Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Siem Reap residents petition PM’s cabinet

Siem Reap residents petition PM’s cabinet

Siem Reap residents petition PM’s cabinet

Fifteen people from Siem Reap yesterday delivered a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet claiming they were left out of a recent land-titling drive in their village, though local authorities said the group had only settled in the area once the titling began.

Chea Sam El, a 35-year-old representative of the 15 who delivered the petition in Phnom Penh on behalf of 20 families in Siem Reap town’s Slakram commune, said authorities failed to demarcate their collective 2 hectares of land even after they had lived there for years.

“In the past, I filed complaints with the Land Management Ministry and the Council of Ministers but at this time, I am seeking further intervention from the prime minister since the past [complaints] seemed not to be effective,” Sam El said after delivering the petition.

However, Slakram Commune Chief Khiev Sot said the 20 families had not been given land titles because local authorities did not recognise them or believe that they were in fact long-term residents. He said he believed someone had sent them to claim the land.

“I have not discriminated against a single villager, but [this was] because I did not know where some of them came from, and they did not have documents to prove it either,” Sot said. “They had a representative who persuaded them to come and live here.”

So Narin, a coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said he was unaware of the dispute.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ethnic group ‘disappointed’ to be denied French visas to attend court

    Eleven people at the centre of a case involving seven indigenous Bunong villages in Mondulkiri province pursuing legal action in France have expressed disappointment after the French embassy in Phnom Penh denied their visa applications to attend court. A press release said the 11 included a

  • Cambodia nabs 12th place in best retirement destinations

    Cambodia is an expatriate hotspot for those dreaming of living a more luxurious lifestyle at an affordable cost, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2019. For the fourth year in a row, Cambodia took the top spot in the Cost of Living category.

  • EU starts EBA withdrawal

    The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”. However, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said

  • PM: War result of foreign meddling

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that Cambodia’s recent history of conflict was caused by foreign interference. “The wars that happened were caused by provocation, incitement, support, smearing and interference from foreign powers, and the group of ignorant people who pushed Cambodia to