Local authorities met with Boeung Kak community members yesterday to register villagers left out of the oft-criticised resettlement scheme as a first step to providing them with titles and onsite housing.
More than 10 officials including police, commune and village chief, as well as representatives of the Land Management Ministry, and City Hall, made up the two teams who went to the disputed area yesterday. …
“It’s better than before. And I think this latest action is a good sign that will lead to the conclusion of the land disputes in this area,” said Ee Sarom, programs coordinator at urban housing NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut. …
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
A TAXPAYER-FUNDED development project is mired in controversy after the Cambodian government launched a crackdown against land rights organisations critical of the compulsory resettlement of families.
The Cambodian government has cautioned a small group of foreign organisations against stirring up unrest among those being forced off their land and has banned land rights organisation Sahmakum Teang Tnaut from operating for five months.
AusAID first assistant director general Richard Moore told The Australian the agency was concerned and had co-written a strongly-worded letter with the Asian Development Bank to the Cambodian government on August 17.
AusAID has contributed $US21.5 million ($20.3m) towards the $US141m project to renovate Cambodia’s decrepit rail system, with the Asian Development Bank providing $US84m in concessional loans.
The Cambodian government is responsible for resettling and compensating people who are forced off their land
(Rebecca Puddy with additional reporting by Sebastian Strangio).