Amnesty International Condemns Eviction of Citizens by Military Force – Tuesday, 25.11.2008

Posted on 26 November 2008. Filed under: Week 588 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 588

“Amnesty International, based in London, England, issued a statement late last week condemning the Cambodian authorities who use soldiers to violently evicted around 300 families in Chhuk, Kampot.
“According to the statement of Amnesty International, issued late last week, the use of armed forces to violently evict citizens from their houses is a measure that is not compatible with Cambodia as a democracy, implementing the rule of law. The eviction of citizens in Anlong Krom village, Ta Kaen commune, Chhuk district, Kampot, by the military Brigade 31, by police, and by forestry administrators, which severely injured three citizens and destroyed nearly 300 houses, shows to Amnesty International that the activities of the Cambodian authorities are not respecting human rights and a policy of law as the basis, which upholds the protection of human rights and the provision of a safe habitat.
“Amnesty International also encourages all relevant authorities to provide an appropriate habitat, food, clean water, and medicines to those loosing their habitats, and to provide compensation to evicted citizens without any condition.
“A researcher of Amnesty International in Cambodia, Ms. Brittis Edman, pointed out that the policy used by the Kampot authorities to evict citizens from their houses, where they had been living for a long time, was not based on documents, as required by law, as a basis depending on the decision by a court. Again, Amnesty International called on the Cambodian authorities to stop evicting citizens, and the authorities must announce that citizens to be relocated will be temporarily assigned a place, until there are alternative solutions according to the law.

“Although there was severe criticism and condemnation by human rights organizations inside and outside of Cambodia, armed forces, police, and environmental officials continued to cruelly use force and gun without mercy in Anlong Krom. Relevant officials explained that they evict citizens to remove their houses from their land where they have lived since several years ago, because they live on forest land of the state which is prohibited by law.
“In the meantime, the Khmer Census League and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO – asked the relevant authorities to stop the violent eviction on citizens by the Brigade 31 in Kampot, where houses were burnt and three people suffered serious injuries, when they were hit. Officials of LICADHO said that this was not the first time that soldiers of the Brigade 31 were ordered against citizens in that region. Since early of the year, more soldiers of Brigade 31 are assigned to control the land around the villages of Anlong Krom and Chey Sena. Previously, there were clashes between soldiers and villagers, where a shot was fired close to the head of a woman, and another woman was bitten; both of them hold a plot of land.
“The director of LICADHO, Ms. Pong Chiv Kek, also known as Dr. Kek Galabru, said that the situation there becomes worse and worse, and it must be brought under control before more citizens are wounded or loose their lives. Soldiers armed with AK 47 rifles are used against civilians in many circumstance.
“LICADHO asks for an immediate halt of the evictions, while the checking land complaints of the families living there still continue.
“It should be noted that the grab of land of weak citizens by some rich and powerful people, and by dishonest oknhas, happens almost in all provinces and cities around the country, while the government led by strongman Hun Sen has not taken any action against these wicked groups that grab citizens’ land.” Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3622, 25.11.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2828, 25.11.2008

  • The Ministry of Health Permits Police to Stop Private Hospital Ambulances [that carry traffic accident patients, except if they carry patients from their hospitals to state hospitals or to patients homes]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1803, 25.11.2008

  • The Phnom Penh Municipality Supports the Development of a Company [promoted by Mr. Detlef Gutjahr – deputy president of the Thuringia-Cambodian Friendship Association in Germany] to Gain Benefits from the Stung Meanchey Garbage Dump [by creating bio-gas in a composting plant using it to generate electricity, investing around US$6 million]
  • Mr. Obama Promises to Provide More Military Aid for the War Effort in Afghanistan

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #147, 25.11.2008

  • The National Assembly Agrees to Release the Salary of Prince Ranariddh [for nine-months, corresponding to US$12, 375], for the Time when He Was the President of the National Assembly
  • Woman Died Because She Has No Money to Buy Blood from the Doctors for a Cesarean Operation, while Her Baby Was Saved and Is Alive [“the director of the Kompong Chhnang Referral Hospital could not be reached for comment”]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6508, 25.11.2008

  • Summit Meeting of Leaders of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam Will Encourage Policies to Develop the Triangle Zone
  • [Thai Prime Minister] Somchai Refuses to Resign; Yellow-Shirt [anti-government] Demonstrators Surround the Parliament, while Red-Shirt [pro-government] Groups Assemble at a Suburb of Bangkok
  • Trial of [former Phnom Penh police chief] Heng Pov for Attempting to Assassinate [the commander of the National Military Police] Mr. Sao Sokha Is Delayed [because no lawyer was available]; His Lawyer Demands to be Paid to Continue to Defend Him [while Heng Pov’s request for permission to withdraw money from his bank account is blocked by the court]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3622, 25.11.2008

  • Amnesty International Condemns Eviction of Citizens by Military Force

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4751, 25.11.2008

  • Cambodian People Will Be Able to Travel to Vietnam without Visas starting from 4 December 2008
  • Cambodia Might Receive More Than US$200 Million from China to Build More Roads and Infrastructure [according to Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • The Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst – DED – German Development Service – Offers Experts to Assist Work at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal [as a personnel agency – it does not have funds to provide]
  • DED Will Cooperate More with the Ministry of Interior to Help to Develop Good Governance

  • Child Labor at Entertainment Clubs and at Brick Kilns Are Serious Forms of Child Labor [states the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO]
  • Khmer Arts and Crafts Are Exhibited in Japan to Attract Japanese People to Visit Cambodia

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