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Archive for the 'Land Issues' Category

The Lotus Flowers Were Out (Again)…

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The communities of Borei Keila, Boeung Kak and others, carrying lotus flowers which became the ubiquitous symbol of resistance in Cambodia over the past years, were again protesting at the Phnom Penh Municiplality, hoping to submit a petition regarding the resolution of the various land issues they are involved in. A small group of nursing […]

Land Rights Activists’ Sentences Upheld (mostly)…

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The 11 land rights activists who were arrested early November during two land issue protests and who were sentenced to 1 year in prison for having obstructed traffic, appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence very slightly reduced for most of them: two months less for all, except for Nget Khun […]

Fourth Day, Twenty-six To Go…

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The small group of land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha on its 4th day of a planned month-long protest to claim a resolution of the land issues they are involved in, was harassed by municipal security guards and prevented to march on the street. Then my motorbike broke down and I lost them… This […]

Freedom Balloons Caught In Trees…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The land rights activists who were arrested during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail appeared in front of the Appeals Court today, wearing the orange convict outfit but with a black headscarf. Supporters protested outside the court and released balloons who ended up being caught in the branches of the […]

Trapped… For a While

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A small group of 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, a former ‘Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience’, tried to reach Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for the second consecutive day in a month-long protest to resolve the land disputes they are involved in since years, and to free land rights activists jailed since […]

Pressure Pot Back in the Streets

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The conciliatory atmosphere of the previous months which seemed to prevail after the Cambodian opposition party finally occupied the seats it won at the National Assembly after the 2013 elections seems to dissipate again. Both the ruling party and the opposition are using more aggressive quotes. Demonstrations by land rights activists are monitored more closely […]

The Bull Horn Scuffle…

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The Borei Keila community held a protest in front of the municipal building. The villagers were evicted back in 2013 and have been living in apalling conditions near the place they were evicted from ever since. Phnom Penh Municipality security guards confiscated a bull horn held by land rights activist Chan Putisak. This is a […]

The Embassy Tour…

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The now classical ‘Embassy Tour of Phnom Penh’ was used yet again by supporters, buddhist monks and activists, to deliver a petition requesting the liberation of the activists and monks who were arrested in early November during land issues protests and promptly slammed with a 1-year sentence in jail, starting with the French embassy, which […]