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Government Denies Human Rights Watch's Report On Eviction

A government official dismisses human rights report on people's eviction as violations on national and international laws.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith says that the eviction is part of city development, and this project gives the people their legal rights.

Human Rights Watch issued a statement on August 1 in New York condemning the Cambodian government for allowing powerful individuals to violate thousands of people's rights.

The Human Rights Watch appeals to the government to postpone future evictions of thousands of families in Tunle Bassac, Phnom Penh city.

This organization says that 1,600 and 1,400 families in 2 poor communities are facing evictions.

The people will be resettled in an arrid area, with no structure, no hygiene, water or electricity.

Mr. Khieu Kanharith says that the people will have legal status and the resettlement will be developed later. He says also that the new site will increase in price like the city areas in the future, and that the development is for city beautification.

Residents' representative Say Sophal hopes that the government will consider the human rights group's suggestions.

Opposition Sam Rainsy party's lawmaker Son Chhay calls the Human Rights Watch statement a reminder to the government to avoid legal violation. Head of investigation of Adhoc, Ny Chariya worries about other communities to be evicted in the future for developments.