Kandal villagers report feeling pressured into accepting land compensation

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

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.

Council of Ministers endorses draft constitutional amendment barring those holding dual citizenships from top leadership posts

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks during a meeting at the Office of the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh, October 8, 2021. Picture via SPM

Cabinet ministers on Friday endorsed amendments to the constitution that would bar those holding multiple citizenship from holding top offices.

R’kiri environmental activist imprisoned for allegedly clearing forest land

Environmental activist Chhorn Phalla, who was sent to pre-trial detention on Monday, speaks at a press conference in Phnom Penh on July 16, 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Environmental activist Chhorn Phalla was arrested and placed in pretrial detention in Ratanakiri province on Monday on charges of clearing state forest land dating back to 2020. Phalla had returned to the province in February after being allegedly attacked and beaten at a public forum in July last year.

Despite lack of resolution in dispute, authorities block roads, let OCIC begin clearing residents’ farmland for mega airport project

Police erect barricades blocking a road to residents' farmland, located at the site of the newly planned airport in Kandal Stung district on September 7, 2021. Photo Supplied

Hundreds of police and military police have been deployed to the road leading to the new Phnom Penh airport project in Kandal, as land clearance begins despite an ongoing land dispute with local residents.

Dozens of migrant workers seized trying to cross Thai border

Longan plantations in Pailin province. Thai landowners are reportedly trying to attract Cambodian migrant workers across the border to help bring in this season's harvest. Supplied

The Pailin provincial court is questioning a man allegedly responsible for bringing 47 Cambodian migrant workers, including minors, to work in Thailand illegally. The workers were arrested by Thai authorities on Saturday morning while reportedly crossing through an unofficial checkpoint along the border.