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Community Legal Education Center

A Tale of Collaboration: Improving Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Mondulkiri Province

On 10 October 2023 at the Pichda Hotel, Sen Monorom, Mondulkiri Province, the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) and the Cambodian Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) inaugurated a project to improve land rights of the indigenous peoples in Mondulkiri Province (IP-CLAIM). This project is funded and supported by the Swiss organization HEKS/EPER for the next three years.

The inauguration ceremony of this project was presided over by His Excellency Chan Ratana, the Deputy Governor of Mondulkiri Province, and was attended by the Department of Health, local authorities and representatives from the indigenous communities of the Koh Nhek District, Kaev Seima District, and Ou Reang districts. In total, there were 80 participants from the community and the relevant departments.Through this new project, we are jointly committing to support Indigenous communities, enabling them to secure, own, and manage their collective land and natural resources equitably, sustainably and harmoniously.

At the meeting hall of Koh Nhek District in Mondulkiri Province on 11 October 2023, the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) held a meeting to discuss the procedures for the establishment of a Commune Dispute Resolution Committee. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Sa Slim, Deputy Governor of Koh Nhek District, and Mr Houn Chundy, Director of CLEC. In attendance included the commune councils of Aboun Leu and Rayo, as well as village chiefs and community representatives. A total of 23 people participated, including 4 women.

The meeting discussed key topics relating to the selection of the Commune Dispute Resolution Committee, including:

  1. The demonstration of the legal framework to establish non-judicial dispute resolution committees, such as the law on Commune / Sangkat Administration, the law on Capital, Province, Municipality, District, and Khan Administration.
  2. A discussion of the importance of establishing a non-judicial dispute resolution committee at the commune level. 
  3. A presentation of the procedure for establishment of a non-judicial dispute resolution committee at the commune level.

The following conclusions were reached:

  • In each commune, 7 members shall be appointed to the Commune Dispute Resolution Committee. This is to include 4 community members, 3 members of the commune council, and 1 clerk or assistant clerk.
  • The community members in attendance at the meeting were to take responsibility for disseminating this information within their communities, and for selecting representatives to submit their candidacy to the commune council for review and decision.
  • Following the receipt of the candidacy of committee members, the commune council will hold a meeting to review and decide, and issue an order recognising the committee. 
  • Following the establishment and recognition of the committee, CLEC will facilitate training sessions on out-of-court dispute resolution committees at the commune level.