Boeng Kak Lake inclusion plan made by STT
The Boeung Kak community and the undersigned civil society
groups call for the inclusion of all remaining families into the 12.44ha
concession area by the former lake. A new plan unveiled today by the community
shows in detail how this could be achieved in a just and equitable fashion.
On Aug. 11, 2011, Prime Minister Hun Sen signed Sub-Decree
No. 183, awarding 12.44ha of the Boeung Kak lake area to the community, which
since 2007 has been involved in a land dispute with Shukaku Inc., owned by CPP
Senator Lao Meng Khin. Since then, 631 families have received titles for their
land. However, over 70 families, whose homes are not located within the
confines of the concession zone as outlined in the Sub-Decree, have been
Today the Boeung Kak community is launching a detailed plan
for the inclusion of all the excluded families. Following cooperation with
local urban NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) in 2012, it has been established
that over 400 plots, covering more than 2ha, are vacant within the concession
zone. STT's June 2012 report Outside the Lines thus makes the case for solving
the years' long land dispute by giving each excluded household a plot within
the 12.44ha area.
Since publication of the report, the Boeung Kak community
has continued to work with STT to develop a more detailed plan for the
inclusion of the excluded families. The plan unveiled today illustrates how
excluded households with different sized plots could all be accommodated within
the 12.44ha concession. The plan outlines how each excluded household in Villages
1, 6, 22, and 24 can be awarded one 64m2 plot, and identifies 30 unassigned
plots that can be further distributed to households who currently have larger
plots and therefore require more than one plot within the concession zone. The
plan also distributes a number of larger plots to 13 households from Village 1,
who owned large plots of land prior to their entire village being covered in
sand in 2010.
As an alternative solution, the plan also shows how the
inclusion of an additional 1ha area in Village 22 to the concession would allow
18 households to stay at their current location, while housing for a further 56
households could be built in the area.
"We believe this plan presents a win-win solution," said
Chan Putisak, representative of the excluded households. "We believe the Prime
Minister intended Sub-Decree No. 183 as a solution for all the remaining
residents in Boeung Kak; we have now pro-actively developed this plan to make
that vision reality."
"Forty-eight of the excluded households agree with this
plan; we are hereby asking the Municipality of Phnom Penh and the Royal
Government of Cambodia to engage with us so that it can be implemented," said
Phann Chunreth, Representative of Village 22.
"This land dispute will be ongoing until a solution is found
for all the households," said Khek Chanraksmey, Representative of Village 21. "The households who already have titles in the concession zone fully endorse
this plan, as we want to see an end to the land dispute and return to
peacefully develop our community."
Civil society actors also hope the publication of the plan
will encourage all parties to negotiate for a solution.
"While this plan does not solve the problems faced by the
3,500 families already evicted from Boeung Kak, it is an eminently viable and
practical solution for the excluded households," said Ee Sarom, Programmes
Coordinator at STT. "Of course there will still need to be negotiations and
further development of the plan, but we hope all parties can see this as a
starting point for concrete dialogue."
"This is a
no-brainer; a straight-forward solution to a long-running land dispute," said
Eang Vuthy, Executive Director of Equitable Cambodia. "Moving forward on this
plan would really demonstrate the government's commitment to solving the
problems affecting its citizens."
League of Boeung Kak Women Struggling for Housing Rights
Cambodian Food and Service Workers' Federation (CFSWF)
Cambodian Independent of Civil-Servant Association (CICA)
Cambodian League for the Promotion & Defense of Human
Cambodian Workers' Center for Development (CWCD)
Cambodian Youth Network (CYN)
Coalition of Cambodian Farmers' Community (CCFC)
Community Legal Education Center (CLEC)
Equitable Cambodia (EC)
Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF)
Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA)
People's Action for Change (PAC)
Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)
Social Action for Change (SAC)
Chan Putisak, Representative of Village 1. Tel: 012 910 023
Tep Vanny, Representative of Village 22: Tel: 012 604 648
Ee Sarom, Programmes Coordinator, Sahmakum Teang Tnaut
(STT), Tel: 012 836 533
Yeng Virak, Executive Director, Community Legal Education
Center (CLEC), Tel: 066 777 000
Eang Vuthy, Executive Director, Equitable Cambodia Tel: 012