World Bank Loan of $100 Million Angers Boeng Kak Activists

Source: The Cambodia Daily

Former Boeng Kak residents submit a petition at the World Bank’s office in Phnom Penh in 2015.(Satoshi Takahashi)World

Boeng Kak supporters on Tuesday said they were dismayed at the World Bank’s announcement of a new $100 million loan to the Cambodian government amid ongoing harassment and jailings of land rights activists.

The loan—announced on Friday and intended to improve rural Continue reading

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Ministry threatens legal action against Black Monday protesters

Source: Khmer Times

The Justice Ministry wants an end to all Black Monday protests. Vireak

A Justice Ministry spokesman has branded the Black Monday campaign to release rights activists as useless, warning those who take part could face legal action.
On Monday, Kim Santepheap said criminal proceedings against Continue reading

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Boeung Kak Protesters Continue to Demand Compensation From World Bank

Graffiti in the Boeung Kak community, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Courtesy of Sorita Heng)

Graffiti in the Boeung Kak community, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Courtesy of Sorita Heng)

The protesters said they have faced numerous difficulties since being forced to relocate.

People displaced from the Boeung Kak neighborhood of Phnom Penh more than a decade ago are still seeking redress from the World Bank, which they claim failed to implement a settlement in the case.

Im Sreytouch, a Boeung Kak activist, said the evictees hold the Bank responsible for their current plight.

”They did not keep track of the budget; that’s why Continue reading

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Boeung Kak representatives meet with World Bank

Boeung Kak representatives meet with World Bank

Boeung Kak representatives meet with World Bank

Five Boeung Kak community representatives yesterday met with World Bank officials to seek their help in securing more compensation and assistance in helping resolve the community’s chronic land disputes.

Im Sreytouch, one of the five representatives, Continue reading

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Boeng Kak Sentences for Insulting Upheld; Three Still Free

Police escort activist Tep Vanny, center, into the Court of Appeal on Monday in Phnom Penh. (Emil Kastrup/The Cambodia Daily)

Police escort activist Tep Vanny, center, into the Court of Appeal on Monday in Phnom Penh. (Emil Kastrup/The Cambodia Daily)

Activists from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighborhood staged a familiar chaotic scene at the Court of Appeal on Monday as guilty verdicts were upheld against four activists, including Tep Vanny, for their roles in a 2011 protest.

The four were sentenced to six months in prison in September Continue reading

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Activists’ appeal struck down

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Tep Vanny shows her handcuffs to the media pack yesterday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The court yesterday upheld the conviction of four Boeung Kak lake activists, including prominent land rights advocate Tep Vanny, over a clash in front of city hall in 2011.
In a complaint brought on by two Daun Penh district security guards, Ms. Vanny, Bo Chhorvy, Kong Chantha and Heng Mom were charged with insulting and obstructing public officials Continue reading

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Vanny, Boeung Kak activists see sentences upheld

Land rights activist Tep Vanny is escorted by officials yesterday outside Appeal Court in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

Land rights activist Tep Vanny is escorted by officials yesterday outside Appeal Court in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

The Appeal Court yesterday upheld a municipal court decision to sentence prominent land activist Tep Vanny and three others to six months in prison in relation to a five-year-old protest that turned violent outside Phnom Penh’s City Hall.

Vanny, Heng Mom, Kong Chantha and Bo Chhorvy were found guilty last month by the Continue reading

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