Cambodia: Forced evictions continue across the country.

An independent analyst says the Cambodian government faces the possibility of more protests if forced evictions continue across the country.

Forced eviction, Cambodia.

January was a particularly violent month for evictions, with residents of the Phnom Penh neighborhood of Borei Keila in violent clashes with police and the shooting of four villagers by rubber plantation guards at a protest in Kratie province.

  • Among the land victims there are young boys and girls.
  • When they grow up, we don’t know what they’ll do.
  • The Khmer Rouge arose in part due to unrest in the countryside.
  • The two guards involved in the Kratie shooting are now in custody, but they were arrested only after a prompting by Prime Minister Hun Sen. They both worked for the TTY Company, which is owned by a powerful business mogul.
  • Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said Tuesday the arrests were actually a failure of the judicial system, because authorities did not act without Hun Sen’s order.
  • Cambodia has around 200 government-provided land concessions, totally 2 million hectares.
  • A large majority of these concessions ignore the land rights of people and most lead to forced evictions.