The government must enforce laws protecting the land rights of indigenous people and do more to protect community forest areas, the NGO Forum on Cambodia said in a statement released to coincide with the 19th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, which falls today. In its statement, the umbrella NGO group said that Cambodia’s 24 indigenous groups, which make up 1.2 percent of the population, are particularly vulnerable to economic exploitation of their farmland and sacred land. “Their livelihoods have become endangered by unchecked development as hydropower, mining developments and the impact of economic land concessions strip
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