Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers seek $275k payout

Villagers seek $275k payout

Villagers seek $275k payout

Villagers living in Mondulkiri’s Sen Monorom district are demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for the loss of thousands of protected resin trees, alleging that a land concessionaire company has been illegally razing community forest since 2012.

Four representatives of the Phnong ethnic group representing more than 160 villagers filed three complaints with rights group Adhoc, according to provincial coordinator Sok Rotha, calling for the provincial court and authorities’ involvement in stopping Villas Development from illegally razing more community forest.

Ki Nhov, one of the four representatives who filed the complaints with Adhoc, said yesterday that Villas Development have been claiming the community forest was legally granted by the government.

“If the forest was granted, why don’t we know anything about it? There is no demarcation yet but the company just said that,” Nhov said, adding that villagers were seeking $250 per tree and that nearly 1,106 resin trees had been felled throughout the district since 2012, amounting to an income loss of $276,500 shouldered by villagers.

ELC Villas Development is co-owned by the wife of provincial deputy governor Yoem Luch, who could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Sok Khom, a manager at the company, said yesterday he was unaware of the complaints filed against the firm and that Villas Development was only operating on the land legally granted by the government.

MOST VIEWED

  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong