Threats, destruction and forced sales: rubber firm razes indigenous Jarai farmlands
The company had already ravaged the farms of their indigenous Jarai neighbors in Ratanakiri province’s Andong Meas district over the past months. ...
Jack Brook and Eung Sea
Community forest land ‘grabbed’ in Preah Vihear
Residents of Kampong Sralao II commune in Preah Vihear province’s Chhep district have reported that around 200ha of their community forest land has been encroached upon by squatters from other provinces. ...
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. ...
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 ...
Indigenous women voice collective concerns
A senior environment official called for calm after indigenous women’s communities urged relevant ministries and institutions to address their concerns by including their input into the draft amendments to the protected natural areas and forestry laws. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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. ...
Kbal Romeas Community requests authorities to provide 3,000 hectares of communal land
The Kbal Romeas community requests the authorities to help protect their forests from the Chinese company Sivgex and expedite the establishment of another 3,000 hectares of their communal land. ...
Communal titling ends in relief for some, anxiety for others
Indigenous communities attempting to register communal lands are often left in bureaucratic limbo and are at risk of losing this land, advocates said this week, even as the government handed more than 4,000 hectares to three communities in May. ...
Indigenous families block land grab in Kampong Speu
Indigenous Suoy families say they have blocked a company formerly chaired by the prime minister’s nephew Hun Chea from clearing their farmland in Kampong Speu, and are seeking compensation. ...
Brao, Kreung communities receive 4,000 hectares in Ratanakiri
Around 4,000 hectares of state forests have been transferred to collective ownership by indigenous groups in Ratanakiri, according to government decrees. ...
ACU urged to probe Phnom Tamao land irregularities
Baitong Warriors, a local environment activist group, have submitted a letter to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) seeking an investigation into alleged irregularities concerning more than 2,000ha of the Tamao Mountain forest reserve following news of a dairy farm’s relocation to the area. ...
Bunong testimony sought in vandalism inquiry
The Mondulkiri Provincial Court Prosecutor’s Office has summoned 12 Bunong indigenous people to testify in a case of alleged violence and destruction of property, which took place on November 17 last year. ...
Three Bunong summoned over death threat in M’kiri
Mondulkiri provincial Military Police have summoned three members of the Bunong indigenous community in Sokdum commune’s Laoka village of Sen Monorom town to appear on May 19 over accusations that they disregarded the court ruling and used violence and made death threats against a local ...
Bunong seek burial grounds justice
Six representatives of the Bunong indigenous community have filed a complaint with the Mondulkiri Provincial Court seeking an investigation into their commune and village chiefs, who they alleged had turned a blind eye to infringement on their traditional burial grounds. ...
Adhoc report false: officials
Officials from the Pursat and Mondulkiri provincial administrations have rejected the findings of a new Adhoc report which claimed that wrongful arrest, allegations and detention of people involved in land disputes was rampant, and that corruption was rife in the mediation of such cases. ...
Bunong decry encroachment
Fifty-three Bunong indigenous families in Kbal Romeas commune Stung Treng province’s Sesan district have accused a company of illegally setting up boundary poles for a plantation and encroaching on community land, an accusation the provincial authorities have denied. ...