Land transfers

Expropriation

'Room for improvement' in Cambodia's land dispute resolution process

Cambodia continues to lack an effective way to resolve land disputes, which remain a major destroyer of livelihoods for many families, according to a study released by the NGO Forum on 18 November. The study examines 26 sample villages in Battambang, Kampong Speu, Pursat and Kampong ...

Koh Kong reps deliver UDG petition

Ten representatives of 318 families in Koh Kong on 12 November filed a petition with the Senate and the National Assembly, asking the government to intervene in their land dispute with Chinese company Union Development Group. Keep reading ...

Ratanakkiri official defends disputed land

A Ministry of Interior immigration official at the centre of a long-running land dispute in a gem mining district of Ratanakkiri spoke out for the first time on 29 October, just days after 200 villagers protested what they termed their illegal eviction. The villagers from Bakeo ...

Rights report decries Thai sugar firm’s tactics

Asia’s largest sugar producer, Mitr Phol, is responsible for violating the rights of hundreds of villagers in Oddar Meanchey who saw their land grabbed, homes destroyed and livestock killed to make way for plantations, according to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT). The Thai ...

Ratanakkiri minorities say land stolen

Ethnic minorities in Ratanakkiri province have accused local authorities of selling community forest land to a provincial court official and threatening to put them in jail, according to a complaint filed on 27 October. The complaint was filed to the provincial office of rights group Adhoc ...

Mandalay golf resort project faces land-grabbing claims

Defiant farmers in Mandalay Region are cultivating fields they say they own as negotiations with the local authorities broke down.  The 200 farmers began harrowing the fields, which are slated for a golf resort, on 25 September in preparation for planting. The farmers say more than 600 ...

Rights group asks for land data sharing

Rights group Licadho has called on the government to make available statistics on the full extent of economic land concessions in response to data collected by the organisation over five years. Keep reading ...

Report finds economic land concessions affected 17K families

Community representatives, civil society organisations and opposition members have urged the government for more urgent action to resolve land disputes following the release of annual data showing that all 24 provinces were affected in 2014, with hundreds of cases still unresolved. The call came at the launch ...

Government land sector reform paper to tackle poverty, food security

The government has hailed its track record on land policy reform as it approved a new “white paper” on the subject, although activists doubted authorities’ willingness to tackle Cambodia’s myriad ongoing land disputes. Keep reading ...

Villagers petition Cambodian lawmakers for help with land dispute cases

About 200 villagers involved in land disputes in three provinces have protested outside Cambodia’s parliament building in Phnom Penh, demanding that lawmakers resolve their cases and threatening not to vote for those who turn down their requests. The villagers from Sihanoukville, Svay Rieng, and Takeo provinces ...

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