HRW: Cambodia land redistribution campaign open to corruption Jaimie Cremeans at 7:03 AM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called on [press release] Cambodia's donors to oppose a land titling campaign created by Prime Minister Hun Sen, alleging that it lacks accountability and transparency and is prone to abuse. Hun Sen announced on Monday that the program will be suspended until after the country's national elections. HRW Asia Director Brad Adams stated that, while it is good that the program is being suspended, the suspension "demonstrates just how political the effort has been from the outset." Hun Sen has defended the program as an effort to provide documentation to 478,928 families to 1.8 million square meters of land. Adams, however, claims that it has in reality "amounted to a land grab by powerful interests" and that the "campaign is being conducted in a secretive and bullying manner." The national elections will be held on July 28.
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