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Community Legal Education Center

Steps Towards Justice: Successful Resolution of Land Disputes in Kaoh Nheaek

On the 13th of December 2023, the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) held a consultative meeting at Kaoh Nheaek District Hall. This was to discuss the resolution of land disputes outside the court system, and raised the issue of land disputes within the indigenous community and people outside the community in Sre Thom village. 

The non-judicial dispute resolution meeting, called the Peace Table, was chaired by Mr. Yen Changtongheng, Deputy Governor of Kaoh Nheaek District. He was accompanied by Mr. Huon Chundy, CLEC Director, Mr. Bot Vibol, Director of the Council for Local Dispute Resolution, the Council Commune, village chief, and stakeholders. In total, 20 people attended, including 2 women.

The meeting resulted in a successful outcome, with both parties agreeing to the following terms:

  1. The plaintiffs, Cham Phin and their children, Kra Phoeun and Lam Vita (Party A) agreed to return to Party B the farmland they claimed to have purchased from them.
  2. Party B, made up of Ngem Phleu, his wife Teth Tin and his son, agreed to hand over 4 million Riels to Party A as a fee for previous land clearing.
  3. The exchange of money for the clearing of farmland is to be paid on June 30, 2024.
  4. The land will be returned to Party B on the same date.
  5. Both parties agreed to these terms voluntarily and without coercion.

On the 14th of December 2023, a meeting was held at the Sok San Commune Hall, Kaoh Nheaek District, Mondulkiri Province. The Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), funded by Hex, held a meeting to resolve ongoing land disputes of the indigenous people of Phnong Phum Anjar village with outsiders of the community who currently occupy 10 hectares of community reserve land.

The mediation was chaired by Mr. Yen Changtongheng, Deputy Governor of Kaoh Nheaek District. He was accompanied by Mr. Min Muon, Deputy Director of the Provincial Land Department, Mr. Huon Chundy, Executive Director of CLEC, Mr. Bot Vibol, Director of the Council for Local Dispute Resolution, the Sok San Commune Councilor, and other village chiefs. A total of 44 stakeholders participated in the meeting, including 8 women.

After three hours of debate, the following common points were reached:

  • Both parties who occupied the land of the indigenous community of Ach Chor village understood the law and agreed to return the land to the community.
  • Negotiations are continuing for the occupying parties, requesting a contract with  the Sok San commune administration for temporary continuation of use of the land currently being occupied.
  • The Sok San Commune Administration and CLEC will coordinate for both parties to enter into a temporary land loan agreement.