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2012 Sees Jump in Land Disputes and Grants

Economic land concessions remain a major concern, with more than 230 people arrested in 2012, an increase of more than 150 percent from the year before, according to an annual report by the rights group Adhoc. That means land conflicts have increased, Thun Saray, president ...

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/two-thousand-two-land-dispute-jump/1604014.html

Pirated computer software cost Cambodia $50m

Pirated computer software accounted for about $50 million in losses to the Cambodian economy every year, an industry expert said yesterday. According to Pily Wong, president of the ICT Business Association, about 95 per cent of the computer software used in Cambodia is counterfeit, crippling the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013020161114/Business/pirated-computer-software-cost-cambodia-50-million.html

Pension scheme ramps up

More than 700,000 workers at private companies and factories across 19 provinces have registered to join a nationwide pension scheme that goes into effect in 2015, Labour Ministry officials told the Post yesterday. A branch of the National Social Security Fund (NSFF), the pension scheme was ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012121160211/National-news/pension-scheme-ramps-up.html

Cambodian Economy Hurt by Land Evictions

Kratie province – Cambodia’s transformation from war-torn basket-case to one of Asia’s most promising emerging economies is being overshadowed by a backwards lurch in human rights and land policies that critics say are entrenching poverty. Next week’s visit by Barack Obama, the fist by a U.S. ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

CAMBODIA: Rural poor lose out in land deals

Land governance policies in Asia, especially concessions made to private companies, are leaving the region’s poorest vulnerable to human rights abuses, experts say. “Land-grabbing by the rich and powerful continues,” Suson Bunsak, executive secretary of the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, said at the recent Asia ...

http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96452/CAMBODIA-Rural-poor-lose-out-in-land-deals

Dredging licenses up for grabs

The government has granted contracts to three unnamed private companies to invest in dredging operations along parts of the , but is withholding the companies’ names and information on the specific areas for the large-scale projects. Lim Kean Hor, the Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology, told ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012090558508/National-news/dredging-licences-up-for-grabs.html

Phnom Penh Autonomous Port pushes for IPO

Following a government push for Cambodia’s largest state-owned firms to list on the Cambodia Securities Exchange, Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP) said yesterday that it plans to float on the newly launched bourse. The port would join Telecom Cambodia and Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, both of which ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012072557594/Business/phnom-penh-autonomous-port-pushes-for-ipo.html

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 ...

Real estate firm ready for CSX listing

Bonna Realty Group will prepare to list on the Cambodia Securities Exchange, the company’s president said this week. The real estate firm joins a small but growing group of private companies that say they are gearing up for initial public offerings on the new exchange. ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012070657246/Business/real-estate-ready-for-csx.html

Cambodia approves land concessions, despite ban

Cambodia’s government has ignored a suspension on new land concessions to private companies, announcements in an official publication showed, despite ordering a freeze after growing discontent over forced evictions and illegal logging. Prime Minister Hun Sen signed off on 12 sub-decrees on June 7 and 12 ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/26/us-cambodia-land-idUSBRE85P0G520120626

NGOs Criticize Flouted Land Grant Ban

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has given approval to grant state-owned land to three private companies despite issuing a temporary ban on land concessions, drawing criticism from local NGOs concerned about increasingly frequent land disputes in the country. Copies of three subdecrees obtained by RFA showed ...

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/land-concessions-06202012182023.html

SRP Seeks Suspension of All US Military Aid to Cambodia

Opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua departed for the U.S. yesterday in hopes of pressuring Washington into suspending all military aid to Cambodia over the government’s use of soldiers to defend the land holdings of powerful business families. “We have enough evidence that soldiers are providing protection to ...

Prison labour still a threat: rights group

Prisoners still face being exploited for labour, despite the government’s March prakas banning goods made behind bars from being exported, rights group Licadho has said. Although Licadho believes the prakas will help protect the image of Cambodia’s garment industry, it says inmates still face exploitation under ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012051056084/National-news/prison-labour-still-a-threat-rights-group.html

Courts systematically used to ‘threaten’ villagers, NGOs say

The government failed to evaluate social and environmental impacts before granting economic land concessions to private companies, while officials and company staff used the courts to intimidate residents during land disputes, representatives of NGOs said at a conference in the capital yesterday. “The courts are not ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011112352925/National-news/courts-systematically-used-to-threaten-villagers-ngos-say.html

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