Social development

Ethnic minorities and indigenous people

Ethnic Vietnamese protest against residency blunder

Seventeen families from Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, who claim they have lived in the area for two decades and are Cambodian by birth, protested against district authorities on Wednesday for designating them as Vietnamese immigrants. The families, from Chak Angre Krom commune’s Tuol Roka village, ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-vietnamese-protest-against-residency-blunder

Ancient sites threatened by clearing

Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts experts have expressed concerns that ancient sites are threatened by land clearing. The sites were classified into three types – religious, such as temples and shrines; ancient burial sites, which have suffered from raiders seeking precious objects; and other ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ancient-sites-threatened-clearing

Ethnic villagers ask government return land

Mondulkiri provincial ethnic community members on Friday demanded that the National Authority on Land Dispute Resolution return land they claim was taken from them by illegal settlers, as well as government departments. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-villagers-ask-government-return-land

Tonle Sap Vietnamese to stay on river for now

Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities announced they have allowed 750 ethnic Vietnamese families living on the Tonle Sap river to stay until July, after more than 3,000 other Vietnamese families voluntarily relocated to designated areas on higher ground. Provincial governor Chhour Chandoeun said authorities made the decision ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tonle-sap-vietnamese-stay-river-now

Mondulkiri Bunong families seek government intervention

Fourteen indigenous families from Mondulkiri province’s Dak Dam commune have sought urgent intervention from local authorities and a human rights NGO after machinery was used to clear their farmland. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mondulkiri-bunong-families-seek-government-intervention

Stung Treng authority agrees to Bunong request

Stung Treng provincial authorities have unanimously agreed to the request and conditions of the ethnic Bunong community members from Kbal Romeas village who have been impacted by the Lower Sesan II dam in the province. However, the authorities are still considering requests and conditions laid down ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/stung-treng-authority-agrees-bunong-request

River relocation request rejected

A request from the Khmer Vietnamese Association for the Interior Ministry to delay the relocation of Vietnamese familes living on the Tonle Sap river in Kampong Chhnang province has been rejected. The KVA’s letter, submitted last week, asked the ministry to intervene in the relocation of ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50551914/river-relocation-request-rejected-2/

Preah Vihear villagers summoned to court for ‘detaining’ bulldozer

An investigative judge at the Preah Vihear provincial court warned that he would issue arrest warrants for two NGO staff and about 10 Kuoy indigenous villagers in relation to a land dispute with two companies if they failed to appear in court on Wednesday. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-vihear-villagers-summoned-court-detaining-bulldozer

‘Mondulkiri rife with forest crimes’

A truck transporting timber overturned on Thursday evening, killing one person and injured another. The incident at Sen Monorom commune, in Mondulkiri province’s O’Raing district, has added spark to the ongoing debate on forest crimes in the province. The province’s traffic police bureau director Yoem ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mondulkiri-rife-forest-crimes

Smith urges Kingdom to register indigenous

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, has urged the government to speed up land registration for indigenous people to prevent possible further land clearance by opportunists. She said this during a meeting with the Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/smith-urges-kingdom-register-indigenous

Villagers told not to claim land

Officials of the Kampong Speu provincial environment department have stopped some 300 members of the ethnic Suoy minority from building demarcation posts on a 15ha plot in Oral district. They said the land is located within the protected Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary and are probing ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-told-not-claim-land

Mondulkiri communities worried over forest clearing

Indigenous people in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district yesterday expressed concern over logging activities in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, which they claim is allowed by some commune authorities.​ ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50540804/mondulkiri-communities-worried-over-forest-clearing/

EU timber deal in firing line

A committee of more than 20 national and international organisations filed a petition to the EU on October 10 to prevent it from signing a timber trade agreement with Vietnam, noting that the deal would be disastrous to the Kingdom’s forests. The petition claims Vietnamese ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-timber-deal-firing-line

Poor migrants caught clearing forest

The Poutil ethnic community members from Busra commune in Mondulkiri province’s Pichreada district handed two men to district police for further action on Thursday, after they allegedly cleared many hectares of forest in their community. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/poor-migrants-caught-clearing-forest

Officials in on illegal timber to VN, claim forest guardians

Forest activists in Ratanakkiri province’s O’yadav district said on Thursday that a group of Cambodian and Vietnamese traders are colluding with officials and transporting timber from their community forest to Vietnam after they had illegally felled trees there early this month. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-illegal-timber-vn-claim-forest-guardians

Villagers vow to ‘sacrifice lives’

Some 100 ethnic Banong villagers from Sre Hoy commune’s Chhul and Chhong Pang villages in Mondulkiri province’s Koh Nhek district protested on Tuesday after Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary officials allegedly uprooted wooden posts used to demarcate their ancestral burial sites. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-vow-sacrifice-lives

Group worried over new provinces

Indigenous people in northeastern provinces yesterday raised concern over wildlife sanctuaries that could be affected by the government’s plan to set up new provinces carved out from Mondulkiri province’s Koh Nhek district and Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50529911/group-worried-over-new-provinces/

Phnong petition over Mondulkiri land

In the letter seen by The Post on Thursday, villagers claim the companies representatives visited the commune to introduce the project’. But landowners claimed they needed the land to live and work on and pass down to their children. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/phnong-petition-over-mondulkiri-land

Wildlife busts in Kingdom’s north

The Mondulkiri provincial Environment Department launched a campaign among the Banong, Krueng and Tumpuon ethnic communities to create awareness about the importance of wildlife to the ecology and tourism sector. The communities live close to wildlife sanctuaries. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/wildlife-busts-kingdoms-north

Ethnic group claims forest being illegally cut

Villagers from the Tumpuon ethnic minority group in Keng San community forest are accusing the local authority and some community members of colluding with timber traders to illegally fell large trees and clear dozens of hectares of forest land in their community. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ethnic-group-claims-forest-being-illegally-cut

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