Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Borei Keila evictees turn to Clinton

Borei Keila evictees turn to Clinton

Borei Keila evictees turn to Clinton

As the ASEAN summit turns Phnom Penh into a buzz of diplomatic activity, the chance to send a well-timed message has not been lost on the local community.

Fifteen representatives of the evicted families of Borei Keila yesterday filed a petition asking US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – who is due to arrive later this week to take part in the capital’s ongoing ASEAN meetings – to press the Cambodian government for a speedier resolution of their plight.

Evictee representative Chum Ngan, 39, passed the Khmer-language petition, which she said detailed the history of the Borei Keila land dispute, to a security guard outside the embassy.

“To date, we are sheltering under leaked tents, canvas and stairs close to piles of rubbish,” Chum Ngan told reporters.

A spokesman for the embassy confirmed receipt of the petition, but did not say whether Clinton, who recently spoke out on behalf of the then-imprisoned Boeung Kak 13 land protesters, would get a chance to read it.

Villagers have lived under staircases and in squalor since Phan Imex, backed by the Phnom Penh municipal authority, demolished their homes on January 3.

Others accepted relocation to barely improved sites on the outskirts of the capital and in Kandal province.

When the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights, Surya Subedi, visited the families in May, he told them: “The conditions in which you have been forced to live don’t seem to be adequate for the 21st century.”

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

MOST VIEWED

  • Police seek arrest of Chinese ‘gang’

    Cambodian police remain on the lookout for 20 Chinese nationals who earlier this month posted a video clip threatening to stoke insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province, though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintained the group posed no threats to Cambodia’s national security. National Police

  • Rapper deletes song critical of Cambodian social issues

    A young musician has deleted from Facebook and YouTube a rap song that was critical of Cambodia’s social issues and announced that he will stop singing the song after officials visited his home in Siem Reap province and allegedly gave him a warning. Provincial

  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Kampong Chhnang teacher detained for providing health services

    Kampong Chhnang provincial court on Saturday ordered a schoolteacher into pre-trial detention for allegedly providing health services and injections illegally in Kampong Tralach district. Chhuon Siven, the Kampong Chhnang provincial court spokesperson, told The Post on Sunday that the court had ordered the detention of