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Protest for land titles at ministry

About 200 people representing 540 families from the Prek Takong 1 and Kva communities in the capital’s Meanchey and Dangkao districts gathered in front of the Land Management Ministry for the fourth time yesterday, asking to receive titles from land cut from the ING City ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29570/protest-for-land-titles-at-ministry/

Kampong Speu protesters reject NGO’s help

In defiance of an order by Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Khoun Sreng, more than 100 people protested outside the offices of Equitable Cambodia (EC) yesterday. They held signs denouncing the NGO, as community representatives inside submitted a letter withdrawing their consent for the group to represent ...

Jack Davies and Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-protesters-reject-ngos-help

Evictees, sugar company reach deal at last

Representatives of evicted families and a sugarcane plantation owned by a prominent CPP senator announced an agreement on Thursday that provides compensation ranging from $500 to $5,000 to eligible villagers after a five-year battle over land. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/evictees-sugar-company-reach-deal-last-116579/

Railway families still smarting after 2 years

Efforts by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to restore the living standards of families evicted by its railway rehabilitation project continue to fall far short of expectations, and urgent action is needed if the bank is to comply with its own safeguard policies, according to ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/railway-families-still-smarting-2-years-116519/

Villagers, police face off in Phnom Penh over Koh Kong sugar petition

Meanchey district police and security guards yesterday clashed with about 70 Koh Kong province villagers at the capital’s Samaki Rainsy pagoda, shoving and pushing them as they tried to make their way to the Ministry of Land Management. ...

Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/villagers-police-face-phnom-penh-over-koh-kong-sugar-petition

Land dispute resolution teams unveiled

The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction unveiled the team members and case loads of the 27 land dispute resolution teams it announced it was creating on June 3 in an effort to more quickly handle such conflicts.    ...

Pech Sotheary and Donna M Airoldi
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/land-dispute-resolution-teams-unveiled

Kampong Speu disputants ‘pressured’ to take sugar firm deal

Despite earlier statements by company representatives that $500 compensation packages being offered to land disputants at Ly Yong Phat’s Kampong Speu economic land concession (ELC) were negotiable, attendees of a meeting between company representatives and residents yesterday said they felt pressured to take the offer. ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kampong-speu-disputants-pressured-take-sugar-firm-deal

World Bank to re-engage after five-year absence

The World Bank has approved $130 million in developmental aid aimed at reducing poverty in Cambodia, signalling its first direct re-engagement with the Kingdom since it left in protest in 2011 after one of the largest forceful evictions led by the government displaced more than ...

Kali Kotoski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/world-bank-re-engage-after-five-year-absence

Koh Kong locals seek land’s return

Representatives of 526 Koh Kong families hopped on their motos on Friday morning to deliver petitions to their district town halls calling for the return of land taken from them by a 2006 economic land concession (ELC), as well as compensation for lost crops.   ...

Bun Sengkong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-locals-seek-lands-return

Kingdom's sugar exports to EU plummet

New figures show that Cambodia’s sugar exports to the European Union fell by 94.8 per cent between 2013 and 2015, amid accusations of rights abuses and land grabbing in the Kingdom’s industry. ...

Will Jackson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdoms-sugar-exports-eu-plummet

‘No land revolution’ coming: official

While vast tracts of Cambodia remain concentrated in the hands of a few and accusations of land grabbing remain rife, the broader distribution of land is more than equitable and could never lead to an uprising, the government official in charge of finding solutions to ...

Lay Samean and Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-land-revolution-coming-official

Firm gives Ratana­kkiri minorities cash for ceremony

Representatives of 14 ethnic mi­nority communities in Ratana­kkiri province on Friday accepted $1,700 each from Vietnamese rubber company Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) to buy a buffalo and hold a ceremony to appease the spirits that had been disturbed by the firm’s plantations. ...

Khuon Narim and Matt Blomberg
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/firm-gives-ratana%C2%ADkkiri-minorities-cash-for-ceremony-100330/

Gov’t, European union agree to first phase of deal for evictees

The European Union says the Cambodian government has agreed to the first part of a comprehensive plan they have been wrangling over for more than a year to properly compensate thousands of families that have lost land to sugarcane plantations. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-european-union-agree-to-first-phase-of-deal-for-evictees-85901/

Plantations and families set rules for IFC-mediated talks

A year after some 2,000 families filed a complaint with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for financing rubber plantations they accuse of grabbing their farms and logging their sacred forests, all sides have finally agreed to a set of ground rules for negotiations and hope ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/plantations-and-families-set-rules-for-ifc-mediated-talks-80222/

Beverage companies wary of ‘blood sugar’ in supply chain

Two major US beverage companies say they are mindful of alleged human rights abuses amid sugar plantations in Cambodia and will not do business with those proven to be involved in them. Representatives from Coca-Cola and Pepsi both said in emails to VOA Khmer that they ...

Sok Khemara
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/beverage-companies-wary-of-blood-sugar-in-supply-chain/2647451.html

Mitr Phol disputants to testify

Representatives of Oddar Meanchey villagers who allegedly lost their homes in a 2008 land grab by Thai-owned sugar giant Mitr Phol are hopeful a settlement may soon be reached after they testify before Thai human rights officials today. Witnesses representing more than 400 families are slated ...

Sean Teehan
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/mitr-phol-disputants-testify

Lawyer files complaint at International Court over land grabs

A British lawyer has filed new documents against senior Cambodian officials at the International Criminal Court, accusing them of systematic land grabs that constitute human rights abuses. A communication filed on Oct. 7 claims that over the last 14 years, an estimated 770,000 Cambodians, or ...

Sok Khemara
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/lawyer-files-complaint-at-international-court-over-land-grabs/2486158.html

Rights group claims continued harassment in Oddar Meanchey

NGO workers interviewing evictees in Oddar Meanchey province said police pulled their car over without cause on Saturday and tried to seize one of their cameras, the third reported case of authorities in the area harassing the group’s staff in the past month. ...

Mech Dara and Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rights-group-claims-continued-harassment-in-oddar-meanchey-69650/

World Bank in spotlight

As the World Bank considers supplying fresh loans to Cambodia, a new study uses the country as exhibit A for how the financier effectively sponsors corporate land grabs at the expense of the rural poor it purportedly helps. Three years ago, the bank’s own inspectors found ...

Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/world-bank-spotlight

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