Ratanakkiri cop in bed with loggers, villagers say

Rights group Adhoc will take a complaint filed against a commune police officer accused of colluding with illegal loggers in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district to the provincial court today. The complaint, which villagers in Lbaing II commune filed with Adhoc on Friday, alleges that commune police officer ...

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Villagers File Complaint Against Vietnamese Rubber Firm

Twelve ethnic Tampuon families living in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district yesterday filed a complaint with the provincial land management department, accusing the owners of a Vietnamese rubber plantation of clearing their farmland, local official said. Tun Vantham, chief of Samuth Loeu village in Seda commune, said ...

Embattled villagers fight on

First, agricultural company DM group displaced them, now a recently arrived commercial farmer has threatened their lives and chased them off their new land, said representatives of 12 families engaged in a long-standing land dispute in Ratanakkiri province. On Wednesday, the 12 Tampuon ethnic minority families ...

Luxury Wood Seized in Ratanakiri Road Block

About 30 metres of luxury timber were seized in Ratanakirri province on Sunday after national and provincial military police set up a road block near the border with Vietnam, according to police officials. The high-end lumber was being smuggled over a dirt road in Lumphat ...

Ethnic Kreung Accuse Businessman of Threats

A group of ethnic Kreung families living in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district have accused a wealthy plantation owner of destroying their crops and threatening to evict them from their homes, local officials and villagers said yesterday. Soeun Sarath, a representative of 13 indigenous families living in Kaleng ...

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 ...

March called off as governor listens

The march of a thousand villagers in Ratanakkiri province’s Lum­phat district, planned for yesterday, was cancelled after provincial authorities promised to help settle their long-running land dispute. Adhoc coordinator in Ratanakkiri Pen Bunnar said the provincial governor had appealed to villagers in a meeting over the ...

Villager shot by soldier at site of land dispute

Military police in Ratanakiri province arrested an RCAF officer Monday evening for shooting a 20-year-old villager who was riding his motorcycle across land at the center of a long-running land dispute between ethnic minority villagers and rubber company DM Group, officials said yesterday. RCAF second lieutenant ...

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