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Sputnik News : Cambodia and China to hold joint military exercises for second time ever

US think tanks such as Freedom House and the Housing Rights Task Force have slammed Hun and demanded that democratic processes be respected, including extra-electoral rights such as rallying to criticize the government. "Just sharing a Facebook post can land you in jail," said Sia Phearum, executive director of the Housing Rights Task Force, in a statement. "This is what the current illegitimate government is doing; it is moving to the same status as North Korea."

Source : Sputnik News on January 25, 2018


New Naratif : Cambodia’s Showcase Island

Evictees were sometimes put up in relocation sites upwards of 30 kilometers from the city centre. “Most of them—99 percent—move back because it's too far,” says Sia Phearum, head of the Housing Rights Task Force. “They return to Phnom Penh to [become] a construction worker or moto [taxi] driver.”.


Phnom Bat Community suffered 5 years after land dispute in Cambodia

RFI ៖ សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​មួយ​ចំនួន​មិន​មាន​ការ​បារម្ភ​ពី​ផែនការ​ធ្វើ​សវនកម្ម​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​មក​លើ​ពួក​គេ​ទេ

អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​មួយ​ចំនួន​នៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​បាន​លើក​ឡើង​ថា​ គម្រោង​ការ​ធ្វើ​សវនកម្ម​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​មក​លើ​ពួក​គេ​មិន​មែន​ជា​រឿង​អាក្រក់​នោះ​ទេ។ យ៉ាង​ណា​ក៏​ដោយ​ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​ការងារ​ពិសេស​សិទ្ធិ​លំនៅឋាន​វិញ​បាន​បង្ហាញ​ការ​បារម្ភ​ខ្លាច​ក្រែង​មាន​អ្វី ដែល​នៅ​ពី​ក្រោយ​ការ​ធ្វើ​សវនកម្ម​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល បើ​ទោះ​បី​ជា​ម្ចាស់​ជំនួយ​បាន​ធ្វើ​សវនកម្ម​ហើយ​ក៏​ដោយ។ ចំណែក​ស្ថាប័ន​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​វិញ​លើក​ឡើង​ថា​ប្រទេស​មួយ​ចំនួន​ទៀត​ក៏​គេ​ធ្វើ​សវនកម្ម​លើ​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ដែរ។

ប្រភព ៖ វិទ្យុបារាំង RFI ផ្សាយថ្ងៃទី ២១ វិច្ឆិកា ២០១៧


Rail Professional : Phnom Penh airport rail link postponed due to protests

Housing Rights Task Force executive director Sia Phearum said most residents in Por Sen Chey district support the project and that he hopes a dialogue between locals and officials involved in the project will be dispel their fears. In part the protests are due to a belief that residents will be evicted to make way for new developments.

Source : Rail Professional on August 18, 2017


Post Magazine : A last look at icon of Cambodia’s ‘Golden Age’ before it is bulldozed to make way for condo tower


It emerged last October that Japanese property developer Arakawa would tear down the structure and replace it with a high-rise. Representatives for the company did not respond to requests for comment about the US$80 million project, but original plans showed that the firm had set aside five floors for existing residents – even offering homeowners a 10 per cent increase on their floor space – but the community was divided, according to Sia Phearum, director of local non-governmental organisation Housing Rights Task Force.


“The owner of Arakawa wanted to see the poor people who are residents of the White Building live together with the rich people, who will buy the condos after four years [of construction],” explains Sia Phearum, who was among those supporting the existing residents during negotiations. “But the people still don’t trust the government of Cambodia because of the bad experiences of the Borei Keila and Boeung Kak communities,” he says, referring to two recent high-profile and protracted land disputes in the city.


After less than nine months of talks, almost all the 493 White Building families (some apartments had been sub­divided) agreed to the company’s alternative offer, of compen­sation of US$1,400 per square metre. Yet not all of them were satisfied – it was less than the US$1,800 to US$2,300 they had sought at various stages of the discussions, and many didn’t want to leave at all.


Source : Post Magazine News on August 12, 2017



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