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Borei Keila evictees look to UN’s Subedi

Borei Keila evictees look to UN’s Subedi

Borei Keila evictees who have spent months sleeping under staircases and near rubbish dumps delivered a petition to UN Special Rapporteur Suya Subedi yesterday as their quest to be housed again at Borei Keila continued.

Village representative Yan Phern, 39, who was injured during violent clashes between residents and police at the site on January 3, said about 30 displaced villagers took the petition to the UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“He [an officer] said he would personally take this petition to Surya Subedi, and we will be told later what the result will be,” he said, adding they had been told Surya Subedi was out visiting the provinces.

The petition was yet another call to an outside authority or body to pressure the Phnom Penh municipal authority to end the evictees’ housing woes.

Development firm Phan Imex agreed in 2004 to construct 10 residential buildings at Borei Keila in exchange for land residents occupied; however, only eight have been built.

Yan Phern said the petition described the January 3 incident in which Phan Imex, backed by the Phnom Penh municipal authority, bulldozed houses and destroyed property, evicting the final Borei Keila residents who had refused resettlement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khouth Sophak Chakrya at [email protected]

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