The Housing Rights Task Force hosted an event this morning, Thursday 10 October in celebration of the World Habitat Day 2013

The event was joined by several urban poor communities from Phnom Penh as well as from rural areas all around Cambodia under the theme of “Rural and Urban Poor formalization”. Around a thousand participants from affected communities, civil societies, unions and grassroots organizations gathered at Wat Phnom, in order to march to the Phnom Penh municipality, to deliver a petition to call for the formalization of the residents affected by land issues, through titling and onsite upgrading.

Supporters of the event gathered to hear talks by affected citizens outlining varying issues encountered across both rural and urban areas with regards to land grabbing and unjustified evictions. Participants called for recognition of their rights to their land and access to land titling services.

Although there was a police presence at the event, the celebration of World Habitat Day remained peaceful with lotus flowers and water bottles being distributed amongst participants and a real sense of togetherness was shared between affected communities, civil society organisations (including Banteay Srei), monks and grassroot unions. 1376489_10153329946120573_1492798029_n 1376638_10153329949675573_360610338_n 1379996_10153329945625573_1257312521_n 1381513_10153329949880573_1504603767_n 1384346_10153329959990573_1977486256_n 1385870_10153329949290573_1305529166_n