Cambodian hilltribe people will try self-policing and implement traditional fines in an effort to stop illegal land sales
- From: Chim <ChimS1@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 03:24:24 -0800 (PST)
Cambodian hilltribes turn to tradition to stop land rush
Posted : Mon, 21 Jan 2008 06:28:02 GMT
Phnom Penh - Cambodian hilltribe people will try self-policing and
implement traditional fines in an effort to stop illegal land sales, a
rights activist said Monday. Pen Bonnar of local human rights
organization Adhoc confirmed local media reports that the Kreung
ethnic minority of Rattanakiri province in the country's far north-
east had turned to tradition to stop members of their community
selling off land.
"They have to do something because people are selling off all their
land even though it is illegal and they need it to grow crops," Bonnar
said by telephone.
People found selling community land will now face fines of a jug of
rice wine and a pig. Community leaders will have to forfeit a jug of
wine and a cow. Cash fines would also be enforced, he said.
Land-grabbing and illegal sales of land are massive problems in
Cambodia, which has only recently established a cadastral commission
after 30 years of civil war. The Khmer Rouge regime wiped out
ownership, and many people are uncertain which land is for the state,
the community or themselves.
Remote ethnic minorities also sometimes fail to understand a cash
economy, selling land without understanding they can no longer work on
it after they receive the money.
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