Kampong Speu: Kampong Speu Provincial Authority and Chea Hean's Anti-Corruption Organization Prevent the Destruction of Natural Resources and the Protection of Civil Rights (ACNCIPO) on 25 August Prevent the activities of nearly 100 people to encroach on more than 200 hectares of illegal forest land in Trapeang Thmei village, Ta Sal commune, Oral district, Kampong Speu province .
Chea Hean, President of ACNCIPO, said on August 25 that nearly 100 people representing more than 100 families had been targeted by authorities and officials. His organization prevents illegal encroachment on the Oral Mountains Wildlife Sanctuary as they plan to build shelters and clear forest land To grow other crops as well as encroach on ownership.
He said that they immediately protested while the authorities went to ban, but after coordination with officials, they agreed. Follow the instructions and go home. They asked the authorities to take legal action in a transparent and fair manner.
Mr. Chea Hean stated: “We explained to them to prevent all forms of encroachment on this forest land. If anyone continues to clear the forest to encroach on state forest land, we will cooperate with the police. "Justice to build a case to court is to deal with legal procedures."
Hul Mara, deputy director of the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary of the Kampong Speu provincial environment department, declined to comment on the case, saying he was Busy meeting.
Hong Vuthy, a 35-year-old resident of Trapeang Thmei village who took over the land in the area, said that the land This occupation has been enjoyed by the villagers since 2012. But there is no title deed or recognized by the local authority. However, he agreed to leave the land without further encroachment.
He also asked the authorities to take legal action against citizens and powerful individuals because he did not want to see a biased crackdown. Innocent citizens. He used to receive information from other places that ordinary people were cracked down on by the authorities. But powerful and wealthy individuals allow the authorities to illegally occupy state land.
"We agree not to occupy the land anymore, but we ask the authorities to crack down," he said. Transparent and fair. Because I was afraid the authorities would evict us, but they took the land from us and sold it to others, like the rich and powerful. If this is the case, I will come and protest. I am a poor person with no land, we plan to write a letter requesting land from the authorities to use for family life.
Tasal commune chief Dul Sokhom told the Post yesterday that the 100 families had gone to encroach on the forest. The state, because the authorities have banned and advertised many times. However, they refused to listen to the authorities and continued to build factories and illegally take over the land.
He said that last week, five families asked him to sign a document acknowledging the land they were encroaching on. The forests of this state. However, he refused and told them to stop encroaching on the forest land because the land was protected by a royal decree. Anyone can touch.
The commune chief said: “His people see a lot of vacant land in that area. So he thinks that they can come and capture like the previous generation. But no, we can not follow his request as before, because this land is protected by Royal Decree. Thus, it is not possible to go to abuse. Some of our people used to get land that the authorities had allocated, but he sold it to others and he went to seize the land. Elsewhere. ”
According to the announcement of Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary Office of Kampong Speu Provincial Department of Environment dated August 14, 2020: The encroachment of forest land at the above location is an offense under Article 62 of the Law on Protected Areas. Promulgated according to the Royal Kram dated 15 February 2008.
Those who violate Article 62 will be punished as a Class 4 natural resource offense. Imprisonment for 5 to 10 years and a fine of 15 million to 150 million riels. A fine of 150 million to 250 million riels) and the exhibits will be confiscated as state property.