Hun Sen urges resolution for land disputes in Monday address, warns analysts for Paris Peace Agreement commentary
As Prime Minister Hun Sen urged out-of-court settlements for land disputes during a Monday address on the grounds of the Ministry of Land Management, a crowd of about 100 families waited outside hoping to beseech the country’s top leader for help in disputes of their own.
Late last month, 20 villagers from Lor Peang community traveled from Kampong Chhnang’s Kampong Tralach district to Phnom Penh to attend an Appeal Court hearing in a case that has dragged on for more than two decades. When they arrived, they learned the hearing would be delayed because one of the three judges is a relative of the company’s lawyer.
“When more Chinese came to Sihanoukville, the price of property was going up. We faced more challenges, and when we protested, we were arrested and jailed,” she said.
“I am really exhausted and shocked about this forcible policy, and I really regret that we have spent a lot of time struggling for more than 10 years to protect our lands,” Sarin said.
Koh Kong Province’s Botum Sakor district: Ouch Vanthan, the wife of imprisoned online news publisher Yuon Chhiv, has spoken out about her husband’s arrest over his reporting on a land dispute in a protected area at the Botum Sakor national park.