1. Things DO happen in the Kingdom of Wonder…

    Little by little, a vast majority of the ‘hard’ land titles are being handed over to their owner, with land management clerks painstakingly checking and sifting through huge piles of documents. There are about 7 million land plots to be allocated to their rightfull owner… Fortunately for them. They now have some sort of security. This administrative effort unfortunately cannot hide the fact that evictions and land grabbings do still take place.

    This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land’ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs. Download it HERE.

    CORRECTION: the number of land plots is between 10 and 12 million (thank you Michael Hayes).

    (Source: johnvink.com)

     
  2. Borei Keila Also Marches…

    The Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 (see HERE) and which lives in apalling conditions underneath the buildings they were promised an appartment in staged its first march towards the Municipality to air their complaints. They were met by rather inefficient police cordons on the way and, once they started blocking the sacro sanct circulation in front of the Municipality were pushed on the side by an important riot police force.

    This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land' story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

     
  3. Under One Umbrella…

    While the final results of the parliamentary elections were announced, Boeung Kak Lake (see here and here) and sympathizing communities returned to current affairs and staged a demonstration requesting the release of Yorm Bopha in front of the Supreme Court. Relying on their very long experience regarding demonstrations, they invested in umbrellas, sheltering them from both the sun and the rain.

    The app for iPad, ‘Quest for Land’ is still available here at the iTunes store.

     
  4. Every Word Will Be Heard…

    Every statement, every word will be heard by the Boeung Kak Lake community entangled in a 4-year struggle to keep their land (see here, here and here): Kep Chuktema, Governor of Phnom Penh, stated on television that those left without a land title at Boeung Kak have no right to claim rightfull ownership. So the Boeung kak Lake community fired up the photocopy machines and demonstrated yet again in front of the Municipality building with cardboard signs carrying copies of the legal documents they have in their possession. Later they went to the Ministry of Interior to file a complaint.

     
  5. 1 from 2012 for 2013

    Not sure this was my best, but that was my 2012… CAMBODIA. Phnom Bat, Oudong (Kandal). 5/01/2012: Spilled rice grains at the relocation site for 120 families evicted from Borei Keila. The Phanimex company provided 25kg of rice to those permitted to stay.

    2013 here we come.

    PEACE…

    Extended version here

     
  6. Sandy? Obama? Meanwhile in Phnom Penh…

    In the Boeung Kak Lake and Borei Keila saga, Tim Sakmony and Yorm Bopha were denied bail this morning at the Appeals Court. Tim Sakmony, who was arrested because she had demonstrated after having had her house destroyed during the Borei Keila eviction, was refused bail because she had no proper house! Both communities  showed support by demonstrating in front of a barricade set up to block access to the Court during the proceedings.
    This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land' story which is available as an iApp on iTunes.
     
  7. World Habitat Day (belated)…

    Communities threatened by an eviction gathered in front of the Cambodian National Assembly to celebrate U.N. World Habitat Day and to submit a petition requesting Cambodia be an ‘Eviction Free Zone’. U.N. World Habitat Day is held on the first monday of October, but Mam Sonando’s verdict was due that day. And there are only so many people which can be mobilised in Phnom Penh. So today was just as good a day… About 500 people showed up, which in the current situation is quite a lot.

    This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land' story which is available as an iApp on iTunes.

    CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 8/10/2012: Communities threatened by eviction demonstrate in front of the Cambodian National Assembly for a ‘Cambodia Free Eviction Zone’ during a belated UN World Habitat Day.

     
  8. Jailbreak Blues…

    With ever more inventive props, the Boeung Kak Lake community</a> today carried a locked jail around during their demonstration at the Ministry of Justice and the Royal Palace to request the liberation of their fellows Yorm Bopha and Tim Sakmony, imprisoned at Prey Sar for their land rights activism.

    This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land' story which is available as an iApp on iTunes.

     
  9. A small group of about 30 members of the Boeung Kak Lake community was prevented by the police to leave their neighbourhood to go and ask someone in charge at the municipality building if any progess was made about the outlining of the 12,44 Ha for an on site development promised by Prime Minister Hun Sen. So they trickled through one by one instead and met with a representative of the municipality. I don’t know yet what was said…

    This is a follow-up post on the 'Quest for Land' story which is available as an iApp on iTunes.

    CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/10/2012: Boeung Kak Lake community representative throwing lotus flower petals on police when  being prevented by a police road block to go to the Municipality to ask about progress regarding the outlining of the 12,44Ha for an on site development promised by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

     
  10. Long interview about ‘Quest for Land' in Geoffrey Hiller's 'Verve Photo'…

    CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 06/01/2000: People from Kompong Leng village (Kompong Chnang province) protesting in front of National Assembly because they were evicted from their land.