This post aims to pay homage to those who risk their lives and leave everything behind – including their own families – to defend their most basic rights. A summary of some of the 2012 Human & Land rights related events in Cambodia – part of my long term project on land rights and housing conditions.

Through this project, I’ve had the opportunity to meet the most amazing and inspiring people. I have also had the chance to witness staggering moments of joy, despair and frustration.

I truly hope 2013 brings some better news for those millions of people around the world whose basic rights have been undermined.

Happy 2013














Children play volleyball at Phnom Bat relocation site. Over 300 families were forcefully relocated after being evicted from Borei Keila in Phnom Penh. Almost a year later, residents continue to live under ‘refugee-camp’ conditions. ©Erika Pineros 2012