After more than 20 years, Germany is ending its work with the Land Management Ministry on land rights projects in frustration over the government’s slow reforms—another black eye for a sector at the center of some of the country’s most pressing human right issues.
Once Germany finishes phasing out its land rights work in June, it will leave Cambodia without a single international partner directly supporting the government in the sector, having already lost the help in recent years of Canada, Denmark, Finland and the World Bank.
“It has not been possible to find a consensus on certain major issues. This means that, to our mind, a number of important conditions allowing us to continue working successfully in this area are not in place,” Friedrich Kitschelt, a state secretary at Germany’s Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, wrote in a September 29 letter to Land Management Minister Im Chhun Lim.
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