Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers fear arrest over land dispute

Villagers fear arrest over land dispute

Villagers fear arrest over land dispute

FOUR representatives of villagers locked in a land dispute in Banteay Meanchey fear they have been summonsed to district police headquarters to be arrested, although police said they only want to warn them against protesting violently.

Sanh Vanna, one of the community representatives in Banteay Chhmar commune, said they had received a summons from Thmar Pouk district police chief Yort Ray over their land dispute with Cheat Development Company and would meet with them today.

“I am afraid they might play a trick on us or arrest us when we go to meet them,” she said, adding that the villagers were using more than 4,000 hectares of land that had been awarded to the company.

Cheat Development Company began clearing land about three months ago, Khun Thom, another community representative, said.

“More than 500 families are affected, but have not received compensation from them and the authorities have not found a resolution for us,” he said.

Yort Ray, Thmar Pouk district police chief, said he would not question the community representatives, but would only urge them not to protest.

“I am afraid to have something violent happen to villagers and the company,” he said.

If police could not resolve the issue, he said, they would find another way to help, but he did not specify how.


  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not

  • IPU slams government claim

    The president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Cuevas Barron, has refuted a claim by the National Assembly that she “highly appreciated the achievements of Cambodia” in its July national elections with a tweet saying “Of course not!” before adding “No congratulations”. A delegation from

  • Conflict lingers on Paris Accords

    As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being

  • EU agrees VN trade deal despite rights concerns

    The EU on Wednesday agreed to a free-trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam, a country described as having a “major rights-abusing government”. This comes amid the 28-nation bloc preparing the procedure for a possible withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential trade agreement on