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Sri Lankan company to plant 20,000 hectares of rubber in Cambodia

Sri Lankan agricultural group Lankem Ceylon PLC says it plans to plant 20,000 hectares of rubber in Cambodia as part of a diversification strategy. Lankem chairman A Rajaratnam disclosed the strategy in the company’s annual report for the year to March, 2012, released by the company ...

http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=OGEzOGYyMjJhYTI

UN Rights Envoy Says Democracy Is Limited in Cambodia

Cambodia is falling short of the full liberal democracy enshrined in its Constitution, the government is becoming increasingly intolerant to constructive criticism and judicial, parliamentary and electoral reforms have been slow to take effect, according to U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi’s latest report on ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-rights-envoy-says-democracy-is-limited-in-cambodia-39949/

Red Cross Gives Aid to Borei Keila Families

Phnom Penh municipality and the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) on Sunday donated money and food rations to 176 families from Borei Keila—where thousands of people have been violently evicted from their homes in recent years after the land was sold to a private company. Phnom Penh ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/red-cross-gives-aid-to-borei-keila-families-39096/

Jarai battle for communal titles takes important step

Their work is far from over, but Jarai minority villagers in Ratanakkiri province took another important step forward yesterday in their quest for communal land titles. More than 200 residents of O’Yadav district’s Pate commune signed declarations outlining the ways in which they make use of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/jarai-battle-communal-titles-takes-important-step

Rainsy Says Those Behind Boeng Kak Deserve Jail

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Monday vowed to return Phnom Penh’s beleaguered Boeng Kak neighborhood to its residents and to have those who filled the lake with sand thrown in jail, should the opposition CNRP ultimately prevail in contesting the unofficial results of last month’s ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/elections/rainsy-says-those-behind-boeng-kak-deserve-jail-38399/

Despite Land Loss, Minorities Back Status Quo

Romam Gvin could be described as a counterintuitive voter. Intuition might lead you to believe that Mr. Gvin blames the government for the loss of his land to the Vietnamese rubber company that now owns everything for as far as the eye can see here in ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/elections/despite-land-loss-minorities-back-status-quo-34786/

CAMBODIA: Rural poor lose out in land deals

Land governance policies in Asia, especially concessions made to private companies, are leaving the region’s poorest vulnerable to human rights abuses, experts say. “Land-grabbing by the rich and powerful continues,” Suson Bunsak, executive secretary of the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, said at the recent Asia ...

http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96452/CAMBODIA-Rural-poor-lose-out-in-land-deals

Vinci sees more airport opportunities

French construction and concessions group Vinci expects to see considerably more opportunities to acquire airport concessions in the next two years, its chief executive said on Thursday Vinci’s concessions unit, the operator of nine regional airports in France and Cambodia’s three main airports, is keen on ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/20/vinci-acquisitions-idUSL5E8KK43020120920

Rail freight services begin

Railway freight services between Phnom Penh and Touk Meas commune, in Kampot province’s Banteay Meas district, the location of a Siam Cement factory about 40 kilometres north of Kampot town, began yesterday, finally putting the Toll Royal Railways concession on an earning basis. According to Toll Royal Railways ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012082358231/Business/phnom-penhs-rail-freight-services-begin.html

Cambodia Cancels Concessions Threatening Forests

Cambodia annulled licenses to four private firms whose concession of 40,000 hectares threatens Prey Lang, one of the richest national forests. A letter from the Council of Ministers to the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Mining, in charge of managing the forests and the natural resources, ...

Cambodia Surges Full-Speed Ahead With Land Concessions

The government has already granted roughly 300,000 hectares in economic land concessions (ELC) so far this year, according to data released by a local rights group yesterday. The figure, which amounts to 40 percent of the total land concessions granted in all of 2011, has ...

Protected forest ‘is finished’

In the latest government backed appropriation of protected land, nearly 20,000 hectares of the Boeung Per wildlife sanctuary have been reclassified as state private land for agro-industrial development. Two sub-decrees, obtained by The Post this week and initialed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on July ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/

Forest on the auction block

Almost 30,000 hectares of a wildlife sanctuary in Oddar Meanchey, Siem Reap and Preah Vihear provinces have been reclassified as state private land for agricultural development, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups. Four sub-decrees signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on July 22 reclassify land ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011080950943/National-news/forest-on-the-auction-block.html

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