75th International Human Rights Day under theme “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All Citizens”

From the 9th to the 10th of December 2023, around 400 rural and urban communities celebrated the International Day of Human Rights. These communities included Phlov Rothplueng community (Phnom Penh), Stueng Kambot Community (Phnom Penh), Smor San Community (Phnom Penh), Veal Sbov Community (Phnom Penh), Veal Entrey Community (Kampot Province), Meanchey Community (Svay Rieng Province), and Lor Peang Community (Kampong Chhnang Province). They engaged in various significant activities, such as community clean-ups and spreading messages about human rights and housing rights.

Furthermore, approximately 3,000 members of land and indigenous communities, unions, youth groups, civil society organizations, and human rights activists came together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of International Human Rights Day 2023 at Freedom Park in Russey Keo district, Phnom Penh. The event aimed to achieve the following purposes:
1. To strengthen the public understanding about the International Human Rights Declaration, it’s the enforcing instruments and Cambodia Constitution;
2. To increase the demand for justice and pushing for the reform
3. To increase people understanding how the justice affect to freedom and dignity of the people; and for CSO
4. Widen our CSO space through more active activities: marches and public assembly.

#STTCambodia #Urbanpoor #Poorcommunity #Landrights #Housingrights #Eviction #Relocation
#IHRD2023 #IHRD75

38th World Habitat Day Photo Gallery

Here is a photo gallery showcasing impoverished communities in Phnom Penh and various provinces. These communities celebrated World Habitat Day from October 1 to 7, 2023. Over 1,000 individuals, including community members, young people, and local authorities, took part in the celebrations. Some of the communities involved were Stoeung Kambot, Pongro Sen Chey, Reaksmey Samaki, Plov Rathpleung, Smor San, Chhmar Oeut, Satrey Klahan, Veal Sbov, Russey Sros, Kao Pi, Meanchey (Svay Rieng province), Veal Entre, Pong Rok, Thlan 100, Prey Peay (Kampot), and Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province).

The main activities included community banner rallies, environmental clean-ups, and raising awareness regarding the right to affordable housing by creating slogans. The main message revolved around “Clean Environment, Clean Community, Affordable Housing”.

#STTCambodia, #urbanpoor, #poorcommunity #landrights #housingrights #eviction #relocation​ #Stopfillingthelake #WorldHabitatDay2023-WHD2023


Debate competition under the theme ” Inclusive City Development “

7th July 2023, Phnom Penh. Congratulations to the opposing team for winning the first prize in the debate competition on “Is Inclusive City Development Really Appropriate for the Cambodian Context?” organized by STT with 50 participants from urban communities and young people from various universities.

1.The event aimed to provide young people with opportunities to participate in topics related to human rights, urban development, and environmental issues in Cambodia.

2.It also encouraged youths to engage in dialogue, raise issues, and propose solutions that promote a transparent, peaceful, and just development process.

#STTCambodia #urbanpoor #poorcommunity #landrights #housingrights #eviction #relocation #YouthDebate #InclusiveUrbanDevelopment

[:km]ស្ពានថ្មីនៅសហគមន៍ព្រែកតាគង់៣ [:en]New bridge at Prek Takong 3 Community[:]

New Bridge Is New Hope for Community

In September 2022, STT provided two new wooden bridges to two communities in Phnom Penh.   

This infrastructural support, came as an emergency response to the many challenges that the communities are currently facing, which includes recurrent flooding due to no proper sewage system. This posits a hindrance for living, daily errands, and travelling. Children are notably facing difficulties when travelling to school. Today, both wooden bridges have been built, and were inaugurated on October 2nd, 2022. The community’s representatives and members are very excited to have received the new wooden bridge for their community. They claimed the wooden bridge helps them when travelling in and out of the community, and children feel safe crossing the bridge when going to school.  

Below are the pictures before, and after building both wooden bridges.  

Banteay Sleuk Community After the Land Transfer to 7NG Development Area

This is the current situation of the Banteay Sleuk community after exchanging land to the 7NG development area. Each family received a plot of land measuring 4 by 15 meters. As of August 2022, it has been more than two years since the Banteay Sleuk community moved to a new location in this development area, which has seen some changes and improvements, such as the water system, electric system and the construction of a concrete street.   

However, the community still faces some challenges related to livelihood due to the remoteness of the area, which makes it difficult to find work. The community also took out loans from banks to rebuild new homes, making it especially hard for them. As a result, the community faces many difficulties.  Flooding is another issue  due to a lack of functioning drainage systems and inadequate basic infrastructure.  

Please be informed that the old place of Banteay Sleuk community is located in Village 4, Sangkat Tumnup Teuk, Khan Boeung Keng Kang, Phnom Penh (behind the Sovanna Shopping Mall.) The community has been displaced from Phnom Penh on the 11th July 2022, during the pandemic of COVID 19.  

Cycling Event Around Boeung Tamok Lake to Join World Environment Day 2022

On May 19, 2022, a group of more than 30 young people who love the environment participated in a cycling event around Boeung Tamok lake, coordinated by the organizing team of the World Environment Day 2022 with 15 associations and organizations. The event has three main objectives:

First, to raise awareness of the general situation, benefits, and challenges of Boeung Tamok lake;
Second, to promote the youth rights in environmental protection and Third, disseminate information to stakeholders, especially those who have the right to decide, and to consider stopping the cutting and contribute to the degradation of Boeung Tamok lake.
The event started from a community located on the east side of Boeung Tamok lake, then continued along the Win-win boulevard, and then into the central part of the lake before continuing on to the west and the north.

In this event, there have also been some problems, such as the blockading of the road by the Prek Pnov district authority at the central part of the lake, which did not allow the youth to see the view of the lake and the deep pit that was dug to fill the lake. In addition, our youth group also had to cycle across the water because of flooding.

Despite some obstacles, our young people expressed their appreciation for the dedication and for their energy and time in this event.
Please note that Boeung Tamok, also known as Boeung Kobsrov is the largest natural lake in Phnom Penh, located in the northwest of the city along Win-Win Boulevard and has a total area of 3239. 7 hectares, covering two districts. 6 villages and 25 villages. Around the lake, there are about 300 families and about 1,000 people living there, most of whom are involved in fishing, raising fish, planting lotus, farming, and small businesses at home. The lake was determined by the sub-decree in 2016 and by the end of 2021, the lake area has been cut and handed over to private individuals and public institutions at least 46 times, covering a total area of 2,094 hectares or 65% of the lake area.

Food package distribution to poor communities during the COVID-19 pandemic

From 7th to 11th July 2020, Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) had distributed 530 food packages to 530 Phnom Penh’s poor families from Trapaing Raing, Smor San, Prek Takong 60 Meters, Samrong Thbong, Cheung Ek Group 3 and Cheung Ek Group 4. Each family received rice 40 kg, yellow noodle one case, canned fish one box (ten cans) and hand sanitizer (alcohol) one liter. The donation aimed contribute supports the target poor families and preventing risks during the Covid-19 pandemic.


STT continues to distribute those materials to its targeted communities in upcoming week

ICT Training With Poor Community Photo Gallery

This is a portfolio of media and ICT projects, including the Preak Takong 60m community, Trapeang Reang community, and Choeung Ek 4 community, which have been the target for more than a year and a half.

Prek Takong 60 Meters Community Photo Gallery

This is a photo of the poor community in Prek Takong 60m community, meters which STT has implemented such as providing training, providing materials for building houses and roads in flooded communities.

ផែនទីសហគមន៍ព្រេកតាគង់ ៦០ម៉ែត្រ ដែលផលិតដោយអង្គការសមាគមធាងត្នោត

Community Mapping, Housing Improvement and Urban Resilience Project

The project produces community maps for underprivileged communities which are under the threat of eviction, in order to improve land tenure security and encourage genuine negotiations with the authorities and private companies. In addition, the project conducts research on urban issues, especially land and housing challenges. Furthermore, it provides small scale upgrading assistance, including construction and renovation of housing, toilets, infrastructure and drainage systems as well as implementing waste management practices and creating alternative plans with a Climate Smart approach, in order to improve the livelihoods of poor communities in the capital.

គម្រោងផែនទីសហគមន៍ កែលម្អលំនៅឋាន និងស្រាវជ្រាវ
The small scale upgrading of a house in Trapang Rang, which was supported by Sahmakum Teang Tnaut



Community ICT and Media project

The project aims to raise awareness of urban issues such as land rights,  the right to adequate housing and human rights as well as environmental and social challenges within Phnom Penh. The project also works to enhance the capacity of community members in relation to the use of social media, through community trainings and promotes transparency and social accountability by producing and sharing information publicly. In addition, the project also facilitates live broadcasts of the “Poor Community” program on STT’s Facebook page, bimonthly.

Urban Voice Cambodia

Urban Voice Cambodia (UVC) was established in 2012 and is part of Sahmakum Teang Tnaut. UVC focuses on promoting urban development issues and is a vital platform used by the public, especially residents of Phnom Penh, to share local information or issues., Reports are submitted by the public, to STT’s staff, who are screen and then publish them on the UVC website, the UVC App and on UVC’s Facebook page. application

An STT community trainer is showing community members about using social media