Rights Official Voices Concerns Over Housing Construction ‘For Chinese’ in Cambodian SEZ

A human rights official in Cambodia’s Koh Kong province has expressed concerns over new apartment blocks he says are being built specifically for Chinese nationals, amid reports of the migrants committing criminal activities in other parts of the country.

The apartments are being built in and around the Cham Yeam Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Koh Kong’s Mondul Seima district by ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) lawmaker and casino tycoon Ly Yong Phat’s LYP Group, provincial spokesperson Sok Sothy said recently, adding that they will be used to house workers from joint ventures with “foreign companies.”

Hour In, a coordinator for local rights group Licadho in Koh Kong province, told RFA’s Khmer Service he expects that the new apartments will attract large numbers of Chinese nationals once they are completed, and that the new migrants will “bring insecurity and crime” to the area.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/housing-09272019151830.html

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