Human rights analysis of eviction and resettlement in Cambodia

Vendors and renters previously from
Dey Krahorm in the temporary shelters
they constructed at Damnak Trayeung, 2009.
Credit Licadho

In 2010 the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Cambodia Country office, conducted a study on Eviction and Resettlement in Cambodia- Human Costs, Impacts & Solution.
Evictions and resettlements are global phenomena, and have been prominent features of Cambodia’s recent history. While there is no official data available, an unofficial estimate indicates that over 120,000 individuals in Phnom Penh have been evicted since 1990.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia (OHCHR) conducted Study to provide a picture of the human and socio‐economic costs and impacts of eviction and resettlement in Cambodia, and identifies solutions in line with the Royal Government of Cambodia’s human rights treaty commitments.
This Study is based on the international human rights framework, in particular those standards pertaining to the right to adequate housing, and protection from unlawful eviction and resettlement. These human rights obligations have been voluntarily accepted by Cambodia through the ratification of various international human rights conventions. The Study also makes reference to relevant provisions in national law.
This Study focuses on eviction and resettlement processes and sites in urban areas which are due primarily to urban development.
The study was conducted at the following location:

In Phnom Penh:
Map of Phnom Penh,
with resettlement
sites under study marked.

Akphiwat Meanchey (or Veng Sreng), Meanchey district (former road site residents near Chinese Embassy)
Andong, Dangkor district (formerly from Sambok Chab);
Damnak Trayeung, Dangkor district (formerly from Dey Krahorm)
Tuol Sambo, Dangkor district (formerly from Borei Keila)
Trapeang Anhchanh, Dangkor district (formerly from Sambok Chab)
In Preah Sihanouk province:

O’Kampuchea, Prey Nob district (formerly in Kbal Hong area)
Spean Ches, Mittapheap district (formerly also from Spean Ches)  

In Kindal province:

Srah Po village in Kandal province,

Download the study on A Human rights analysis of eviction and resettlement in Cambodia in Khmer | English.
A woman resettled from Dey Krahorm in her new home at Damnak Trayeung. Photo Credit: R McCormack/OHCHR
A woman resettled from Dey Krahorm in her new home at Damnak Trayeung.Photo Credit: R McCormack/OHCHR