Cambodia displaces villagers from Angkor Wat

The Cambodian PM cited UNESCO World Heritage Site 'conditions' behind the relocations. UNESCO has said they 'never requested' this program, which Amnesty International has denounced as 'forced evictions.'

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet vowed on Friday, December 8, to continue relocating thousands of families from the Angkor Wat temple complex, despite growing international condemnation from rights groups.

Officials have long maintained that about 10,000 families have willingly agreed to leave the sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site for Run Ta Ek, a new community about 25 kilometres away built on former paddy fields.

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