Sihanoukville Denies Communities’ Request to Rally on Human Rights Day

The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration rejected a request from land dispute communities to hold a rally in Sihanoukville to mark International Human Rights Day on Tuesday, with a spokesman explaining that the communities are already given three days a year to air their concerns.

In a letter dated December 3, a coalition of communities claiming to be victims of land grabbing asked the provincial governor for permission to gather at Sihanoukville’s Independence Park in Bei commune and invited representatives from the administration to participate in a public forum.

The letter said the participants intended to voice their concerns and ask provincial authorities to help find solutions to their problems.

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