‘It can be pretty horrifying’: how Cambodia’s land grabs are ruining lives

Cambodia’s Metta forest has been devastated by deforestation as the government gives away land to the elite, with villagers’ protests quashed by violence

Andrew Haffner

scmp – Published: 7:15am, 5 Sep, 2022

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Tâm phúc của Hunsen kêu gọi phản đối cho VN thuê đất 99 năm

VN Youtuber – Xuất bản 28 thg 6, 2018

Ông Soy Sopheap một người nổi tiếng là thân tín với Thủ tướng Hunsen hôm 13/6 trong cuộc trò chuyện truyền hình đã bày tỏ ý tưởng biểu tình phản đối việc Campuchia cho Việt Nam thuê đất 99 năm.

Kem Sokha detained during Cambodia police raid

Al Jazeera

Government cites ‘secret conspiracy’ for nighttime arrest of main opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha casts his vote during June elections [Samrang Pring/Reuters]

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested in Phnom Penh early on Sunday and the government of veteran Prime Minister Hun Sen said he was accused of treason.

The government said in a statement it had a video clip and other evidence that pointed to “secret plans of conspiracy between Kem Sokha, others and foreigners to harm the Kingdom of Cambodia”. Tiếp tục đọc “Kem Sokha detained during Cambodia police raid”

Cambodia shutters radio stations, expels US NGO

Al Jazeera Aug. 23, 2017

Khmer-language stations, Maha Nokor and Voice of Democracy, ordered closed as more media face legal threats.

Analysts said critical media are being targeted ahead of the 2018 polls [File: Reuters]

The government of Cambodia has shut down two independent radio stations and ordered the foreign staff of an American NGO to leave the country in the latest move against critics ahead of a general election next year.

The orders on Wednesday came a day after long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened the Cambodia Daily, one of the country’s few remaining critical newspapers, with closure over an alleged unpaid tax bill of more than $6m, calling them “thieves”. Tiếp tục đọc “Cambodia shutters radio stations, expels US NGO”

Cambodia threatens purge of critical media and US charity

As general election looms, prime minister Hun Sen tells English-language newspaper Cambodia Daily to pay $6m tax bill or leave

Cambodian PM Hun Sen
Cambodian PM Hun Sen faces what many believe will be a close contest in next year’s general election. Photograph: Heng Sinith/AP

Cambodia has threatened to close three foreign media outlets and a US charity, accusing them of operating illegally or owing millions in back taxes, in what appears to be a coordinated purge of government critics.

The Cambodia Daily, one of three English-language daily newspapers in the country, was handed a $6.3m (£4.9m) tax bill and threatened with closure if it does not pay by 4 September. Tiếp tục đọc “Cambodia threatens purge of critical media and US charity”

Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist

japan times

Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Feb 25, 2017

Even before a Cambodian judge sentenced land rights activist Tep Vanny to prison, her fellow campaigners said her fate had already been sealed.

Vanny, who fought the evictions of thousands of residents from lakeside land in Phnom Penh to make way for a luxury real estate project, was sentenced to 2½ years on Thursday for her role in a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in 2013.

She was found guilty of inciting violence and assaulting security guards while trying to deliver a petition to Hun Sen on the land dispute.

The conviction came despite eyewitness testimony that neither Vanny or other protesters had committed acts of violence. It was criticized by campaigners as another step in a crackdown on dissent.

“The courts do not use their conscience. They just wait for orders from powerful men,” said Vanny, a mother of two in her mid-30s, during a recess before her verdict. “It’s easy to use the court. They are using my case to intimidate other people … and scare others to not protest.” Tiếp tục đọc “Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist”