Radio Free Asia

Cambodian villagers accuse Chinese mining company of infringing on their land

About 200 families in central Cambodia say they are in danger of losing hundreds of hectares of farmland – with or without compensation – to a Chinese gold mining company expanding its excavation area. ... ...

RFA Khmer Staff

More than 20 families in Kampot province accuse a powerful person of encroaching on their land and sue many people for imprisonment

Approximately 26 families in Kep province who have plantations in Kampot province accuse a powerful person of encroaching on nearly 60 hectares of their land and sued the people to threaten to demoralize not to protest. ... ...

Mean Rith

49 families in land dispute with Cheam Phen continue to ask for the intervention of the prime minister

Approximately 49 families living in Chamrang point, Keo Phos commune, Preah Sihanouk province, who have land dispute with Mr. Cheam Phen, the owner of Leo Beer again continue to call on Prime Minister Hun Sen to urge his subordinates to cut 352 hectares of farmland ...

Mao Sotheany

Nearly 1,000 people in Koh Kong province submit a petition to the commune authorities to find a land solution

About 500 people representing nearly 1,000 people from 5 communes gathered to submit a petition to the commune authorities in Sre Ambel district, find a suitable land solution for them. ... ...

Sorn Chanratha

Cambodia’s land concessions yield few benefits, sow social and environmental devastation

Cambodia’s government has strenuously promoted long-term leasing of unused land as Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) to attract investors and encourage development in the impoverished nation, but observers say the policy has resulted in few benefits at the cost of huge social and environmental impacts. ... ...

RFA staff

Cambodian court under fire from opposition, NGOs on second day of Kem Sokha trial

A court in Cambodia held the second day of hearings in the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday, as the defendant’s party decried what it called a “political show” orchestrated by the government and authorities came under fire for refusing observers access ...

Joshua Lipes

Hun Sen gains Laos’ support in preventing Sam Rainsy return to Cambodia

In a meeting of prime ministers Wednesday, Cambodia’s Hun Sen appeared to eliminate neighboring Laos as a potential route by which self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy could return to Cambodia as he has pledged to do in November. ... ...

Eugene Whong

Cambodia rejects suspicions reversal on us base upgrade signals plans to host Chinese military assets

Cambodia’s Minister of Defense Tea Banh on Monday dismissed suspicions that his government had reneged on accepting an offer from the U.S. to upgrade buildings at a naval base in Preah Sihanouk province because it plans to host Chinese military assets at the site. In a ...

Joshua Lipes

Growing numbers of Chinese workers drive up housing costs in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville

A steady climb in the number of Chinese nationals moving to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville over the last two years has driven up housing costs in the southwestern coastal province, leaving many Cambodian workers struggling to make ends meet while property owners profit from the increase in ...

Richard Finney

Expert warns of ‘debt-trap’ ahead of Cambodian PM visit to China Belt and Road Forum

Overdependence, coupled with loans and the cost of maintaining infrastructure, could leave Cambodia in a “debt trap” to China, an expert said Tuesday, as Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen prepares to attend a summit in Beijing on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sweeping Belt and Road ...

Joshua Lipes

Cambodian army backs business group in land dispute, defying government order

Cambodia’s military is backing a powerful company in its seizure of land in Preah Vihear province, guarding bulldozers sent to destroy villagers’ crops and defying government orders not to get involved in land disputes, Cambodian sources say. Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service on Wednesday, one village ...

Richard Finney

NGO urges Cambodia’s Interior Ministry to intervene in eviction of Vietnamese from Tonle Sap Lake

A nongovernmental organization in Cambodia called on the country’s Interior Ministry to intervene in the eviction of more than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on the Tonle Sap Lake, saying land demarcated for their relocation lacks the infrastructure necessary to support them. ... ...

Joshua Lipes

Smugglers move timber from Cambodia's Mondulkiri, defying government warnings

Smugglers working in collusion with corrupt officials on both sides of the border are continuing to move illegally harvested timber from Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province into neighboring Vietnam in spite of government warnings to halt the trade, sources in Cambodia say. ... ...

Richard Finney

Cambodian villagers say authorities failed to honor promises for flood relief

Nearly 100 families in two villages affected by flooding from the controversial Lower Sesan 2 hydropower mega-dam in northeastern Cambodia’s Stung Treng province said Tuesday that authorities have failed to honor promises they made to rebuild submerged communities and provide much-needed supplies and services.​ ... ...

Roseanne Gerin

Cambodia's Hun Sen Calls Parties on Ballot Real Opposition

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen denied on Tuesday that 20 small and little-known political parties registered to compete in July 29 national elections were created by his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to provide an illusion of political opposition in the coming polls. ... ...

Richard Finney

Gold mine waste blamed for deadly poisoning in Cambodia

Experts from the ministry examined the water in the river of Prek Te in Kratie and found chromium and cyanide. The substances were found at various mining sites between Kratie and neighboring Mondulkiri and the ministry believed that they were improperly handled and that rain ...

Radio Free Asia staff

Cambodia blocks online access to shuttered Cambodia Daily

Cambodia’s government has ordered internet service providers to block online access to The Cambodia Daily newspaper, which closed last year amid a widespread crackdown on media and civil society groups criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party.​ ... ...

Richard Finney

Trear 4 villagers affected by sewage water logging demand for compensation from lake filling company

4 families living in Trear 4 village, Stung Meanchey commune, Mean Chey district, asked the local authority for providing compensation due to lake filling by a private company that caused sewage water and mud logging, also house and other properties damaging. ... ...


Citizens and civil society hailed Sihanouk provincial authorities demolished stone fence surrounding Beach

The provincial Governor of Sihanoukville claimed that the relevant authorities is implementing the content of the coastal development plan of the government of Cambodia to be more effective for benefit to the tourism sector and to the public use of the beach as it used ...

Den Ayuthyear

Steng Treng community accuses forest and local officers of not protect forests

Steng Treng's forestry protection communities called on the government and relevant institutions to investigate the irregularities of duty of the local authorities and Stung Treng provincial forestry officers who did not pay attention to local forest conservation, also enable logger to encroach land arbitrarily. ... ...

Men Sothy

Environmental experts concern of the extinction of rare fish in the northeast province

Environmental experts concern of a drop in the number of rare species of fish in the river in the northeastern province including of the Upper Mekong Basin, Srepok River and Se San river. The worry after a number of exotic fish caught in the area's ...

Men Sothy

The Ministry of Health urged people bring their children to vaccinate

Ministry of Health of Cambodia announced that all guardians ought to bring children to vaccinate (Vaccine) preventing inflammation of the encephalitis, meningitis, hepatitis, polio, measles and rubella. The vaccine for infant is for free. ... ...


Cambodia’s Hun Sen threatens to withhold electricity from ‘environmental extremists’

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday threatened to cut off electricity from the homes of “environmental extremists” who oppose development projects in the country, drawing condemnation from critics who said his government should focus on sustainability and providing services to the people. ... ...

Vuthy Tha

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