Disputants protest at home of tycoon

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Land disputants protest in front of the home of Phan Imex Company owner Suy Sophan on Sunday. Heng Chivoan

About 30 people involved in the long-running land dispute in Borei Keila and Boeung Kak lake demonstrated in front of the home of Suy Sophan, the owner of the Phan Imex Company.

The demonstrators claimed the company destroyed their homes and urged it, the Phnom Penh City Hall, and related parties to resolve the matter quickly. Continue reading

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UN, Licadho stopped from Oddar Meanchey dispute probe

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Anlong Veng district authorities in Oddar Meanchey province on Wednesday allegedly prevented a civil society organisation and United Nations officials from investigating a land dispute involving 122 families living in Anlong commune.

The villagers have accused the authorities of grabbing their land illegally. Officials, however, claim that these people came and cleared land owned by the state, according to In Kongchit, a coordinator at NGO Licadho.

Kongchit confirmed that on Wednesday, he and two UN officials were blocked by Anlong Veng authorities from meeting the people and investigating the situation. He said it was illegal as they were prohibiting a civil society organisation from helping people.
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Workers protest for a second day

Source : Khmer Times

Workers at the Emario Hotel and Resort in Sihanoukville protesting for a second day.

A group of construction workers at the Emario hotel and resort in Sihanoukville were still protesting on Wednesday for the second day running to demand three months of wages after a negotiation yesterday was not successful.

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Koh Kong families protest tycoon’s land concession

Source:  Khmer Times

The company says it is not clearing land that belongs to families that have not accepted compensation. Supplied

More than 30 families living in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district yesterday protested against the work of a Special Economic Zone company owned by tycoon Ly Yong Phat.

The company, which has an economic land concession in Prek Khsach and Samrong Takeo communes, is clearing forest for development in the area.
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Hun Sen: rights organisation CCHR will not be shut down

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Staffers at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights hold up signs reading ‘Save Press Freedom Cambodia’ in solidarity with the Cambodia Daily newspaper, which closed earlier this year following a tax dispute. Photo supplied

In an unexpected turn, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Saturday that the outspoken Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) will not be shut down, despite accusing the local NGO last week of serving foreign interests.
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Appeasing the ancestors

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Community members conduct a sacrificing ceremony yesterday to reassure their angry ancestors in Stung Treng’s Kbal Romeas commune after ten of the villagers fell sick. Photo supplied

After being evicted from their homes as water levels rose, 100 ethnic Phnong villagers returned yesterday to their native Kbal Romeas commune – now in the reservoir of the Lower Sesan II Dam – to sacrifice a buffalo in an attempt to reassure their purportedly angry ancestors after 10 of the villagers fell sick.
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Land rights organisation in Lango limbo

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Protesters demonstrate against land rights NGO Equitable Cambodia in Phnom Penh in September. The Ministry of Interior cited their complaints in suspending the organisation. Photo supplied

More than a month after the announcement of its ostensibly 30-day suspension, land rights organisation Equitable Cambodia remains stuck in limbo, with the Ministry of Interior saying the NGO must wait for the ministry’s approval to reopen.
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