Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Govt troops are accused over killings

Govt troops are accused over killings

Govt troops are accused over killings

T HE human rights group Adhoc has launched an investigation into the killing of

two men by government troops from the 6th battalion in Kompong Chhnang

province.

Adhoc believes the men were killed in a dispute over land

ownership in Kruh and Chhor Rov villages in Rolea Phiear district, which had

been rumbling on since the start of the year.

The murders occured before

a meeting supposed to have been held on May 15 to solve the

dispute.

Victims Pech In and Sok Suoy arrived early with two other men at

the meeting site, which lay between the two villages, Adhoc said in a

report.

They were reportedly met by two soldiers, one of whom demanded to

know who was planting rice on his land. According to Adhoc, Suoy said that if

they were guilty the crop should go to the rightful owner of the land.

At

this, one of the soldiers fired five times in the ground and when Suoy objected,

he and In were shot dead. The soldiers also fired at the two men with the

victims but they were able to escape.

Adhoc says the authorities have yet

to launch an official investigation into the killings.

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • International air visitor arrivals dip 93%

    The number of foreign tourists entering Cambodia through the Kingdom’s three international airports witnessed a sharp 92.5 per cent year-on-year decline in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The airports handled 51,729 international tourists in the January-July period versus

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in

  • Is Cambodia’s microfinance sector running its course?

    Economic growth and the strength of the banking system might have prompted a slow decline of the microfinance segment that has been raising a population ‘The MFI business model is over,” opined David Van, a Cambodian investment expert, recently. He felt that in a couple