Lor Peang residents refuse compensation for ‘their land’

Around 50 people representing 83 households from Lor Peang village in Kampong Chhnang yesterday refused concessions offered to them during a meeting with the National Assembly’s Commission on Human Rights, Complaints, and Investigation. ...

May Titthara

Lor Peang protesters demand commission chair step down

More than four months after first taking their complaint over a land dispute to the National Assembly’s human rights commission, 50 villagers from Kompong Chhnang province on Thursday protested in front of the assembly, calling for the commission’s head to resign for failing to resolve ...

Kuch Naren

Land communities take on World Bank

About 100 anti-eviction activists from the Boeng Kak, Borei Keila and Lor Peang communities held their latest joint protest outside the World Bank office on Thursday over a recent announcement that it is considering the resumption of loan to the government after a three-year freeze. ...

Mech Dara

Villagers pushed to accept land deal from KDC

Kompong Chhnang provincial authorities on Thursday urged villagers locked in a land dispute with KDC International to accept compensation from the development firm, promising to request that a social land concession be granted to them. ...

Kuch Naren

Lawmakers promise end to KDC land row

The National Assembly’s newly formed bipartisan Human Rights Commission met with representatives from the embattled Lor Peang village on Monday, promising a prompt resolution to their 12-year-old dispute over 145 hectares of land in Kompong Chhnang province. Lork Kheng, deputy chair of the commission, vowed that ...

Kuch Naren

Guards move batons aside in rare show of benevolence

Over the past year, Phnom Penh officials have proven themselves to be an unyielding group in the face of dissent, and the helmeted, baton-wielding security guards who answer to them the scourge of protesters. On Wednesday, however, Daun Penh district officials took a softer approach when ...

Mech Dara

Sam Rainsy vows to help Lor Peang villagers through national mechanism

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy met Thursday with Lor Peang villagers who suffered from land grabbing in Kampong Chhnang province. They have just arrived in Phnom Penh after a long distance walking from Kampong Chhang to demand justice over land dispute with KDC company, and have now ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Despite police blockade, KDC villagers reach Phnom Penh

A day after three of their community members were arrested following a violent encounter with police, about 50 villagers from Kompong Chhnang province forged ahead with a peaceful march toward Phnom Penh on Wednesday, but were temporarily blocked by police officials in Russei Keo district. The ...

Kuch Naren and Lauren Crothers

K Chhnang villagers protest arrests for 3rd day

Villagers caught in a land dispute with a minister’s wife gathered outside Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court for a third consecutive day on Thursday, demanding the release of two men jailed over a clash with workers from the well-connected agriculture firm KDC. ...

Aun Pheap

Villagers protest arrests over land dispute

About 90 villagers continued to demonstrate outside the Kompong Chhnang provincial court Wednesday, calling for the release of two men from prison and protesting the summoning of another eight over clashes last month with workers from the powerful KDC company. The rally came after about 200 ...

Aun Pheap

Villagers take KDC protest to court

About 200 villagers and monks marched to the Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court on Tuesday to call for the release from jail of two villagers and protest the summoning of eight more to appear before the provincial court. The villagers are embroiled in a long-running land dispute ...

Aun Pheap

Villagers summoned to court over KDC clashes

Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court has summoned eight villagers locked in a land dispute with a powerful development company for questioning next week over allegations of aggravated violence and the destruction of property during a series of clashes with workers at the site last month. ...

Kuch Naren

Villagers charged with destruction of property in KDC clashes

Two villagers embroiled in a long-running land dispute with the well-connected KDC company were charged Tuesday with intentional destruction of property and causing injuries during clashes with workers at the disputed development site in Kompong Chhnang province last week. On Monday, provincial police arrested 30-year-old Mang ...

Kuch Naren

Villager arrested over recent KDC land dispute clashes

A 36-year-old villager was arrested at his home in Kompong Chhnang province Monday on allegations of destroying public property and causing injuries during one of several recent clashes in a long-running land dispute between farmers and the powerfully connected KDC International. Villagers say KDC, a firm ...

Kuch Naren

Violent Clashes Break Out Again at KDC Site

Violent skirmishes erupted again between workers and villagers at the restive KDC development site Thursday, with both sides blaming the other for using weapons and instigating the fracas. Clashes last occurred at the site on July 7, when about a hundred police were dispatched to ...

Aun Pheap

Work continues at contested KDC site

A company owned by the wife of Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem forged ahead with its construction of a concrete wall around a swath of disputed land in Kompong Chhnang province Friday, despite a call from the U.N.’s human rights envoy on Thursday that ...

Kuch Naren

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