Right to Relief: Indebted land communities speak out | Land Portal

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June 2021
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Cambodia's microfinance over-indebtedness crisis is leading to human rights abuses. In 2020, the average microloan in Cambodia was $4,280 – the largest in the world. The average microloan was larger than 95% of Cambodians' incomes. There were 2.8 million microloans held across the country's 3.6 million households.

Desperate borrowers face immense pressure to repay these loans, many of which are collateralised with borrowers’ land titles. This project features the experiences of 14 communities who are affected by microloan debt and land conflicts. Click on the map below to read their stories, or read more about who we are and why we did this project.

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LICADHO (the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights) and Equitable Cambodia


LICADHO is a national Cambodian human rights organization. Since its establishment in 1992, LICADHO has been at the forefront of efforts to protect civil, political, economic and social rights in Cambodia and to promote respect for them by the Cambodian government and institutions. Building on its past achievements, LICADHO continues to be an advocate for the Cambodian people and a monitor of the government through wide ranging human rights programs from its main office in Phnom Penh and 13 provincial offices.

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