Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers ask PM to intervene in Battambang land dispute

Villagers ask PM to intervene in Battambang land dispute

Villagers ask PM to intervene in Battambang land dispute

About 160 families from three communes in Battambang province yesterday submitted a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet and the Ministry of Justice asking the government to intervene in a long-running land dispute.

The villagers claim they are the rightful owners of 800 hectares of land the government granted to 1,299 families in the province through a social land concessions in 2009, said Kim Dareth, chief of Bavel district.

In 2012 and 2013, the government issued land titles to the 1,299 families, Dareth said. But the protesting families claim they never received formal documents despite having farmed there since 1998.

Dareth said the ownership claim of the 160 families was untrue as they occupied forest land. Regardless, the authorities’ solution was to offer each family 1 hectare of land in Kors Kralor district, but the villagers rejected the offer.

Yim Mengly, Adhoc coordinator for Battambang province, said the protesting families were related to Khmer Rouge cadres, and the government accused them of owning the land illegally.

MOST VIEWED

  • Reuters: US Embassy fired 32 staff members for sharing pornography

    The United States Embassy in Phnom Penh has fired 32 non-diplomatic staff members who were allegedly caught exchanging pornographic images and video, including of minors, according to the news agency Reuters. Four sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the content was shared in

  • Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

    Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings. If you will be staying put in Phnom Penh for the

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the