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Laos: Villagers refuse relocation compensation offer by rock-blasting Chinese company, calling payout too low

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14 March 2020

Laos: Villagers refuse relocation compensation offer by rock-blasting Chinese company, calling payout too low

Author: Sidney Khotpanya & Richard Finney, Radio Free Asia

"Lao Villagers Told to Move Refuse Compensation, Calling Payout Too Low", 11 March 2020

Lao villagers told to relocate from an area used for rock-blasting by a Chinese company are refusing to move, saying the compensation they are being offered is much less than what was originally promised, sources say.

Ten families in the Naheung village of Vientiane province’s Hin Heup district were initially told they would be paid 250 million kip (U.S $28,237) each for moving away from the blast zone and a road used by the company to transport rocks, village sources say.

But the offered payout has now shrunk in the hands of local authorities to 80 million kip (U.S.$9,036)...adding that only one of the 10 families has accepted the lower amount so far.

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RFA attempts to contact the Chinese Rock Grinding Company, which breaks up rock for use by construction firms and other business concerns, for comment...were unsuccessful.

Laos often comes under criticism for land grabs in which authorities seize land from people for development projects without paying them fair compensation for lost crops, property, and livelihoods.

Rights groups say the illegal appropriations violate basic human rights and that such land grabs are a major cause of social tensions in Laos and in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia.

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Author: Sidney Khotpanya & Richard Finney, 亚洲自由电台

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“被要求搬迁的村民拒绝接受补偿方案,称补偿金额太低”,2020年3月11日

有消息称,因一家中国岩土爆破公司的作业被要求搬迁的老挝村民拒绝搬出原住地,并表示搬迁补偿远低于当初承诺的金额。

村民称,万象省Hin Heup地区Naheung村的十户家庭最初被告知,如果他们搬离爆破区和公司运输道路的邻近区域,每户会得到2.5亿基普(约合28237美元)的搬迁补偿。

但由地方当局经手的补偿款缩水到8000万基普(约合9036美元)……目前十户家庭中仅有一户接受了低额的补偿。

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自由亚洲电台(RFA)试着联系这家出售建筑用碎石中国公司,请它对此作出回复……但没有成功。

老挝经常因侵占土地问题受到批评。政府当局占用民众的土地,用于开发项目,但又不向财产和生计受到影响的民众支付合理的补偿。

维权组织表示,非法占用土地违反基本人权,侵占土地是造成老挝及其东南亚邻国社会关系紧张的主要原因。

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Author: Sidney Khotpanya & Richard Finney, 亞洲自由電台

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“被要求搬遷的村民拒絕接受補償方案,稱補償金額太低”,2020年3月11日

有消息稱,因一家中國岩土爆破公司的作業被要求搬遷的老撾村民拒絕搬出原住地,並表示搬遷補償遠低於當初承諾的金額。

村民稱,萬象省Hin Heup地區Naheung村的十戶家庭最初被告知,如果他們搬離爆破區和公司運輸道路的鄰近區域,每戶會得到2.5億基普(約合28237美元)的搬遷補償。

但由地方當局經手的補償款縮水到8000萬基普(約合9036美元)……目前十戶家庭中僅有一戶接受了低額的補償。

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自由亞洲電台(RFA)試著聯繫這家出售建築用碎石中國公司,請它對此作出回复……但沒有成功。

老撾經常因侵占土地問題受到批評。政府當局佔用民眾的土地,用於開發項目,但又不向財產和生計受到影響的民眾支付合理的補償。

維權組織表示,非法佔用土地違反基本人權,侵占土地是造成老撾及其東南亞鄰國社會關係緊張的主要原因。

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