Activists have charges dropped

Phnom Penh Municipal Court dropped the charges against three land activists on December 14, rejecting the accusations of extortion and property damage brought against the trio by the owner of a development company.​ ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Court delays activists’ hearing

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday postponed the hearing against three Borei Keila community activists who are being sued by a prominent tycoon in a decade-long land dispute. The dispute started in 2004 when residents in the capital’s Borei Keila neighbourhood were asked to ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Resident from Borei Keila questioned on protest

Authorities questioned a Borei Keila resident on Tuesday for her role in a protest outside the home of developer Suy Sophan, who filed a complaint against her earlier in March. Borei Keila resident Phork Sophin said that she may be charged with defamation and the ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Borei Keila resident summoned for questioning

A Borei Keila villager has been ordered to appear for questioning Tuesday at the Ministry of Interior over protests in Tuol Kork last month against the forced evictions of residents to make way for a development project. ...

Phak Seangly

Borei Keila members told to stop protests

District authorities warned Borei Keila residents yesterday during a meeting to stop protesting lest they be arrested. On Wednesday, representatives from seven families gathered in front of the house of Suy Sophan, the owner of Phanimex, to demand what they deem just compensation for vacating their ...

Leonie Kijewski

Borei Keila families take compensation

Almost 20 Borei Keila families have decided to accept compensation in one of the country’s most prominent and longstanding land disputes.​ ...

Soth Koemsoeun and Leonie Kijewski

As deadline passes, Borei Keila residents reject final offer

A deadline for a group of Borei Keila residents to accept compensation or leave their homes with nothing passed on Friday, with none of the residents agreeing to move to a resettlement site, and authorities saying they have no right to remain, but with no ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Deadline arrives for Borei Keila residents

Villagers in one of Phnom Penh’s fiercest land disputes said yesterday they are determined to stay in Borei Keila despite today’s deadline to either accept compensation or leave with nothing. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Public road reopened after ditch filled in

Authorities yesterday dismantled fences and filled in a ditch in order to reopen a road, allegedly disconnected by two real estate companies several years ago, to public access in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Companies told to reopen road

Land Minister Chea Sophara has told two firms to reopen a public road they fenced off without permission. The order came after 127 families affected by the closure complained about Phanimex and Heng​ Ly companies in August last year. ...

Khuon Narim

Minister criticizes tycoon

Ongoing land disputes between the Ministry of Land Management and the owner of development firm Phanimex are influencing White Building residents’ decision on whether to relocate or stay, according to Land Management Minister Chea Sophara. ...

Pech Sotheary

New building, broken promises at Borei Keila

A decade ago, powerful businesswoman Suy Sophan promised to build 10 apartment blocks for residents of Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila neighborhood who faced eviction to make way for her real estate project. She only built eight, leaving hundreds of residents without a home.   ...

Khuon Narim

Borei Keila owner defiant after meeting lawmakers

Businesswoman Suy Sophan remained unrepentant after a closed-door meeting with lawmakers at the National Assembly on Thursday about her controversial Borei Keila property in central Phnom Penh, continuing to deny that she broke a contract to provide all evictees with new apartments. ...

Khuon Narim

Borei Keila reps want in on housing talks

Evictees from the Borei Keila community protested in front of City Hall on Friday to demand their inclusion in a working group that has been tasked with resolving the long-running dispute in which a development firm failed to provide decent housing for hundreds of people ...

Khuon Narim

Companies squabble, villagers protest in Kandal

A company that villagers say owns land that was illegally grabbed from them in Kandal province asked more than 100 residents of Ponhea Leu commune to leave the firm out of their dispute and focus their ire on Phanimex, which is owned by powerful businesswoman ...

Aun Pheap

Protests continue for 4th day over land dispute

About 250 villagers protested against development firm Phanimex on Thursday as their commune chief faced questioning in Kandal provincial court over an ongoing land dispute. For the fourth consecutive day, villagers from Ponhea Leu commune rallied in front of the court, accusing Phanimex of grabbing 63 ...

Ben Sokhean

City hall threatens to revoke parking licenses

Phnom Penh City Hall said Tuesday it would revoke the licenses of companies whose subcontractors are accused of routinely overcharging motorists for parking at some of the city’s markets unless the problem is fixed, according to a news release posted Wednesday on the municipality’s website. “If ...

Sek Odom

Villagers in land dispute with Phanimex petition authorities

Four hundred Kandal villagers locked in a land dispute in Ponhea Leu district with development company Phanimex submitted a petition Wednesday to district authorities and rights group Adhoc calling for a solution. The petition came a day after villagers blocked National Road 5 for more than ...

Ben Sokhean

Borei Keila villagers cast curse on adversaries

Borei Keila residents on Thursday cast a symbolic curse on the people they say are responsible for making their lives a misery since violently evicting them from their homes two years ago. In the latest development in the long-running dispute, security guards and riot police last ...

Aun Pheap and Lauren Crothers

Two Borei Keila Women in Hospital From Clash

Two residents of the Borei Keila community remained hospitalized Sunday after a Valentine’s Day clash with authorities on Friday that left 19 people injured, a community representative said. Although most of the 19 were only slightly injured, two women were more severely hurt and are still ...

Aun Pheap

Six injured as police, Borei Keila villagers clash

At least six people were injured on Friday when a small group of Borei Keila villagers were evicted from the grounds of an unfinished building in Phnom Penh that they began occupying this week in a bid to draw attention to a years-long fight for ...

Khuon Narim and Lauren Crothers

Borei Keila residents ‘occupy’ unfinished apartment block

Residents embroiled in a long-running land dispute in the Borei Keila area of Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district on Wednesday tore down three metal fences and occupied an unfinished apartment block at the site. The fences were felled with axes by irate residents, who took the ...

Khuon Narim and Lauren Crothers

Evictees, Activists Scuffle With Police in Front of City Hall

Evictees and anti-eviction activists on Wednesday briefly scuffled with police and security guards after cutting off traffic in front of Phnom Penh City Hall to demand that businesswoman Suy Sophan compensate them for homes that were bulldozed early last year. Human rights group Adhoc said at ...

Khuon Narim and Zsombor Peter

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