Cambodia’s government has ignored a suspension on new land concessions to private companies, announcements in an official publication showed, despite ordering a freeze after growing discontent over forced evictions and illegal logging.
Prime Minister Hun Sen signed off on 12 sub-decrees on June 7 and 12 granting a total of 44,052 hectares (108,855 acres) and privatizing 35,461 hectares set aside for wildlife sanctuaries and a national park to various companies for agro-businesses.
The details were announced in three editions this month of the Royal Gazette, which publishes all official decrees. …
Martin Petty and Robert Birsel