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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Three years since shooting death


Forest activist Chut Wutty has entered the realm of legend since being shot dead in 2012
Forest activist Chut Wutty has entered the realm of legend since being shot dead in 2012. MATHIEU YOUNG

It is three years tomorrow since environmentalist Chut Wutty was gunned down in the far reaches of Koh Kong province. Meet three forest advocates who are carrying on the late campaigner’s legacy
A former soldier with a fearless attitude, organisational know-how and high-level contacts in the military, Chut Wutty was a unique figure in the Cambodian environment movement. Wutty personally exposed illegal logging syndicates and organised community forest patrols, while also negotiating with authority with influential figures within the government.

Warning from Iraqi family who found safe haven in the Kingdom


Hashim Fahram and his family fled Iraq and sought a safe haven in Cambodia
Hashim Fahram and his family fled Iraq and sought a safe haven in Cambodia. Eli Meixler

Iraqi family who found safe haven in the Kingdom warns that not all asylum seekers may be as lucky
For the Fahram family, Cambodia has proven a haven after escaping their war-torn homeland, Iraq. Business is booming at their small Daun Penh restaurant, where Hashim Fahram, his wife and four of his sons serve up home-style Arab meals, making up to $250 a night.
“Why do we stay here for more than one year? Because [Cambodians] are friendly – very nice people,” Fahram said this week.

Committee's ninth member promises no politics


Hang Puthea says he is acting on behalf of future generations
Hang Puthea says he is acting on behalf of future generations. KIMBERLEY MCCOSKER

As the ‘neutral’ member of the National Election Committee, Hang Puthea’s decisions could have important consequences come election time
Hang Puthea this week started work as the ninth member of the National Election Committee, the ostensibly independent body that supervises Cambodia’s elections. Selected by the CPP and CNRP as a bipartisan representative, he is intended to maintain independent leverage on the balance of power. On Thursday he was also named the committee’s official spokesperson.
Puthea could play a key – perhaps decisive – role in determining who will govern Cambodia after the next election, for example in the case of a disputed vote. So who is he?

Friday, 24 April 2015

Four years of hell at sea


Hundreds of rescued foreign fisherman are gathered by Indonesia’s illegal fishing task force
Hundreds of rescued foreign fisherman are gathered by Indonesia’s illegal fishing task force during an operation earlier this month on Benjina island. AFP

Like many Cambodians before him, Sopheap*, 29, moved away from his home country in search of work and a better life in neighbouring Thailand. His brother was working in construction and suggested he come join him. Sopheap agreed, and left his home in Kampong Cham’s Prey Chhor district.

Prince calls for 3-party coalition


Funcinpec party president Prince Norodom Ranariddh
Funcinpec party president Prince Norodom Ranariddh greets a crowd in Kampong Cham yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Funcinpec party president Prince Norodom Ranariddh has called on the opposition and ruling parties to form a tripartite coalition with the royalists after Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen embarked on a “honeymoon” after years spent at each others’ throats.
The ageing prince, who recently returned to the helm of a party that analysts say has faded into political irrelevance, said the three main parties should join forces given that dissident radio host

Hang Puthea selected as NEC spokesperson

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party on Wednesday officially agreed to appoint Hang Puthea as the official spokesperson of the recently formed National Election Committee (NEC).
“I will play my role as a neutral member by providing accurate information related to electoral issues to the media and the public,” Puthea said yesterday
He said that the NEC is also scheduled to meet with international donors such as the European Union and the Japanese Embassy this afternoon, as a first step aimed at enhancing communication and reform.

ទស្សនៈ​របស់​អ្នក​វិភាគ​ជុំវិញ​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​និង​ប្រព័ន្ធ​តុលាការ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា

ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-04-24
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី កឹម សុខា និង​ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
ពី​ឆ្វេង៖ ​លោក កឹម សុខា លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ចាប់​ដៃ​គ្នា​ក្រោយ​ចេញ​ពី​ជំនួប​ប្រជុំ​កំពូល នា​វិមាន​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
ក្រុម​អ្នក​វិភាគ​នយោបាយ​មាន​ទស្សនៈ​ខុសៗ​គ្នា អំពី​ការ​បង្ក្រាប​ប្រឆាំង​ក្រុម​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា និង​ប្រព័ន្ធ​តុលាការ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា។ ការ​ខ្វែង​គំនិត​គ្នា​ជុំវិញ​ទស្សនៈ​ទាំង​នេះ ស្រប​ពេល​កម្ដៅ​នយោបាយ​ហាក់​រៀង​ស្ងប់ស្ងាត់​ទៅ​វិញ​បន្តិច ក្រោយ​ពី​សមាសភាព​នៃ​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ថ្មី ដែល​ទើប​តែ​ប្រសូត​បាន​ប៉ុន្មាន​សប្ដាហ៍​កន្លង​ទៅ​នេះ បាន​លេចចេញ​ជា​រូបរាង​ឡើង។
ថ្វី​បើ​ស្ថានការណ៍​នយោបាយ​ហាក់​មាន​សភាព​ធូរស្រាល​ឡើង​វិញ និង​សម្ពាធ​នៃ​បរិយាកាស​នៃ​ការ​តវ៉ា​បាន​ស្ងប់​បន្តិច​ក្ដី ក៏​ក្រុម​អ្នក​វិភាគ​បញ្ហា​សង្គម​នៅ​មាន​ការ​ខ្វែង​គំនិត​គ្នា​នៅ​ឡើយ ចំពោះ​

Thursday, 23 April 2015

បទ​វិភាគ៖ តើ​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​រវាង​បក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​នឹង​រឹងមាំ​ដល់​ពេល​ណា?

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2015-04-23
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី ហ៊ុន សែន ៦២០
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បង្ហាញ​ការ​សន្ទនា​គ្នា​ដ៏​ល្អូកល្អិន​នៅ​ពេល​ដែល​អង្គុយ​មើល​ល្ខោន និង​របាំ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ភូមិ​ខ្មែរ នា​ទីលាន​ជល់​ដំរី កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ខែមេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Hang Savyouth
ពាក្យ​ថា​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា កំពុង​ពេញ​និយម​ដែល​គេ​និយាយ​តៗ​គ្នា ពិសេស​នៅ​តាម​ហាង​កាហ្វេ​ដែល​លើក​អំពី​យុទ្ធវិធី​ថ្មី​របស់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​ នយោបាយ​គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​រវាង លោក សម រង្ស៊ី មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង និង​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន។
លោក​ទាំង​ពីរ ធ្លាប់​តែ​តតាំង​ប្រឆាំង​គ្នា​នៅ​លើ​សង្វៀន​នយោបាយ​ជាង ២០​ឆ្នាំ​មក​ហើយ​នោះ ឥឡូវ​នេះ​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​បាន​បង្កើត​ប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រ​ថ្មី​មួយ​ ទៀត ដោយ​យក​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​ជា​ធំ ក្នុង​ការ​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ប្រទេស​ជាតិ រហូត​ដល់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​ទាំង​ពីរ​បាន​ទៅ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​ជាមួយ​គ្នា​នៅ​ខេត្ត​ សៀមរាប ក្នុង​កម្មវិធី​អង្គរ​សង្ក្រាន្ត ដោយ​មិន​ប្រកាន់​គ្នា​ដូច​មុន​នោះ​ឡើយ។

គ.ជ.ប​សម្រេច​ដាក់​លោក ហង្ស ពុទ្ធា ជា​អ្នកនាំពាក្យ

ដោយ អ៊ុង សេរីវុទ្ធ
2015-04-23
RFA
ហង្ស ពុទ្ធា ៦២០
នាយក​ប្រតិបត្តិ​អង្គការ និកហ្វិច (NICFEC) លោក​បណ្ឌិត ហង្ស ពុទ្ធា ក្នុង​វេទិកា​អ្នក​ស្ដាប់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី២៤ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
Photo: RFA
គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការបោះឆ្នោត​ថ្មី (..) សម្រេច​ដាក់​លោក ហង្ស ពុទ្ធា ជា​អ្នកនាំពាក្យ​ដើម្បី​ឆ្លើយឆ្លង​ព័ត៌មាន​ជាមួយ​សាធារណជន​នានា។
អនុប្រធាន​គ..ប លោក គួយ ប៊ុនរឿន បាន​ឲ្យ​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី​ដឹង​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ មេសា​ថា គ..ប​បាន​ប្រជុំ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ មេសា ដោយ​សម្រេច​ដាក់​លោក ហង្ស ពុទ្ធា ជា​អ្នកនាំ​ពាក្យ​នៃ​ស្ថាប័ន​នេះ។

Prison water outage drags on


A grader levels out a road surface late last year on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, near Prey Sar prison
A grader levels out a road surface late last year on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, near Prey Sar prison where there has been a long-term water shortage. Heng Chivoan

As temperatures soar, Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison continues to suffer from a months-long water shortage, while officials yesterday said the supply had been restored in areas surrounding the facility.
An inmate told the Post that Prey Sar has now been without water for around nine months, with staff and well-connected convicts continuing to profit from the shortage by inflating prices of bottled water trucked into the prison.

A tale of two titans


Recently arrested tycoon Thong Sarath (left) and former Bavet town governor Chouk Bandith
Recently arrested tycoon Thong Sarath (left) and former Bavet town governor Chouk Bandith. POST STAFF

Analysis
One week ago, fugitive tycoon Thong Sarath was arrested in Vietnam after almost five months on the run. He was swiftly charged with possession of weapons and premeditated murder for allegedly masterminding the killing of Shimmex Group chairman Ung Meng Cheu, and sent immediately to Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison.
The action taken against the once-powerful okhna flies in stark contrast to sluggish efforts made to detain former Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith – despite widespread rumours that he remains in Cambodia – after he shot three female garment workers during a 2012 demonstration.

Sonando revives party


Mam Sonando greets thousands of CNRP supporters at Freedom Park on the arrival of Sam Rainsy in July 2013
Mam Sonando greets thousands of CNRP supporters at Freedom Park on the arrival of Sam Rainsy in July 2013. Charlotte Pert

Beehive Radio director Mam Sonando has announced he will resuscitate his failed Beehive Social Democratic Party to contest the 2018 election after taking a hardline stance against the opposition’s recent détente with Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Sonando yesterday heaped criticism on the two opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders, president Sam Rainsy and deputy president Kem Sokha, lambasting them for accepting “worthless” titles as part of a political deal that ended an almost yearlong boycott of parliament after the 2013 general election.

Oz gov’t exhorts Nauru refugees to make move

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton pleaded with asylum seekers on Nauru to accept resettlement in Cambodia in a video message yesterday, two days after he hoped the first group of arrivals would touch down in Phnom Penh.
“Cambodian settlement presents a great opportunity for refugees to move forward and begin the next phase of their lives in a country that is free from persecution,” Dutton said in the video published by the Guardian, expected to be shown to those held on Nauru.
Dutton also said refugees who did not take up this initial offer could get less support.

Rescued ‘slaves’ being processed in Indonesia

Cambodian officials are facilitating the repatriation of dozens of fishermen rescued by the Indonesian government from Benjina, a remote island in the sprawling archipelago that was recently uncovered as a major hub for forced labour and human trafficking.
Earlier this month, Indonesian authorities rescued more than 300 enslaved fishermen from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand after an Associated Press investigation revealed that the fishermen were forcefully kept – sometimes in cages – on Benjina after working on primarily Thai boats fishing in Indonesian waters.

Cadre addresses KR purges

Witness Pech Chim recounts internal purges within the Khmer Rouge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Witness Pech Chim recounts internal purges within the Khmer Rouge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia yesterday. Eccc

In 1977, 50 Khmer Rouge cadres gathered in Phnom Penh to address betrayal within the party, former cadre Pech Chim told the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday. The meeting launched a massive wave of internal purges.
Chim recalled how Pol Pot stood in a classroom and scratched three objectives onto a chalkboard: “To control the situation . . ...... [second] accomplish this goal, and the third was not to be too proud of ourselves.”

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Coming to terms with the American Empire

17 Apr, 4:53 PM
Stratfor
‘Empire’ is a dirty word. Considering the behaviour of many empires, that is not unreasonable. But empire is also simply a description of a condition, many times unplanned and rarely intended. It is a condition that arises from a massive imbalance of power. Indeed, the empires created on purpose, such as Napoleonic France and Nazi Germany, have rarely lasted. Most empires do not plan to become one. They become one and then realize what they are. Sometimes they do not realize what they are for a long time, and that failure to see reality can have massive consequences.
World War II and the birth of an empire
The US became an empire in 1945. It is true that in the Spanish-American War, the US intentionally took control of the Philippines and Cuba. It is also true that it began thinking of itself as an empire, but it really was not. Cuba and the Philippines were the fantasy of empire, and this illusion dissolved during World War I, the subsequent period of isolationism and the Great Depression.

បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ​នៅ​តែ​ប្រកាន់​គោលការណ៍​របស់​ពលរដ្ឋ​ដែល​ចង់​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ

ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-04-21
RFA
កឹម សុខា សម រង្ស៊ី ៦២០
ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី (ស្ដាំ) និង​អនុ​ប្រធាន​បក្ស លោក កឹម សុខា នៅ​ក្នុង​វេទិកា​ជួប​ជាមួយ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ នា​សង្កាត់​ព្រែកលៀប ខណ្ឌ​ជ្រោយចង្វារ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៨ មករា ២០១៥។
RFA/Morm Moniroth
មន្ត្រី​នាំ​ពាក្យ​នៃ​អង្គភាព​ព័ត៌មាន និង​ប្រតិកម្ម​រហ័ស​នៃ​ទីស្ដីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ដែល​តំណាង​ដោយ​ភាគី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល នៅ​ពុំ​ទាន់​មាន​ប្រតិកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​សារ​នយោបាយ​របស់​អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​ សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នៅ​ឡើយ​ទេ។
លោក កឹម សុខា ជា​អនុប្រធាន​ទី​មួយ​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា និង​ជា​អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ផង បញ្ជាក់​ជំហរ​ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត​ថា គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​នៅ​តែ​ប្រកាន់​គោលការណ៍​របស់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ដែល​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​ មាន​ការ​ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ។

តើវប្បធម៌សន្ទនានឹងរឹងមាំដល់ពេលណា? (វគ្គ ១)

តើវប្បធម៌សន្ទនានឹងរឹងមាំដល់ពេលណា? (វគ្គ បញ្ចប់)

ការ​ដួល​រលំ​នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ

ការ​ដួល​រលំ​នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ (វគ្គ ២)

Cambodian Province Plans Campaign for Monks to Care for Mentally Ill


2015-04-20
RFA
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Cambodian mental health patients wait to see a doctor at a hospital in Phnom Penh in a file photo.
AFP
Government authorities in a southwest Cambodian province are planning a coordinated campaign to round up residents suffering from mental illness and take them to Buddhist temples where they will be cared for by monks, a provincial official said.
Lay Vannak, government of Takeo Province, said he would discuss the plan with the monks.
“I will discuss with provincial chief monks to have monks round up people suffering from mental illness who are walking on public streets and those who have psychiatric breakdowns to have them meditate and educate them so that they will feel calm,” he said.

Pass the union law: Hun Sen


Garment factory workers protest outside the Ministry of  Labour last month
Garment factory workers protest outside the Ministry of Labour last month. A statement released by Prime MInister Hun Sen could hamper unions’ abilities to demonstrate, advocates say. Hong Menea

A controversial statement released by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday calls for the quick passage of a trade union law, which union advocates say violates international labour conventions.
The statement, which was signed on April 10 but distributed this week, was released ahead of International Labour Day on May 1. It emphasises the need to protect unionised workers’ rights being trampled, including by unions themselves, but advocates warn that legislation may have the opposite effect.

Apsara mulls hike for Angkor Wat tickets

Visitors wander through the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat
Visitors wander through the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. The Apsara Authority is looking into raising the entrance fee to the complex, bringing it on par with similar international tourist destinations. Hong Menea

The Apsara Authority, the government entity that manages the ancient temple complex at Angkor, is studying the possibility of increasing ticket prices, stating that current prices are “low” when compared with similar destinations in other countries.
Long Kosal, deputy director of the Apsara Authority’s Communications Department, said yesterday that internal discussions among government officials and relevant stakeholders are under way to raise ticket prices, keeping in mind its impact on tourist traffic.

Trust the NEC, Rainsy says

Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party
Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, greets supporters in Battambang province yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has lauded the Kingdom’s controversial new National Election Committee (NEC) and called on the public to trust a body he assured was both independent and neutral.
Rainsy, the president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), delivered his message of positivity to hundreds of supporters in Kampong Chhnang on Monday, making the speech available on his social media page yesterday.

‘We’re no Funcinpec’

Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy appear in front of hundreds of supporters and activists in Kampong Chhnang province
Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy appear in front of hundreds of supporters and activists in Kampong Chhnang province yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

An opposition leader yesterday rejected criticism that his party is becoming too friendly with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, assuring supporters they would fight to win power and not be lured into the same trap as the now marginalised Funcinpec royalist party.
Speaking to hundreds of supporters and activists in Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president Kem Sokha urged the crowd not to misunderstand the “culture of dialogue” between Prime Minister Hun Sen and CNRP leader Sam Rainsy, adding the CNRP would maintain its integrity as an opposition party and would strongly criticise the CPP if necessary.

What direction is civil society space taking in Cambodia?


Opposition vice president Kem Sokha shakes hands with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Senate in July last year.
Opposition vice president Kem Sokha shakes hands with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Senate in July last year. Heng Chivoan

As Cambodians return from celebrating the New Year, new threats to democracy and fundamental freedoms seem to be in the air.
Despite the repeated promises from the government to engage in significant reforms, including more cooperation with civil society, the latest statements and actions suggest the opposite. The recent adoption of the election laws seems to confirm a well-known pattern: crucial pieces of legislation are passed without meaningful public consultations.

Monday, 20 April 2015

សម្ភាស​អតីត​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​រំឭក​ពី​ស្ថានការណ៍​កាល​ពី​៤០​ឆ្នាំ​មុន

ដោយ ជី វិតា
2015-04-19
RFA
ឆាំង សុង ៦២០
លោក ឆាំង សុង អតីត​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​ឃោសនាការ​នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ ផ្ដល់​បទសម្ភាសន៍​ដល់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Uon Chhin
ក្រោយ​ពី​សង្គ្រាម​បង្ហូរ​ឈាម​គ្នា​រវាង​កងទ័ព​ព្រៃ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម និង​ទាហាន​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​អស់​រយៈពេល ៥​ឆ្នាំ​មក ក្រុម​ឧទ្ទាម​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ដែល​មាន​ការ​គាំទ្រ​ពី​សម្ដេច​ព្រះ​នរោត្តម សីហនុ ពី​ក្រៅ​ប្រទេស​ផង​នោះ ដណ្ដើម​បាន​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៧ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៥។
រយៈពេល ២​សប្ដាហ៍​មុន​ពេល​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ដើរ​ចូល​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក បាន​ជម្លៀស​ប្រធានាធិបតី​នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ គឺ​លោក លន់ នល់ ចេញ​ពី​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៥។

UCLA demographer produces best estimate yet of Cambodia's death toll under Pol Pot

Medical Xpress
The death toll in Cambodia under Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot was most likely between 1.2 million and 2.8 million—or between 13 percent and 30 percent of the country's population at the time—according to a forthcoming article by a UCLA demographer.
April 17 is the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge's capture of the capital of Cambodia—beginning a four-year period that many consider to be a genocide. For decades, researchers have sought to pinpoint the death toll from political executions, disease, starvation and forced labor inflicted under the Khmer Rouge.
Conventional wisdom has placed the count between 1 million and 2 million, but estimates over the years have widely diverged, casting doubt on their validity.

Australia-Cambodia Resettlement Agreement Raises Concerns

FILE - Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison signs a document together with Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng on a deal for the resettlement of refugees, at the Interior Ministry in Phnom Penh, Sept. 26, 2014.
FILE - Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison signs a document together with Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng on a deal for the resettlement of refugees, at the Interior Ministry in Phnom Penh, Sept. 26, 2014.
Ron Corben
The United Nations Children’s Fund is voicing concern about the decision by Australia to transfer asylum seekers detained on the Pacific island of Nauru to Cambodia, possibly as early as Monday. UNICEF’s concerns come amid growing refugee protests in Nauru and protests over transfers of families in Darwin to Nauru early Saturday.
The first group of refugees seeking asylum in Australia could be sent to Cambodia in the coming days, under a deal reached by the countries last year.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

តើ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ឡើង​កាន់​អំណាច​និង​បំផ្លាញ​ខ្លួន​ឯង​វិញ​ដោយ​របៀប​ណា?

ដោយ ជី វិតា
2015-04-18
RFA
មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម ៦២០
ក្រុម​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម ប៉ុល ពត (ពី​ឆ្វេង​រូប​ទី​១) នួន ជា (ពី​ឆ្វេង​រូប​ទី​២) សុន សេន (ពាក់​វ៉ែនតា)។
រូបថត​ឯកសារ​របស់​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​ឯកសារ​កម្ពុជា
បន្ទាប់​ពី​តស៊ូ​ប្រដាប់​អាវុធ​រយៈពេល ៧​ឆ្នាំ​មក កងទ័ព​កុម្មុយនិស្ត​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម បាន​វាយ​យក​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​បាន​ពី​របប លន់ នល់។ ប៉ុន្តែ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ ឬ​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម មាន​ជីវិត​ត្រឹម​តែ ៣​ឆ្នាំ ៨​ខែ ២០​ថ្ងៃ​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ មុន​នឹង​ត្រូវ​កងទ័ព​វៀតណាម ផ្ដួល​រំលំ។
នៅ​ក្នុង​ខួប​ទី​៤០​ឆ្នាំ​នៃ​ការ​ឡើង​កាន់​អំណាច​របស់​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៧ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៥ លោក ជី វិតា មាន​សេចក្តី​រាយការណ៍​មួយ​ពិនិត្យ​មើល​ថា តើ​មាន​កត្តា​អ្វី​ខ្លះ​ដែល​ជួយ​ឲ្យ​ចលនា​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ឡើង​កាន់​អំណាច និង​កត្តា​អ្វី​ខ្លះ​ដែល​បាន​បំផ្លាញ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ទៅ​វិញ ដែល​មាន​សេចក្តី​ដូច​ត​ទៅ៖

ការ​រំឭក​ខួប​ថ្ងៃ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ឡើង​កាន់​អំណាច

Cambodian Opposition Leader Urges War-Crimes Tribunal to Keep Prosecuting Former Khmer Rouge Cadres

2015-04-17
RFA
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Survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime pay their respects to those who died at the Choeung Ek Genocide Museum on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, April 17, 2015.
RFA
About 300 people attended a memorial ceremony in Phnom Penh on Friday, marking the 40th anniversary of the day that the communist Khmer Rouge entered the Cambodian capital, ushering in an era of terror during which roughly two million Cambodians perished.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថា​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​ពេល​នេះ​គឺ​ខុស​ពី​ជំនាន់​បក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច

ដោយ សេក បណ្ឌិត
2015-04-17
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី ៦២០
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ផ្ដល់​បទសម្ភាសន៍​ដល់​អ្នក​កាសែត នា​មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​ប្រល័យ​ពូជ​សាសន៍​ជើង​ឯក នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៧ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Rann Samnang
មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បង្ហាញ​ជំហរ​ក្រោយ​ជំនួប​ស្និទ្ធស្នាល​ជាមួយ​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ក្នុង​ពិធី​បើក​អង្គរ​សង្ក្រាន្ត​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី ឆ្នាំ​មមែ នៅ​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប។ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី បញ្ជាក់​ថា ដើម្បី​ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​បាន​ជោគជ័យ​លឿន​ទៅ​មុខ​បាន​ជា​ប្រយោជន៍​ ជាតិ​នោះ លោក​បាន​បង្ហាញ​ជំហរ ឬ​នយោបាយ​ទន់ភ្លន់​ជាមួយ​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល តែ​មិន​ទន់​ជ្រាយ​ទេ មិន​ពុក​រលួយ ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​ជាតិ​ធ្លាក់​ចុះ​ដុនដាប​ដូច​ជំនាន់​គណបក្ស​ហ៊្វុនស៊ិនប៉ិច នោះ​ឡើយ។

ការ​ដួល​រលំ​នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ

ខួប​ទី​៤០​នៃ​ការ​ឡើង​កាន់​អំណាច​របស់​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម

The fall of Phnom Penh

Friday, 17 April 2015

ខួប​ទី​៤០​នៃ​កងទ័ព​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ជម្លៀស​ប្រជាជន​ចេញ​ពី​ទីក្រុង​ដោយ​គ្មាន​ធម៌​មេត្តា

ដោយ ជី វិតា
2015-04-17
RFA
ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ជម្លៀស​ប្រជាជន ៦២០
ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ជម្លៀស​ប្រជាជន​ចេញ​ពី​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៧ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៥។
រូបថត​ឯកសារ​ពី​សារមន្ទីរ​គុក​ទួលស្លែង
ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៧ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥ គឺ​ជា​ខួប​ទី​៤០ នៃ​ថ្ងៃ​មហា​ជ័យជម្នះ​របស់​កងទ័ព​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម ដែល​ឡើង​កាន់​អំណាច​នៅ​ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៥ បន្ទាប់​ពី​ប្រាំ​ឆ្នាំ​នៃ​សង្គ្រាម​បង្ហូរ​ឈាម​គ្នា​ជាមួយ​កងទ័ព នៃ​របប​សាធារណរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ ដឹក​នាំ​ដោយ​លោក​សេនា​ប្រមុខ លន់ នល់។
នៅ​ម៉ោង​ប្រមាណ ៩​ព្រឹក កងទ័ព​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ដើរ​ចូល​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​ពី​គ្រប់​ទិសទី បន្ទាប់​មក​ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​បណ្ដេញ​ប្រជាជន​ចេញ​ពី​ទីក្រុង ទៅ​កាន់​ទី​ជនបទ។ ប៉ុន្តែ​អតីត​បង​ធំ​ទី​២ នៃ​របប​កម្ពុជា​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​អះអាង​ថា ប្រជាជន​ចាក​ចេញ​ពី​ទីក្រុង​ដោយ​ការ​ស្ម័គ្រ​ចិត្ត។
លោក ជី វិតា មាន​សេចក្តី​រាយការណ៍​អំពី​ការ​ជម្លៀស​ប្រជាជន​ចេញ​ពី​ទីក្រុង​ដោយ​គ្មាន​ធម៌​មេត្តា​របស់​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម៖

មេធាវី​អាមេរិក​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​ខ្មែរ-អាមេរិកាំង​ធ្វើ​អន្តរាគមន៍​បំបាត់​វិបត្តិ​ដីធ្លី​និង​ការ​រំលោភ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស

ដោយ យន់ សាមៀន
2015-04-17
RFA
មេធាវី មូរតុន ក្លា ៦១០
មេធាវី​តំណាង​ឲ្យ​ជន​រងគ្រោះ និង​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល លោក មូរតុន ក្លា (Morton Sklar)។
RFA
មេធាវី​អាមេរិក លោក មូរតុន ក្លា (Morton Sklar) នឹង​ធ្វើ​ដំណើរ​ទៅ​តាម​បណ្ដា​រដ្ឋ​មួយ​ចំនួន​នៅ​ភាគ​ខាង​លិច​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក ដើម្បី​ពន្យល់​សហគមន៍​ខ្មែរ និង​អាមេរិក ពី​ពាក្យ​បណ្ដឹង​នៅ​តុលាការ​ព្រហ្មទណ្ឌ​អន្តរជាតិ (International Criminal Court) ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ពី​បទ​ឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​មនុស្ស​ជាតិ។
ក្នុង​ដំណើរ​នោះ ក្រៅ​ពី​ផ្ដោត​លើ​ពាក្យ​បណ្ដឹង​នៅ​តុលាការ​អន្តរជាតិ លោក មូរតុន ក្លា ក៏​នឹង​ពិភាក្សា​ស្វែងរក​យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ​ផ្សេង​ទៀត ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា។

Fugitive Thong Sarath arrested in Vietnam


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A screenshot pictures tycoon Thong Sarath pleading to Prime Minister Hun Sen to re-investigate the murder case against him. FACEBOOK

Fugitive tycoon and murder suspect Thong Sarath was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday night.
The real estate developer and okhna, the prime suspect in the November 22 murder of Shimmex Group chairman Ung Meng Cheu, was arrested by Ministry of Interior Internal Security police acting in conjunction with Vietnamese authorities, police said.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Safe and inexpensive: Government spruiks relocation from Nauru to Cambodia in fact sheet to asylum seekers

Political reporter

SMH

The fact sheet handed to asylum seekers in the Nauru detention centre and refugees living on Nauru by immigration officials, talks up Cambodia as a secure and harmonious society with a cheap cost of living. The fact sheet handed to asylum seekers in the Nauru detention centre and refugees living on Nauru by immigration officials, talks up Cambodia as a secure and harmonious society with a cheap cost of living. Photo: Ben Rushton
In 1980, Californian punk band Dead Kennedys released  their second single Holiday in Cambodia. This week, the Coalition government released a document called Settlement in Cambodia.
Both talk about life in the previously war-torn south east Asian nation. But only the seminal punk song's title does so with any irony.

How a Handful of Seaside Villas Signal a New Future for Cambodia

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Three historical villas in the Cambodian seaside community of Kep were converted into the luxury resort Knai Bang Chatt. Photo courtesy of Knai Bang Chatt.
The crumbling villas are one of the first things visitors notice when they arrive in the Cambodian province of Kep, just 2.5 hours drive from the country's capital of Phnom Penh on the southern coast. At one point ostentatious, the villas are now relics, stripped of their beauty and left to decay.
One of the villas, a three-story behemoth, shows how the decay has taken root: The moss green tiles that once covered the bathroom walls are cracked. The exterior has been overtaken by vegetation, while entire floors have caved in inside the fragmented structure. A tree sprouts out of the corner of one room, the vines like octopus tentacles. Trash, debris, and shards of glass cover whatever portions of the concrete floors remain.
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Part of what would become the Knai Bang Chatt resort in Kep, Cambodia. Photo courtesy of Knai Bang Chatt.

Refugees volunteer to be flown to Cambodia for resettlement 'in a safe country'

Lindsay Murdoch and Kevin Ponniah

SMH

The first group of refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru are expected to be flown to Cambodia as early as next week as part of a controversial $40 million resettlement deal.
Up to 10 people are believed to have said they will abandon their hopes of living in Australia and make the journey to impoverished Cambodia, sources say.
A letter circulating among refugees on Nauru says the first flight from the island will be as soon as Monday, providing an "opportunity for you and your family to start a new life in a safe country, free from persecution and violence, and build your future."
The Australian government has not confirmed the flight.

អូស្ត្រាលី​នឹង​បញ្ជូន​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​លើក​ដំបូង​ពី​កោះ​ណាវរូ​មក​កម្ពុជា​នៅ​ក្រោយ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ

ដោយ យន់ សាមៀន
2015-04-16
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តវ៉ា​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន ៦២០
យុវជន​សម្ដែង​ជា​ជនជាតិ​ដើម​ភាគតិច ដេក​លើ​លុយ​ដុល្លារ​ថត​ចម្លង​ដែល​មាន​ន័យ​ថា រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ទទួល​លុយ​ពី​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី ជា​ថ្នូរ​ទទួល​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​មក​កម្ពុជា នៅ​មុខ​ស្ថានទូត​អូស្ត្រាលី។
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ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​ដែល​មាន​បំណង​ចង់​ទៅ​រស់នៅ​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី ដែល​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​កំពុង​ស្នាក់នៅ​កោះ​ណាវរូ (Nauru) នឹង​ត្រូវ​បញ្ជូន​មក​រស់នៅ​កម្ពុជា ក្រោយ​ពេល​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី។ រដ្ឋាភិបាល​អូស្ត្រាលី អះអាង​ថា កម្ពុជា ជា​ប្រទេស​មាន​សុវត្ថិភាព និង​សិទ្ធិ​សេរីភាព​គ្រប់គ្រាន់ ដែល​អនុញ្ញាត​ឲ្យ​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​ទាំង​នោះ​អាច​ចាប់​ផ្តើម​ជីវិត​ថ្មី​បាន។
រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី បាន​រៀបចំ​យន្តហោះ​ពិសេស​មួយ សម្រាប់​ដឹក​ជញ្ជូន​ក្រុម​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​លើក​ដំបូង​ពី​កោះ​ណាវរូ មក​កម្ពុជា។ ក្រុម​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​នេះ នឹង​អាច​មក​ដល់​កម្ពុជា យ៉ាង​យូរ​បំផុត​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ មេសា ខាង​មុខ ប៉ុន្តែ​នៅ​មិន​ទាន់​មាន​ព័ត៌មាន​ពី​ចំនួន​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​ក្នុង​ក្រុម​ទី​មួយ ​នេះ ថា​មាន​ប៉ុន្មាន​នាក់​នៅ​ឡើយ​ទេ។