(03-November-2016 / PPP)

Dredging for answers Vann Sophath, of the Cambodia Center for Human Rights, which was among the organisations to demand answers from the ministry, said he hadn’t seen the response, but if smuggling and illegal mining were possible contributing factors leading to the massive discrepancies, it would be a loss for everyone.

(03-November-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Illegal Sand Dredging Eradicated, Mines Ministry Claims A group of 41 civil society organizations issued a letter on Tuesday calling for the government to explain the discrepancies, while the opposition CNRP has threatened to summon Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem to the National Assembly to explain them.

In its response on Wednesday, the ministry called on civil society to “provide any additional data that may be available to help the Ministry…determine the exact cause of the difference between the two data…. The ministry is thoroughly reviewing and carefully examining the details” of the statistics.

(02-November-2016 / Cambodia Daily )

Ministry Blames ‘Ineffective Practices’ for Over $400M in Missing Sand A group of 41 civil society organizations also called on the government to explain the contradicting data in a letter signed by representatives of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Mother Nature and Transparency International Cambodia, among others.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Wetlands threatened by coastal land grabs The Council of Ministers has urged the Ministry of Land Management to crack down on coastal land grabbing in response to a report that found the practice was destroying the Kingdom’s wetlands.

(19-July-2016 / Khmer Times)

Residents Assemble after Land Dispute About 10 residents of Kandal province’s Mok Kampol district gathered in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction yesterday morning to ask for intervention from officials in an ongoing land dispute.

(08-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Agriculture Official Demoted Over Land Sale The director of Koh Kong’s provincial agriculture department has been removed from his position and demoted after an internal investigation found that he sold a plot of department land for hundreds of thousands of dollars and pocketed the profit—but faces no legal action.

The case surfaced in May when six department officials accused director Meas Sopheap of selling the vacant plot in Khemara Phoumint City, measuring 150 meters by 245 meters, for $320,000, according to Ty Channa, director of the Agriculture Ministry’s human resources department.

(07-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Returned UDG Evictees Want Double the Land The 529 families who in 2010 traded their homes inside a $3.8 billion Chinese development project in Koh Kong province for land about 20 km away have petitioned local authorities to double the size of their replacement plots, officials said on Wednesday.

The families, most of which accepted a few hundred dollars and 2.5 hectares inland from their old coastal homes in Kiri Sakor district, are among hundreds protesting the six-year-old deal after a group of holdouts negotiated better terms in May.

(07-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Mitr Phol evictees vow homecoming More than 100 villagers evicted to make way for a Mitr Phol sugar plantation have vowed to return to their land in a week after they were snubbed by the Oddar Meanchey provincial governor yesterday, according to community leader Hoy Mai.

Forced at gunpoint in 2008 to vacate land they say had been in many of their families for generations to make way for three economic land concessions granted to Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol, the evictees filed a petition in February asking for their land back.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NGOs ‘lend support’ to PM’s stance on South China Sea Buffeted by international criticism over his stance on the South China Sea dispute, Prime Minister Hun Sen this week found support for his position on the home front, albeit from a source analysts were quick to question.

One hundred and forty-seven NGOs, associations and unions lent their support to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday, issuing a letter explicitly backing a widely reported decision to eschew a collective ASEAN statement on the South China Sea.

(05-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Bribe to cut red tape lands Foreign Ministry official in court A former Ministry of Foreign Affairs official appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged with misappropriation of public funds.

The accused, Ear Sae, 42, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit on March 31 for allegedly taking $1,000 to expediate paperwork for a Cambodian woman who represents a company that exports sports clothes to Brazil.

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