Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Authorities destroy villagers’ homes

Authorities destroy villagers’ homes

More than 50 houses in Mondulkiri’s Sre Preah commune were destroyed or damaged this week by authorities, residents said yesterday.

Saron Soneng, 40, said that on Monday, authorities, who accuse the residents of illegally occupying a state conservation area, burned down her home and 4 hectares of cassava.

“We are Cambodian too . . . the authorities should allow us to live and stay in our homes. Now we have nowhere to go but a pagoda,” she said.

Resident Puy Hor, 48, said he had returned to his damaged home.

“The authorities must pay us for the damage to our house and farm,” he said.

Sok Ratha, coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said damaging homes would not help resolve the dispute.

“It affects human rights when the authorities damage a resident’s house without a suitable solution,” he said.

But Sin Van Vuth, Keo Seima district governor, said authorities had no choice.

“We [will] force them to move. If they had come to complete the proper documents at the provincial hall, the authorities might have found them a social land concession to live on. But they did not complete the application,” he said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".