A group of 12 ethnic minority villagers in Ratanakkiri province have filed a complaint with the provincial court over what they claim is collusion between other villagers and local authorities to illegally log luxury timber from 193 hectares of land inside a community forest. The Prov ethnic villagers from Ka Chanh village in Lumphat district’s Lbaing 2 commune brought their case to local rights group Adhoc after their complaints were ignored by local officials, who they claim are complicit in the illegal logging. “Some people have been illegally logging, and powerful people, local authorities in particular, are defending
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