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NGO, Boeung Kak activists offer solution

The Boeung Kak community and a land rights NGO yesterday released a proposed demarcation plan they say could solve the long-standing land dispute. In a map presented yesterday, villagers said they had agreed on a land division that would make room for 70 families locked out ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013050365397/National/ngo-b-kak-activists-offer-solution.html

New land titles not recognised: villagers

Ten families locked in a long-standing land dispute with the Pheapimex Group in Pursat provinces’s Krakor district said yesterday that the company was refusing to recognise titles recently granted to them and blocking them from the land.“We 10 families have been given more than 30 ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013032764723/National/new-land-titles-not-recognised-villagers.html

B Kak women hit streets again

Two months after their release from Prey Sar prison, members of the so-called Boeung Kak 13 were yesterday at the forefront of more calls for authorities to mark out land promised to their community. About 50 Boeung Kak women and children gathered outside to urge authorities to ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012082858318/National-news/boeung-kak-women-hit-streets-again.html

Released Boeng Kak Women Back to Old Ways

Less than two weeks after being released from prison, the 13 women convicted in May for protesting evictions at Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community staged their first public action yesterday. The women, joined by about as many neighbors, submitted petitions to the Australian, French, U.K. and ...

City Defends Boeng Kak Project, Attacks Critics

The filling of Boeng Kak lake and the eviction of thousands of residents was necessary to root out the “prostitutes and terrorists” that were drawn to the area’s once-popular tourist zone, the Phnom Penh Municipality said in a statement yesterday. In a statement posted to its ...

Released Protester Urges for Release of the Boeng Kak 13

Sao Saroeun, a Phnom Penh resident arrested last month for demonstrating against CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin’s Boeng Kak real estate project and released on bail last week, urged the courts to release 13 women still being detained at Prey Sar prison yesterday. The 13 women were ...

Boeung Kak duo's release sparks hope

One of the two Boeung Kak lake residents released on bail from Prey Sar prison on Friday is prepared to be a witness in the appeal trial of the 13 women convicted and sent to jail last month – but only if he is invited ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061856860/National-news/supporters-look-to-see-boeung-kak-13-set-free.html

Neighbors Visit Boeng Kak Hunger Strikers at Prey Sar Prison

Residents of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community yesterday said they visited four former neighbors now serving jail terms in Prey Sar prison for demonstrating against CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin’s real estate project and urged the women to end their reported hunger strike. A prison official, however, insisted there was ...

City Blames B Kak Protests On ‘Foreigners’

The Phnom Penh municipality defended itself for the first time this weekend against sustained criticism from rights groups over the jailing of 13 female protesters from Boeng Kak, blaming the backlash on the “insanity” of unnamed foreign provocateurs. SRP lawmakers, meanwhile, met with the women in ...

SRP Asks King Sihamoni to Pardon Boeng Kak 15

Members of the opposition SRP on Saturday sent a petition to King Norodom Sihamoni asking him to pardon the 13 Boeng Kak residents who were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail on May 24 after holding a peaceful protest against CPP senator Lao Meng Khin’s ...

Children of Jailed 15 Make Plea for Parents

Relatives and neighbors sang, cried and pleaded outside the Ministry of Justice yesterday for the release of the 14 women and one man arrested last week for protesting against CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin’s controversial Boeng Kak real estate project. Worried by reports that the World ...

Int’l Groups Urge Gov’t To Free Boeng Kak 15

Freedom House and several other international human rights groups condemned the conviction of 13 Phnom Penh women last week who are locked in a land dispute with CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin and called for their release in a joint statement issued Tuesday. The women were arrested ...

Municipal Court Sentences 13 Boeng Kak Protesters to Jail

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged and then immediately sentenced 13 women embroiled in a long-running land dispute with CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin’s private company to two-and-a-half years in jail. The women, which included Heng Mom and Tep Vanny, were among the leaders of ...

Villagers in Pursat Ask Spirits To Curse Pheapimex Company

About 70 villagers in Pursat province’s Krakor district held a daylong prayer ceremony yesterday to request help from spirits to curse the powerful Pheapimex company for destroying their farmland, villagers said. Pheapimex, owned by the wife of CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin, has maintained a 316,000-hectare ...

Boeng Kak Families Protest for More Land Titles

About 100 residents of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak area protested in front of City Hall yesterday to demand that 58 more families be given titles to homes from which they are being evicted. In August, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered that a 12.44-hectare section of the ...

Last of Boeng Kak land titles still weeks away

The last of the nearly 800 families from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community who are in line for land titles will not receive their long-awaited ownership records for another “two or three weeks”, a city official said yesterday. The families were spared eviction at the hands ...

Locals protest Pheapimex land clearance; deny role in murder

About 200 villagers, who have been embroiled in a long-running land dispute with the well-connected agro-business Pheapimex over a 316,000-hectare economic land concession in Pursat province, staged a protest yesterday against the company’s continued efforts to clear their farmland. The protests came just three days after ...

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