NGOs call on government to ‘reopen space for civil society’

Source : Khmer Times 

Activists and NGO members march in 2015 to protest against the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations. Heng Chivoan

NGOs are requesting the government reopen the space for civil society in the Kingdom. They want all conditions removed and not to be smeared with accusations of being “involved in a colour revolution”.

In early November, the Ministry of Interior created a working group to meet with and address the concerns of NGOs and civil society. Continue reading

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Authorities destroy over 20 illegal homes

Source : Khmer Times

The homes were built on private property.

Authorities yesterday destroyed more than 20 homes in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district, claiming they had been illegally constructed on state land or private property.

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Company banned from forestry work

Source : Khmer Times

The company had its permission revoked to collect forest by-products in Preah Vihear province last month.

The government has taken further action to stop the Doung Srouch Group from collecting timber on social land concessions across the nation.

The company already had its permission revoked to collect forest by-products in Preah Vihear province last month on a 1,545-hectare social land concession in Choam Ksan district.

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Government swaps 30 hectares

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

Villagers from southern Phnom Penh voice their concerns about the filling of Boeung Tumpoun by ING Holdings in 2016.

 

The Ministry of Interior is giving 30 hectares of land to a well-connected development company in exchange for a smaller piece of land on the southern outskirts of Phnom Penh.

The land swap, announced in a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on January 18, means that ING Holdings will give up 10 hectares of land in its “Choeung Ek satellite town” in exchange for 30 hectares of land stretching across Meanchey, Dangkor and Takhmao districts.

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Land dispute leads to violence charge

Source : Khmer Times

The villager was charged after placing a pole on the disputed land.

A villager in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district in a land dispute with a Special Economic Zone owned by tycoon Ly Yong Phat was yesterday charged with violence and temporarily detained in prison after a complaint was filed against him by a representative of the SEZ.

In Kongchit, provincial coordinator for rights group Licadho, said Heng Sok, 48, was arrested on Friday and sent to the provincial court yesterday following the complaint, which accused him of placing a pole on disputed land.

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Equitable Cambodia allowed to reopen

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

Protesters demonstrate against land rights NGO Equitable Cambodia in Phnom Penh earlier in September 2017.

Protesters demonstrate against land rights NGO Equitable Cambodia in Phnom Penh earlier in September 2017. Photo supplied

Land rights organisation Equitable Cambodia (EC) has been allowed to resume its activities after months of uncertainty following an ostensibly 30-day suspension.

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Mother Nature activists released from prison

Source : Khmer Times

The two Mother Nature activists after being released from jail in Koh Kong province on Tuesday morning.

Two Mother Nature activists who were convicted of incitement to commit a felony and violation of privacy by the Koh Kong provincial court were released on Tuesday morning after completing their prison terms.

The two environmental activists, Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy, had been detained in Prek Svay prison in Koh Kong province since September 13 last year.

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