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Nearly 500 families in Kandal province concerned over forced evictions

Nearly 500 families living in Tumnob 94 in Kandal province are worried about forced evictions after authorities claimed they were living in slums and illegally while the citizens claim that they had lived in the area for more than 30 years and had valid residence ...

Khut Sokun
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2023/02/07/families-in-kandal-province-concerned-over-forced-evictions/

Ministry of Interior orders Tbong Khmum provincial governor to resolve land issues for more than 200 families

The Ministry of Interior has ordered the Tbong Khmum provincial governor to resolve land issues for more than 200 families in Memot and Tambor district, Tbong Khmum provinces after more than 10 years of dispute with private companies and authorities and seeking intervention from the ...

Khut Sokun
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2023/02/09/ministry-of-interior-orders-tbong-khmum-provincial-governor-to-resolve-land/

Civil society organizations believe that state land should be reclaimed after demolition of fence on Ochheuteal beach

Civil society organizations call on government to revoke land title legalized as legal entities on more than 8,000 square meters that is considered as a violation on the law and detrimental to the beauty of the coastal area. ...

Morm Moniroth
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2023/02/09/cso-seeing-that-the-goverment-should-take-back-on-state-land-to-control-in-hand/

Sihanoukville beach fence demolished overnight

Preah Sihanouk provincial officials said Thursday that authorities had demolished a fence built directly on O’Chheuteal beach overnight after social media criticism and news reports. ...

Morm Moniroth
https://vodenglish.news/sihanoukville-beach-fence-demolished-overnight/

Owner behind Sihanoukville fence construction still a mystery

The owner of a concrete-and-brick wall being built directly on Sihanoukville’s O’Chheuteal beach in recent weeks remains a mystery, with authorities and workers alike refusing to say who is cordoning off the public beach. ...

Morm Moniroth
https://vodenglish.news/owner-behind-sihanoukville-fence-construction-still-a-mystery/

Protest erupts in troubled Preah Sihanouk commune

Some 40 villagers blocked a national road in Preah Sihanouk this week, lighting smoking fires and wielding sticks in front of authorities in a land dispute in an area that has seen prior violence and conflicting claims among military and powerful individuals. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/protest-erupts-in-troubled-preah-sihanouk-commune/

After twenty years, land disputants call on Hun Manet for resolution

Three families in Preah Sihanouk province, including that of a military veteran, are calling on army commander Hun Manet to resolve their long-standing land dispute against a local businessperson. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/after-twenty-years-land-disputants-call-on-hun-manet-for-resolution/

Grumblings of disquiet on Koh Rong Sanloem over sudden evictions

Cambodian authorities are calling the popular beach resorts on major tourist attraction Koh Rong Sanloem island “illegal” and claiming there are only “one or two” holdouts left after a sudden eviction notice. ...

Mech Dara, Sarum Sreynat and Ouch Sony
https://vodenglish.news/grumblings-of-disquiet-on-koh-rong-sanloem-over-sudden-evictions/

Finance minister’s wife gets state land in Keo Seima for ecotourism

Protected areas in Kirirom National Park and the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary are being privatized for companies run by family members of notorious tycoon Choeung Sopheap as well as the wife of the country’s finance minister. ...

Seoung Nimol
https://vodenglish.news/finance-ministers-wife-gets-state-land-in-keo-seima-for-ecotourism/

Electricite Du Cambodge Gets 70 Hectares of Boeng Tamok

The government continued the trend of giving state institutions and private individuals tracts of land on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake, handing over 70 hectares to state utilities supplier Electricite du Cambodge. ...

Seoung Nimol
https://vodenglish.news/electricite-du-cambodge-gets-70-hectares-of-boeng-tamok/

Citizens who have land disputes with sugarcane companies again request the Ministry of Land Management to resolve land disputes

About 100 communities with land issues from three communes in Kampong Speu province gathered in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction to urge the ministry to expedite resolve their land dispute with Tycoon Ly Yong Phat Company. ...

Khut Sokun
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2023/01/26/citizens-request-the-mol-to-resolve-land-disputes/

More than 700 families in Oddar Meanchey province request the ministry to return their land after the company goes bankrupt

Citizens have land dispute with former sugar company in Oddar Meanchey province urges the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction to settle land dispute and give them back the title after the company goes bankrupt and withdraws from the economic land concession, which ...

Khut Sokun
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2023/01/27/families-in-oddar-meanchey-request-ministry-to-return-their-land-after-company-bankrupt/

Angkor committee experts reiterate congratulations amid eviction of thousands

A leaked report from experts at an international body overseeing Angkor Archaeological Park reiterated past congratulations for Cambodia’s efforts to dismantle illegal structures in heritage areas amid mass evictions of roughly 10,000 families from the site. ...

Fiona Kelliher
https://vodenglish.news/angkor-committee-experts-congratulate-program-evicting-thousands/

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. ...

Keat Soriththeavy
https://vodenglish.news/indigenous-groups-warn-we-will-be-slaves-on-our-land/

Conflict-ridden land concession moved to new forest area

A decade-old rubber plantation project beset with disputes with local residents has had its 9,000 hectares relocated to an intact forest in Stung Treng. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/conflict-ridden-land-concession-moved-to-new-forest-area/

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 ...

Keat Soriththeavy
https://vodenglish.news/fears-grow-as-draft-laws-leave-out-indigenous-allow-hunting/

Conflict-ridden land concession moved to new forest area

A decade-old rubber plantation project beset with disputes with local residents has had its 9,000 hectares relocated to an intact forest in Stung Treng. A sub-decree signed by the Council of Ministers in March said 9,787 hectares would be provided to Horizon Agriculture Development as “compensation” ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/conflict-ridden-land-concession-moved-to-new-forest-area/

Monk's community forestry concerned about further loss of forests after nearly 5,000 hectares of forest land

The community has expressed concern that if nearly 5,000 hectares of the Rattanak Rukha community forest, part of the Monk’s community forestry, is cut off to the citizens, it will result in the loss of forests and wildlife habitats of all kinds live in this ...

Meng Kroypunlok
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2023/01/10/govt-plans-to-cut-nearly-5000-hectares-of-forest-from-rukhavorn-community-forest/

NagaWorld unionists ask court to tell them their bail conditions

Six NagaWorld union members want the Phnom Penh court to tell them the exact conditions under which they were given bail, after union president Chhim Sithar was arrested in November for allegedly violating a court-ordered travel ban. ...

Pa Sokheng
https://vodenglish.news/nagaworld-unionists-ask-court-to-tell-them-their-bail-conditions/

Kirirom National Park, Bati district land granted to elites

Relatives of infamous Pheapimex CEO Choeung Sopheap received forest land in the center of Kirirom National Park, while a minister, tycoons and an apparent relative of first lady Bun Rany all received state land, according to official documents published in late December. ...

Keat Soriththeavy
https://vodenglish.news/kirirom-national-park-bati-district-land-granted-to-elites/

NEC rejects reform requests from minor parties, form 1102 access restricted

Minor party leaders say voting irregularities they flagged after last year’s commune election have not been addressed by the National Election Committee, which has ignored most of their suggestions for electoral reform. ...

Ouch Sony
https://vodenglish.news/nec-rejects-reform-requests-from-minor-parties-form-1102-access-restricted/

Kirirom national park, Bati district land granted to elites

Relatives of infamous Pheapimex CEO Choeung Sopheap received forest land in the center of Kirirom National Park, while a minister, tycoons and an apparent relative of first lady Bun Rany all received state land, according to official documents published in late December. ...

Keat Soriththeavy
https://vodenglish.news/kirirom-national-park-bati-district-land-granted-to-elites/

Kampong Chhnang provincial court summons two land activists in Lor Peang community

Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court has summoned two land activists in the Lapeang community to stand trial in mid-January in connection with a land dispute last year in Tamol Leu village, Koh Thkov commune, Choul Kiri district, Kampong Chhnang province. ...

Khut Sokun
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2023/01/05/kampong-chhnang-court-summons-two-land-activists-in-lor-peang-community/

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