In B.E.2551, A.D.2007, a company, closed associate of the Cambodian government, was granted a 99-year lease over the Boeng Kak Lake area in central Phnom Penh. A year later, some 20,000 residents living in the area were threatened with eviction, and the struggle for their homes and livelihoods began. Many of the thousands of families, who were pressured to accept insufficient compensation or resettlement to a site on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, have suffered severe hardship. The Boeng Kak Lake eviction is the largest forced eviction since the Khmer Rouge era. Courtesy Amnesty International
After numerous appeals, petitions, and confrontations, the biased court sentenced the 15 Boeng Kak residents (14 women and 1 man) to 2 years and 6 months each of imprisonment with insufficient evidence on Thursday May 24, B.E.2556, A.D.2012. The 15 residents have been in Prey Sar Penitentiary, PSP, for 10 days now. PSP is the largest prison in Cambodia. Literally translated – Prey means forest, sar means white. Ironically there is no white justice in this dictatorial nation.
A poem – Mothers’ Advice from Jail composed by the jailed Boeng Kak Lake Women
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda