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KI-Media2 KI Media Human Rigths Now Report: In Cambodia, People are Deprived of Land

31 October, 2012


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KI-Media2 KI Media Human Rigths Now Report: In Cambodia, People are Deprived of Land

31 October, 2012


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KI-Media2 KI Media Dispatch of Troops Against Protesters Unjustifiable

31 October, 2012
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In this photograph from May, an RCAF soldier, pictured in a red scarf, stops U.N. staff and rights workers from entering Broma village in Kratie province where security forces shot dead a 14-year-old girl amid a massive eviction of hundreds of families accused of being part of a secessionist movement. A Japanese human rights group said in a new report that government officials erred in dispatching armed troops to the land dispute. (Adhoc)

By Lauren Crothers- October 31, 2012
The Cambodia Daily

Soldiers should not have been deployed in support of a warrant to arrest land dispute protesters in Kratie province in May—an operation that led to the killing of a 14-year-old girl by armed forces, a Japanese human rights group said in a new report.

The report by Tokyo-based Human Rights Now, which was based on a June investigation into land conflicts in Cambodia, includes interviews conducted with Kratie provincial governor Sar Chamrong and Kratie’s Provincial Court president Din Sivuthy, who both defended the decision to deploy troops against civilians.

“However, the fact that the army was dispatched, force was used, and as a result casualties were caused, was all out of the scope of the execution of the warrant,” the rights group said, adding that the court had not acted independent of the government in its decision.

Hundreds of police and soldiers raided Broma village after the authorities accused a group called the Association of Democrats of being a self-governing anarchist movement and the provincial court issued a warrant for the arrest of its leaders.

In his interview with the Japanese rights group, Mr. Chamrong, the governor, insisted that while the shooting of the teenager, Heng Chantha, was a tragedy, Broma residents were happy to see supporters of the Association of Democrats dealt with.

“Many saw this tragic incident as a violation of human rights, but I would like everybody to understand that there are complicated issues in the background,” the governor told the rights group, adding that the decision to dispatch troops was an exception to the rule.

The court president, Mr. Sivuthy, told the group that the killing of the girl was saddening, but the military did not intentionally kill her.

There has been no investigation into the killing of Heng Chantha; government officials at all levels have said there is no need, describing her killing as a simple accident.

The Japanese investigators also found that the number of land conflicts in Cambodia is on the rise, and that many of these situations have been exacerbated by what they called illegal arrests, imprisonments, and extrajudicial killings. The group also found that laws are not being implemented properly, leaving people vulnerable to eviction.

Japan has a vested interest in the Cambodian legal system, and in the Civil Code in particular, because it is based on the Japanese model and was drawn up with the help of Japanese experts and with Japanese financial assistance.

“The number of cases like this are increasing each year, leaving people growing in frustration so deep that some of the victims of forcible removal are starting to take actions,” the Human Rights Now report states.

Though there are various provisions in the Civil Code that should protect a person’s right to possess a house or land, “in reality, the provisions of the Civil Code are completely ignored, and possessory rights have been violated by the government and private companies,” the rights group said.


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KI-Media2 KI Media Dispatch of Troops Against Protesters Unjustifiable

31 October, 2012
Soldiers+stopping+UN+staff+from+entering+Broma+village+(Adhoc).jpg
In this photograph from May, an RCAF soldier, pictured in a red scarf, stops U.N. staff and rights workers from entering Broma village in Kratie province where security forces shot dead a 14-year-old girl amid a massive eviction of hundreds of families accused of being part of a secessionist movement. A Japanese human rights group said in a new report that government officials erred in dispatching armed troops to the land dispute. (Adhoc)

By Lauren Crothers- October 31, 2012
The Cambodia Daily

Soldiers should not have been deployed in support of a warrant to arrest land dispute protesters in Kratie province in May—an operation that led to the killing of a 14-year-old girl by armed forces, a Japanese human rights group said in a new report.

The report by Tokyo-based Human Rights Now, which was based on a June investigation into land conflicts in Cambodia, includes interviews conducted with Kratie provincial governor Sar Chamrong and Kratie’s Provincial Court president Din Sivuthy, who both defended the decision to deploy troops against civilians.

“However, the fact that the army was dispatched, force was used, and as a result casualties were caused, was all out of the scope of the execution of the warrant,” the rights group said, adding that the court had not acted independent of the government in its decision.

Hundreds of police and soldiers raided Broma village after the authorities accused a group called the Association of Democrats of being a self-governing anarchist movement and the provincial court issued a warrant for the arrest of its leaders.

In his interview with the Japanese rights group, Mr. Chamrong, the governor, insisted that while the shooting of the teenager, Heng Chantha, was a tragedy, Broma residents were happy to see supporters of the Association of Democrats dealt with.

“Many saw this tragic incident as a violation of human rights, but I would like everybody to understand that there are complicated issues in the background,” the governor told the rights group, adding that the decision to dispatch troops was an exception to the rule.

The court president, Mr. Sivuthy, told the group that the killing of the girl was saddening, but the military did not intentionally kill her.

There has been no investigation into the killing of Heng Chantha; government officials at all levels have said there is no need, describing her killing as a simple accident.

The Japanese investigators also found that the number of land conflicts in Cambodia is on the rise, and that many of these situations have been exacerbated by what they called illegal arrests, imprisonments, and extrajudicial killings. The group also found that laws are not being implemented properly, leaving people vulnerable to eviction.

Japan has a vested interest in the Cambodian legal system, and in the Civil Code in particular, because it is based on the Japanese model and was drawn up with the help of Japanese experts and with Japanese financial assistance.

“The number of cases like this are increasing each year, leaving people growing in frustration so deep that some of the victims of forcible removal are starting to take actions,” the Human Rights Now report states.

Though there are various provisions in the Civil Code that should protect a person’s right to possess a house or land, “in reality, the provisions of the Civil Code are completely ignored, and possessory rights have been violated by the government and private companies,” the rights group said.


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KI-Media2 KI Media Complaint to Be Filed in US Over Koh Kong Sugar Plantations

31 October, 2012
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Villagers protesting against land-grabbing by CPP Tycoon-Senator Ly Yong Phat (File Photo: The Phnom Penh Post)

By Zsombor Peter- October 31, 2012
The Cambodia Daily

Families in Koh Kong province will today file a complaint with the U.S. government against American Sugar Refining (ASR) over farmland they claim they were violently evicted from to make way for two sugar plantations that supply the New York-based company.

The complaint comes just days after the European Parliament called on the European Commission to investigate the Cambodian government’s practice of issuing economic land concessions, and to suspend European Union trade benefits to Cambodian firms currently exporting sugar to Europe should human rights abuses be found.

The 207 Koh Kong families will file their complaint with the U.S. National Contact Point, a government office in Washington that handles disputes with multinational firms within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to a statement released yesterday by the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) and EarthRights International, which are representing the families.

The families have lodged their complaint against ASR because in 2009 the firm bought the British refineries that continue to import the plantations’ sugar.

“The companies that buy the sugar produced on our stolen land share in the responsibility for our suffering,” Teang Koa, one of the evicted villagers, said in the statement. “We hope the U.S. government can help ASR to recognize this,” Mr. Koa said.

Cambodian business tycoon and CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat owned the sugar plantations when the original 450 families were forced from their land in 2006.

The eviction reportedly involved beatings and shots being fired by police.

Mr. Yong Phat has since sold his stake in the plantations to the Taiwanese firm Ve Wong, which now co-owns the plantations with Thailand’s Khon Kaen Sugar company.

In July, in the process of investigating Khon Kaen Sugar, Thailand’s Human Rights Commission published preliminary findings claiming that the evicted families had had their rights to life and self-determination “breached.”

The complaint in the U.S. is largely symbolic, admitted Man Vuthy, a case coordinator for CLEC, as the National Contact Point can push ASR into mediation with the families but cannot order it to compensate them.

ASR could not immediately be reached for comment.

The European Parliament, however, might pack more weight when it comes to investigating what activists are now calling Cambodia’s “blood sugar.”

In a resolution passed Friday in Brussels, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to investigate the government’s land concession policies through which Mr. Yong Phat and his business partners leased their sugar plantations, and consider suspending trade benefits that let firms export their sugar to Europe duty free.

Rights groups accuse such concessions—which now cover about 10 percent of Cambodia’s total land area—of forcing some 400,000 families off their land over the past decade. They also accuse the government of suppressing anti-eviction protests with increasing violence and of targeting advocates trying to help affected communities.

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered a freeze on all new land concessions in May, though at least a dozen new concessions have received licenses since then. The government claims they were in the process of being granted long before the moratorium.

While Friday’s resolution does not force the European Commission to investigate, Wolfgang Moser, Germany’s ambassador to Cambodia, said it would have “difficulty” ignoring the call.

“Such an investigation is to be taken very seriously, and this is the first step in that direction,” Mr. Moser said.

“The European Parliament has some power,” he added. “So of course the European Commission will have difficulty to disregard such a request.”

But he cautioned that there was still no telling whether the commission would follow through.

European Parliament member Cecilia Wikstrom, of Sweden, has been calling for the end of trade benefits to Cambodian sugar since visiting the country in May 2011.

Ms. Wikstrom was heartened by the resolution and glad to see that her amendment, which specifically called for an investigation, had remained in the resolution, her assistant, Caroline Klamer, wrote in an email.

“It is true…that a resolution by the Parliament is in no way binding for the commission, but it is a very strong message,” Ms. Klamer said.

“Until now, Ms. Wikstrom only had herself behind this appeal, but now she is backed by the whole Parliament and that obviously makes a much stronger case that the commission cannot ignore.”

In a letter to concerned NGOs in August, European commissioner for trade, Karel de Gucht, said the commission would “not hesitate” to launch an investigation if international monitoring bodies concluded that land concessions in Cambodia were causing “serious and systematic” rights violations.

In a report on Cambodia’s economic land concessions to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September, Cambodia’s special rapporteur for human rights, Surya Subedi, wrote: “There are well documented, serious and widespread human rights violations associated with land concessions that need to be addressed through remediation.”


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KI-Media2 KI Media Complaint to Be Filed in US Over Koh Kong Sugar Plantations

31 October, 2012
Protest+against+Ly+Yong+Phat+concession+in+March2010+(PPP).jpg
Villagers protesting against land-grabbing by CPP Tycoon-Senator Ly Yong Phat (File Photo: The Phnom Penh Post)

By Zsombor Peter- October 31, 2012
The Cambodia Daily

Families in Koh Kong province will today file a complaint with the U.S. government against American Sugar Refining (ASR) over farmland they claim they were violently evicted from to make way for two sugar plantations that supply the New York-based company.

The complaint comes just days after the European Parliament called on the European Commission to investigate the Cambodian government’s practice of issuing economic land concessions, and to suspend European Union trade benefits to Cambodian firms currently exporting sugar to Europe should human rights abuses be found.

The 207 Koh Kong families will file their complaint with the U.S. National Contact Point, a government office in Washington that handles disputes with multinational firms within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to a statement released yesterday by the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) and EarthRights International, which are representing the families.

The families have lodged their complaint against ASR because in 2009 the firm bought the British refineries that continue to import the plantations’ sugar.

“The companies that buy the sugar produced on our stolen land share in the responsibility for our suffering,” Teang Koa, one of the evicted villagers, said in the statement. “We hope the U.S. government can help ASR to recognize this,” Mr. Koa said.

Cambodian business tycoon and CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat owned the sugar plantations when the original 450 families were forced from their land in 2006.

The eviction reportedly involved beatings and shots being fired by police.

Mr. Yong Phat has since sold his stake in the plantations to the Taiwanese firm Ve Wong, which now co-owns the plantations with Thailand’s Khon Kaen Sugar company.

In July, in the process of investigating Khon Kaen Sugar, Thailand’s Human Rights Commission published preliminary findings claiming that the evicted families had had their rights to life and self-determination “breached.”

The complaint in the U.S. is largely symbolic, admitted Man Vuthy, a case coordinator for CLEC, as the National Contact Point can push ASR into mediation with the families but cannot order it to compensate them.

ASR could not immediately be reached for comment.

The European Parliament, however, might pack more weight when it comes to investigating what activists are now calling Cambodia’s “blood sugar.”

In a resolution passed Friday in Brussels, the European Parliament called on the European Commission to investigate the government’s land concession policies through which Mr. Yong Phat and his business partners leased their sugar plantations, and consider suspending trade benefits that let firms export their sugar to Europe duty free.

Rights groups accuse such concessions—which now cover about 10 percent of Cambodia’s total land area—of forcing some 400,000 families off their land over the past decade. They also accuse the government of suppressing anti-eviction protests with increasing violence and of targeting advocates trying to help affected communities.

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered a freeze on all new land concessions in May, though at least a dozen new concessions have received licenses since then. The government claims they were in the process of being granted long before the moratorium.

While Friday’s resolution does not force the European Commission to investigate, Wolfgang Moser, Germany’s ambassador to Cambodia, said it would have “difficulty” ignoring the call.

“Such an investigation is to be taken very seriously, and this is the first step in that direction,” Mr. Moser said.

“The European Parliament has some power,” he added. “So of course the European Commission will have difficulty to disregard such a request.”

But he cautioned that there was still no telling whether the commission would follow through.

European Parliament member Cecilia Wikstrom, of Sweden, has been calling for the end of trade benefits to Cambodian sugar since visiting the country in May 2011.

Ms. Wikstrom was heartened by the resolution and glad to see that her amendment, which specifically called for an investigation, had remained in the resolution, her assistant, Caroline Klamer, wrote in an email.

“It is true…that a resolution by the Parliament is in no way binding for the commission, but it is a very strong message,” Ms. Klamer said.

“Until now, Ms. Wikstrom only had herself behind this appeal, but now she is backed by the whole Parliament and that obviously makes a much stronger case that the commission cannot ignore.”

In a letter to concerned NGOs in August, European commissioner for trade, Karel de Gucht, said the commission would “not hesitate” to launch an investigation if international monitoring bodies concluded that land concessions in Cambodia were causing “serious and systematic” rights violations.

In a report on Cambodia’s economic land concessions to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September, Cambodia’s special rapporteur for human rights, Surya Subedi, wrote: “There are well documented, serious and widespread human rights violations associated with land concessions that need to be addressed through remediation.”


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KI-Media2 KI Media FedCIS calls on Hun Xen to ban alcohol advertising on TV and Radio

31 October, 2012

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KI-Media2 KI Media FedCIS calls on Hun Xen to ban alcohol advertising on TV and Radio

31 October, 2012

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KI-Media2 KI Media វៀតណាម​ជួល​ដី​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​ស្រុកក ោះធំ – Viet immigrants renting land in Koh Thom district

31 October, 2012


Posted By Socheata to KI Media at 11/01/2012 06:10:00 AM


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KI-Media2 KI Media វៀតណាម​ជួល​ដី​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​ស្រុកក ោះធំ – Viet immigrants renting land in Koh Thom district

31 October, 2012


Posted By Socheata to KI Media at 11/01/2012 06:10:00 AM


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