Cambodia: Local authorities & Red Cross donate food rations to 176 families, who are homeless after last year's eviction from land claimed by Phan Imex
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Cambodia: Forced evictions at Borei Keila, Phnom Penh "fail to respect" business & human rights, says NGO - developer Phan Imex invited to respond, but does not
Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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...On Jan 18 comments from the company appeared in the following news item...
Author: Kate Hodal, Guardian [UK]
Cambodian authorities have arrested at least six protesters in an on-going dispute over forced evictions in Phnom Penh, that saw two of the female demonstrators tear off their shirts in a rare act of defiance in this modest society.The protesters were calling for promised housing and compensation, as well as the release of eight detainees who were arrested after a violent forced eviction on 3 January, when some 300 families were forced from their settlement at Borei Keila neighbourhood. The protest...turned violent after the district governor, Sok Sambath, ordered security forces to arrest the 50-odd female protesters assembled outside City Hall using "five [security guards or police] to each woman"...Land ownership was abolished under the Communist reign of the Khmer Rouge (1974-79), leaving millions of Cambodians without title deeds – and therefore vulnerable to domestic and foreign land grabs, as well as agriculture, mining and real estate projects. [refers to Phan Imex]
Author: Meas Sokchea, Phnom Pehn Post [Cambodia]
...[A]fter opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua gave a spirited speech that preceded the escape of detained Borei Keila evictees from the Prey Speu Social Affairs Centre, the facility’s director has sued her...The 18 evictees, all women and children, had been summarily rounded up by police, forced into the centre and held for a week without charge after protesting against their eviction from Borei Keila by the development company Phan Imex, which had broken a promise to provide them with housing...“I was locked in the centre for more than an hour with all the women and children; the gates were locked,” she said. “I asked him if he could please open the door, and he said: ‘I can’t without orders’..."[Suing me] means they were detained, so it’s all catch 22. I want them to take me to court. I really do,” she said...Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Sok Roeun could not be reached for comment. [refers to Phan Imex]
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Author: Aun Pheap, Cambodia Daily
Phnom Penh municipality and the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC)...donated money and food rations to 176 families from Borei Keila—where thousands of people have been violently evicted from their homes in recent years after the land was sold to a private company. Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong said that the CRC—whose president is Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife, Bun Rany—had decided to make the donation after the families, many of whom are homeless, wrote to the authorities asking for assistance after their eviction from land claimed by the well-connected firm Phanimex.