Farmers protest in Phnom Penh against large-scale sugar plantations

In 2010, over 1,500 families were evicted from land they had farmed for 31 years. The farmers want the ministry to speed up the compensation process. Previous agreements were reached without any participation from the communities concerned.

Almost 700 people from different communities in Kampong Speu province yesterday protested (pictured) in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, seeking a solution to their long-running land dispute with three sugar companies.

The villagers petitioned the Ministry to speed up the settlement for the residents in 14 villages in Oral district’s Trapaing Chou commune, three in Rasmey Samaki commune and six in Thpong district’s Omlaing commune.

The litigants have been embroiled in the dispute since 2010 with Phnom Penh Sugar Company, Kampong Speu Sugar, and Sugar Plantation.

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