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Rows of Rosewood Recovered in Kandal Warehouse Raid After Tip

A raid organized after receiving a tip led to the discovery on Thursday of rows of luxury-grade wood stacked in a Kandal province warehouse, officials said.

Sugar Dispute Resolution Leaves Some Communities Out

The Land Management Ministry on Wednesday announced a plan to resolve a yearslong land dispute between thousands of villagers and well-connected sugar barons by early next month, though not all affected communities were included.

Hundreds of Evictions Ordered on Hun Daughter’s Plantation

More than 400 families have been ordered to remove their homes built next to a rubber plantation on land in Kratie province given to Hun Mana, the daughter of Prime Minister Hun Sen, or see them forcibly torn down without compensation.

Sesan Dam Holdout Families Petition Ministry for Intervention

Representatives of holdout families who are refusing to evacuate two Stung Treng province villages that will be flooded by the Lower Sesan II dam traveled to Phnom Penh to petition the Mines and Energy Ministry for help on Friday.

Two Dead After Ratanakkiri Gem Mine Collapses

Two people—including a teenage boy—died on Friday in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district when a hole they were mining for gemstones collapsed.

Local Authorities ‘Cheated’ Angkor Villagers, Official Says

A provincial official has acknowledged for the first time that local authorities took money from villagers to allow constructions inside Angkor Archaeological Park, but said on Thursday that the illegal structures would still be demolished.

Montagnard Family Sent Back to Vietnam

A Montagnard family returned to Vietnam on Wednesday after requesting that authorities help them return to the country they fled two years before, an official said, refuting a local media report that they had been arrested and deported.

Evicted Kampot Villagers Rally at Land Ministry to Settle ELC

More than 150 people representing 308 families recently evicted in a land dispute involving a Kampot province land concession assembled outside the Land Management Ministry in Phnom Penh on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to return to their land.

Officials Give Conflicting Accounts in Arrest of Two Kampot Men

Two men arrested in a Kampot province commune on Tuesday following a violent clash between military police and villagers during a forced eviction the week before have been released, although confusion still surrounds why they were detained.

Gov’t Investigating Claims of Logging in Wildlife Sanctuary

Authorities in Pursat province are investigating allegations by villagers that timber baron Try Pheap’s company is illegally logging in a wildlife sanctuary and transporting the wood to company property, an official said on Sunday.

Villagers in Koh Kong Land Dispute Petition PM for Help

About 40 people locked in a long-running land dispute in Koh Kong province on Thursday submitted a petition at Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum Park asking Prime Minister Hun Sen to prod the Land Management Ministry into resolving their situation.

More Arrests Made in Kampot Commune, Military Police Say

Military police said they arrested two men on Tuesday afternoon in a Kampot commune that saw violent evictions and protests last week—and where authorities are reportedly going door-to-door to find villagers involved—but maintained the arrests were unrelated to the clash.

Some Angkor Park Homes May Be Spared From Removal: Official

Some of more than 100 people who appealed to Siem Reap provincial authorities to halt the removal of their illegally-built structures inside Angkor Archaeological Park may be allowed to keep their homes, an official said on Tuesday.

Three Provisionally Charged in Violent Kampot ELC Eviction

A reporter and two villagers have been provisionally charged after a rowdy land concession protest in Kampot province last week erupted in violence, leaving cars destroyed and seriously injuring a security guard, court officials said on Monday.

Government Brands Villagers ‘Secessionist’ After Srekor Office Denial

The Stung Treng provincial government on Monday accused villagers whose homes are expected to be flooded by the Lower Sesan II dam of being secessionists after they rejected a request by authorities to set up an office at their pagoda.

ELC Eviction Turns Violent as Cars Destroyed, Guard Beaten

Military police in Kampot province arrested three men they say incited violence amid a protest on Friday that destroyed three vehicles and left a security guard seriously injured after he was beaten to near death, according to officials.

Villagers Ask for More Time to Remove Angkor Park Homes

As an eviction operation inside Angkor Archaeological Park continues to plod forward, making modest progress after four days of removals, some residents have now asked authorities to give them more time to tear down the structures themselves.

Waving Worthless Approval Papers, Angkor Villagers Lose Homes

nokor thom commune, Siem Reap province - Thoeun Chantrea’s cries of anguish pierced the calm forests of Angkor Archaeological Park on Thursday morning as authorities began to tear down a house she had begun building two months ago.

Authorities, Village Residents Set for Clash in Angkor Park

Authorities confirmed they plan to begin removing more than 500 homes and shops today that they say were built illegally inside Angkor Archaeological Park, while the chief of one of the affected villages said homeowners had no plans to

Seized Tractors, Used by Police Officers, to Be Returned to HQ

Mondolkiri’s deputy provincial governor has ordered the return of seven tractors that were originally seized as evidence in an illegal timber smuggling case in February and later taken for personal use by police officers in the province.