Cham Fishing Community Ordered to Leave Their Riverside Dwellings

Ahead of the 2020 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Phnom Penh next year, the government ordered members of a Cham fishing community, who live along the Chroy Changvar peninsula, to move from there, citing beautification and public order concerns.

The government issued a notification on November 21, 2019 and gave members of the religious minority community – around 78 families – one week to leave the area. The 2020 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will be held at the Sokha Hotel on the peninsula, in Phnom Penh.

Chroy Changvar District Governor Khlaing Hout told VOA Khmer on Monday that authorities could not allow the fishing community to continue to live there, but did not say whether they will be given another location to live.

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