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Evicted Kratie Families Petition Hun Sen for Help

Fifteen villagers representing 18 families from Kratie province involved in an ongoing dispute with the Sovan Vuthy Rubber Company yesterday submitted a petition to the Ministry of Land Management calling for intervention after the company allegedly cleared their farmland. The families say they have lived ...

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Forest officials involved in logging, villagers say

Communities living in the protected Snuol wildlife sanctuary in Kratie province said yesterday that the sanctuary was being destroyed by private companies acting in collusion with local wildlife officers. Snuol forest community representative Mom Sakim said private interests were claiming large areas of the sanctuary without ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013060566074/National/forest-officials-involved-in-logging-villagers-say.html

Tales of intimidation

When activists Mom Sakin and Sorn Siyan took a stand against illegal logging in Kratie province last month, they were allegedly threatened with violence and lawsuits from officials. “Powerful people who wanted to intimidate us shot their guns into the air to prevent us from going ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013050165357/National/tales-of-intimidation.html

Illegal checkpoints, logging tools netted

Activists in Kratie province’s Snuol district seized seven chainsaws over the weekend and collected evidence that four police checkpoints were used to solicit bribes from illegal loggers, representatives of the network said yesterday. After scouring thousands of hectares of protected forest from Friday through yesterday, the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013031962013/National/illegal-checkpoints-logging-tools-netted.html

Hun Sen Lashes Out at Critics of Land Project

Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out at unnamed “stupid” analysts for alleging that he was overseeing the issuance of land titles to a community in Kratie province on Friday to appease the suffering of the people there. “I would like to send a message to ...

Volunteers Move In to Measure Kratie Site

Two months after government security forces evicted hundreds of families from Kratie’s Broma village at gunpoint, residents who were permitted to remain there took their first steps toward legal land tenure. Scores of volunteers last week began to collect data of families in Chhlong and Snuol ...

SRP Says Rural Gains Coincide With Land Grabs

While preliminary results from Sunday’s commune elections indicate that the SRP took a thumping in urban centers—the SRP lost all three of their commune chief positions in Phnom Penh—the party appears to have made gains in rural areas locked in land disputes. Though the figures are ...

Kratie villagers seek accord

Kratie provincial authorities met with more than 500 Pi Thnou commune families seeking a social land concession yesterday, making good on a promise made last week in order to get villagers to end their blocking of national road 6A. ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012040455417/National-news/kratie-villagers-seek-accord.html

Protesters Block Highway Over Alleged Land Grabs by Firms

About 500 protesters erected barricades on National Road 76a in Kratie province’s Snuol district on Saturday to protest the loss of their farmland and homes to encroachment by three agro-industry firms: Sovann Rithy, Samnang Angkor and Dai Nam Cambodia, officials said yesterday. The protest, which remained ...

Hundreds of Villagers Block Road to Protest Land Clearing

About 400 villagers in Kratie province’s Snuol district blocked national road 76A for three hours yesterday to demand that authorities release a villager who had been arrested earlier in the day for allegedly inciting villagers embroiled in a land dispute, villagers and a district official ...

Journalists Trade Blows Over Cash From Wood Smugglers

Two journalists fought it out over cash being paid to them by a wood smuggler along National Road 7 in Kratie province’s Snuol district, landing one of them in the hospital with a head injury on Wednesday morning, a provincial police official said. Kong Sa Im, ...

Villagers set to regain land

Villagers from Kratie province, who blocked National Road 76a last week after four of their own were shot by guards working for agro-development firm TTY, appear to be on their way to receiving farmland they lost to the company in an economic land concession. A statement ...

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Man guarding land crushed by bulldozer

A 54-year-old man in Kratie province’s Snuol district was crushed to death under trees felled on Tuesday morning by bulldozers belonging to Vietnamese rubber company Dy Nam, an official said. District governor Iv Saphum said that Khem Kan, a representative of 77 families involved in a ...

Dozens protest in Phnom Penh over land loss

Sixty villagers from Kratie province staged a protest Friday in Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum Park, claiming that their land had been grabbed by three private companies, and appealed to Prime Minister Hun Sen to intervene in their case. Slesh Vansoekrya, a representative of the villages, said ...

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