Families Involved in Land Dispute Meet with Local Authorities

December 17, 2012 | Posted in: News

On December 9, 321 families (110 women) from three villages in Kratie’s Sambo district met with local authorities to discuss their land dispute with Think Biotech Co. Ltd., a Korean company. Think Biotech tractors had tried to clear farming and communal land in both October and November. Community members protested the land clearance attempts twice in November and the bulldozers were stopped. The authorities made a verbal promise in the meeting that community land would not be cleared.

However, local authorities have not yet measured the community’s land and the Prey Lang Community Network says it will continue demanding that authorities keep their promise and ensure that Think Biotech stays off their land. Think Biotech was granted 34,007 hectares in May by the government for agro-industry operations in Sambo district as well as Stung Treng’s Siem Bok district.