Southeast Asia is world's hotspot for land disputes: report
Most companies involved incur losses
The Boeung Kak lake in Phnom Penh, now filled with sand to facilitate the building of a hotel, apartments and shopping mall. Several locals who protested against the project were jailed. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)
SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent | Vietnam
KUALA LUMPUR -- Businesses in Southeast Asia are increasingly counting the cost of land grabs, more than half of which result in delayed projects and nearly three-quarters of which lead to lawsuits, according to a wide-ranging research report.
Out of a sample of 51 major land disputes surveyed across the region, all but 6 remain unresolved, meaning that Southeast Asia is the region most prone to land conflict in the world. That is according to research published Tuesday by UK-based consultancy TMP Systems and the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition of land rights activists funded in part by the British and Norwegian governments.
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