Cambodian land reforms favour farmers

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen revoked illegally administered land concessions

The Cambodian government has decided to oppose misused economic land concessions (ELCs), recognising claims made by rural Cambodians.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen revoked illegally administered ELCs on June 14, ensuring that the land titles would remain in the hands of rural citizens.

Hun Sen also announced that 10 per cent of ELCs and forestland concessions would be granted to Cambodians to live on in anticipation of rising demand in propertied land.

As a result, by June 24 more than 300,000 Cambodian families had staked claims in land amounting to over 1.2 million hectares.

The government has since mobilised government workers and youth brigades to assess claims and carry out the new land reform policies.

Human rights advocates claim that the uncharacteristic move may be a ploy to distract from the recent death of a forestry advocate, Chut Wutty.

According to the Corruption Perception Index compiled by Transparency International, Cambodia is the second most corrupt country in ASEAN, directly behind Myanmar.



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[caption id="attachment_4116" align="alignleft" width="300"] Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen revoked illegally administered land concessions[/caption] The Cambodian government has decided to oppose misused economic land concessions (ELCs), recognising claims made by rural Cambodians. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen revoked illegally administered ELCs on June 14, ensuring that the land titles would remain in the hands of rural citizens. Hun Sen also announced that 10 per cent of ELCs and forestland concessions would be granted to Cambodians to live on in anticipation of rising demand in propertied land. As a result, by June 24 more than 300,000 Cambodian families had staked claims...

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen revoked illegally administered land concessions

The Cambodian government has decided to oppose misused economic land concessions (ELCs), recognising claims made by rural Cambodians.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen revoked illegally administered ELCs on June 14, ensuring that the land titles would remain in the hands of rural citizens.

Hun Sen also announced that 10 per cent of ELCs and forestland concessions would be granted to Cambodians to live on in anticipation of rising demand in propertied land.

As a result, by June 24 more than 300,000 Cambodian families had staked claims in land amounting to over 1.2 million hectares.

The government has since mobilised government workers and youth brigades to assess claims and carry out the new land reform policies.

Human rights advocates claim that the uncharacteristic move may be a ploy to distract from the recent death of a forestry advocate, Chut Wutty.

According to the Corruption Perception Index compiled by Transparency International, Cambodia is the second most corrupt country in ASEAN, directly behind Myanmar.



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