Thursday, May 26, 2011

CCHR public forum in Preah Vihear Province

Phnom Penh, 26 May 2011

Dear Sir or Madam,

Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) is pleased to inform you that CCHR will organize a public forum on Human Rights and Development on 31 May 2011 from 8.00 am to 11.30 am in Bal Hal Village, Reak Reay Commune, Roveang District, Preah Vihear Province. The forum’s main themes are land concession, mine exploration, and Prey Lang deforestation.

Many hundreds of families from Roveang and Cheay Sen Districts, Preah Vihear Province, have been affected by land concession, mine exploration and Prey Lang deforestation. Villagers sought intervention from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and other civil society organizations when the forest whose resources they enjoyed is being cleared.

A number of companies have been granted thousand hectares of economic land by the government for agro-industrial crops in Roveang and Chey Sen Districts, Preah Vihear Province. These companies have been implementing their plans since 2009 and the other since 2010, which affects the villagers’ land and forest.

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights organizes a public forum to provides opportunity for the villagers across the province to air their opinions, concerns, requests and other problems to parliamentarians, local authorities, expert officers, civil society and other relevant stakeholders so that peaceful resolutions can be established.

Participants in the forum include parliamentarians from Cambodian People Party,
FUNCINPEC Party, Sam Rainsy Party, Human Rights Party, Norodom Rannarith
Party, representatives from Ministry of Agriculture, civil society and Ministry of
Environment, especially local authorities and villagers.

Should you need further information, please contact Mr. Chhim Savuth at +855 12 899858 or and Mr. Suon Bunthoeun at +855 12 483546 or

Yours faithfully,

Cambodian Center for Human Rights
#798, St.99, Sangkat Boeung Trabek,
Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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