The Victims: Group 78 Community Members
- Nearly 150 families living on a plot of land known as “Group 78” near the Bassac River in Phnom Penh are facing an eviction deadline of Friday, July 21.
- This community has lived in Group 78 since the early 1980s. Since then, they have cultivated the land, built structures on the land, and used the land as collateral for loans.
- The families have good documents demonstrating their firm right to possess and occupy the land. In the early 1990s, commune and local authorities issued some families receipts recognizing their occupation of the land.
- If evicted, these families will be removed to barren fields more than 20 kilometers from the city center, with no basic sanitation services, no sources of food or potable water, and no access to schools, hospitals or jobs.