Tribune magazine has published my interview with Cambodian MP Mu Sochua
Those grabbing the land are often linked to Cambodia’s ruling People’s Party, and are supported by a corrupt and ineffective policing and judicial system.
But Cambodians are not standing idly by. They are fighting back and often those leading the fightback are women.
Mu Sochua is a prominent Cambodian MP who has championed those evicted from their land – and faced threats and intimidation from the government in return. In 2009, she sued Prime Minster Hun Sen for defamation but lost. He counter-sued and won. As a result, Sochua lost her parliamentary immunity and was fined $4,000. The fine was eventually paid by her party. She now faces further legal action as a result of her activities to highlight the plight of the dispossessed.
Speaking on the phone from Cambodia, Sochua sounds upbeat despite an arduous day touring affected areas and then a four-hour drive back home.
You can read the rest of the article on the Tribune website.