Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kratie villagers seek accord

Kratie villagers seek accord

Kratie villagers seek accord

Kratie provincial authorities met with more than 500 Pi Thnou commune fam­ilies seeking a social land concession yesterday, making good on a promise made last week in order to get villagers to end their blocking of national road 6A.

The director of Snuol district council, Sum Chuon, said the meeting, which included Kratie’s deputy provincial governor and the Snuol district governor, determined a mechanism to verify the status of villagers living in the commune.  

“District authorities will provide a letter to villagers on Wednesday to gather the names of the families’ members for provincial authorities to see. According to our check, they really don’t have land; the province will prepare a social land concession for them,” Sum Chuon said.

The 500 families blocked the road last Saturday to force a meeting with provincial authorities to air their grievances with the land-clearing activities of the Memot Rubber Plantation, Sovann Rithy, Samnang Angkor and Day Nam companies.

Villagers say repeated requests for social land concessions have been denied by authorities.

Villager representative Huo Nayuth, 48, said that the land of some villagers had already been bulldozed by the companies.

“Some villagers live by taking wood oil and pulling vines. Those trees are cut by companies for development. The villagers need the land to live,” she said.

Villagers are asking that a five-hectare social land concession be given to each family for housing and farming, warning if the issue is not resolved, they will block the road again in greater numbers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tep Nimol at [email protected]


  • 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

  • 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

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which