Economic, social and cultural rights
Land and housing rights and evictions
Kandal residents near new airport asked to take down structures
Kandal residents affected by the new airport development said they were told by company workers to dismantle small sheds they use to house animals, causing anxiety among people that their land could be cleared soon. Residents in four communes of Kandal Stung district have been affected ...
Indigenous people express concern about land rights
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was celebrated yesterday as indigenous people living in Cambodia expressed their concern about their land rights and economic, cultural, political and natural resources’ rights. ...
NGO report: Gov’t wrong to evict poor
Prek Pnov district authorities have denied a report by NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) which claims that it continued to evict poor families from their homes over the past three months while they struggled financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ...
Road impacts addressed
Addressing the economic and environmental impacts from two major road projects, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Tuesday said issues related to the renovations of National Road 2 are 98.5 per cent resolved while for National Road 22, it is 100 per cent ...
Fifty houses bulldozed overnight as S’ville land dispute escalates
Fifty families claiming ownership of 5ha in Koki village, Bit Traing commune, in Prey Nop district, Preah Sihanouk province, on Monday protested on the site over claims that Ouk Sineth and his associates illegally encroached on their land, bulldozing their homes and crops during the ...
Social land concessions floated for residents hit by work on Sihanoukville canals
The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration has recommended those whose houses were torn down for encroaching on canals to seek social land concessions from the authorities. Provincial deputy governor Cheav Vichheak told The Post on Tuesday that Sihanoukville has five main canals with a cumulative length ...
More illegal buildings to be demolished in Sihanoukville
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall is warning residents the authorities will begin demolishing nearly 30 illegally built houses along canals and sidewalks in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune after Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun ordered them to do so this week. “Provincial authorities have sent a letter to 29 ...
Authorities dismantle stalls on Otres Beach
Some 62 Otres Beach stall owners plan to petition Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Interior for a resolution after the Preah Sihanouk provincial authority dismantled their stalls on Wednesday, with some having been owned for more than 20 years. Preah Sihanouk Provincial ...
Families’ evictions to be reviewed
Phnom Penh Municipal Council chairman Pa Socheatvong said the Municipal Hall has decided to temporarily suspend administrative action against eight families involved in a land dispute at the Russey Keo development area. Officials will be sent to investigate whether demolishing the houses of the eight ...
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 ...
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. ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...