Apsara Authority grants home building permits

Source: Khmer Times

A resident signs paperwork to grant him construction permission. Supplied

The Apsara Authority granted permission to more than 320 minor projects to build or renovate homes within the Angkor archaeological park in the first half of 2017, according to a report released yesterday.

The report, posted to the Apsara Authority Facebook page, said the authority received 469 applications from residents living on the grounds to build or renovate their homes, and granted permission to 326 of them. Continue reading

EU, World Bank Handed Petitions to Help Free Tep Vanny

Source: The Cambodia Daily

Boeng Kak community members call for the release of prominent activist Tep Vanny in front of the EU headquarters in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning. (John Vink)

More than 30 Boeng Kak activists delivered petitions to the E.U. and World Bank’s Phnom Penh headquarters on Wednesday morning asking the two bodies to lobby government officials for the release of prominent activist Tep Vanny ahead of a court appeal against her prison sentence next week, the activists said.
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Villagers protest new commuter rail project

Source: Phnom Penh Post

An official drives past a tyre that was set alight yesterday by residents of Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district who protested to express anger about being left in the dark about a new railway project. Pha Lina

Phnom Penh City Hall yesterday called a temporary halt to the construction of a commuter rail service connecting the central railway station to the airport after residents living along the small road upon which the tracks were being laid burned tyres to protest not being notified about the project.

Por Sen Chey district authorities had been told to hold a public forum with the community living along Street 105K – a thin road that runs toward Russian Boulevard – before allowing the construction to continue, according to municipal spokesman Met Measpheakdey. Continue reading

Rail-side residents stage protest again

Source: Khmer Times

Residents who fear being affected by railway development protest at City Hall. KT/Mai Vireak

Nearly 100 people from eight communities living alongside railways in Phnom Penh yesterday gathered in front of City Hall demanding clarification on what will happen to them as their areas are redeveloped.

The residents, who have been protesting periodically for more than a year, want land titles for their homes and are worried about forced evictions.

The government last year backed down on plans to build an expressway to the airport along the train route. But early this year, district authorities and the Phnom Penh governor announced fresh plans to expand roads close to the old tracks. Continue reading

Railway protesters seek talks

Source: Khmer Times

Protesters living near the railway project want more information. Supplied

More than 100 residents living in Por Sen Chey district’s Ka Kab commune yesterday burned tyres while protesting over the construction of a railway that will lead to the Phnom Penh International Airport, claiming that people were not given notice of the construction.

Meng Kruy, who lives near the construction on road No.105K, said about 300 families in Continue reading

No school for families refusing to move for Lower Sesan II

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Homes in Stung Treng Srekor Village lay dismantled in anticipation of the flooding caused by the Lower Sesan Dam II. Eliah Lillis

About 105 children in Stung Treng’s Kbal Romea and Srekor villages no longer have access to education as their parents refuse to relocate in the face of potential flooding from the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam, community representatives say.

Five teachers, including two working on contract for the Ministry of Education, used to teach at the local primary school, according to Kbal Romea community representative Dam Samnang. Continue reading

Cambodian mission rebukes UN over ‘Adhoc 5’ statement

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Adhoc officials (from left) Lim Mony, Nay Vanda, Ny Sokha and Yi Soksan (grey hair, facing away) hold a press conference after their release on bail last month. Yon Sineat

The Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations warned the UN not to interfere in the Kingdom’s internal affairs after the body’s human rights arm issued a statement welcoming the release of the so-called “Adhoc 5”, according to a statement made public early this morning.

The Adhoc 5 – four current staffers of the rights group, and one former staffer-turned-election official– were released on bail on June 29 after spending more than a year in pre-trial detention in a “bribery” case relating to an opposition sex scandal. Continue reading