No More Fund For Land Management Ministry On Land Rights Project, In Frustration, Germany Ends Land Rights Work

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No More Fund For Land Management Ministry On Land Rights Project, In Frustration, Germany Ends Land Rights Work

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:58 am

In Frustration, Germany Ends Land Rights Work

After more than 20 years, Germany is ending its work with the Land Management Ministry on land rights projects in frustration over the government’s slow reforms—another black eye for a sector at the center of some of the country’s most pressing human right issues.

Once Germany finishes phasing out its land rights work in June, it will leave Cambodia without a single international partner directly sup­porting the government in the sector, having already lost the help in recent years of Canada, Denmark, Finland and the World Bank.


“It has not been possible to find a consensus on certain major issues. This means that, to our mind, a number of important conditions al­lowing us to continue working suc­cessfully in this area are not in place,” Friedrich Kitschelt, a state sec­retary at Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, wrote in a September 29 letter to Land Management Min­ister Im Chhun Lim.

“In the light of this, we must regrettably conclude that there is not at this point sufficient common ground for us to successfully continue our cooperation in the field of land rights. We have therefore decided not to continue with our cooperation in this area.”

Naly Pilorge, director of rights group Licadho, said losing Germany’s support was a strong indictment of the government’s at­titude toward land rights.

“Germany has been a key partner to the Cambodian government in the land sector,” she said, and its decision to pull support “should be seen as a strong political message to the Cambodian government. Land grabbing is one of the main causes of human rights abuses in Cambodia and will remain so unless the Cambodian government takes concrete and comprehensive steps to address the root causes to these conflicts.”

Ms. Pilorge placed corruption, impunity, dysfunctional courts and a disregard for the poor at the top of the list.

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Re: No More Fund For Land Management Ministry On Land Rights Project, In Frustration, Germany Ends Land Rights Work

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:20 pm

Gov’t denies land issues
The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction issued a statement on Saturday defending its track record and denying that Germany ended its support for the ministry’s land rights program due to a lack of transparency and sluggish reform pace.

“The German side accepted that there was much development and achievements from the 20 years of cooperation,” a two-page statement released on Saturday read.

“The ministry would like to inform the public that the second phase of technical support on land rights from the German side will end in June 2016, according to a bilateral agreement. This was not due to any failures.”

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