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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Cambodia: Constitutional Council must reject problematic provisions of the Law on Associations and NGO

28 July 2015
www.fidh.org/International-Federation-for-Human-Rights

Paris, Geneva, Phnom Penh, July 28, 2015 – Cambodia’s Constitutional Council must reject the numerous provisions of the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) that run counter to the country’s Charter, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders said today.
The Constitutional Council is expected to review the LANGO by the end of July. Cambodia’s Constitution empowers the Council to rule on the constitutionality of laws adopted by Parliament. According to Article 142 of the Charter, provisions of legislation passed by Parliament that the Constitutional Council finds unconstitutional “shall not be promulgated or implemented.”
“The Constitutional Council must uphold its role of guardian of the Constitution and reject the numerous provisions of the LANGO that contradict key constitutional principles,” said FIDH President Karim Lahidji.

CNRP Lawmaker Capitulates, Apologizes to Assembly President


Khmer Times/Pav Suy
Sunday, 26 July 2015

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Facing suspension from his seat in the National Assembly for criticizing its president on Facebook two weeks ago,  Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker Um Sam An has apologized for the comments and asked for forgiveness.

“I have used impolite language about Samdech president on social media affecting the reputation of Samdech president,” Mr. Sam An wrote in his letter to National Assembly President Heng Samrin. “My impolite behavior and words have affected the prestige of the National Assembly as well as the reputation of Samdech president,” he continued.

“Please Samdech president forgive me accordingly,” he requested in the July 24 letter.

Interviewed about the letter over the weekend, Mr. Sam An said he was trying to prevent the dispute from escalating. “It might never end,” he explained.

Cambodia: A New South China Sea Mediator Between China and ASEAN?


Last week, Cambodia’s foreign minister Hor Namhong suggested that Cambodia would continue to seek to be a mediator in South China Sea disputes between China and the claimant states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
“Cambodia wants to mediate in order to reduce the tense atmosphere between ASEAN and China because we discern that no solution can be found without talking to each other,” Hor Namhong said according to Voice of America.
For those who follow developments in the South China Sea and Southeast Asia closely, the suggestion of Cambodia as a mediator in the disputes is a rather curious one. True, the country is not

Hope hung on ‘dialogue’


International Rainbow Co Ltd and Direct Access Co
Opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha leaves Prey Sar prison yesterday on the outskirts of Phnom Penh after visiting 11 CRNP activists that were detained there earlier this month. Pha Lina

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday poured cold water on the prospect of negotiating the release of 11 imprisoned opposition activists, hours after the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s deputy president visited the group and suggested the two parties would compromise through “the culture of dialogue”.
CNRP acting president Kem Sokha predicted the men – including US citizen Meach Sovannara – who were sentenced to between seven and 20 years in prison for “insurrection” over a protest turned violent in Phnom Penh last July, would be released “soon”.
Speaking outside Prey Sar prison after visiting the group, Sokha said they had strong grounds for appeal, given most were not legally represented during the verdict.

Chhouk Bandith's victims see hope in Sok Bun arrest


Keo Nea, Bun Chenda and Nuth Sakhorn (left to right), enter the grounds of the National Assembly yesterday morning to urge the government to bring Chhouk Bandith to justice.
Keo Nea, Bun Chenda and Nuth Sakhorn (left to right), enter the grounds of the National Assembly yesterday morning to urge the government to bring Chhouk Bandith to justice. Vireak Mai

Three factory workers shot more than three years ago by a town governor who remains at large have come to Phnom Penh to ask Prime Minister Hun Sen to take action in their case, given the recent success of the premier’s call to arrest a property tycoon for beating up a TV star.
On February 20, 2012, during a protest at the Kaoway shoe factory in Svay Rieng province, then Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith shot into the crowd numerous times with a pistol, injuring the three female workers.

VN state media casting CNRP as border villain

Amid a recent string of heated exchanges and tense standoffs along sections of the Cambodia-Vietnam border, a state media outlet in Vietnam joined the chorus of coverage with a conciliatory, yet critical, propaganda article that has analysts and academics attempting to read between the lines.
Titled "The inseparable ties of villagers along Vietnam-Cambodia border", the piece was published on Sunday by state newspaper Tuoi Tre.
The article draws on the similarities between the neighbouring communities while characterising them as “victims” of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, the party whose members earlier this month led 2,000 Cambodians at a rally near the border in Svay Rieng province over alleged Vietnamese encroachment.

គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ​បង្ហាញ​យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ​៣​ចំណុច​ជួយ​សកម្មជន​១១​នាក់​ឲ្យ​មាន​សេរីភាព

ដោយ ប្រាជ្ញ ចេវ
2015-07-27
RFA
កឹម សុខា ៦២០
លោក កឹម សុខា ប្រធាន​ស្ដីទី​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ផ្ដល់​បទសម្ភាសន៍​ដល់​អ្នក​កាសែត​នៅ​មុខ​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃ​ស កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Brach Chev
ប្រធាន​ស្តីទី​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ អះអាង​នៅ​មុខ​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃ​ស ថា គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បង្ហាញ​យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ ៣​ចំណុច ដើម្បី​ជួយ​សកម្មជន​របស់​ខ្លួន​ឲ្យ​មាន​សេរីភាព​ឡើង​វិញ។ ក្នុង​ចំណោម​យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ​ទាំង ៣​ចំណុច​នោះ មន្ត្រី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល និង​អ្នក​វិភាគ​ស្វាគមន៍​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ដែល​ស្វែងរក​យុត្តិធម៌​តាម​ផ្លូវ​តុលាការ។
យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ​ទាំង​នេះ​ត្រូវ លោក កឹម សុខា អះអាង​ថា នឹង​ស្វះស្វែង​តតាំង​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ច្បាប់ ប្ដឹង​ទៅ​សាលា​ឧទ្ធរណ៍ គណបក្ស​នៅ​តែ​រក្សា​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នយោបាយ ២២ កក្កដា និង​ប្រើ​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​ចរចា​ជាមួយ​ថ្នាក់​ដឹក​នាំ​បក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច។

មេដឹកនាំ​បក្សប្រឆាំង​សួរសុខ​ទុក្ខ​សកម្មជន​១១​នាក់​ដែល​ជាប់​ឃុំ

តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ឆ្លើយ​តប​ការ​ថ្លែង​ចំអក​របស់​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី

ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-07-28
RFA
អ៊ុំ សំអាន ព្រំដែន ៦២០
តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្រោះជាតិ លោក អ៊ុំ សំអាន (ពាក់​អាវ​ពណ៌​ស្វាយ) ពិនិត្យ​តម្រុយ​បង្គោល​ព្រំដែន​លេខ​៣០២ នៅ​ច្រក​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម តន់ហន់ ឃុំ​ព្រែកក្រឹស ស្រុក​កំពង់ត្រាច ខេត្ត​កំពត ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Tha Kitya
តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ដែល​សកម្ម​ក្នុង​រឿង​ព្រំដែន អះអាង​ថា លោក​មាន​សមត្ថភាព​គ្រប់គ្រាន់​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​ចំណេះដឹង​ផ្នែក​ច្បាប់ បន្ទាប់​ពី​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ចំអក​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​២៧ ខែ​កក្កដា ថា តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​ខ្លះ​របស់​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ធ្វើ​ការ​មិន​ដឹង​ទិសដៅ រហូត​ទទួល​ទណ្ឌកម្ម។
បើ​ទោះ​ជា​ប្រមុខ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល ថ្លែង​រិះគន់​ដោយ​មិន​សំដៅ​ឈ្មោះ​ចំ​ក្ដី ក៏​គេ​ដឹង​ជា​ទូទៅ​ហើយ​ថា ប្រហែល​ជា​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ចង់​ដៀមដាម​ឲ្យ​លោក អ៊ុំ សំអាន ដែល​ហ៊ាន​រិះគន់​ភាព​ទន់ជ្រាយ​របស់​ប្រធាន​រដ្ឋសភា ដែល​ពុំ​ហ៊ាន​ប្រតិកម្ម​ណា​មួយ​ជាមួយ​វៀតណាម ជុំវិញ​រឿង​ព្រំដែន។

Monday, 27 July 2015

Palace denies Ranariddh border talks claim


Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Funcinpec president Prince Norodom Ranarridh sits on a red carpet in March after a meeting of the royalist party on Koh Pich. MEAS SOKCHEA

The Royal Palace has denied a report that King Norodom Sihamoni will meet with leaders of the ruling and opposition parties over the ongoing dispute on the Cambodian-Vietnamese border.
“The Royal Palace would like to announce to the public that King Norodom Sihamoni has not mentioned [this] and there is no plan to summon leaders of the three political parties for discussion about border issues,” a press statement from the Royal Palace today reads.
On Saturday, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, a former prime minister and head of the royalist Funcinpec

US gets heat for judicial criticism


CNRP activist Ouk Pich Samnang is escorted out of Phnom Penh Municipal Court last week by authorities after he and 10 others were convicted on insurrection charges.
CNRP activist Ouk Pich Samnang is escorted out of Phnom Penh Municipal Court last week by authorities after he and 10 others were convicted on insurrection charges. AFP

Cambodia has slammed the United States for attempting to “destroy security and harmony” in the country after the US Embassy released a statement expressing concern over the jailing of 11 opposition party activists last Tuesday.
The Cambodia National Rescue Party activists, who include US citizen Meach Sovannara, were handed seven- to 20-year prison terms on insurrection charges filed over a year-old protest.
The protest turned into a street fight in which 39 people, mostly security officers, were injured.
On Saturday, the US Embassy released a press statement saying it was troubled by the sentences, viewed by many as overly harsh.

Youths detained over protest


Cambodian security officials detain people wearing prisoner uniforms as they gather in front of the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh yesterday during a protest against the controversial NGO law.
Cambodian security officials detain people wearing prisoner uniforms as they gather in front of the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh yesterday during a protest against the controversial NGO law. AFP

Six people sporting fake prison uniforms attempted to stage a protest at the National Assembly to express their opposition to the highly criticised NGO law, only to be arrested by a contingent of security personnel and detained for over nine hours before being released yesterday evening.
The group included Meas Leakhena, from the CNRP Women’s Movement, and five members of the Khmer Youth Empire and the Cambodian Student Intellectual League Association: Chum Huor, Chum Huort, Muong Sony, Suong Vesna and Soeun Piseth.

Censured lawmaker admits poor word choice


Cambodia National Rescue Party parliamentarian Um Sam An (right) attends a press conference at the Council of Ministers earlier this month.
Cambodia National Rescue Party parliamentarian Um Sam An (right) attends a press conference at the Council of Ministers earlier this month. Heng Chivoan

In the wake of his 15-session suspension from parliament for “insulting” National Assembly President Heng Samrin, opposition lawmaker Um Sam An has defended criticism he posted on social media while expressing regret over his choice of words.
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) representative Sam An received the punishment – which also included having his parliamentary salary halved for two months – in an order signed by Samrin on Thursday, following a July 14 post by Sam An on Facebook criticising Samrin.

HRW ចាត់​ទុក​ការ​កាត់​ទោស​សកម្មជន​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​១១​នាក់​ថា​ជា​សាលក្រម​នយោបាយ

ដោយ ជីវិតា
2015-07-27
RFA
មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា ៦២០
លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ (ក្នុង​ឯកសណ្ឋាន​អ្នក​ទោស​ពណ៌​ទឹក​ក្រូច) ពេល​នាំ​មក​សវនាការ​នៅ​តុលាការ​កំពូល កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី ៤ មីនា ២០១៥។
RFA/Morm Moniroth
កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥ អង្គការ​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​អន្តរជាតិ យូមែន រ៉ៃត៍ វ៉ច្ឆ (Human Rights Watch = HRW) បាន​ចេញ​សេចក្តី​ថ្លែងការណ៍​ថ្កោលទោស​សាលក្រម​សាលា​ដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ដែល​បាន​កាត់​ទោស​ឲ្យ​សកម្មជន​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ចំនួន ១១​រូប ជាប់​ពន្ធនាគារ ដែល​ក្នុង​នោះ ៣​នាក់​ជាប់​រហូត​ដល់ ២​ទសវត្សរ៍ ពី​បទ​ចូលរួម និង​ដឹក​នាំ​កុប្បកម្ម បង្ក​ហិង្សា​នៅ​ស្ពាន​នាគ​ក្បែរ​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៥ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
អង្គការ​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​លើ​ពិភពលោក​មួយ​នេះ ហៅ​សេចក្តី​សម្រេច​ចេញ​ដោយ​ក្រុម​ចៅក្រម​ជំនុំ​ជម្រះ​ដឹក​នាំ​ដោយ លោក លឹម មករន្ទ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥ នោះ ថា​ជា​សាលក្រម​នយោបាយ និង​បំពាន​ច្បាប់។

ព្រះ​បរមរាជវាំង​បដិសេធ​ព័ត៌មាន​ដែល​ថា​ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ​គ្រោង​ពិភាក្សា​ពី​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន

ដោយ អ៊ុង សេរីវុទ្ធ
2015-07-27
RFA
នរោត្ដម រណឫទ្ធិ ៦២០
សម្ដេច​ក្រុមព្រះ នរោត្ដម រណឫទ្ធិ ក្នុង​កម្មវិធី​វេទិកា​អ្នក​ស្ដាប់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី កាល​ពី​យប់​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៦ ខែ​មករា ឆ្នាំ២០១៥។
RFA/Uon Chhin
ព្រះបរមរាជរាំង​បដិសេធ​ព័ត៌មាន​ដែល​សម្ដេច​ក្រុមព្រះ នរោត្តម រណឫទ្ធិ លើកឡើង​ថា ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ​គ្រោង​នឹង​កោះ​ហៅ​បក្ស​នយោបាយ​ធំៗ​ទាំង​៣ មក​ពិភាក្សា​ពី​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន។
សេចក្ដី​ប្រកាស​ព័ត៌មាន​របស់​ព្រះបរមរាជរាំង​ចុះ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ កក្កដា​ ជា​ការ​ឆ្លើយ​តប​ទៅ​នឹង​ការ​ចុះផ្សាយ​របស់​កាសែត​ក្នុង​ស្រុក​មួយ​ចំនួន ដែល​ស្រង់​សម្ដី​របស់​សម្ដេច​ក្រុមព្រះ ចុះ​ផ្សាយ​នៅ​ព្រឹកថ្ងៃ​ទី២៧ កក្កដា​ដដែល​ថា ជា​ព័ត៌មាន​មិន​ពិត។
សេចក្ដី​ប្រកាស​ព័ត៌មាន​ដដែល​បន្ត​ថា ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ​ពុំ​មាន​ព្រះរាជតម្រិះ ឬ​ព្រះរាជ​ឱង្ការ ឬ​ផែនការ​កោះហៅ​មេដឹកនាំ​គណបក្ស​ទាំង​៣ មក​ពិភាក្សា​ពី​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​ឡើយ។ តែ​បើ​ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ​មាន​

លោក កឹម សុខា អះអាង​ថា​សកម្មជន​របស់​លោក​ទាំង​១១​នាក់​នឹង​អាច​រួច​ខ្លួន​ពី​ពន្ធនាគារ

ដោយ ប្រាជ្ញ ចេវ
2015-07-27
RFA
កឹម សុខា ទៅ​ពន្ធនាគារ ៦២០
លោក កឹម សុខា ប្រធាន​ស្ដីទី​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ និង​​ក្រុម​ការងារ ទៅ​សួរ​សុខទុក្ខ​សកម្មជន​១១​នាក់ នៅ​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃស នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Brach Chev
ប្រធាន​ស្ដីទី​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ លោក កឹម សុខា អះអាង​ថា​សកម្មជន​របស់​លោក​ទាំង​១១​នាក់ នឹង​អាច​រួច​ខ្លួន ពី​ការ​ឃុំ​ខ្លួន​ក្នុង​ពន្ធនាគារ ដោយ​វិធី​បី​យ៉ាង។
ការ​អះអាង​របស់​លោក កឹម សុខា ធ្វើ​ឡើង​បន្ទាប់​ពី​លោក និង​ក្រុម​ការងារ​ទៅ​សួរ​សុខ​ទុក្ខ​សកម្មជន​ទាំង​១១​នាក់ នៅ​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃស នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ កក្កដា។
វិធី​ដោះស្រាយ​ទាំងនោះ​រួម​មាន៖ ទី​១ ការ​តតាំង​តាម​ផ្លូវ​ច្បាប់ ដោយ​ប្ដឹង​ទៅ​សាលា​ឧទ្ធរណ៍​ដើម្បី​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​ការ​សម្រេច​នេះ ទី​២ អនុវត្ត​​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នយោបាយ ២២ កក្កដា ២០១៤ និង​ចុងក្រោយ​ប្រើប្រាស់​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា។

សកម្មជន​ប្រឆាំង​សេចក្ដីព្រាងច្បាប់​អង្គការ​៦​នាក់​ត្រូវ​បាន​ចាប់​ខ្លួន

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Ghost workers in Cambodia


Updated: Saturday July 25, 2015 MYT 7:01:36 AM

Free loaders: Thousands are said to be playing the ghost game in Cambodia with many rarely showing up for work at the National Assembly. — Reuters
Free loaders: Thousands are said to be playing the ghost game in Cambodia with many rarely showing up for work at the National Assembly. — Reuters
PHNOM PENH: Borith has been on the payroll of Cambodia’s parliament for 15 years, but rarely shows up for work. He is busy with his other job at a non-governmental organisation, and no one notices his absence.
It’s a cushy deal that’s common in Cambodia. Ghost workers are haunting its civil service, sapping taxpayers’ money with jobs they don’t actually do, or by pocketing salaries paid to people who don’t even exist.
“There are just names of people who work at the National Assembly, but there’s no work to do,” said Borith, who declined to be identified by his full name to avoid jeopardising his US$300 (RM1,140) a month parliament salary.

US Official Visits Jailed CNRP Activist

Khmer Times/Vincent MacIsaac
Saturday, 25 July 2015
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PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – A consular officer from the US embassy in Phnom Penh visited Cambodian-American opposition member Meach Sovannara in Prey Sar prison yesterday morning, where the activist is serving a 20-year sentence for insurrection, a statement from the US embassy said.  

“The Department of State takes its assistance abroad to US citizens very seriously.  A consular officer visited with Mr. Sovannara on Friday, July 24.  We will continue to provide all possible consular assistance,” the statement said.

Mr. Sovannara and 10 other Cambodia National Rescue Party activists were sentenced to lengthy jail terms on Tuesday in a controversial trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Mr. Sovannara and three other CNRP activists were given 20 year sentences, while eight others were jailed for seven years.

UN rights office renews concern after Cambodian Senate adopts law with ‘chilling effect’ on civil society

Ravina Shamsadani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: UN Multimedia
 
24 July 2015 – A draft law adopted today by Cambodia’s legislative wing “threatens the very existence of a free and independent civil society” and the crucial work that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carry out in the country, the United Nations human rights office has warned.
“The Cambodian Senate has adopted a draft law on associations and non-governmental organizations which falls significantly short of international human rights laws and norms governing the right to freedom of association,” explained Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) during a press briefing in Geneva.
Already adopted by the National Assembly on 13 July, the law would now have to be examined by the Constitutional Council, she added.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

អាមេរិក​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ពិនិត្យ​ឡើង​វិញ​ចំពោះ​ការ​កាត់​ទោស​សកម្មជន​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង

ដោយ ខែ សុណង
2015-07-25
RFA
វីល្លៀម ថត ៦១០
៦-កញ្ញា-២០១៣៖ ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​កម្ពុជា លោក វីល្លៀម ថត (William E. Todd) ផ្ដល់​បទសម្ភាសន៍​ដល់​អ្នក​កាសែត​នា​ស្ថានទូត​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក​នៅ​ភ្នំពេញ។
RFA/Den Ayuthyea
សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក បាន​ស្នើ​អោយ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា ពិនិត្យ​មើល​ឡើង​វិញ​អោយ​បាន​ម៉ត់ចត់​នូវ​ដំណើរ​ក្ដី​សកម្មជន​គណបក្ស​ ប្រឆាំង ដើម្បី​ធ្វើ​យ៉ាង​ណា​អោយ​វា​មាន​លក្ខណៈ​ពេញលេញ តម្លាភាព ហើយ​ស្រប​ទៅ​នឹង​ច្បាប់​ជាតិ និង​បទដ្ឋាន​អន្តរជាតិ។
ការ​លើក​ឡើង​នេះ បន្ទាប់​ពី​តុលាការ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​កក្កដា បាន​ផ្ដន្ទាទោស​លើ​សកម្មជន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ១១​នាក់ ឲ្យ​ជាប់​ពន្ធនាគារ​ពី ៧​ឆ្នាំ ទៅ ២០​ឆ្នាំ ពី​បទ​ដឹក​នាំ និង​ចូលរួម​ក្នុង​ចលនា​កុប្បកម្ម​នាំ​ឲ្យ​មាន​ហិង្សា​នៅ​ក្បែរ​ទីលាន​ ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ កាល​ពី​ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក មាន​កង្វល់​យ៉ាង​ខ្លាំង​ចំពោះ​ដំណើរការ​ដែល​នាំ​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​ដាក់​ទោស​លើ​ សកម្មជន​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ទាំង ១១​រូប ដោយ​តុលាការ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ។

បទសម្ភាសន៍៖ អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ ប្ដេជ្ញា​ទាមទារ​រក​យុត្តិធម៌​ឲ្យ​សកម្មជន​១១​នាក់

ដោយ ជុន ច័ន្ទបុត្រ
2015-07-25
RFA
មូរ សុខហួរ ៦១០
តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ ត្រូវ​បាន​ដោះលែង​ចេញ​ពី​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃស នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ កក្កដា ២០១៤។
RFA/Leng Maly
តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ ដែល​​​កំពុង​មាន​វត្ត​មាន​នៅ​បុរី​ញីវយ៉ក សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក មាន​ប្រតិកម្ម​ថា ការ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​សកម្មជន​គណបក្ស​នេះ ១១​នាក់ គឺ​ជា​អំពើ​អយុត្តិធម៌។
អ្នកស្រី​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​បន្ត​ថា ក្នុង​នាម​អ្នកស្រី​ជា​អ្នក​ចូល​រួម​ម្នាក់​ក្នុង​ការ​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​ បើក​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​ឡើង​វិញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​កើត​ហេតុ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៥ កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ ក្បែរ​ស្ពាន​នាគ​នោះ អ្នកស្រី​នឹង​ខិតខំ​ឲ្យ​អស់​ពី​សមត្ថភាព​ក្នុង​ការ​រក​យុត្តិធម៌​ឲ្យ​ជន​ ទាំង ១១​នាក់​នោះ។

CNRP lawmaker hit in pocket for Samrin comments

Outspoken opposition lawmaker Um Sam An was yesterday banned from parliament for 15 sessions, and saw his salary halved for two months, for “insulting” National Assembly president Heng Samrin.
According to an order signed by Samrin yesterday, Sam An affected the honour of the National Assembly and insulted the president with remarks posted to social media on July 14.
The remarks, which Sam An yesterday called “constructive criticism”, accused Samrin of abusing the constitution by refusing to forward a letter signed by several opposition members to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ប្រាប់​មន្ត្រី​ត្រៀម​ទទួល​យក​ផែនទី​ពី​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ

ដោយ​ សុ ជីវី
2015-07-24
RFA
ព្រំដែន កោះធំ ៦២០
សមត្ថកិច្ច​ការពារ​ព្រំដែន​នៅ​ស្រុក​កោះធំ ខេត្ត​កណ្ដាល រារាំង​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ និង​ពលរដ្ឋ​មិន​ឲ្យ​ចូល​ទៅ​មើល​ព្រំដែន នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​មិថុនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Rann Samnang
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ប្រាប់​អោយ​អ្នក​ជំនាញ រួម​នឹង​សាក្សី​ផង អោយ​ត្រៀម​ខ្លួន​ទទួល​យក​ផែន​ទី​ចំនួន ១៨​ផ្ទាំង ដែល​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ​គ្រោង​នឹង​ប្រគល់​អោយ​កម្ពុជា ទៅ​តាម​ការ​ស្នើ​សុំ​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល។
បើ​ទោះ​ជា​មាន​បញ្ជា​ពី​ប្រមុខ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​អោយ​ត្រៀមខ្លួន​យ៉ាង​នេះ​ក្ដី ក៏​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​នៅ​មិន​ទាន់​ដឹង​ពី​ពេល​វេលា​ជាក់លាក់ ដែល​ផែនទី​ទាំង​នោះ​នឹង​ត្រូវ​បញ្ជូន​មក​កម្ពុជា នៅ​ឡើយ។
ក្រុម​ដែល​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ប្រាប់​អោយ​រង់ចាំ​ទទួល​យក​ផែនទី​ពី​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ​នោះ​រួម​

Cambodia’s Senate Passes NGO Law, Despite Ongoing Protests Against It

2015-07-24
RFA
cambodia-ngo-law-protest-july24-2015.jpg
A Cambodian protester holds a placard in front of police during a protest against the NGO law outside the Senate building in Phnom Penh, July 24, 2015.
AFP
Ruling-party Senators in Cambodia’s parliament on Friday predictably approved a controversial law that lets the government regulate the roughly 5,000 nongovernmental organizations that operate in the developing country.

A majority of Senators — 44 from the Cambodian people’s party (CPP) — passed the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO), while 11 from the opposition Sam Rainsy Party boycotted the session in protest against the bill that places restrictions on NGOs and associations.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Cambodia Senate OKs Controversial NGO Law

Two protesters against the controversial LANGO stand opposite the Cambodian Senate building as the bill is debated early Friday. (Robert Carmichael for VOA News)
Two protesters against the controversial LANGO stand opposite the Cambodian Senate building as the bill is debated early Friday. (Robert Carmichael for VOA News)

Robert Carmichael
Cambodia’s Senate passed a controversial law to regulate the country’s nonprofit sector as hundreds of people protested.
Opponents say the law marks a deliberate effort by the government to clamp down on groups that have been criticizing the ruling party on an array of issues, from politics to land-grabbing to corruption.
Cambodia’s Senate approved the controversial Law on Associations and NGOs, known as the LANGO, in just a few hours Friday, despite a boycott by senators from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

No political prisoners here, says ruling party


Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen stand on the steps of the Senate last July after a meeting to end the political deadlock. The ruling party has warned the opposition that questioning Tuesday’s verdict could jeopardise the culture of dialogue.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen stand on the steps of the Senate last July after a meeting to end the political deadlock. The ruling party has warned the opposition that questioning Tuesday’s verdict could jeopardise the culture of dialogue. Heng Chivoan

As outrage still reverberates among opposition supporters over Tuesday’s conviction of 11 Cambodia National Rescue Party activists on “insurrection” charges, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party has warned that questioning the verdict will imperil the ongoing “culture of dialogue”.
In a statement issued late on Wednesday, the CPP stated that the culture of dialogue can only be maintained by showing respect to the constitution, in which the independence of the judiciary is enshrined.

Hun Sen calls on police to be loyal


Senior military and police personnel listen to a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday in Kandal province.
Senior military and police personnel listen to a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday in Kandal province. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on security forces to strengthen their loyalty to the current government, and warned that opposition members causing problems on the country’s disputed border with Vietnam would be clapped in irons, regardless of parliamentary immunity.
The remarks were made in a speech to some 5,000 senior military and police officials at the headquarters of the premier’s Bodyguard Unit in Kandal’s Takhmao town – often referred to as the “Tiger’s Den”.

Jolie Pitt to direct feature in Cambodia


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Angelina Jolie Pitt is seen with husband Brad Pitt and son Maddox at the 2013 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. AFP

US actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt is set to direct an upcoming Netflix feature set in Cambodia.
The film, an adaptation of Khmer Rouge survivor Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers", will be produced by Oscar-nominated Cambodian director Rithy Panh ("The Missing Picture", "The Sea Wall") and become available to Netflix subscribers in late 2016.

Senate passes NGO law amid boycott


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A woman protests the controversial NGO law near security forces outside the Senate in Phnom Penh on Friday. The law passed unanimously amid a boycott by opposition senators. Heng Chivoan

Cambodia's Senate today gave its expected approval to the controversial law on associations and non-governmental organisations (LANGO), amid street protests and a boycott from opposition representatives.
All 44 Cambodia People’s Party senators present voted unanimously to endorse the draft legislation, which will next week head to the Constitutional Council before being presented to King Norodom Sihamoni for a final approval.

Deer headed to Angkor


Sambar, a threatened species of deer, is set to be reintroduced to the forests of the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap later this year.
Sambar, a threatened species of deer, is set to be reintroduced to the forests of the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap later this year. WILDLIFE ALLIANCE

The forests around Cambodia’s iconic Angkor Temple Complex will soon be home once more to a species of deer that had disappeared from the area due to excessive hunting during the latter part of the last century.
Listed as “vulnerable” by the IUCN, the sambar is the latest species set for reintroduction into the area as part of an ambitious re-wilding scheme which has already seen gibbons and langurs successfully released.

Cambodia opposition members sentenced for protests


[JURIST] Eleven Cambodia opposition members on Tuesday were sentenced to long-term prison terms for participating in July 2014 clashes related to the closing of a protest site. Three of the eleven individuals, all part of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) [official website], have been handed twenty year sentences [Phnom Penh Post report]. Lawyers, CNRP supporters, and rights groups believe the sentences are unfair. Defense counsel for one member of the CNRP stated [Al Jazeera report], "this is a very serious sentencing. We lawyers cannot accept these convictions." Others believe that the timing and severity of the sentences indicate a lack of governmental

CULTURE OF DIALOGUE AND CRITICISM IN CAMBODIA’S DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION

 
I planned my trip to France many weeks ago. I had to wait for the return of CNRP Vice-President Kem Sokha on 20 July before I could leave on 21 July. My presence in the country is not always indispensable in the face of a well-known pattern of repression. Sometimes I can be more effective abroad in defending Cambodia's democratic cause. I have colleagues whom I fully trust when it comes to dividing and sharing the workload.


The arrest of the 11 CNRP activists on 21 July 2015 was a brutal act of repression which the CNRP top leadership discussed and decided on their reaction immediately after the news was known. My colleagues in Phnom Penh can elaborate on the response we thought was the most appropriate to give immediately after the publication of the news. They have already given interviews to a number of newspapers and radio and TV stations in line with what we have decided. There will be other appropriate actions and measures we will take on several fronts in the coming days.

លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ដាក់​បទបញ្ជា​កុំ​ឲ្យ​មាន​បដិវត្តន៍​ពណ៌​នៅ​កម្ពុជា

ដោយ ថា កិត្យា
2015-07-23
RFA
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦២០
លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ពិធី​សម្ពោធ​ដាក់​ឲ្យ​ប្រើប្រាស់​ស្ពាន​មិត្តភាព​កម្ពុជា-ចិន នា​ខេត្ត​ស្ទឹងត្រែង នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី០១ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Brach Chev
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ដាក់​បទបញ្ជា​ដាច់​ណាត់​មិន​ឱ្យ​មាន​បដិវត្ត​ពណ៌​នៅ​កម្ពុជា រួម​ទាំង​ផ្ដល់​អនុសាសន៍ និង​យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ​ផ្សេងៗ​ទៀត កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែ​កក្កដា ក្នុង​ពិធី​សំណេះសំណាល​ជាមួយ​កងកម្លាំង​ប្រដាប់​អាវុធ និង​មន្ត្រី​រាជការ​មក​ពី​បណ្ដា​អង្គភាព​នានា នៅ​ទូទាំង​ប្រទេស​ប្រមាណ ៥.០០០​នាក់។
ទាក់ទិន​បញ្ហា​នេះ អ្នក​វិភាគ​យល់​ថា រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កំពុង​តែ​ភ័យ​ខ្លាច​ស្រមោល​ខ្លួន​ឯង ខណៈ​មាន​ចលនា​តវ៉ា​ផ្សេងៗ​កើត​ឡើង​ជា​ហូរហែ។

រដ្ឋសភា​សម្រេច​ដាក់​ពិន័យ​រដ្ឋបាល​ដោយ​ព្យួរ​ការងារ​និង​កាត់​ប្រាក់ខែ​លោក អ៊ុំ សំអាន

ដោយ សេក បណ្ឌិត
2015-07-24
RFA
អ៊ុំ សំអាន ៦២០
លោក អ៊ុំ សំអាន តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ មណ្ឌល​សៀមរាប ក្នុង​វេទិកា​អ្នកស្ដាប់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី២២ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA
គណៈកម្មាធិការ​អចិន្ត្រៃយ៍​រដ្ឋសភា​បាន​សម្រេច​ដាក់​ពិន័យ​ រដ្ឋបាល លើ​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ​មណ្ឌល​សៀម រាប លោក អ៊ុំ សំអាន ដោយ​ព្យួរ​ការងារ និង​កាត់​ប្រាក់​ខែ។
នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៤ កក្កដា គណៈកម្មាធិការ​អចិន្ត្រៃយ៍​រដ្ឋសភា ដែល​សមាជិក​ពី​បក្ស​ប្រជាជន​៧​រូប ក្នុង​ចំណោម​សមាជិក​១៣​រូប បាន​ដាក់​ទោស​លោក អ៊ុំ សំអាន យោង​ប្រការ​៨១ នៃ​បទ​បញ្ជា​ផ្ទៃ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋសភា ទី​១​កាត់​ប្រាក់​ខែ​៥០​ភាគរយ រយៈពេល​២​ខែ ទី២​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​នូវ​ទោស​កំហុស ហើយ​បិទ​នៅ​គ្រប់​ឃុំ​ក្នុង​មណ្ឌល​សៀមរាប ទី៣ ហាម​មិន​ឲ្យ​ចូលរួម​ប្រជុំ​សភា​ចំនួន​១៥​លើក។

Cambodian Opposition Party Leader Decries Sentences as Act of Repression

2015-07-23
RFA
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Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, talks to reporters at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh, Dec. 19, 2014.
AFP
The leader of Cambodia’s opposition party on Thursday denounced the conviction and sentencing of 11 party activists to prison terms of up to 20 years for participating in a protest that turned violent as a “brutal act of repression.”

Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), issued a letter from Paris, where he is on a trip to build support for Cambodia’s democratic ambitions, to respond to public criticism of him on social media that he was an irresponsible leader for leaving the country on Tuesday, the same day that the CNRP activists were convicted.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

New Laws in Cambodia to Help Ruling Party in 2018 Election

FILE - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, delivering a speech in Phnom Penh in January.
FILE - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, delivering a speech in Phnom Penh in January.

Robert Carmichael
Cambodia’s ruling party suffered a dramatic drop in support during the country’s last election two years ago, and critics say lawmakers are now pushing through a spate of laws to ensure that does not happen again. In the past year, parliament has passed new regulations for the judiciary, elections, and non-governmental organizations, and more measures targeting trade unions and the Internet are on the way.

Border Committee Visits Northern Border Posts

Khmer Times/Pav Suy
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
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PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Secretary of state of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Long Visalo led a working group to a disputed area of the border with Vietnam in Tbong Khmum province yesterday, officials said. 

They declined, however, to provide details of the visit. However, Var Kim Hong – chairman of the Border Committee – discussed the border in the northern province in a July 14 meeting on demarcation.

He told the 400 government officials who attended the meeting that Cambodian farmers along the border in the province were “technically encroaching” on Vietnamese territory.

Rainsy praises bipartisanship despite sentences


Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen shake hands in front of the Senate on July 22 last year, after a meeting to end the political deadlock took place.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen shake hands in front of the Senate on July 22 last year, after a meeting to end the political deadlock took place. Heng Chivoan

Only days before 11 opposition activists were imprisoned on charges widely branded as politically motivated, Prime Minister Hun Sen personally warned Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy to keep his troops in line and raised the spectre of possible jail sentences.
In a text message sent four days ago, the prime minister warned his counterpart in the CNRP that the current political truce dubbed “the culture of dialogue” was at risk if he could not control his people, two sources with knowledge of the matter confirmed.

Protests over NGO law across country


Community members hold a banner during a protest against the controversial NGO law yesterday in Svay Rieng province.
Community members hold a banner during a protest against the controversial NGO law yesterday in Svay Rieng province. ADHOC
Hundreds of people across the country protested yesterday against the draft NGO law, as it was announced that the controversial legislation will go before the Senate on Friday.
Members of community groups and NGOs gathered in 13 provinces to call for the draft Law on Associations and Non Governmental Organisations (LANGO) to be transferred back to the National Assembly where it was approved amid an opposition boycott earlier this month.

Why we must depoliticise the minimum wage

Dear Editor,
Sam Rainsy on Sunday said he and his party supported demands for a $180 minimum wage and asked the unions to push for it.
Once a politician speaks, those not supporting him would say, “It’s a political move intended to gain popularity.”
It might be true! On what basis has Rainsy arrived at $180? A minimum-wage level set solely according to political motives would lead to an economic catastrophe.
On the government side, any figure that comes out of the Labour Advisory Committee (LAC), right or wrong, could always be criticised by the opposition party and those not supporting the government because the LAC is perceived to be dominated by the government, with 14 members being the government representatives and seven each being the employer and union representatives.

អ្នក​វិភាគ​ថា​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​អាច​នឹង​បរាជ័យ​ក្រោយ​ខួប​១​ឆ្នាំ​នៃ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នយោបាយ

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2015-07-22
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
ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥ គឺ​ជា​ខួប ១​ឆ្នាំ​នៃ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​បញ្ចប់​វិបត្តិ​នយោបាយ​រវាង​បក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ ទាំង​ពីរ។ កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នេះ គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​បាន​កំណត់​យក​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​ជា​ធំ ក្នុង​ការ​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ប្រទេស​ជាតិ។
កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ នោះ គឺ​ជា​ថ្ងៃ​ដែល​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ចំនួន ៧​រូប ត្រូវ​បាន​តុលាការ​ដោះ​លែង​ភ្លាមៗ​ចេញ​ពី​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃ​ស ក្រោយ​ពី​មាន​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នេះ។ ទោះ​បី​ជា​យ៉ាង​នេះ​ក្ដី វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​បាន​ជំនួស​មក​វិញ​ដោយ​វប្បធម៌​ចាប់​ចង នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។