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Rosewood gambit fails

A disguised shipment of nearly eight cubic metres of illegal rosewood worth an estimated $50,000 was snagged yesterday in a Forestry Administration dragnet in Siem Reap province after agents in Banteay Meanchey alerted authorities the shipment was headed their way, Forestry officials said. Siem Reap Provincial ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013030761814/National/rosewood-gambit-fails.html

Shots fired as families evicted

Police, military police and forestry officials evicted 100 families in Koh Kong province’s Smach Meanchey district yesterday, shooting into the air during the forcible removal to disperse villagers with the threat of violence. It was the second day of evictions in an area authorities say ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013030761809/National/shots-fired-as-families-evicted.html

Villagers may get land titles

Representatives of 171 Pursat families who claim to have been unfairly left out of the government’s land-titling process said they have reached a tentative agreement with the minister of Industry, Mines and Energy to continue farming on the Bakan district land they have occupied for ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013022661603/National/villagers-may-get-land-titles.html

About 100 Protest Electricity Prices in Mondolkiri

About 100 residents of Mondolkiri province’s Sen Monorom City protested outside the provincial hall on Monday, demanding that local authorities reduce the price of electricity in the city, officials said yesterday. Choeng Sochantha, director of the provincial administration office, said the protestors demanded that the price ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Villagers Claim Injustice in Land-titling Project

More than 200 villagers living on an economic land concession on Pursat province say they were unfairly left out of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nationwide land-measuring program after local authorities on Saturday printed the names of families eligible for land titles. Chhuon Khurn, chief of Phteah ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Police Clamp Down on Land Rights Meeting

Local authorities, including a heavily armed police officer, broke up a training session on land rights in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district on Friday, claiming the two groups had no legal right to hold such a meeting. The move marks the second time in less than a ...

Two Arrested in Pursat as Further Evictions Loom

Two more people in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district have been arrested in conjunction with what local authorities are calling a secessionist plot, while provincial authorities threatened to demolish more homes if residents do not leave a disputed area, officials said yesterday. Deputy provincial court prosecutor ...

Two More Villagers Are Arrested Amid Evictions in Pursat

Two more people in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district were arrested Tuesday in connection with what local authorities are calling a secessionist plot, a forestry official said yesterday. Veal Veng district forestry chief Thorn Bunthet said that Kuy Van, 55, and Leng Chhoeuk, 50, were arrested ...

Reported Cases of Land Grabbing Decrease

The number of new land disputes reported in the first six months of this year decreased by 38 percent compared to the same period in 2011, according to data released by rights group Licadho last week. According to the figures, which represent 15 of the country’s ...

Land Concessions Signed After Hun Sen Ordered Moratorium

According to documents published in the latest Royal Gazette, Prime Minister Hun Sen signed off on three land concessions covering more than 20,000 hectares last month, 11 days after a moratorium on the granting of such concessions was announced. On May 7, Mr. Hun Sen signed ...

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