Thousands of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for a Chinese development in Koh Kong province. But some of the families have returned to their land, leaving a relocation site they say was insufficient for their needs. Meanwhile, work continues on the massive development, undertaken by the Chinese Union Development Group, to build a resort and casino on some 36,000 hectares of land along the pristine coast. Second of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong province)
Thousands of families in the remote coastal province of Koh Kong have been evicted or are facing eviction in the face of a Chinese resort development project. Some families have moved unwillingly to relocation sites. Some are refusing to leave, setting the stage for another land dispute. The families are facing eviction from a 36,000-hectare resort development by the Chinese Union Development Group, which holds a 99-year lease on the land. Chinese hydrodam developments have already damaged major parts of Koh Kong, home to the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia’s richest source of biodiversity. The resort adds to the difficulties facing residents of the province, which has also seen major evictions and disputes rising from the growth of a massive sugar plantation. Part one of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
Around 1,000 Sabrina factory workers on Wednesday protested outside Kompong Speu provincial court demanding the release of their union leaders. Eight union leaders were arrested by police on Monday after around 4,000 workers on strike clashed with police at Cambodian garment factory in Kompong Speu. (Reuters)
The Cambodian Appeals Court on Wednesday held a hearing in the case of housing rights activist Yorm Bopha, who is serving three years for allegedly instigating violence in an altercation in Phnom Penh last year. Yorm Bopha was arrested in August 2012 after she appeared at the scene of a fight between two men who were drinking rice wine at a drink shop in the Boeung Kak neighborhood of the capital, according to the rights group Licadho. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
Around 4,000 striking workers on Monday June 3, 2013 forced their way into a factory in Cambodia that makes clothing for US sportswear company Nike and clashed briefly with colleagues who has remained on the jobs before being dispersed by police. (Reuters, Phnom Penh)
Union leaders say the collapse was an indicator of lax inspections and standards at factories throughout the country and could be harmful to the reputation of the garment sector, which employs hundreds of thousands of workers.