The families say a buyout offer of $8,500 is too low and they do not want to move to an inferior relocation site.
Many Cambodians aware of the recent turmoil in Arab nations as a major factor.
New workers earn a base salary of $55 per month, while senior workers have typically earned $61 a month.
The Boeung Kak lake development has been an ongoing issue for residents for nearly four years.
The Prey Lang forest spans the provinces of Kampong Thom, Steung Trang, Kratie and Preah Vihear.
Heng Saroeun had fallen ill with stomach problems, but the company would not release her without first being repaid.
Agricultural experts say the use of “pure” seeds can boost yields up to 20 percent.
Cambodia expects to have oil flowing by the end of 2012, with revenues expected to reach $1.7 billion.
The subdecree on contract farming, approved Friday by the council, aims to improve farming techniques.
Already well received, the film will now compete against four other finalists for an Academy Award on Feb. 27.
Nationwide, there are thousands of paddy banks across 18 provinces, according to Cedac, a development NGO.
Arbitration Council President Kong Phallack said the lower number was due to the closure of factories in the wake of the 2008 crisis.