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IN DEPTH | Cambodia: Boeung Kak protesters released

CAMBODIA JUNE 27- Authorities in Phnom Penh released thirteen women who had been arrested last month while protesting their forced eviction from the Boeung Kak area, caused by government-sanctioned development work. The women's charges, based on illegally occupying state land and obstructing public officials work, were upheld. However, their sentence was reduced from two-and-a-half years to time already served.

The thirteen women were violently taken into custody on May 22 during a peaceful demonstration over land rights in Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh. The ongoing land dispute has pitted long-term residents of the area against a private land development company, Shukaku, with plans to construct high-end residential and commercial buildings.

The arrests represent a larger fight poorer communities are launching against ongoing forced evictions throughout the country. Though it recently faced condemnation from the international community, the Cambodian government continues to employ these tactics as a means to yield more lucrative development opportunities in its rapidly growing economy.
CAMBODIA JUNE 27- Authorities in Phnom Penh released thirteen women who had been arrested last month while protesting their forced eviction from the Boeung Kak area, caused by government-sanctioned development work. The women's charges, based ...
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