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Community Legal Education Center

CLEC Facilitates Peace Table for Indigenous Community Land Dispute in Mondulkiri

On June 19th, 2024, the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), partnered with the Koh Nhek District Administration, held a peace table dialogue to address a land dispute involving 150 hectares claimed by the Pnong Indigenous Community in Chiklop Village, Mondulkiri Province. The community seeks to designate this land as a reserve within their collective ownership and has applied for a map survey through the Land Management Department. However, a community member claims to have purchased the land, leading to conflicting claims.

Due to past complaints and agreements to divide the land, the commune authorities had previously requested the exclusion of this land from collective property. Community members were also restricted from accessing the land due to its designation as state land.

Thanks to funding from HEKS and EWMI, the peace table resulted in a positive agreement. Recognizing the land as state-owned, both parties acknowledged that no one has the right to manage it currently. However, the Chiklop Village community retains the right to apply for it as reserve land. The land will be divided only after the state decides on the community reserve allocation, with the community committee making decisions based on previous division agreements and ownership transfers among members.

The Koh Nhek District Administration and Provincial Land Departments have pledged their support and will assist with measuring and including this land within the community reserve.

CLEC remains committed to facilitating peaceful resolutions for land disputes and protecting the rights of indigenous communities.