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

To assist the Cambodian authorities in land dispute resolution, ADHOC established the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.

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.

The conflict being mediated was between Mrs. Rin Rour and Mrs. Pras Ry, regarding an area of 555m2. Documents were submitted to the provincial court, the parties paid the compliance tax, transportation to and from the court and other associated services.

After checking relevant documents and answering questions raised by both parties to the conflict, ADHOC took 3 hours to mediate the case and make recommendations. As a result of this process, both parties reached an agreement voluntarily: Mrs. Rin Rour agreed to drop the complaint against Mrs. Pras Ry. The Chamroum Commune Chief thanked ADHOC for its assistance and express its wish to cooperate with ADHOC in the future.

For more information, please contact Ms. Chhan Sokunthea, Head of ADR: 016 873 209

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