Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Koh Kong dispute gets fresh hearing

Koh Kong dispute gets fresh hearing

The Koh Kong Provincial Court summonsed 23 villagers from Chikor Leu commune to present themselves – and any relevant documents – at a July 12 hearing with representatives of the two sugar companies that bulldozed their farmland and evicted them from their homes in 2006.

“Our stances are to demand the court give our farmland to us, because Ly Yong Phat grabbed more than 1,400 hectares of our land,” said village representative Kong Song.

The hearing, he said, would be the first since last September to examine their complaint against Koh Kong Sugar Industry Co and Koh Kong Plantation Co, which were granted a roughly 20,000-hectare land concession and are reportedly owned in part by Senator Ly Yong Phat.

In Kongchit, Licadho’s provincial co-ordinator, credited the villagers’ protests with spurring the court to set a date for the hearing, but said that protests alone wouldn’t reverse the concession.

“This time, the villagers and the company representatives must face each other at the court, so the judge must decide to omit the contract or [let it] continue,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chhay Channyda at



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".