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Petition Seeks Hun Sen's Attention on Land

The Cambodian People Community joined together in mid-2007 in Cambodia with communities all over the country to set up a petition to solve the land disputes.

An Oddar Meanchey province villager who join the People Community campaign said that he wanted to meet Hun Sen directly to report the truth about land-grabbing.

"We have heard the words of samdech prime minister, who has repeatedly mentioned in order to warn those with power and companies that don’t respect the law and exploit the people’s land," Sok Heng said, using a Khmer honorific. "Samdech prime minister said asked that those powerful people and companies give the land back to the people.”

Sok Heng said they created this petition because many people, including land-grabbing victims, wanted to inform Hun Sen about land-grabbing from businessmen and powerful officials.

"We have heard many times, so we initiated the idea to produce this petition in order to send a message to samdech that his warning words don’t make those officials stop their action," he said. "They still continue and harm people even more."