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Cambodia: Land-titling process ‘urgent’, Oxfam says

Accelerating the mapping and titling of rural farmland should be an “urgent” priority of the government and civil society, particularly when it comes to protecting indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights, Oxfam representatives said yesterday. The remarks followed the release of an EU-funded survey of rural communities’ perceptions of their land...

Cambodia: Ethnic villagers point finger at land official

Rights group Adhoc is investigating claims that a Ratanakkiri province cadastral officer is illegally grabbing and selling off forest land, officials at the organisation said. Khin Sophal, a director of the O’Yadav district cadastral office, bought land titles from 50 families in the province and sold the parcels to a...

Myanmar: Residents Protest Letpadaung Copper Mine Resumption

The China-backed Letpadaung copper mine in northern Myanmar’s Sagaing region has resumed operations without fulfilling conditions imposed by lawmakers, residents said in a meeting with top government officials Tuesday, lodging fresh calls for a halt to the project. The complaints were made at a meeting in Sarlingyi town with Hla...

Malaysia: Police were brutal, say Kg Hakka victims

KUALA LUMPUR: About 30 villagers from Kampung Hakka, Mantin gathered at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today to hand over a memorandum on claims that the Mantin police officers were brutal and bias towards them. Prior to that, this morning they also handed a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission...

Myanmar: Letpadaung Villagers Fear Crackdown After Compensation Deadline

Villagers opposed to the Chinese-backed Letpadaung copper mine in northern Myanmar fear a harsh government crackdown after next week’s deadline for them to accept financial compensation for giving up their land for the project, activists said. Some 400 residents from 10 villages in the Letpadaung area in Sagaing region marched...