Villagers issue new calls to solve old land dispute

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Villagers from Oddar Meanchey used a news conference yesterday to appeal for government action to return land at the centre of a years-old dispute with sugar companies. The conflict erupted in 2008, when villagers were forcibly evicted from their land to allow Angkor Sugar, Tonle Sugar Cane, and Cane & Valley Sugar to start operations […]

Loggers burned in sugar cane plantation

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A father and his two sons were badly burned while driving a tractor across a sugarcane plantation that was undergoing pre-harvest burning in Kampong Speu’s Oral district on Wednesday, local authorities said. District deputy police chief Orn Yuthhong said that Un Horm, 48, and his two sons – Un Rotha, 23, and Un Ponleu, 14 […]

Communities Protest Sugar Disputes

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Hundreds of people representing communities locked in long-running land disputes in four provinces came to Phnom Penh yesterday to seek the intervention of Prime Minister Hun Sen, asking him to sign off on an EU-backed initiative to evaluate the conflicts. The communities from Koh Kong, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Kampong Speu provinces yesterday filed […]

Bulldozer Incident Dredged Up

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Two villagers were questioned by Mondulkiri court officials yesterday over a two-year-old dispute with a Chinese company that has since been stripped of their licence and left Cambodia. The two men are accused of hijacking Dai Nam company’s bulldozer in 2014 to stop the company from clearing forest on land that ethnic Phnong consider spiritually […]

A bitter feud in Preah Vihear

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Poeun Cheun woke before sunrise on December 12 – a Monday – and after preparing a quick breakfast, she headed to her rice field a couple of kilometres away. The 45-year-old widowed mother of four had been gone from the Tbeng Meanchey district farm for fewer than 24 hours, but now found herself staring at […]

Villagers swat down 1.5-hectare resolution

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The government offered almost 200 families 1.5 hectares each to resolve a land dispute with two sugar companies in Koh Kong province during a meeting yesterday, though the families demanded greater compensation To read more, please click here.

EU pressure effective?

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In recent years, communities displaced by sugar plantations have attempted to reclaim their land by targeting the plantations’ investors and buyers overseas, but a study published last week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Civil Society suggests such efforts may disappoint. Author Young Sokphea notes that after years of both peaceful and violent protest by community […]