Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NGO asks interior minister to lend a hand in Kampong Speu forest land protection

NGO asks interior minister to lend a hand in Kampong Speu forest land protection

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Chea Hean (not pictured) has said traders are selling more than 150ha in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary. CHEA HEAN VIA FACEBOOK

NGO asks interior minister to lend a hand in Kampong Speu forest land protection

Anti-Corruption, Natural Resource Protection and Civil Rights Protection (ACNCIPO) director Chea Hean said on Monday he is requesting help from Minister of Interior Sar Kheng to protect more than 150ha in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hean said traders are selling the forest land.

He told The Post on Monday that he is preparing to send his letter on Tuesday. He is requesting intervention to assist the Kampong Speu provincial administration with confiscating the property from a woman named Sieang Samen, the wife of Ou Samrech Chesda, a well-known military official.

The land is located in Sre Kin village in Oral district’s Trapaing Chor commune in Kampong Speu province. Samen is accused of conspiring with authorities to sell the land two weeks ago.

Hean said Samen had people clear the land in 2018, but he had notified the Kampong Speu provincial administration to confiscate it.

Hean said Samen recently sold 150ha in violation of the Kampong Speu confiscation warrant.

“I request the Ministry of Interior to investigate those behind the sale of forest land in the conservation area in Sre Kin village.

“I would like to sue based on the illegal possession and sale of land in that area. This forest land must be kept as State property and the trees should be replanted. The perpetrators must be punished according to the law on protected areas,” Hean said.

Trapaing Chor commune chief Tep Nem said on Monday he had seen a letter of sale and transfer of land title signed by Sre Kin village chief Im Sorn.

However, he did not sign for acknowledgement or allow the sale, leaving the letter at the Trapaing Chor commune administration.

He said the land in the area is protected by a royal decree and there is also a confiscation warrant from the Kampong Speu provincial administration.

“I did not allow buying or selling because it is State land protected by a royal decree and there was a confiscation warrant from the province. I did not dare sign any document to buy or sell that land,” Nem said.

Sorn said on Monday he was aware of the buying and selling of forest land in the Oral Mountains in 2018, but recently he did not sign for Samen to buy or sell land in the area.

“In 2018, I knew they were buying and selling land, but not now. I do not dare sign because it is protected by royal decree,” Sorn said.

Samen could not be reached for comment on Monday.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer

  • Singapore backs Cambodia's efforts on Myanmar

    Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong supports Cambodia in its efforts to seek a solution to the ongoing Myanmar crisis as the chair of ASEAN. Lee expressed his support during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen via videoconference on January 14, with the talks focused