Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Long-awaited return to village frustrated

Long-awaited return to village frustrated

People from Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan voice their concerns at Samaki Raingsey pagoda over a land dispute late last year.
People from Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan voice their concerns at Samaki Raingsey pagoda over a land dispute late last year. Hong Menea

Long-awaited return to village frustrated

After two years in Phnom Penh protesting the loss of their land, 250 Preah Vihear families received intervention from the Interior Ministry last week and returned home, only to be turned away by provincial authorities.

The villagers, from Svay Chrum village in Choam Ksan district, were told they had to leave their homes in 2010. Two years ago, they moved to the capital to demonstrate.

Finally, following a letter of request, obtained by the Post last week, from the Ministry of Interior to the National Committee for Land Dispute Resolution requesting that the dispute be resolved, the villagers returned home on Monday.

However, according to village representatives, on return to their homes, located close to the Preah Vihear temple, provincial authorities refused to let them resettle, saying they did not have the legal documentation and the area was unsafe due to the one-time border conflict.

“The authorities violate the law and still use force to abuse people over the land dispute and ban people from living in the old village,” said representative Tin Chantha.

Neither the provincial authorities nor the Interior Ministry could be reached for comment.

Preah Vihear provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc Lor Chan described the case as a “human rights violation” and called on the Interior Ministry to take action as “people have been waiting for a solution for years”.

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

  • 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 “

  • 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

  • Nestle’s debut may spur dairy market

    Leading confectionery manufacturer Nestle plans to invest in Cambodia by setting up an operation in the near future, a move majorly hailed by local dairy farmers as a means of boosting the fresh milk market in the Kingdom. During a visit by a delegation led

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement