Kratie Villagers Call On PM to Intervene in Land Title Dispute

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Kratie Villagers call on Prime Minister Hun Sen resolve their land dispute on August 5. (KT Photo: Chor Sokunthea)

PHNOM PENH, August 6, (Khmer Times) – On Tuesday  morning, about 100 villagers marched to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house to call on him to intervene in their land dispute. 
All of them came from Chhlong and Snuol districts in Kratie province. 
Mr. Soun Vicheka, a representative of villagers, said that the agents responsible for measuring land and distributing land titles had come to measure the land in 2012, but that no land titles had been issued by the authorities. 
He added that on June 17, the provincial authority issued a decision that will prevent them from receiving any claim to the land. 
At the center of the dispute is Horizon Agriculture Development Co., LTD which complained that the villagers had moved onto the company’s land which had been cleared for a rubber plantation.
Khan Chamnan, deputy governor of Kratie, said that last month the Provincial Cadastral Commission issued a decision with regards to the land claim. If they do not accept it, they can file a complaint to the National Cadastral Commission. 
Mr. Nay Vanda, deputy head of Human Rights Monitoring and Legal Aid Section of ADHOC, said that local authorities have been unable to resolve the land dispute, which is why they have petitioned the Prime Minister. 
There are 329 families from Snuol commune, 5 from Svaychreas commune and 31 families from Domreiphong commune, Kratie province, that have been affected.  

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