Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kuoy file suit over ‘land grab’

Kuoy file suit over ‘land grab’

Kuoy file suit over ‘land grab’

Ethnic Kuoy villagers in Preah Vihear’s Tbeng Meanchey district have filed a lawsuit against Chinese companies operating there, demanding up to $600,000 in compensation for the alleged destruction of their ancestral lands.

Roeurng Khan, a representative of the 367 Brame commune families behind the suit, said they filed the lawsuit on Wednesday to the provincial court, alleging Lan Feng International and Roy Feng International have destroyed their farms, community forest, ancient temples and water resources.

“We filed lawsuits against them to pay us $200,000 per village for the clearing and destruction of the natural resources,” she said.

Lan Feng and Roy Feng are part of a group of five Chinese-owned companies, registered to the same address, which were granted economic land concessions in 2012 covering 220,000 hectares in the district, rights group Adhoc said.

Keo Nil, a representative of the companies, said he was unaware of the lawsuit.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro