Land

Lands Grabs and Other Destructive Environmental Practices in Cambodia Test the International Criminal Court

Three leading climate and human rights nonprofits have asked the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague to pursue rampant “land grabbing” by the government of Cambodia and its commerce partners as a crime against humanity under the court’s jurisdiction. In an open letter ...

Katie Surma

Thailand’s Indigenous Peoples fight for ‘land of our heart’ (commentary)

On Sept. 3, 2019, the remains of Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, a Karen environmental and community rights defender who was disappeared in 2014, were found in an oil drum submerged under the Kaeng Krachan dam suspension bridge in Phetchaburi, Thailand. Billy was last seen by his community while ...

Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn, Thomas Worsdell

Gov’t commits to removing UXO by 2025

Cambodia has declared that it is committed to clearing all anti-personnel landmines by 2025, despite challenges that lie ahead, but its leaders say this target can only be reached with the full participation of all stakeholders and the continuous support of its development partners. Prime Minister ...

Niem Chheng

Crackdown on "Encroachers" in Kaeng Krachan Forest Begins

Fresh evidence of apparent forest clearing and burning in the deep jungle of Kaeng Krachan National Park has been presented to the public to substantiate claims and the forest suppression operation by forest officials, while Karen supporter groups have condemned the latest suppression move and ...

B.Tribune

OPINION: Allow Myanmar ethnic groups to manage their own land

It is estimated that millions of people from cities across Myanmar are in the streets protesting against the military coup that took place on 1 February. The slogan ‘Free Aung San Suu Kyi’ has drawn out many of those demonstrating. But it is a different demand ...

Stella Naw

In Cambodia, this village shows even the wealthy are vulnerable to land grabbing

The river view behind the house was broad and serene, a wide expanse of the Mekong flowing just past the newly occupied villa. A pretty sight, and prime real estate too. So when the sand pumping crews showed up just after the housewarming party late last ...

ANDREW HAFFNER

Ethnic Groups Demand Input in Myanmar Land Reforms

Development organizations and farming groups from ethnic minority areas have called on the government to postpone land reforms, saying they will crush indigenous people’s rights. After parliament resumes on Feb. 1, it is due to discuss a land law which has been planned since 2019 as ...

NAN LWIN

Ethnic Groups Demand Input in Myanmar Land Reforms

Development organizations and farming groups from ethnic minority areas have called on the government to postpone land reforms, saying they will crush indigenous people’s rights. After parliament resumes on Feb. 1, it is due to discuss a land law which has been planned since 2019 as ...

NAN LWIN

Preah Vihear park dwellers receive land to relocate

The Preah Vihear Provincial Authority has decided to provide 10ha to 31 families in exchange for relocating from the Techo Sen Russey Treb Park – which is currently under the management of the Royal Academy of Cambodia – to prevent them from continuing to clear ...

Nov Sivutha

Construction of highway connecting Dawei SEZ, Htikhee to commence next year

The construction of a 140-kilometer two-lane highway connecting the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Tanintharyi Region to the Htikhee at the Thai border will commence in mid-2021, according to the Dawei SEZ Management Committee. When complete, it will take travellers from the SEZ about 2.5 ...

Chan Mya Htwe

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