Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Land titles sought in Kampong Thom

Land titles sought in Kampong Thom

Land titles sought in Kampong Thom

The Kampong Thom provincial governor issued a letter on Tuesday to villagers living in Santuk district, ordering them to provide documentation confirming their ownership of land they reportedly “purchased” from brokers after it had already been assigned to relocated families, officials said yesterday.

Deputy district governor Som Vanthorn said about 1,750 families who relocated to Thmor Samleang village, in Kraya commune, in 2009 had received 20m by 40m plots of land for their homes, but that only 77 families of disabled military veterans had received the promised hectare of farmland that was to come with each plot.

Villagers, many of them military veterans, began settling in Kraya commune’s Banteay Ragneang village in 2004 and received official recognition as landowners from local authorities in 2005.

In 2007, however, the Vietnamese company Tin Bien was awarded an 8,100-hectare land concession for a rubber plantation in the area. Families were evicted in December, 2009 and later offered land in Thmor Samleang village.

Som Vanthorn said the letter requested documentation from people, mostly from Phnom Penh , who claimed they had bought the land from brokers.

“We set up a one-month deadline for them. If they do not come to show their documents, we have to withdraw that land and provide it to villagers,” he said.

Provincial governor Chhun Chhorn said that officials would gather information from villagers claiming ownership of land in Thmor Samleang village and report to the provincial land management committee by December 15.

Luon Bunthy, a former resident of Banteay Ragneang village who fled the village to avoid arrest, said he had not received any land because he was afraid police would apprehend him.

“Police accused me of burning down an excavator, so I lost my land and also did not get land in exchange, and a lot of families are waiting for farmland,” he said.

Provincial Licadho monitor Poe Oumoete said at least 11 other families were claiming land ownership in the area.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all