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Cambodia: Representatives of indigenous community in Mondulkiri province submit three petitions to voice their objection against land demarcation

Author: Kimmarita Long, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 13 December 2019

"Mondulkiri community objects to land demarcation", 12 December 2019

Representatives of the indigenous community in Mondulkiri province … submitted three petitions to voice their objection against the planting of stone markers around the Doh Kramom mountain area by provincial officials …

However, provincial officials said the case is still under review.

A petition was submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts while two others were submitted to the provincial governor and the provincial Department of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction…

Located in the province’s Sen Monorom town, Doh Kramom mountain is home to the Cultural Centre for Indigenous People. A government directive issued in 2004 designated 102ha from the foot of the mountain to the top for the centre.

However, representatives of the indigenous community … said the planting of markers was only carried out on 85ha of land.

“Members of the indigenous community would like to announce their stance against the planting of boundary markers, No 42 to 50. The markers were not planted properly by the specialist officials and so failed to protect the centre completely,” the petition said.

… Indigenous community representative Kroeung Tola told … that the said locations had encroached on 5ha belonging to the cultural centre…

Mondulkiri provincial hall spokesman Sok Sera confirmed receipt of the petitions but denied their allegations. He said the work of planting boundary markers along the land of the Cultural Centre is yet to be finalised and still under review…

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