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A community under threat of eviction along railroad tracks in Boeng Kak II commune, Tuol Kork district in Phnom Penh on October 3, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

On World Habitat Day, Civil Society Organizations Urge Fair Treatment of Displaced Families

Eighteen civil society organizations called for fair compensation and solutions for communities caught in the Kingdom’s long running development-related land disputes in a joint-statement on October 3, marking World Habitat Day and the right to housing. They also urged authorities to drop charges against villagers scheduled to head to trial on October 6 for protesting their evictions from the site of Phnom Penh’s new airport.
Villagers gather to demonstrate in front of police barricades where authorities blocked a road leading to their farmland, which is being cleared to prepare the site for a planned airport in Kandal Stung district, Picture taken on September 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Kandal villagers report feeling pressured into accepting land compensation

A number of families affected by the new airport project in Kandal Stung district are still refusing to accept the state’s proposed compensation for their land, instead hoping that the upcoming commune elections will bring them a better solution. Others have decided to take the compensation, causing concerns that an ongoing court case against nine villagers is putting pressure on the community.