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Cambodia: Villagers affected by longstanding land dispute against Koh Kong Sugar demand compensation

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27 November 2019

Cambodia: Villagers accept solutions to end their longstanding land disputes with sugar company in Koh Kong province

Author: Dara Voun, The Phnom Penh Post

"Chi Khor Leu land dispute resolution reached", 25 November 2019

Ninety-five out of the 317 families who were locked in a long-running land dispute with Oknha Ly Yong Phat’s sugar company … accepted the solution to end the dispute under a compromise negotiated by the Koh Kong provincial authority.

Provincial deputy governor Sok Sothy, who led a team to work on finding a compromise, said … that 222 of the 317 families had already agreed to the compromise and only the 95 families had remained.

The 95 had initially agreed together with the other families to receive the land located at Blocks A and B in Koh Kong province’s Chi Khor Leu village, Chi Khor Leu commune, Sre Ambel district. But they later protested, claiming the land they received was stony and therefore not conducive to farming…

“Under a compromise from the Koh Kong provincial authority, the families have accepted the land at the village’s Block C instead,” Sothy said…

Villager Sar Kimsun confirmed that the 95 families had agreed to relocate to Block C. “Now, we are clearing the land that we got, so that the authorities can measure it for us. The 95 families are the last group of people locked in the land dispute,” she said.

Provincial coordinator for the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (Adhoc) Bey Vanny welcomed the solution over the long-running land dispute…

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22 August 2019

Cambodia: Koh Kong villagers claim their land dispute with a company has not been solved; while authorities claim the opposite

Author: Savi Khorn, The Phnom Penh Post

"Koh Kong villagers deny dispute resolved", 21 August 2019

Representatives of villagers who are locked in a land dispute with Heng Huy Agriculture Group in Koh Kong province have denied a press release from the Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, which said the dispute had already been resolved.

They urged the Minister, Chea Sophara, not to just believe in the report but investigate the matter personally to ascertain the truth.

In Thou, a representative of 197 families in Chi Khor Leu and Chi Khor Krom communes in Sre Ambel district, said … that the company cleared and grabbed hundreds of hectares of their land ...

“Villagers are protesting to demand 2ha of land per family, in total 421ha, in addition to $7,000 per family. The land grabbed by the company is worth much more than that,” she said.

The ministry issued a press release … stating that the land that the 197 families were demanding was a dispute between 120 families with Heng Huy Agriculture, but it was already resolved by local officials, the relevant authorities and the ministry. Land titles had also been issued…

Commenting on the matter, ministry spokesman Seng Lot said it was the ministry’s responsibility to issue the press release, and before doing so a technical working group had visited the area to investigate the claims.

Koh Kong provincial hall deputy governor and spokesman Sok Sothy also told … that the land dispute, which originally involved about 1,000 families, had been resolved a long time ago…

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