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Monks Disturb Establishment…

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

After pioneer Luon Sovath, the multimedia monk, a seemingly ever larger group of Cambodian buddhist monks take a public stance in social justice issues, questioning the position of non-involvement their hierarchic authorities would like to see them confined in. Keo Somaly, a 27-year old monk staying at the Neak Vorn pagoda, has been advocating in […]


Sunday, December 21st, 2014

About 50 households form the informal settlement of Boeung Chouk saw almost all of their belongings go up in smoke during a blaze the previous night. It is dry season, and paired with a sustained wind, fires obliterating these piled up constructions in wood are not uncommon (see HERE).

Kampong Speu Villagers Insist…

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The villagers from Kampong Speu province who were affected by ‘Okhna’ Ly Yong Phat’s sugar plantation, which, at one point, was financed by ANZ Royal bank, showed up in front of the bank’s head office, seeking a response to several meetings they had about a compensation. ANZ Royal had notified the villagers that the loan […]

Boeung Kak Lake Protest Up Close

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The number of protests by the community of Boeung Kak is hard to keep track of. And the visual possibilities are reaching a certain limit. Hence this close-up version…

Sunday Support…

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

After a short interruption due to the Peace March of the previous week, a small crowd of family members, supporters and monks again spent their sunday morning tugging along in a string of tuk-tuks on the dusty road to Prey Sar prison to show their support to the 18 land rights activists and buddhist monks […]

Third Sunday in Prison

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

For the third consecutive Sunday, family members, monks and sympathisers gathered at the gate of Prey Sar prison to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to a 1-year jail sentence early this month. But they also celebrated the birthday of the daughter of imprisoned land rights activist Tep […]

Borei Keila, Hearth of Resistance…

Friday, November 28th, 2014

One of the ‘Hearths of Resistance’, places in Phnom Penh where citizens resist the erosion of their rights, is Borei Keila, a community which was violently evicted almost 3 years ago after a series of broken promises. Condemned to live either on a relocation site 45 Km out of the capital, or next to the […]

An Ordinary Day in front of the Supreme Court…

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

When two powerfull fight for land, the poor lose theirs. Villagers from Chi Khor Krom, in the Sre Ambel district of Koh Kong province, demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in support of their case being handled there. While 15 families who lost land during a dispute between powerfull businessman Heng Huy and Sok […]