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REUTERS : Cambodians push for transparency over large land deals

Sia Phearum, executive director of Housing Rights Task Force, speaks during an annual meeting in Phnom Penh in 2015.


In a bid to provide information to local residents, legal scholars and activists have tried to locate contracts for land deals - sometimes with the help of whistle-blowers.


Sia Phearum, executive director of the Housing Rights Task Force, a campaign group working with Cambodians displaced by urban projects, said he experienced this situation first-hand.


Aljazeera : Long road ahead for Cambodian human rights

While evictions are not necessarily illegal, the lack of compensation for affected communities has exacerbated the problem.


" The loss of a plot of land affects the ability of the residents to earn income, to ensure the well-being and education of the family, and to protect its members from harm and violence," Sia Phearum, director of the Housing Rights Task Force, told Al Jazeera. 


"A forced eviction generates food insecurity, increases poverty, the rate of homelessness, as well as migration from rural to urban areas or to foreign countries."


Source : Aljazeera News on Sep 04, 2014



VOA : Advocate in Washington To Push for Housing Rights

The director of a housing advocacy group is visiting Washington, in a bid to get more international support to stop land grabs and forced evictions in Cambodia.

Sia Phearum, director of the Housing Rights Task Force, told VOA Khmer he wants the international community to push the government to work harder at solving these issues.

He said he had meetings at the World Bank, which censured its own Phnom Penh office last year for failing to fully implement a land title program that might have prevented the forced evictions of the Boeung Kak lake project in Phnom Penh.

Source : VOA News on April 20, 2012

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