Cambodia suspends economic land concessions

8 May 2012

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced today that Cambodia would be temporarily suspending new economic land concessions and would revoke any concessions from companies involved in illegal logging, the evictions of locals or land-grabbing. The announcement comes two week after the high-profile death of local forest activist, Chut Wutty, who was shot and killed by military police while investigating illegal logging with two journalists.

In a statement the Cambodian government said the suspension of land concessions was due to a "necessary and urgent need to guarantee equity and to strengthen the effectiveness of granting economic land concessions".