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We are posting this news shared by the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD).
ALRD and Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) conducted a fact finding visit to Domar Upazila of Nilphamari District under the Rangpur Division on 11-13 November 2015 following claims on land acquisitions and abuses to Domar inhabitants by the Forest Department.
A team of two staff lawyers from ASK and a staff from ALRD visited the lands controlled by the Forest Department under the Private Forest Ordinance of 1969. These lands were acquired for forestation project where profits will be shared equally between the owners and the Forest Department.
The team has found out that the owners have never received their share for the last five decades. Moreover, in a recent land survey, the lands are said to be owned by the Forest Department. The land owners have been being deprived of the right to property and also many of them have fallen victim to false allegation and criminal cases.
The Svay Rieng Court arrested a military police officer on 30 June for grabbing 64 ha of lands from 51 families in Chantrea Commune, Chantrea District, and Svay Rieng Province.
STAR Kampuchea, provided legal assistance to these communities through lobbying the case to the Court, together with the community representatives.
STAR Kampuchea (SK) and Women’s Media Centre (WMC) jointly produced a video documentary on land governance issues in Svay Rieng and Banteay Meanchey provinces, entitled, The Voices of Land Grabbing Victims. The 20-minute video features stories of land grabbing, inland issues, and successes on claiming land rights in the communities.
The video will be available on SK’s website soon.