Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - KK groups ask Hanoi to address land concerns

KK groups ask Hanoi to address land concerns

KK groups ask Hanoi to address land concerns

A COALITION of local Khmer Krom advocacy groups has appealed to the Vietnamese government to intervene on behalf of an ethnic Khmer community that they said has lost farmland to a state construction project in the country’s An Giang province.

In a letter to the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh dated Tuesday, nine Khmer Krom organisations called on the Vietnamese government to pay appropriate compensation to those affected by a channel-building project, which began last month.

Thech Phoun, deputy president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Cultural Centre, said that in August, Vietnamese authorities cracked down on a group of 40 ethnic Khmer demonstrators who were defending their rice fields against the construction, which has claimed 400 hectares belonging to Khmer families.

“I hope the Vietnamese government will help resolve the problem for the affected Khmer Krom families fairly and respect their rights,” he said.

Vietnamese Embassy spokes-man Trinh Ba Cam said the embassy had not yet received a letter from the groups, but that the government has a “clear policy” for compensating people who lose their land to development projects.


  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • ‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham

    American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China. In a letter to US senators and representatives dated Monday, the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia (AmCham) said

  • Preah Sihanouk beach developments halted

    After receiving an order from Hun Sen, Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara led a team of experts and relevant officials to Sihanoukville to call a halt to the illegal development of a beach. The prime minister ordered the Prek Treng beach in Otres commune