Elephant electrocuted, causing 12am blackout

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A wild elephant lies dead after being electrocuted after running into a utility pole yesterday in Preah Sihanouk province, triggering a blackout in the area. Photo supplied

A wild elephant was electrocuted when it leaned against a power pole yesterday in Preah Sihanouk, triggering a black out in the area.

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Families call for return of land

Source: Khmer Times

The Agriculture Ministry says officials are working on the case. KT/ Mai Vireak

A group of 20 people representing 554 families locked in a 10-year land dispute yesterday submitted a petition asking the government to end the lengthy conflict.
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Villagers issue new calls to solve old land dispute

Source: Phnom Penh Post

People watch a community building burn next to a sugar plantation belonging to Thailand’s Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation in Oddar Meanchey after authorities set it ablaze during a 2009 eviction. Photo supplied

Villagers from Oddar Meanchey used a news conference yesterday to appeal for government action to return land at the centre of a years-old dispute with sugar companies.

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Three held over state land clearing

Source: Phnom Penh Post

One of the three men arrested in Kampong Thom on Tuesday for encroaching illegal state land. Photo supplied

Authorities in Kampong Thom province’s Santuk district arrested three men yesterday, accusing them of being among a group who had allegedly encroached illegally on state land.

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Patrollers, gov’t make busts inside Prey Lang

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Four chainsaws were seized along with tractors and illegal timber on Sunday in Preah Vihear province. Photo supplied

Patrollers from the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN), Environment Ministry rangers and a police officer confiscated four chainsaws, six tractors and nearly 100 planks of first-grade timber from a group of loggers on Sunday in Preah Vihear’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. Continue reading

World Bank hurting locals, report says

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A man operates machinery on a HAGL land concession in Ratanakkiri province in 2013. HAGL has been linked to Vietnamese private equity funds that are themselves linked to grabbing land from indigenous people and decimating forests. Global Witness

The World Bank indirectly fosters evictions, land-grabbing and environmental destruction by investing in conflict-driven projects in Cambodia through private equity funds and banks, a new report by the NGO Inclusive Development International argues.

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Despite Legal Defense, Rainsy Connects Hun Sen, Kem Ley

Source: Cambodia Daily

Mourners pay their respects to Kem Ley at Wat Chas pagoda in Phnom Penh in July. (Satoshi Takahashi)

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy did little to help his lawyer, Sam Sokong, on Friday after a one-hour trial during which the attorney argued that his client had not explicitly blamed Prime Minister Hun Sen for the murder of political analyst Kem Ley. Continue reading