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Cambodia: Allegations of forced evictions at Borei Keila - Jan - Feb 2012

On 3 January more than 200 homes in the Borei Keila neighborhood of Phnom Penh were demolished with the presence and support of police and security guards of the developer Phan Imex. Although Phan Imex had agreed to build ten buildings to house the residents in exchange for rights to develop the land, reports say it had only constructed eight buildings leaving hundreds of families homeless.  Residents fought back, reportedly throwing bricks at the police and guards; eight were imprisoned.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Phan Imex to respond to the following news reports, video, and commentary; the company did not respond. 

Bricks used to drive out authorities”, Khouth Sophakchakrya, Phnom Penh Post, 3 Jan 2012 
 
- “Clashes as Cambodian authorities try to evict families in real estate dispute”, Photographs by Samrang Pring/Reuters, Mak Remissa/EPA on MSNBC Photoblog, 3 Jan 2012
- “Yesterday’s Eviction at Borie Keila Fails to Respect the “Three Pillars” of Business and Human rights”, Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, 4 Jan 2012

- “Clashes as Cambodian authorities try to evict families in real estate dispute”, Photographs by Samrang Pring/Reuters, Mak Remissa/EPA on MSNBC Photoblog, 3 Jan 2012

- "A Battle for Borei Keila", Khouth Sophak Chakrya, Phnom Penh Post, 4 Jan 2012 

- “Yesterday’s Eviction at Borei Keila Fails to Respect the 'Three Pillars' of Business and Human Rights”, [PDF] Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, 4 Jan 2012

- "Borei Keila:  Broken Promises" [video],  Licadho - Camboidan League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, 12 January 2012 

On 18 January comments from the company appeared in the following news item:

- "Firm Refuses Housing Pleas",  Khouth Sophakchakrya, Phnom Penh Post, 18 Jan 2012
 
Related items:

-"Building not for Evictees", Khouth Sophakchakrya, Phnom Penh Post, 17 Feb 2012

- "Mu Sochua sued over Prey Speu detainees’ ‘escape’", Meas Sokchea, Phnom Penh Post, 17 Feb 2012

- "Cambodia police arrest women protesting against forced evictions", Kate Hodal, Guardian [UK], 2 Feb 2012 

 

- "Joint open letter to the Prime Minister of Cambodia on the forced eviction and arbitrary detention of Borei Keila residents", Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, WITNESS, 24 Jan 2012

-"Cambodia evictions continue unchecked", Faine Greenwood, Global Post [USA], 22 Jan 2012

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