Boeung Kak workers protest company over wages

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Workers for Graticity Real Estate Development Co protest near Phnom Penh’s filled-in Boeung Kak lake for back wages they say they are owed. Hong Menea

Construction workers, supervisors and janitors working on a massive mixed-use development at the former Boeung Kak lake protested outside the site yesterday, claiming their Beijing-based employer had not paid them in months.

Cheav Borey, 25, an engineer from Kampong Cham, said more than 100 workers are owed back wages spanning from several months to up to a year of work, in some cases totalling thousands of dollars.
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PM orders governor to resolve Boeung Kak dispute

Source: Khmer Times

Protesting villagers. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday ordered the Phnom Penh governor to speed up the process of ending Boeung Kak Lake land dispute, which has dragged on for nearly a decade and has seven families still awaiting a resolution.

The order was made after representatives of Boeung Kak Lake submitted a petition requesting intervention from the Prime Minister.

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Hun Sen orders government to help 7 Boeung Kak families

Source: Phnom Penh post

Buildings are demolished by excavators during forced evictions in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak community in 2010. Touch Yin Vannith

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday directed Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng to quickly resolve land dispute claims by seven families residing in the Boeung Kak area, an order that flies counter to City Hall’s announcement in April that it had officially closed the resolution process for the decade-long dispute.
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Vigil held for imprisoned activist Tep Vanny

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Tep Vanny’s daughter Kong Panha (left) stands with a photograph at a candlelight vigil held to protest the Boeung Kak activist’s year of detention. Pha Lina

Boueng Kak lake residents yesterday held a candlelight vigil to mark one year since fellow activist Tep Vanny was detained by law enforcement for holding a cursing ceremony at the same location.
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UN official vows to help Tep Vanny

Source: Khmer Times

Tep Vanny supporters hold a ceremony for her yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

UN Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith has promised to discuss jailed land activist Tep Vanny with the government.

In a ceremony to mark one year in jail for Ms Vanny, about 30 Boeung Kak community residents yesterday asked Ms Smith to intervene and request Ms Vanny’s release.

Song Sreyleap, a Boeung Kak resident, said the arrest of Ms Vanny was unjust because she was only protesting for social justice over a land dispute.

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Community demands justice for Tep Vanny

Source: Khmer Times

Cambodian protesters shout slogans in support of Cambodian land activist Tep Vanny. AFP

Residents of the Boeung Kak community yesterday requested UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith and ASEAN embassies to campaign for the release of land activist Tep Vanny, who has now been imprisoned for one year.

Gathering in front of the United Nations office in Phnom Penh yesterday, Boeung Kak resident Song Sreyleap said the arrest of Ms Vanny was unjust as she was only protesting for social justice over a land dispute in Boeung Kak.

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A year of ‘hell’ in Prey Sar for Tep Vanny

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Boeung Kak activist Tep Vanny is escorted by officials into the Supreme Court in January this year. Hong Menea

Tep Vanny stood beside four effigies on a dusky evening last August, marshalling other Boeung Kak residents to light incense sticks, hold lotus stems and throw rice at the four life-size dummies while shouting curses.
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