Will huge new airport planned for Kandal see locals stripped of land?

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

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Rice fields in Kandal Stung district’s Kandork commune that are set to become part of a large airport development announced by the government In January.

Life was quiet at first in the Kandal Stung village where Uong Sim and her husband settled more than 20 years ago.

They planted rice fields and built a small house. They had children and grandchildren. Money was tough, but they made do.

Then strangers began appearing in the village with stakes and bulldozers. A local oknha, or tycoon, said the land belonged to her. Villagers in three communes went to court, protested in front of Hun Sen’s house and clashed with Military Police. Hundreds of families were affected.

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Borei Keila row goes on

Source : Khmer Times

Residents hold placards during their protest yesterday.

Nine remaining families in the Borei Keila community began protesting outside the house of Suy Siphan yesterday to demand that her Phan Imex company keep its promise and provide appropriate compensation to end their long-running land dispute.

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Holdouts in Borei Keila accept compensation

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

A handful of holdout families have accepted compensation to leave their homes in Borei Keila, following individual negotiations with district authorities yesterday.

Borei Keila is one of the longest-running land conflicts in the country, with development company Phanimex having agreed in 2004 to build 10 buildings in the area for residents to relocate to in exchange for the land they lived on, but building only eight. Hundreds of families were left without a permanent home when authorities violently evicted them in 2012. Continue reading

Homes destroyed in eviction

Source: Phnom Penh Post

People gather yesterday morning to demand Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention to resolve a land dispute in Kandal province. Mech Dara

Security forces on Friday dismantled and burned three homes in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district after forcibly evicting the families, enforcing a Supreme Court decision from last year that ruled against the households’ claims to the land.
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Villagers clash with workers in Kampot land dispute

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A soldier watches while company representatives tear down a house that villagers were building on what authorities claim is company land. Photo supplied

A long-runnig land dispute turned violent over the weekend as villagers in Kampot province’s Decho Aphivat commune clashed with representatives of an agriculture company who had been ordered to tear down their homes.
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Angkor Park residents fear being evicted

Source: Khmer Times

Peus Nhoy will dismantle his home if authorities force him to do so. KT/Chor Sokunthea

As the Apsara Authority knocked down seven illegal structures in the Angkor Archeological Park yesterday, other residents expressed confusion over why they were first granted permission to build homes but are now being evicted.

Prior to the June 4 commune elections, at least 521 illegal structures sprung up in the park after the Apsara Authority received 641 requests for building permits.

Many of the structures – shops, homes, or expansions to homes – were built before the elections with permission from local authorities only, including village and commune chiefs.

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Demolition derby: Preparing the White Building

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The outside of Phnom Penh’s White Building. Hong Menea

The Land Management Ministry and Japanese firm Arakawa have started marking off vacated sections of the White Building and disconnecting its utilities, with a ministry official saying he was confident the fewer than 10 families who have so far refused to move will agree to compensation before demolition is set to begin next Monday. Continue reading