Ratanakiri Mines and Energy Department

Cambodian Official Urges Provincial Government to Shutter Illegal Gold Mine

Date of Release: 
Sep 23 2015

A top mining official on Wednesday urged the government of northeastern Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province to crack down on a group of Vietnamese running an illegal gold mining operation villagers and rights groups say is being protected by local authorities.

A group of officials from the Ratanakiri Mines and Energy Department investigated the camp in Lumphat district Tuesday on a tip from villagers who said 10 Vietnamese nationals had set up shelters and were digging in the area after purchasing local land, according to department director Hun Bunthan.

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