Land Issue Promises May No Longer Deliver Votes

Source: The Cambodia Daily

Motorists drive past the White Building in Phnom Penh in September last year. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Vote-seeking politicians around the world are no strangers to making—and later breaking—promises to their constituents. But in Phnom Penh, those weary of ongoing land disputes are particularly wary of the solutions being offered this election cycle.

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Hun Sen is waging ‘systematic campaign’ to silence dissent: Amnesty

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Security guards arrest a land rights activist from the Boeung Kak community during a protest in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2014. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia’s criminal justice system appears to have been methodically suppressing opposition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government in the lead-up to important elections, with critics of his regime routinely being jailed without evidence or fair trial, Amnesty International says in a report released today.

Hun Sen’s government “seems to have embarked on a systematic Continue reading

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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