Land Victims Blocked From Delivering Petition to National Assembly

Source: The Cambodia Daily

The scene outside the National Assembly building in 2013. (Siv Channa)

At least 30 villagers from Oddar Meanchey province who say their land is being encroached upon were blocked by Daun Penh district authorities on Monday as they attempted to march to the National Assembly to deliver a petition asking for the premier’s intervention, they said.

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Intervention sought in land dispute

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Claiming that district authorities destroyed their crops with bulldozers in February to evict them from their land, villagers representing 25 families from Oddar Meanchey’s Anlong Veng district yesterday petitioned the National Assembly to grant them land titles. Village representative Sat Borath said the area is home to more than 100 families, each of which inhabits and farms between 1.5 and 5 hectares of the disputed land.
When district authorities offered to grant each family 1,600 square metres of land in exchange for resettlement, said Borath, 25 families refused. Anlong Veng District Administration Chief Ngoun Lin said the conflict arose because the villagers reside illegally on state land. ‘We do not want a dispute so we arranged them [new] land divided into plots,’ said Lin.
Anlong Veng Commune Chief Vong Pheak placed the number of families who refused resettlement at 35. ‘They said they want [the] national level to solve the problem,’ he said.
Acknowledging that the villagers may have settled on state land, Adhoc Provincial Coordinator Srey Naren nevertheless disagreed with the approach of local authorities, saying they should permit the villagers to stay on land they have inhabited for years. ‘It could be unfair if the authority takes their land,’ he said.

Land dispute villagers told not to march in Phnom Penh

Source: Khmer Times

Petitioners said the district chief had cleared land to build a road. Supplied

Security guards in Phnom Penh yesterday stopped villagers from Oddar Meanchey province from marching to submit a petition to the government.
The petition, which relates to a land dispute, was to be handed to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, the National Assembly, the Interior Ministry and the Land Management Ministry.
Guards in Daun Penh district said the 30 villagers Continue reading

Airline tax to help clean up Cambodia

Source: Khmer Times

For families who live near Phnom Penh’s garbage-choked waterways, life means an ever-present stench and fear of disease. Now, there are plans to fund a big environmental clean-up

The government is looking at ways to tackle Cambodia’s waste problem with a $1 charge on airline tickets touted to raise the cash.
The move comes after footage emerged showing the capital’s canals remain clogged with rubbish a year after video of the pollution was shown around the world.
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National rail system in the pipeline

Source: Khmer Times

AN agreement to build a national rail system has been reached by the Royal Group and two major Chinese companies. The joint venture will refurbish the existing rail link from Phnom Penh to the Thai border and a new

An agreement to build a national rail system has been reached by the Royal Group and two major Chinese companies.

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Two arrested at KNFL presser

Source: Phnom Penh Post

KNLF member Thuy Vy (left) speaks to the press yesterday in Phnom Penh. FACEBOOK

Police interrupted a press conference called by the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district yesterday, arresting two organisers as one called for the release of members of the organisation and other political prisoners.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police officers arrested the two in Continue reading

More residents accept White Building offer

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The White Building in Phnom Penh yesterday. Hong Menea

More than half of the families living in the soon-to-be-razed White Building have now agreed to compensation offers from the Ministry of Land Management, after 71 more families accepted the offer of $1,400 per square metre yesterday. In all, 493 families live in the building, which was designed in 1963 as a low-cost housing project.

Minister Chea Sophara told residents on Friday that Continue reading