Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Jarai ethnic minority claim forest razed

Jarai ethnic minority claim forest razed

Jarai ethnic minority claim forest razed


A bulldozer operated by an employee of the Chea Chanrith Development company clears a patch of disputed land in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadav district yesterday, Sunday, Nov.25, 2012. Photograph supplied

The custodians of a community forest in Ratanakkiri have accused a company of illegally bulldozing their protected jungle.

Sen Youn, a representative of the Jarai ethnic minority in O’Yadav district’s Lumchor commune, said yesterday an investigation with rights groups had uncovered that the Chea Chanrith Development company had illegally cleared 40 hectares of protected forest.

“I ask for intervention from authorities and human-rights groups because we are afraid our forest is being grabbed and there will be no more resources for us to earn [a living] from.”

Company representatives could not be reached for comment yesterday, but deputy provincial forestry admninstration chief Phan Poeun said he was collecting relevant information about the case after recieving a complaint from the Jarai community.

Lumchor commune chief Sev Thvan said the company had a licence from the Ministry of Agriculture, granted in October, allowing it to bulldoze 659 hectares in Bakeo and O’Yadav districts.

“The permission from the ministry is to clear the land, but [they] must make sure it does not affect the people’s land. If it’s affected, the company must stop and wait for the solution,” Thvan said.

Chhay Thi, provincial co-ordinator for the rights group Adhoc, said four tractors had been clearing jungle in an area known as O’Changva, in Lae village at Phnom [mountain] Trou, where there were stands of luxury timber.

“We see that the company did not inform the commune authority. Normally, when there is clearing, a company must inform them,” he said.

The Jarai community forest had been recognised since 2010 by provincial authorities, which had maps clearly delineating their claim.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at [email protected]


  • Professor beaten by mob in Phnom Penh after alleged hit-and-run

    Updated with new information: 6:44am, Tuesday March 13 2018 A university professor accused of a hit-and-run has been transported to Vietnam with serious head injuries after he was brutally beaten by a mob in Phnom Penh late Sunday afternoon. A video of the attack shows a group

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of