Forced evictions continued to affect thousands of families across the country, predominantly people living in poverty. In fact, evictions and forcible confiscation of land rank as one of Cambodia's most pervasive human rights problems.
Security of tenure is weak or absent for urban poor communities, and despite developments in Cambodia’s legislative framework, wide-scale flouting of land laws prevails.
Spiralling land speculation has resulted in ever-increasing demand for land in prime urban areas, particularly in Phnom Penh, and land grabbing by a powerful and wealthy elite – to the severe detriment of local communities – has reached epidemic proportions.
COHRE’s Asia Regional Programme is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.