Homes burned in land dispute

Rann Reuy and May Titthara

SIEM REAP PROVINCE
AROUND 50 military and civilian police officers and Environment Department workers destroyed at least 100 homes on contested land in Oddar Meanchey province Tuesday morning, dismantling some structures and burning others to the ground, officials and rights workers said.
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Cambodia’s poorest to be supported through a new food security and social safety net program

Contacts:

World Bank, Phnom Penh:

Bou Saroeun (855) 23-217-301

sbou@worldbank.org

Australian Embassy, Phnom Penh:

Lachlan Pontifex (855) 12-900-911

lachlan.pontifex@ausaid.gov.au

Phnom Penh, August 4, 2009 – Today the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the World Bank signed a US$13 million agreement to support Cambodia’s poorest and most vulnerable people by strengthening food security and social safety nets.

The World Bank has approved the Smallholder Agriculture and Social Protection Development Policy Operation to support the efforts of the Government of Cambodia to mitigate the combined impacts of the global food price and economic crises. The program aims to boost food security for poor households and expand safety net support. Continue reading

Media Statement: Punishing the Poor: More Arrests of Street People

LICADHO deplores the authorities’ renewed campaign to unlawfully arrest homeless persons, beggars, sex workers and other “undesirables” from the streets of Phnom Penh. In recent days, such arrests have led to women and children being sent to stay in a government social affairs center whose staff include alleged rapists and murderers, and to sex workers who have HIV/AIDS being detained at an NGO shelter where they were denied their life-sustaining antiretroviral medicines.

“Once again, the government is treating poor people who live and work on the streets as though they are criminals,” said LICADHO director Naly Pilorge. “This has nothing with to do with actually trying to help these people – it is simply intended to drive them off the streets in order to ‘beautify’ the city.”

Over the past month, dozens of people have been arbitrarily arrested from the streets, particularly in Daun Penh district along the riverside and around Wat Phnom, in night-time sweeps by district security guards or police. Continue reading

Development Partners Call for Halt to Evictions of Cambodia’s Urban Poor

July 16, 2009— Development Partners are calling upon the Royal Government of Cambodia to stop forced evictions from disputed areas in Phnom Penh and elsewhere in the country until a fair and transparent mechanism for resolving land disputes is put in place and a comprehensive resettlement policy is developed.

Development Partners recognize that land issues are an ongoing challenge to development in Cambodia and urge the Government to adopt fair and transparent systems for land titling, including in urban areas, which recognize and protect the equal rights of all citizens.  Development Partners stand ready to support the establishment of national policy guidelines which would ensure that evictions and resettlement follow due legal process and provide just compensation to affected individuals. Continue reading

Getting Petroleum Products to Market

The sharp price increases in the world oil market in 2007 and 2008 took everyone by surprise. And just as some oil analysts were forecasting US$200 a barrel or even higher, the oil price collapsed in the last four months of 2008. The speed at which the price changes on the world market were transmitted to retail prices became the subject of much debate. Consumers the world over argued that something was not right with the way their petroleum markets were functioning, benefitting oil companies and harming consumers. What determines these prices? This briefing note provides an overview of the petroleum product supply chain and factors contributing to retail prices. Continue reading

Vote Strips Immunity of Mu Sochua, Ho Vann

By Yun Samean

The National Assembly on Monday voted to strip the parliamentary immunity of Sam Rainsy Party lawmakers Mu Sochua and Ho Vann during a closed-door session, opening the two opposition leaders to prosecution in law suits filed against them at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Ninety of the 111 lawmakers present voted by a show of hands to take away Ms Cochua’s immunity, and 91 voted in favor of stripping Ho Vann’s immunity, according to senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap. Under the Constitution, a two-thirds vote of the Assembly – or 82 lawmakers – is needed to remove a parliamentarian’s immunity. The ruling CPP ALONE Currently has 90 members in the Assembly.

Security was tight for Monday’s session, with clusters of anti-riot police stationed around the Assembly and military police positioned at regular intervals many blocks from the compound. With the session being held behind closed doors, journalists, foreign diplomats and NGO representatives were barred from viewing the debate – a decision that was decried by representatives of the US, French, British, and German embassies. Continue reading