Ethnic minorities and indigenous people
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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
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. ...
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
Ministry of Culture to host Gala Night Charity Dinner for Cambodia’s Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will host a Gala Night Charity Dinner next month to raise funds to support the humanitarian activities of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
Bunong claim gov’t gave their land away
Indigenous people representing nearly 100 families in Sen Monorom commune, O’Raing district, Mondulkiri province, have filed a complaint against the authorities for granting 255 hectares of their land to a private company for investment and development as a natural tourism area. ...