Cambodia Human Rights

LAND EVICTIONS


Illegal land evictions have become a major human rights issue in Cambodia with poor populations, both urban and rural, being forced to sign over land at gunpoint, forcibly evicted to make way for developers or plantation owners, and worst.  Over 250,000 Cambodians have been displaced.

LEARN MORE

VIDEO SERIES: CAMBODIA FOR SALE
http://khmernz.blogspot.com/2009/03/sbs-cambodia-for-sale.html (also available below)

IN THE NEWS:
Assemby to debate seizure of real estate,Tuesday, 08 December 2009
Police Move on Kraya Villagers, Tuesday, 08, December 2009
Cambodia faces worrying human rights trends: UN, Thursday, December 10, 2009
Capital’s poor drifting to the edges: survey, December 11, 2009

Bassac residents not eligible for land titles, officials warn, December 15, 2009
Last family in land dispute departs Kraya commune, 17 December 2009
NGO Points to Land Rights Crisis, September 20, 2010
In Cambodia, No Land Title, No Land Rights, Oct 18, 2010
Cambodians Protest Eviction from Prime Tourist Area, October 28, 2010
Phnom Penh Buckles Under Megagrowth Projects, December 2, 2010

From Reuters, An Overview of Major Recent Evictions Executed and Ongoing
Cambodian Evictions Factbox, July 8, 2010


At Amnesty International:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA230022008&lang=e
http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA230182009&lang=e

At the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights:
http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/

DOWNLOAD THE E-BOOK: LOSING GROUND: FORCED EVICTIONS AND INTIMIDATION IN CAMBODIA

DOWNLOAD GLOBAL WITTNESS'S FULL REPORT:
COUNTRY FOR SALE


DOWNLOAD THE CAMBODIAN LEAGUE FOR THE PROMOTION AND DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT: LAND GRABBING AND POVERTY IN CAMBODIA: THE MYTH OF DEVELOPMENT 2009




WHAT YOU CAN DO

Write to your legislators to demand actions from the Cambodian government to stop all evictions and to conduct independent investigations to identify officials who order the use of deadly weapons and assault on unarmed civilians; you can find your Senator and Representatives' contact information here: www.congress.org  (A form letter is attached that you can use--just plug in your name and address!  You can find them at the bottom of the page).  Ask them to demand Cambodia respect the rule of law, private property rights, and make an end to evictions a prerequisite to additional aid money. 

Write to the UN to call on the Cambodian government to comply with its responsibility as a signatory to ICESCR and to the Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) and to CEDAW: http://www.un.org/en/members/countryinfo.asp?countryname=cambodia, and :

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
(A form letter is attached that you can use--just plug in your name and address!)

Contact the World Bank concerning land ownership issues and exploitation in Cambodia (you can read the World Bank's resolution here):

The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA
tel: (202) 473-1000
fax: (202) 477-6391


You can also contact the Asian Development Bank and ask that aid projects not fund the displacement of those whom should benefit from development loans, and also ensure that development money is not diverted to those behind this acts against the humanity of Cambodia's underprivileged.

Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Finally , spread the word.  Tweet, Facebook, MySpace, talk to people, write an article for your local newspaper, discuss this on your blog, talk to your local Rotary group, ask your city council to draft a resolution, contact your Congressperson, start a local letter writing campaign, and urge those people to take action!


Music Video to Raise Awareness About Forced Evictions in Cambodia


Keywords: Cambodian land rights, Cambodian human rights, housing rights, land rights, Cambodian property
Evictions Scenes Set to Music--Very Hard to Watch if You Have a Heart



NGO Films Agressive Measures of Policy to Drive Out Residents at Boeung Kak Lake, Phnom Penh



Three days in the lives of Dey Krahorm villagers as they withstand the longest ongoing eviction in Cambodian history. Two years on they are still facing extreme coercion and intimidation.


VIDEO SERIES ON CAMBODIAN EVICTIONS (3 Parts)
Video Journalist David O'Shea reports from Cambodia, where locals are now faced with a new peril - rampant land developers literally smashing entire communities, leaving thousands homeless.




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Jarrod Brown,
Dec 9, 2009, 8:19 PM
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Jarrod Brown,
Dec 9, 2009, 8:19 PM
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