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Kham Salong sits at her and Chhorn Phalla's home in Ratanakiri province on July 17, 2022. (Meng Kroypunlok/VOD)

Jailed Forest Activist’s Wife Says He Is Sick in Prison

Jailed forest activist Chorn Phalla’s wife said Phalla was getting sick in prison and asked for his release, though a prison official disputed the account saying there were doctors inside and the activist was fine.

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. 

Ratanakiri provincial hall in July 2017. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Ratanakiri Community Says Revoked Concession Still Operates

Indigenous Jarai and Tampoun communities in Ratanakiri are urging authorities to return nearly 1,000 hectares of land from a rubber plantation that they say continues to operate on a revoked part of a concession.