Phin Rathana
Development of the Run Ta Ek resettlement site for Angkor residents in September 2022. (Phin Rathana/VOD)

Displaced From Angkor: Desolate Land, Uncertain Futures Await Residents

Angkor residents are worried about being displaced from their work and public amenities if they move 20 km to an underdeveloped resettlement site. The state denies these are evictions, but its campaign to clean up “illegal constructions” leaves residents with little choice.

Two Ratanakiri communes where indigenous communities received communal land titles as shown in government decrees released in September 2022. (Google Satellite)

Communal Titling Ends in Relief for Some, Anxiety for Others

Indigenous communities attempting to register communal lands are often left in bureaucratic limbo and are at risk of losing this land, advocates said this week, even as the government handed more than 4,000 hectares to three communities in May. 

Prime Minister Hun Sen in Siem Reap on September 13, 2022. (Hun Sen’s Facebook page)

Hun Sen Promises Modern Satellite City at Angkor Evictions Relocation Site

Prime Minister Hun Sen handed out gifts and promised metal sheeting as building materials to families who have agreed to vacate their homes that fall within Siem Reap’s Angkor park, saying the relocation site in Run Ta Ek commune will be turned into a modern satellite city.

Nhek Bun Chhay at a meeting in Takeo where he inducted new members on August 17, 2022. (Nhek Bun Chhay's Facebook page)

KNUP’s Nhek Bun Chhay Inducts Minor Party Defectors

Political party leader Nhek Bun Chhay has inducted a slew of new members into his party who had defected from the floundering Cambodia National Love Party and the defunct Khmer Power Party.

Don Chron points to land she and other families used to cultivate before their crops were destroyed in August 2021. (Fiona Kelliher/VOD)

Fear, Frustration for Community Stuck in Protected-Zone Confusion

Crops have been destroyed and farmers jailed in Chung Plas and Memang, communes straddling the border of two Mondulkiri wildlife sanctuaries. Restrictions appear to residents to be shifting and arbitrary — at the mercy of environment officials on patrol.