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UN Expert Calls on Cambodia's KDC Company to Halt Land Development and Violence

Photo by Heng Chivoan, Phnom Penh Post

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.

Villagers in Lor Peang, Cambodia, Face Continuing Violence and Intimidation by Military and Private Company

7 July 2014

The conflict over land in Lor Peang village, Kampong Chhnang province in Cambodia 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.

Lives of Lor Peang Residents in Cambodia Threatened by Private Company and State Forces

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.

Video: Lessons from Water Justice Campaigns

Mary Ann Manahan: Lessons from Water Justice Campaigns

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.

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