Lor Peang, Cambodia, 17 July, 2014 – Dozens of families whose lands are being grabbed by KDC International in Ta Ches and Chhruk Sor communes in Kampong Tralach District, Kampong Chhnang province, held a press conference in Lor Peang village to appeal to the Cambodian Government and publ
Manila, Philippines, 15 July 2014 -- Groups demanding the cancellation of Philippine debts delivered luggage full of questionable loan contracts and conditionalities to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who is visiting the country from July 14 to 15.
A UN special rapporteur on Cambodia spoke out last week against abuses by KDC International Company with regard to a land development project that is threatening to eject Lor Peang villagers from their homes and destroy their livelihoods. The expert called for government oversight of the case and said villagers require access to justice. This came after an intense week-long standoff and a violent clash between guards hired by the company and local residents.
The conflict over land in Lor Peang village, Kampong Chhnang province in Cambdodia has entered its third day. Some prominent members of the community have been bought off by KDC--the company trying to seize the lands--with money and jobs. Other affected community members are holding firm and refuse to give up their lands.
Manila, 30 June 2014 -- A religious community in the Philippines is taking on the issue of enforced disappearances in Asia and initiating a campaign in collaboration with Focus on the Global South.The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines' Office of Women and Gender Concerns, together with Focus, launched 'Let Us Not Forget' campaign through a solidarity mass at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on June 30.
In the early hours of the morning of July 7, 2014, armed police and military entered Lor Peang village in Taches Commune, Kampong Tralach District, Kampong Chhnang province, and surrounded the house of Um Sophy and her husband, Sngoun Gnoeugn. The police claimed that they want to serve a court summons to Sophy in connection with a land dispute between the residents of Lor Peang and KDC International, a Cambodian company owned by the wife of a powerful government minister.
Quezon City, 4 July 2014 -- The signing of the Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) between the Philippines and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is a prelude to an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement with EFTA and eventually with the European Union as well.
Quezon City, Philippines, 30 June 2014 -- On the day of the deadline of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform (CARP) for land distribution, farmers from the Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA), an umbrella coalition campaigning for a just and effective agrarian reform program, called for an
Mary Ann Manahan from the Philippines office of Focus on the Global South speaks about lessons from water justice campaigns at the Municipal Services Project conference in April 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference brought together researchers, activists, labour, development practitioners and policy makers from around the world working to promote progressive public services, with an emphasis on health, water and electricity.