The Truth Behind Sending People to Prey Speu Center
Friday, 13 Jan 2012 14:31
In respond to what have been raised and for the purpose of good understanding of the core issue related to the transfer of 22 families from Borei Keila to temporary stay in Prey Speu Center, the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Division of Phnom Penh Capital Hall would like to present the following findings:
The investigation of these 22 families reveals:
14 families illegally bought the house on the State’s land (during the restricted period). In exchange to that illegally bought-houses the authority offer compensations with a new plot of land, but sadly they rejected the offer;
06 families illegally bought the house on the State’s land but not for living; instead, they rent it out;
01 family had been compensated with a house but later on the house was sold. This family is asking for a new one for their children;
01 family is an opportunist-squatter. This family stayed on the spot hoping for compensation. Initially, they agreed to the authority offer of 500USD and a plot of land but later on they rejected the offer.
We would like you to thoroughly consider is it appropriate that some families illegally bought the house on the state's land while others initially agreed to the arranged compensation policy but later on they rejected the offers?
Transferring these 22 families to temporary stay in Prey Speu Center does not mean that they are under detention. The purpose is to give them a proper care and provide vocational trainings. But if you still accuse that the authority attempts to detain them, we would like to question if they were under detention why they can freely and comfortably make phone calls out or contact outside the center? During their stay in this center, the authority is trying to figure out their real needs and intentions. They are entitled to every rights as long as they respect the law.
On the other hand, we suggest that your judgement should be based on an impartial press, not on the bias and misleading one which does not reflect the press ethics and might lead you to wrong conclusion. If possible, we would welcome you to Phnom Penh to see what is really happening rather than only listening to bias, groundless and meaningless information. Then, you will understand the hardship and challenges the authority is facing.