Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - EU letter critisises housing rights

EU letter critisises housing rights

EU letter critisises housing rights

A EUROPEAN Union human rights official last week issued a letter to Cambodia's ambassador to the body, criticising the government's record on housing rights.

Helene Flautre, chairperson of the EU Foreign Affair's Subcommittee on Human Rights, addressed the letter, dated March 3, to Cambodian ambassador Saphoeun Sun. In it, she said there was a lack of protections from evictions for Cambodians, especially for those living in poverty.

She pointed to Cambodia's legal obligation as a UN signatory to refrain from, and protect against, unjustifiable forced evictions.

"I would like to call on the Cambodian government to comply with international standards, to strengthen the legal framework and to protect and to guarantee due compensation to those affected," she said.   

She cited the violent removal in January of residents from Phnom Penh's Dey Krahorm community as an example of the vulnerability of Cambodians to unregulated development.

More than 1,000 residents lived in Dey Krahorm before old community leaders signed away the 3.6-hectare property in exchange for relocation houses. Land rights groups challenged the legality of the original contract and accused the city and developer of using intimidation tactics to force residents to accept the compensation deals offered.

Last month, a UN housing rights expert, Raquel Rolnik, condemned the Dey Krahorm eviction, calling it a "grave breach" of human rights and highlighting the "harassment, intimidation and criminalisation" of NGOs and lawyers working on housing rights issues. 

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release