Urban poor communities urge faster solutions to avoid displacement

The railway community of Phnom Penh's Tuol Kork district, where residents are facing eviction to make way for infrastructure development. Photo taken September 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Members of several poor communities affected by urban development in Phnom Penh have asked the government to provide them with solutions to stay in the city as they face the threat of forced evictions.

Railway families face uncertain future amid relocation deadlock

Residents from Village 17, Tuol Kork district try to meet Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng to find a solution to their pending eviction, September 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Thirty families living alongside a Phnom Penh railroad are still calling on municipal authorities to allow them to keep living in the capital after being forced to relocate outside of the city.

Lakeside families in Russei Keo challenge their evictions during COVID-19 crisis

Russei Keo district authorities demolished homes on August 19 in the lake area Boeung Chhouk community. Photo originally posted by rights group Sahmakun Teang Tnaut.

In a move decried by rights groups and local residents, this month officials in northern Phnom Penh are moving ahead with the forcible eviction of small communities living in a lake area being filled for new development.