Land Disputes – A Case of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Banteay Meanchey Province

ADHOC was jointly requested to mediate a land dispute in Roung Kour Deam village, Chamnoume commune, Monkulborey District, Banteay Meanchey Province. On 22th February 2013 at 8:30am, at Roung Kour Deam Pagoda, Mr. Soum Chankea, ADHOC’s Provincial Coordinator and Mediator, took part in the mediation of a land dispute originating in 2006. Other participants were Mr. Thun Saray, ADHOC President, Ms. Chhan Sokunthea, Head of the ADR Section, Ms. Jobien Monster, from Tilburg University, local authority representatives (Chamnoum Commune Chief, Secretary, Village Chief, Deputy Village Chief), the parties to the conflict, and witnesses.

ADHOC ORGANIGRAM

ADHOC is comprised of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Program, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and Land and Natural Resources Rights Program, the Women’s and Children’s Rights Program and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.      

REPORT: A Turning Point? Land, Housing and Natural Resources Rights in Cambodia in 2012

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Whereas 2011 had seen a sharp increase in the number of Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) granted by the Royal Government of Cambodia to private companies, in 2012 conflicts became more acute and protests multiplied. The government showed that it had understood the seriousness of the situation by taking initiatives aimed at resolving land disputes, addressing some of the issues related to ELCs and granting thousands of land titles to rural families.

However, some of the most pressing concerns about the overall pressure on land, landlessness, land tenure insecurity, lack of law enforcement, power abuses, and encroachment on livelihoods and natural resources remained unaddressed. […]

REPORT: Victims Participation before the ECCC – Baseline Study (ADHOC & Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 2013)

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Victims’ participation is one of the unique features of the trials held by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), also known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT). In November 2011, the ECCC Trial Chamber began its second trial, hearing evidence against three former top ranking Khmer Rouge leaders.

Nearly 4,000 victims participate as Civil Parties in this second case (Case 002), over ten times more than in the first trial. This unprecedented large number of Civil Parties in an already complex trial poses challenges for the Court, lawyers and NGOs alike to achieve a balance between the rights of victims to an effective participation and the rights of the accused to a timely trial.