Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court questioned four Lor Peang villagers over attempted murder accusation

Villagers from the Lor Peang community submit a petition at Ministry of Interior to approve Boeng Pur lake as a protected site. The ministry rejected their petition and referred them to the Ministry of Environment. Photo taken on September 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court on Wednesday questioned four land activists over a complaint of attempted murder and intentional damage after the group allegedly used knives to damage fishing nets in Kampong Tralach district’s Taches commune when the plaintiff went fishing in a part of the lake they considered to be a protected site. The activists maintain part of the lake, Boeng Pur, is a protected site, though local authorities disagree.

Lor Peang villagers appeal against in absentia land dispute verdict

People from the Lor Peang community submit a petition to the Ministry of Interior in Phnom Penh, September 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A group of villagers from Lor Peang village in Kampong Chhnang province brought a complaint appeal against the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision on July 8 to sentence four villagers in absentia to one year in prison for incitement to commit a felony, intentional damage and use of violence on property occupied by a person in 2012.

Villagers in Banteay Meanchey protest over land dispute with local firm

Villagers gather during a demonstration at Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court, August 31, 2021. Photo supply

Representatives of around 170 families embroiled in a land dispute in Banteay Meanchey were questioned at court Tuesday over accusations that they violated private property. About 70 villagers protested in front of the court calling for a resolution in their ongoing case.

Journalists harassed on the job as authorities clear homes for development at Boeng Tompun

A man uses a smartphone to take photos Friday as local authorities use excavators to demolish homes in the Boeng Tompun 1 commune in the Meanchey district of Phnom Penh. Photo taken August 13, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Two journalists were stopped and harassed by Phnom Penh police and security agents on Friday while covering a land dispute between authorities and residents along Boeng Tompun lake.

Svay Rieng provincial authorities place canal land dispute protestors in COVID-19 quarantine

Villagers protesting on August 2 on farmland within the disputed boundary of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project. This week, 60 families connected to the protest were placed in quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19. Supplied photo.

Sixty families connected to protests of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project have been placed in 14-day quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19, leading some locals to allege officials are using health measures to force a resolution of the land dispute.