Phnom Penh rated one of the world’s least livable cities

Widespread corruption, poor health care and a lack of adequate infrastructure continue to make Phnom Penh one of the least livable major cities in the world, according to the annual Global Livability Ranking, released on Thursday by the Economist Intelligence Unit. ...

Sonia Kohlbacher and Hang Sokunthea

White building to be renovated

While residents of the iconic White Building in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district welcome a Ministry of Urban Planning and Construction project to develop the pre-Khmer Rouge-era structure, it remains to be seen whether the development will move forward without issues. ...

Mom Kunthear

Campaigners dismiss Facebook as a solution to land problems

Activists have cast doubt on whether Prime Minister Hun Sen’s new initiative for the country’s problems to be solved through social media can tackle the country’s most pervasive problem—land disputes. ...

Hean Socheata

Communities in Daun Penh to receive land titles

Temporary residents on state-owned plots in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district will receive land titles, according to an official letter from the Council of Ministers released Friday. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Land row meet yields no answers, new meeting

A group of Boeung Chhouk village residents being asked to vacate to make room for a new road met yesterday with a senior Council of Ministers official in a bid to resolve the long-running dispute. However, they walked away with nothing but the possibility of ...

Pech Sotheary

Chroy Changvar road row pushes into day 2

A protest against city hall’s decision to clear residents’ land for a new road on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula without paying compensation yesterday entered its second day. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Borei Keila protesters shout down panel

Five shouting protesters yesterday morning shut down a meeting of the joint committee for housing solutions in Borei Keila before it could sign cash compensation deals with 56 evicted families. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Clash at Koh Kong SEZ protest

A 60-year-old woman was injured and sent to hospital yesterday when police cracked down on anti-eviction protesters blocking a busy bridge in Koh Kong province, villagers said. More than 100 villagers locked in a dispute with the company that manages the Koh Kong Special Economic ...

Sen David and Pech Sotheary

'No Decision' made yet on Cambodia loans: World Bank

The World Bank has not yet reached a decision on whether to lift a ban on loans to Cambodia, a Bank official has said, contradicting local media reports that the international financing institution would resume loans suspended three years ago over allegations of violent land ...

Richard Finney

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

One family settles land dispute, 2nd holds out

One of two Phnom Penh families involved in a long-running land dispute with a powerful real estate tycoon accepted the businessman’s latest compensation offer during negotiations Tuesday brokered by the Housing Rights Task Force, though the other family has continued to hold out. The two families, ...

Ben Sokhean

NGOs to petition King over judicial laws

A group of civil society organizations will petition King Norodom Sihamoni today, calling on the king to withhold his signature from three judicial laws that they say will entrench the ruling CPP’s control of the courts and jeopardize citizens’ constitutional freedoms. Despite concern raised by local ...

Colin Meyn

Questions raised over land sale at lakeside

Developer Shukaku has sold off close to 1.3 hectares of land at the capital’s controversial Boeung Kak lake site to a Singapore-listed HLH Group company, according to a statement from HLH. HLH subsidiary D’Lotus Development purchased the land at Boeung Kak in Daun Penh district for ...

Chan Muyhong

Million-home dilemma

A soaring population and increased migration to urban areas will create demand for more than a million new homes by 2030, according to a draft national housing policy. Approved by the Council of Ministers on Friday after a series of revisions, the draft highlights the increasing ...

May Titthara

Petitioners set for Round 2 of showdown with City Hall

Protesters were due to march on four foreign embassies this morning to deliver petitions calling for the release of the 23 detainees held at the remote Correctional Centre 3 after being arrested during the crackdown earlier this month. The march – to the embassies of Germany, ...

Mom Kunthear and Daniel Pye

Marchers to flout ban on protests

Hundreds of civil society representatives, garment workers and community groups are expected to take to the streets this morning to deliver petitions to foreign embassies calling on the government to release the 23 people arrested during garment worker strikes earlier this month and find justice ...

Kevin Ponniah and Cheang Sokha

Boeung Kak men battle on homefront

When the Supreme Court hears land-rights activist Yorm Bopha’s final appeal this morning, familiar cries for justice will come from Boeung Kak women on the streets outside. Much has been written about the housewives of Boeung Kak who have risen up against the government and developers ...

Shane Worrell and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

A confronting force on streets

As protests against land grabbing have increased in Phnom Penh in the past five years, so too have violent crackdowns by the authorities. Police have been criticised for their treatment of protesters – which has included beatings with electric batons and kicks to the stomach of ...

Shane Worrell and Chhay Channyda

Voters split in Boeung Kak

The battle for Phnom Penh at Sunday’s national election will be fought out with the years-long Boeung Kak land dispute still unresolved, after the city’s governor announced yesterday a solution would be found only after the ballot, villagers said. Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong, who in ...

City Accepts Boeng Kak Land Title Applications

Municipal officials began accepting applications for land titles from Boeng Kak lake residents yesterday, but the exact location of the 12.44 hectares granted to the residents remains unclear, community respresentatives said yesterday. Boenk Kak community representatives met with Srah Chak commune chief Chhay Thirith and ...

More NGOs Scrutinised

International NGO Bridges Across Borders and umbrella group NGO Forum met yesterday morning with officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who accused both of making “false” and “unfair” claims to the Asian Development Bank about the death of two children relocated by a railway ...

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