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10 Jul 2014

Megha Bahree, in Forbes Asia

Cambodians say land grabs have led to crime against humanity; want the ICC to investigate

...Cambodian citizens [have filed a complaint] at the Hague against a group of politicians, security chiefs and business tycoons, alleging that a systematic and sustained land grab by them amounts to a crime against humanity that needs to be tried at the International Criminal Court...The complaint says..."The Ruling Elite have illegally seized and re-allocated millions of hectares of valuable land...for exploitation or speculation by its members and foreign investors...Those who resist evictions have faced brutal violence, trumped-up charges and other forms of persecution"...The complaint cites estimates by NGOs that roughly 770,000 people, or 6% of the Cambodian population, have been adversely affected by land grabbing since the year 2000...

Part of the following timelines

Cambodians file claim before Intl. Criminal Court alleging widespread & systematic land seizures by govt. & govt-linked businesses amount to crime against humanity

Cambodian villagers’ Intl. Criminal Court complaint (re land grabbing)