Human Rights Mapping in Cambodia

Human rights advocates in Cambodia have been using online maps to document, monitor, and expose human rights violations across the country. Sithi or the Cambodia Human Rights Portal has a Violation Map which provides an overview of the extent of rights violations in Cambodia

The map below shows different human rights violations occurring throughout Cambodia. The map on the page when you first enter this section shows the most recently recorded human rights violations on Sithi, represented by the red icons. You can search the violation section by human right, victim, alleged perpetrator, case status, location and date

Sithi's Violation Map

Land conflicts have been rising in the past years and many of them are related to development projects which have displaced hundreds of thousands of residents

According to our research, 223 land disputes have been reported on in the public domain in the last 4 years since 2007…The province with the highest number of land conflicts, according to our findings, is Phnom Penh with 10% of total land conflicts occurring in the province containing the country’s capital and largest city.

Land Disputes in Cambodia

The Cambodian Daily Weekend has published an article about the questionable land concessions in Cambodia

3,936,481 hectares have been granted as mining and economic land concessions, covering 22 percent of Cambodia’s surface area

1,900,311 hectares have been granted as mining concessions to companies exploring for precious minerals such as gold, iron ore, copper and bauxite

2,036,170 hectares have been granted as land concessions for agro-industrial plantations for crops such as rubber, sugar and cassava, an area equivalent to 53 percent of Cambodia’s arable land

346,000 hectares of land concessions are located inside conservation areas administered by the Ministry of Environment. This area represents about 10% of protected areas under the ministry’s control

400,000 people have been affected by land disputes in 12 provinces since 2003, according to Licadho, mostly after concessions were granted in their area

Below is a map showing where journalists had been killed in Cambodia

Media Killings in Cambodia

Global Voices has already featured the prison mapping of Licadho, also a human rights group. Below is the group’s freedom of expression mapping

Freedom of Expression Mapping

Other Maps

An online map of the Members of Parliament is also now available. Last month, a map of the power cut schedule in Phnom Penh was also made public. There are also maps of Phnom Penh’s streets, restaurants, public service agencies, shops, and hotels. A website has been launched to track Cambodia’s infrastructure development and other development-related issues. Meanwhile, map researchers are complaining against the prohibitive costs charged by the National Archives


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