Environment ministry condemns Mother Nature activists after receiving petition

The Ministry of Environment condemned the environmental group Mother Nature Cambodia after its youth activists delivered a petition Monday to halt state land grants to private companies in Kirirom national park, according to a statement. ...

Eung Sea

Environmental activists still demand finding those involved after 11 years of Chut Wutty assassination

About 30 young environmental activists have filed a petition to the Ministry of Justice urging an independent prosecutor’s office to find the perpetrators of Chut Wutty’s murder and bring them to justice after he was killed for 11 years. ...

Sovann Sreypich and Runn Sreydeth

Environmental activists align with government, launch new mother nature NGO

A former member of the prominent environmental group Mother Nature apologized to the government, denounced his former organization and announced he would start a new NGO with the same name in a video on February 28. ...

Khuon Narim and Sovann Sreypich

Environmental activists march to the Ministry of Environment to demand an end forest patrols restrictions

A group of 30 environmental activists dressed in white marched to the Ministry of Environment to petition for an end to restrictions on civil liberties in forest protection activities in Cambodia. ...

Khan Leakhena

Wife mourns Ratanakiri environmentalist’s imprisonment

Chhorn Phalla became one of Cambodia’s prominent forest defenders, fronting a press conference two years ago about local authorities’ alleged complicity in illegal deforestation, violence against him at a public forum, and having a shelter burned down on his plantation. ...

Meng Kroypunlok

Activist hit with $10K defamation fine

Environmental activist Kroeung Tola plans to appeal the Mondulkiri Provincial Court decision ordering him to pay 40 million riel ($10,000) in compensation to O’Raing district governor Siek Mony and four million riel to the state for public defamation. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

‘Anarchist’ activist flees village for UN, alleging harassment

An environmental activist branded an “anarchist” by a government spokesman said he fled to the U.N. human rights office in Phnom Penh on Monday after police harassed him for becoming involved in a dispute between sand dredgers and villagers in Kandal province. ...

Sek Odom

Lawmakers Reject Petition

Lawmakers from Cambodia’s ruling party on Monday refused to accept a petition from hundreds of people who held a rally calling for the government’s help in resolving land disputes, drawing criticism from activists who questioned the effectiveness of the country’s parliament. The appeal, which contained more ...

Insight: Land conflict, impunity dims Cambodia's awakening

Cambodia’s transformation from war-torn basket-case to one of Asia’s most promising emerging economies is being overshadowed by a backwards lurch in human rights and land policies that critics say are entrenching poverty. ...

Verdict in Wutty case delayed

An expected verdict in the unintentional murder case of the man accused of shooting slain environmentalist Chut Wutty’s killer was delayed at Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday because the presiding judge was ill. Neang Boratino, Koh Kong provincial coordinator for the rights group Adhoc, said a ...

Environmental activist Chut Wutty shot dead

Cambodia’s most outspoken activist against illegal logging was shot dead today while escorting journalists near a protected forest in Koh Kong province, where he has repeatedly attempted to expose illegal logging rackets that include military officials. Chut Wutty, the director of Natural Resource Protection Group, was ...

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