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Cambodia – Studies begin to register ethnic minority collective land in Mondulkiri

Sar Socheath / Khmer Times Thu, May 20, 2021

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng chairs a meeting with the working group to study collective land for the Ethnic Minority group in Mondulkiri province. Ministry of Interior

PHNOM PENH – A working group met yesterday to study the registration of the collective land of ethnic minorities in Mondulkiri, a northeastern province.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng chaired the virtual meeting via the Zoom platform with participants from various state agencies under the ministry’s inter-ministerial working group and Mondulkiri’s senior officials.

The 13-member working group comprises Interior Ministry secretary of state Ngy Chanphal as president, Mondulkiri provincial governor Svay Sam Eang as vice president among others senior officials from the Ministries of Rural Development and Land Management.

Vannak said from 50 to 60 percent of the population in Mondulkiri are ethnic minority people.

“There are about eight ethnic minority groups in Mondulkiri and most of them are Bunong,” he added.

Phav Kahorn, a member of the Bunong community in Keo Seima district said the government always looks into the wellbeing of the ethnic minority people and their collective land is normally used for their common benefits such as for ritual ceremonies and farming activities.

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SOURCE – Khmer Times, Cambodia Thu, May 20, 2021

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