Hun Sen urges resolution for land disputes in Monday address, warns analysts for Paris Peace Agreement commentary

Villagers demonstrate in front of police barricades where authorities had blocked a road leading to the villagers' farmland. The disputed land is being cleared as part of the site of the planned mega-airport project in the Kandal Stung district of Kandal province. Picture taken September 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

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.

After two decades, Lor Peang villagers continue to push for a resolution in their land dispute

Villagers from Lor Peang arrive at the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh, Picture taken October 20, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

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.

After nearly 25 years of land conflict, Sihanoukville families remain hopeful for solution

Hang Chinda, 55 years old and a representative of the 24 remaining families in the dispute, shows a picture of her mother, who was handcuffed to a bed while imprisoned in 2002 after an arrest related to the land conflict. Photo taken October 26, 2021. CamboJA/ Sorn Sarath

“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.

While hundreds sign final offer for decade-plus Koh Kong land dispute, holdouts remain

Villagers wait on line for the land title lottery in Botum Sakor district’s Ta Noun commune, photo taken on October 21. CamboJA/ Khuon Narim

“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.

Family of online news publisher say Yuon Chhiv’s arrest linked to land dispute

Yuon Chhiv’s wife Ouch Vanthan wipes away her tears during an interview at her house in Prey Kralorm village, Thmar Sar commune while talking about her husband's arrest. Photo taken on October 22. CamboJA/ Khuon Narim

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.