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We Will Not Be Moved

They’re known as the BK13 and they’re not prepared to let greedy developers take the very, very little they have. They’re 13 women – mothers, grandmothers – who live around what used to be Boeung Kak Lake – not far from the centre of Cambodia’s ...

http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2012/s3638845.htm

Families Evicted From Canal as Part of Clean-Up

Three families were evicted and their houses torn down by authorities in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district yesterday after officials claimed that residents there were polluting a canal with rubbish. The authorities last week warned that families living inside 38 houses in Niroth commune were illegally occupying ...

Habitat Day Marked by capital's evictees

Evictees wearing small model houses on their heads to symbolize their struggles marched to the National Assembly yesterday to ask authorities to intervene to stop more forced evictions. About 400 representatives of 40 communities across the capital joined human rights activists at the former Dey Krahorm eviction site ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100959176/National-news/habitat-day-marked-by-capitals-evictees.html

NGO plans to build mini-city

An NGO’s plan to build an “entire city” for the victims of a forced eviction has been backed by the Phnom Penh municipal government, with preliminary construction already under way. The $2.2 to $2.5 million project, devised by the organisation People for Care and Learning, is expected ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100859152/National-news/ngo-plans-to-replace-slum-with-new-city.html

B Kak motodop recovers

A motodop at the center of the high-profile case against imprisoned Boeung Kak lake villager Yorm Bopha has returned to work after receiving treatment for head injuries, he said yesterday. Supporters of Nget Chet, 28, said during demonstrations last month that the motodop had been nearly brain damaged during an ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100559128/National-news/boeung-kak-motodop-returns-to-work.html

Mass Eviction Looms Ahead Of East Asia Summit

Hundreds of families living near Phnom Penh International Airport are facing imminent eviction from heir homes as security preparations begin for world leaders who will attend next month’s Asean and East Asia summits. A total of 387 families living on 6.3 hectares of land to the ...

Group awaits eviction No. 2

Families in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district face a tense morning as they prepare for the familiar sound of authorities moving in to evict them. Nineteen families in Andong village were told in a letter from district authorities that today was the deadline for them ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100359062/National-news/group-awaits-eviction-no-2.html

Families Face Re-Eviction, Submit City Hall Petition

Representatives of 19 families facing the eviction from their homes in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district submitted a petition to City Hall yesterday, demanding land as compensation. The families claim that the eviction is doubly bitter because they had been relocated to Andong 3 Village, Kouk ...

Eviction Protest Held Outside Donor Meeting

Anti-eviction activists from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak and Borei Keila neighborhoods, dressed as white doves, protested yesterday in front of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, where the country’s donors were meeting with top government officials to discuss the country’s reform targets. Donning paper helmets ...

Villagers facing re-eviction

Villagers evicted from the former Sambok Chab community in the capital’s Dangkor district in 2006 face eviction for the second time – this time without any compensation, evictees told the Post yesterday. According to villager Heng Pheng Chun, 26, authorities in Por Sen Chey district have ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092658910/National-news/villagers-face-eviction-again-in-phnom-penh.html

Anti-Eviction Activists Ask EU, World Bank for Help

Residents of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak and Borei Keila communities delivered petitions to the offices of the European Union and World Bank yesterday in their ongoing attempts to enlist Cambodia’s aid donors in their efforts to have jailed anti-eviction activists released from Prey Sar prison. ...

B Kak duo's reins loosened

Sao Sareoun and Ly Chanary, the two land-rights activists arrested outside the three-hour trial of 13 women from Boeung Kak lake in May, hope an easing of bail conditions is a sign authorities are planning to drop charges against them. The Court of Appeal yesterday ruled ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092058824/National-news/court-eases-bail-conditions-for-b-kak-duo.html

Rights Groups Condemn Charges Against Anti-Eviction Activists

International human rights groups added their voices to the chorus of criticism over the detention of two female anti-eviction activists from the Boeng Kak and Borei Keila communities, accusing the court of failing to honor fair trial standards. In a statement issued late Thursday, Amnesty International, ...

Hundreds of Taxi Drivers Protest for Third Time

More than 200 motorcycle-taxi drivers gathered in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park yesterday, for the third time, to protest against human rights groups who have characterized the recent arrest of two anti-eviction activists as politically motivated. The little known taxi drivers’ union, Cambodia for Confederation Development Association ...

Protesters Demand Anti-Eviction Activists' Release

Fifty Boeng Kak and Borei Keila residents rallied outside the Ministry of Justice yesterday and submitted a petition demanding the release of two anti-eviction activists they say have been jailed on trumped-up charges. Four representatives from the two groups were allowed to enter the ministry yesterday, ...

Police Block Boen Kak Anti-Eviction Protesters

Police in Phnom Penh blocked all attempts by anti-eviction protesters to march out of the city’s Boeng Kak community yesterday, but made no attempt to stop a counter-demonstration against the marchers by a little-known association of tuk-tuk and motorcycle-taxi drivers. About 150 residents of the Boeng ...

Fellow villagers pray for land rights activists

Borei Keila protesters, including many who live in squalor under staircases at the site, have already been compensated for losing their homes and have no right to demand more, Suy Sophan, the owner of developer Phan Imex, told the Post yesterday. About 200 supporters from the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012091058611/National-news/land-evictees-pray-amid-rejection-for-compensation.html

Borei Keila evictees plead case

Homeless Borei Keila evictees who have been living in tents surrounded by garbage since authorities bulldozed their homes in January pleaded outside Phnom Penh Municipal Hall for housing yesterday. Representative Chhay Kimhorn said the families could no longer stand living in tents and stairwells infested with ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012070557230/National-news/borei-keila-evictees-plead-case.html

Rated X for content: TEDxPP

The grand finale at Phnom Penh’s much-ballyhooed TEDx event on Saturday was intended to send a message. Several activists, among them Loun Savath and the son of the late Chut Wutty, would stand before an audience of 600 and read accounts of violent land disputes. Images from ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061156729/National-news/rated-x-for-content.html

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