-farms-demolished/

Land dispute hits Thai court

A Thai civil court has accepted a class action suit filed by Cambodian land victims from Oddar Meanchey province against sugar producer Mitr Phol. However, it ordered the disputing parties to mediate on Thursday before the court proceeds with legal procedures. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/land-dispute-hits-thai-court

Kratie disputants protest in capital

Some 300 villagers from Kratie province’s Snuol district protested outside the land management ministry in Phnom Penh on Thursday, calling for a solution to their long-running land dispute with a rubber plantation in the province. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kratie-disputants-protest-capital

Indigenous groups call for a halt to forced relocations

Over100 indigenous groups from eight of the Kingdom’s provinces asked the government on Thursday to grant them land concessions instead of forcing their relocation. Celebrating the 24th International Day of Indigenous People, the groups gathered under the banner of the Indigenous People’s Migration and Movement. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/indigenous-groups-call-halt-forced-relocations

Land dispute settled in Koh Kong

Officials with the Land Management Ministry and Koh Kong Provincial Hall yesterday ended a years-long land dispute between villagers and sugar companies through distribution of compensation to the families involved. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50507031/land-dispute-settled-in-koh-kong/

Preah Sihanouk governor wants court to grant bail to four land protesters

The Preah Sihanouk provincial governor has sent a request to the provincial court to review and consider granting bail to four villagers who were arrested during a land dispute protest last month in order to appease protestors at his office. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50502800/preah-sihanouk-governor-wants-court-to-grant-bail-to-four-land-protesters/

Koh Kong protesters again return to ministry

Nearly 100 residents representing 210 families in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district that are in a dispute with Chinese company Union Development Group gathered in front of the Land Management Ministry once again yesterday to demand that officials settle their cases. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50502801/koh-kong-protesters-again-return-to-ministry/

Koh Kong urged to solve land dispute

An official with Koh Kong’s provincial land department said yesterday that the department will cooperate with the Industry Ministry to resolve a land dispute case between a group of civil servants and their superior. ...

Ven Rathavong
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50502316/koh-kong-urged-to-solve-land-dispute/

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