Economic, social and cultural rights

Land and housing rights and evictions

Court rejects activists’ appeal to reopen case

The Appeal Court has rejected a plea from two Boeung Kak activists to restart an investigation into a nighttime attack on lake residents, journalists and others in 2013 at Phnom Penh’s Wat Phnom by thugs and plainclothes police officials. ...

Kim Sarom and Ananth Baliga

Kuoy villagers ignore summons

Six ethnic Kuoy villagers, citing fear of arrest, refused to appear for questioning in Preah Vihear on Wednesday over the confiscation of four pieces of equipment being used to clear community land by a subsidiary of the Chinese sugar company Rui Feng. ...

Phak Seangly

Preah Vihear villagers petition PM over razing

Around 20 people representing 250 villagers from Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan district petitioned Prime Minister Hun Sen for a solution to the razing of their village in 2012, which was done under instructions from current provincial CPP lawmaker Suos Yara and local officials. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Village protests halt Phan Imex land clearing in Kandal

A 20-year-old land dispute in Kandal province between residents of Por Miev village and the Phan Imex construction company hit a new snag on Wednesday when villagers discovered that workers had brought excavation equipment to a parcel of land that borders communal property at the ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Koh Kong land dispute solved, ministry says

The Ministry of Land Management on Thursday morning said it has resolved two long-running land disputes between communities in Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel and Botum Sakor districts and two sugar companies owned by tycoon and ruling party Senator Ly Yong Phat involving more than 800 ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Railway families deliver petition to PM seeking reduction in land takeover

The protesters represent a community of over 1,000 families living along a railway in the capital’s Russey Keo district. Plans to replace the track with a new, broader road will displace people in three communes. The new road and accompanying sidewalks would be 60 metres ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Resident from Borei Keila questioned on protest

Authorities questioned a Borei Keila resident on Tuesday for her role in a protest outside the home of developer Suy Sophan, who filed a complaint against her earlier in March. Borei Keila resident Phork Sophin said that she may be charged with defamation and the ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Ministry concludes no deaths in Kratie clash

The Interior Ministry has concluded an investigation into the violent clash between villagers and authorities earlier this month, reaffirming that no one was killed in the confrontation that sparked when officials began dismantling huts built on Memot Rubber Plantation Company land in Kratie province’s Snuol ...

Khuon Narim

Land activists submit petition for release of leader Tep Vanny

Boeung Kak activists and family members of jailed protest leader Tep Vanny submitted a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet on Tuesday asking for her release or a reduction in her sentence. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Villagers push for resolution

They represented 6,822 families on a total area of more than 19,145 hectares of land in Tbong Khmum, Svay Rieng, Kandal and Preah Sihanouk provinces. They submitted petitions to the National Assembly, Council of Ministers and Ministry of Land Management. ...

Pech Sotheary

Kratie villagers claim at least two shot dead by officials, while authorities deny fatalities

Clashes between villagers protesting a land dispute and security officers erupted in gunfire yesterday in Kratie province, with a rights official initially reporting six killed, and villagers at the scene confirming at least two dead – while authorities provided a starkly different account, saying that ...

Kong Meta and Phak Seangly

Villagers want dispute resolution

About 100 residents from Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel and Botum Sakor districts gathered to protest and block the road of Koh Kong Sugar Industry to demand the company, local authorities and relevant ministries expedite a resolution to end their land dispute. ...

Pech Sotheary

Land rights activists want royal pardon for Tep Vanny

Residents of the Boeung Kak community yesterday submitted a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet, asking the premier to seek a royal pardon to release their jailed representative Tep Vanny, and also solve their outstanding land dispute. According to the petition by eight Boeung Kak ...

Pech Sotheary

Second land protest in Kratie

Representatives of more than 400 families in Kratie’s Snuol district protested yesterday following the temporary detention of two fellow community members at a demonstration the day before, when locals blocked a road to demand the government find a solution to their land dispute with a ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Villagers displaced by Lower Sesan II Dam will get facilities: government

In an apparent reversal, Stung Treng province authorities on Friday said they would build public infrastructure for the 83 households from Srekor and Kbal Romeas villages who were displaced by flooding from the reservoir of the controversial Lower Sesan II Dam but declined to move ...

Phak Seangly

Tep Vanny's sentence upheld at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a 30-month sentence for land activist Tep Vanny on charges relating to a 2013 protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house that turned violent, leaving the Boeung Kak resident to serve out more than a year of her remaining ...

Ananth Baliga and Kim Sarom

More set to leave Borei Keila

Two more families have accepted compensation to leave the Borei Keila area to make room for development, as the long-running land dispute creeps ever closer to an end. ...

Kuoch Masy and Leonie Kijewski

New Mekong guidelines lacking, government official says

A Cambodian representative to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said yesterday that new guidelines for hydropower development agreed to late last month don’t fully address threats to the health of the imperiled waterway. ...

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon

Villagers file complaint against Union Development Group for razing crops, property

Fourteen families in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district filed a court complaint today against 60 security guards employed by Union Development Group (UDG) for allegedly destroying their crops and small huts on land belonging to the development conglomerate.​ ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Sesan holdouts will not be given public services

Stung Treng province officials have announced they will not build public facilities for those villagers who refused to relocate to the government’s resettlement site when their villages were flooded late last year by the reservoir of the controversial Lower Sesan II Dam. ...

Phak Seangly

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