Demonstrators want Prime Minister Hun Sen to make good on a promise to set aside land for them in a dispute at the Boeung Kak lake neighborhood, promises they say have been undermined by local authorities and have left some 60 families homeless.
At least two women were injured Monday as housing rights activists clashed with police in Phnom Penh. The activists had been demonstrating by sitting in a major street in front of City Hall to demand land titles in two ongoing land disputes in the capital. Riot police eventually dispersed them by force. Rights groups said one pregnant woman, Hek Chan Reaksmey, miscarried following a blow to her abdomen in the clash. (Khoun Theara, Phnom Penh)
With the national elections just a month away, representatives from major political parties excluding the ruling Cambodian People’s Party promise to ensure the approval of the long-awaited Freedom of Information Law if elected. (Say Mony, Phnom Penh)
Beehive FM radio director Mam Sonando said the government is putting more pressure on radio operators by requiring their sponsors to go through complicated and lengthy procedures for permission to air their programs. The move has so far turned away some of his potential supporters. Mam Sonando, who also heads the Association of Democrats, urged political parties contesting in the upcoming national election to play a clean game and not to confuse voters with their unachievable promises. VOA Khmer’s Men Kimseng interviewed Mam Sonando in Washington where he wrapped up his month-long tour to meet his supporters in the US and Canada.