Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Call to end evictions

Call to end evictions

Call to end evictions

111103_04
An excavator destroys homes in Phnom Penh’s Dey Krahorm community in 2009. According to Licadho, about 250,000 Cambodians have been affected by land grabs and forced evictions since 2005.

Local residents delivered a petition with more than 1,200 signatures to Phnom Penh city hall yesterday, urging governor Kep Chuktema to make Phnom Penh an “eviction free” zone.

The petition, called “Declare the city as an eviction free zone,” calls for an immediate end to all evictions within city limits.

“Forced evictions are a violation of human rights,” the petition declares.

“More than 150,000 people have found themselves without a home and many of them have been forced or coerced into leaving. Others have been traumatised by having to watch their homes and belongings be destroyed by excavators,” it continues.

Tep Vanny, a representative of Boeung Kak lake villagers, said that people wanted development in the capital, but not the kind that involves forced evictions.

“We are hurt when our homes and belongings are destroyed,” he said.

Lim Sambo, a former resident of the Group 78 community in Chamkarmon district, said that the $8,000 he received to evacuate his home was not enough to buy land in city centre, so he was forced to relocate to the outskirts of town.

“My living conditions are worse. When I lived in Group 78, I sold porridge and Khmer noodles at my house, so I earned enough money to support my family,” he said. “Now I don’t earn enough from selling coconuts, because I have to pay for petrol to travel into the city everyday from my house in Dangkor district.

“I want the governor and our government to develop the city without forced evictions,” he added. “If you evict them, your people will be poorer and poorer. It’s not a good kind of development.”

Phnom Penh governor Kep Chuktema and his deputy, Nuon Someth, could not be reached by the Post for comment yesterday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • We’re going to Wisney World!

    More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,