Gov’t back for seconds at Licadho

Gov’t back for seconds at Licadho

For the second time in as many weeks, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction has asked rights group Licadho to provide data collected on the identity of land dispute complainants.

In a letter released yesterday, Vuthy Vannara, director of the ministry’s secretariat, said that data already provided by Licadho was “unclear”.

“The data provided to the secretariat has yet to reveal clearly the identity of disputants … the subject of the complaints and settlement requests,” the letter read.

In a statement on February 19, Licadho said that land disputes had surged in 2014, after it received complaints involving more than 10,000 families. The figure had leapt from fewer than 3,500 in 2013, prompting claims from the government that the data were a “fabrication”.

The government called on Licadho to submit its records for review, which the group did on Thursday.

Am Sam Ath, senior investigator for Licadho, said the data already provided was comprehensive.

“Our report shows the locations of the conflicts and disputants, so they should ask their officials to work by themselves,” he said.

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