Ministry refuses to intervene in Koh Kong land dispute

The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction refused to intervene in land disputes in Koh Kong province’s Botum Sakor district after 77 families involved in the conflict requested its intervention. The ministry said those disputes had already been solved by an inter-ministerial committee. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Koh Kong authorities issue warning over land grabbing

The Koh Kong provincial administration has warned that it will take legal action against anyone who attempts to grab land in an area that used to belong to the Botum Sakor National Park. The 9,306ha located in Kiri Sakor and Botum Sakor districts has been ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Disputants seek responses

Representatives of families embroiled in a land dispute with Union Development Group (UDG) on Monday gathered in front of the Ministry of Environment in a bid to bring about a speedy solution to the ongoing case. The villagers from Koh Kong province’s Koh Sdech and ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Villagers again demand land resolution

Dozens of villagers representing 170 Prek Khsach community households in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district gathered at the Provincial Hall yesterday to petition authorities to speed up land dispute resolution involving two development companies. ...

Pech Sotheary

Officials dispute money for survey claims

A joint-ministerial working group and Koh Kong provincial authorities on Tuesday denied claims that officials have demanded money from people who want to be identified as true land owners in a dispute between villagers and the Union Development Group in the province’s Botum Sakor and ...

Pech Sotheary

Still no solution to land dispute

Two groups of villagers representing more than 500 families locked in land dispute cases in multiple provinces once again rallied at the Ministry of Land Management and Ministry of Environment yesterday, appealing to authorities for a solution. ...

Pech Sotheary

Koh Kong protesters again return to ministry

Nearly 100 residents representing 210 families in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district that are in a dispute with Chinese company Union Development Group gathered in front of the Land Management Ministry once again yesterday to demand that officials settle their cases. ...

Pech Sotheary

UDG to pay for damaged crops

A total of 13 out of 14 families locked in a land dispute with the Union Development Group in Koh Kong province on Tuesday accepted a compensation offer over crops destroyed by the company in January. Negotiations are also under way with the one family ...

Pech Sotheary

Feasibility study to begin in Koh Kong

The government has announced the approval of a feasibility study to be conducted in Koh Kong province, signalling to demonstrators who have been rallying in front of the Land Management Ministry office in Phnom Penh that their land dispute may come to a close. ...

Pech Sotheary

Land dispute protesters again return to ministry

Nearly 300 residents representing more than 500 families locked in several land disputes in Koh Kong province gathered yesterday to once again petition the Land Management Ministry to speed up resolutions after years of alleged inaction by the government. ...

Pech Sotheary

18 families ordered to leave land, as Chinese development moves in

Eighteen families in a remote region of Koh Kong province have been ordered to move, in order to make way for the development of a Chinese-funded luxury tourist outpost. The families received notice on June 5, ordering them to leave their homes within one month. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Commission calls for review of land concessions in Koh Kong

Three parliamentarians from the National Assembly’s human rights commission, led by CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang, returned Tuesday from a two-day visit to four communities in Koh Kong province locked in land disputes with companies holding private land concessions. Following the trip, the lawmakers said ...

Khuon Narim and Hul Reaksmey

Evictees prepping complaint

Former residents of two villages in Koh Kong province that were razed last week by security guards for Chinese firm Union Development Group are preparing to file a complaint to Prime Minister Hun Sen. Fourteen homes were destroyed by company security guards Thursday morning, according to ...

Taing Vida

UDG guards again accused of violent evictions

About 40 security guards armed with axes and AK-47s and working for the Chinese-owned Union Development Group (UDG) on Sunday demolished the homes of three villagers who claim to own land on UDG’s sprawling $3.8-billion beachside tourist development in Koh Kong province, villagers said. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Villagers blocked from stopping construction

Security guards hired by the Chinese-owned Union Development Group (UDG) thwarted an attempt Friday by 10 villagers to bring a halt to the company’s clearing of land in Koh Kong province, locals said. ...

Khuon Narim

Minister meets NGOs over ongoing UDG dispute

Environment Minister Say Sam Al on Thursday met with U.N. and NGO representatives to discuss the ongoing dispute between the powerful Chinese-owned Union Development Group (UDG) and villagers in Koh Kong province who say they were kicked off their land and had their shelters torched. In ...

Khuon Narim

Security guards accused of beating

Security guards working for a firm building a resort in Koh Kong province beat a woman who was trying to farm the land from which she had been evicted, she has told police. Khun Phall, 40, said that on Monday evening, she and family members returned ...

Sen David

Evictees abandon new land

About half the Koh Kong province villagers relocated to make way for a Union Development Group resort project have abandoned the new homes provided for them, citing poor conditions and an inconvenient location, a village representative said yesterday. More than 1,000 families living in the province’s ...

Phak Seangly

UN visits evictees, site of $3.8B tourism project

About 50 families gathered under a timber roof here Sunday among muddy fields granted to them as compensation after China’s Union Development Group (UDG) began to turn their coastal homeland into a $3.8-billion tourist mecca. The families, who now live in timber houses dotting the barren ...

Mech Dara and Alex Willemyns

Villagers Claim Soldiers Hired to Prevent Planting

Villagers in Koh Kong’s Botum Sakor district said Friday that Union Development Group (UDG) used military forces to prevent villagers from planting paddy rice on land that is locked in a longstanding dispute, a claim the military denied. Khun Thala, a 40-year-old villager, said Friday that ...

Khuon Narim

Lack of funds delays railway

The China Railway Group’s planned $7.5 billion Cambodian north-south railway line has been delayed due to funding shortages, according to the company’s top official. Originally slated to begin construction last year, China Railway’s chairman, Li Changjin, told the South China Morning Post that work on the 400-kilometre railway ...

Daniel de Carteret

Relocated ‘need more’

Minister of Environment Say Sam El urged economic land concessionaire Union Development Group (UDG) – the mega-resort developer at the centre of a long-running Koh Kong province land dispute – to provide sufficient infrastructure in the relocation areas provided for residents it displaced, a ministry ...

Sen David

It’s paradise – for some

On the shore of Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district overlooking a cluster of islands, a flourishing new golf course lies vacant but for a handful of workers tending its empty greens. The Romanesque hotel behind it, replete with a bold central dome, luxury VIP suites ...

May Titthara and David Boyle

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