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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Dentist Denies Defaming Government Spokesman

By and | September 16, 2014
The Cambodia Daily
 
Phnom Penh dentist Eng Lykuong, who alleges she was defrauded of $1 million by a Cambodia-based company, on Monday rejected government spokesman Phay Siphan’s accusation that she had attacked his reputation by revealing that he had acted on behalf of one of the defendants in the case, jailed Cambodian-American businessman Richer San.
Mr. San and Sichan Siv, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., stand accused alongside New York State Assemblyman William Nojay and Texan businessman Thomas Willems of conning Ms. Lykuong into investing in their company, Akra Agricultural Partners, by showcasing a number of phony business deals.
Mr. San was jailed pending trial on September 3 after ignoring a court summons to answer questions about the case. But prior to Mr. San’s arrest, Ms. Lykuong told the media that Mr. Siphan, a secretary of state at the Council of Ministers, had approached the court on his behalf.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Friday, Mr. Siphan said Ms. Lykuong’s comments were tantamount to defamation.
“The plaintiff has attacked my reputation and my honor, and I am not happy, because we must all be careful to respect people’s reputation and dignity,” he was quoted as saying.

Naga eyeing institute land


Workers from the neighbouring NagaCorp construction site demolish a section of wall at the Buddhist Institute in May
Workers from the neighbouring NagaCorp construction site demolish a section of wall at the Buddhist Institute in May. Heng Chivoan

NagaCorp, the parent company of Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino, has confirmed that it is eyeing land occupied by the Buddhist Institute for a new hotel development, a revelation that comes mere months after the government proclaimed in no uncertain terms that the institute was there to stay.
The expression of interest, made in a conference call with NagaCorp investors on August 7, confirms the suspicions of activist monks, but the government says no concrete proposal has come its way.

Testing for civil service on radar

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng yesterday called on government ministries to clean up their civil service entrance tests, which are widely perceived to be plagued by corruption, and pointed to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports drastic reform of this year’s grade 12 final exams as an example.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for students of the University of Human Resources, Kheng said the strict clampdown on cheating in the grade 12 exams – which resulted in abysmally low passing rates – could be a boon to human resources if implemented in the civil service as well.
Despite pockets of criticism for the grade 12 testing crackdown, Kheng said, "if we did not start [somewhere], we would never experience of any kind of reform, and this is a good start".

Money still owed in Global Fund scandal

The Ministry of Health still owes $83,053 to the Global Fund, the remaining portion of $473,300 in misused funds identified by the international donor body in a damning corruption investigation last year.
The results of the more than two-year-long probe were released publicly in November and uncovered significant corruption in two ministry institutions.
All remaining funds are owed by the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM), which was implicated in the most significant graft in the fund’s investigation, a fund spokesman said on Monday.

Soldiers sent to Areng post


Activists against the Stung Cheay Areng dam stand in front of police at a makeshift checkpoint in Koh Kong province
Activists against the Stung Cheay Areng dam stand in front of police at a makeshift checkpoint in Koh Kong province yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Soldiers have been stationed at the site of a roadblock that was manned by environmental activists protesting the planned Stung Cheay Areng dam in Koh Kong province.
Twelve Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) officers have been posted on the road at the entrance to the Areng Valley since security forces detained 11 activists on Monday.
Neng Van, RCAF commander in Thma Bang district, said the soldiers had been deployed to guard the road to stop the activists from blocking it again.
“We are guarding [the road] around the clock in order to maintain order and security there, and to avoid the road being blocked, which disturbs the villagers,” he said.

Factory walkout to kick off $177 drive


Garment workers hold placards in front of the Huey Chuen garment factory during a protest
Garment workers hold placards in front of the Huey Chuen garment factory during a protest yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. PHOTO SUPPLIED

More than 1,000 garment workers at a Phnom Penh factory entered their second day of striking yesterday, ahead of today’s start of global and national union campaigns to raise the minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector.
Workers at the Huey Chuen garment factory in Meanchey district began striking Monday, in opposition to the suspension of employee Heng Siheoun.
Huey Chuen’s administrative manager said Siheoun had come to work drunk and tried to force workers to protest, but Siheoun denies wrongdoing.

Last Kbal Thnal detainee freed

A year after security forces opened fire on a protest at the Kbal Thnal bridge in Phnom Penh, killing 29-year-old Mao Sok Chan, the last suspect charged for taking part in what the authorities said was a violent protest has been released.
Nguyen Thydoc was released shortly before 11am yesterday morning after spending a year in Prey Sar prison, his lawyer said.
He was found guilty of intentional violence and intentional destruction of property, along with two others arrested during the clash on September 15, 2013, and given a three-year sentence with two years suspended.

ការ​តស៊ូ​របស់​ក្រុម​តន្ត្រី​ជន​ពិការ

Cambodian Garment Workers in New Campaign For Wage Increase

2014-09-16
RFA
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Workers demonstrate for higher minimum wages in front of the Council of Ministers building in Phnom Penh on Dec. 30, 2013.
RFA
Garment workers in 300 factories across Cambodia are to launch a new campaign Wednesday to increase their monthly minimum wage to U.S. $177 from U.S. $100, union officials said.

A previous demand for a wage hike to U.S. $160 had been rejected by employers, who raised salaries to U.S. $100 from U.S. $80 this year.

On Wednesday, representatives from unions and non-governmental organizations will join workers in demonstrations outside factories during lunch break to highlight their demands for the wage increase.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Rights Groups Slam Impunity in Cambodia on Anniversary of Protest Death

2014-09-15
RFA
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Monks bless villagers ahead of their planned march to a Phnom Penh court to demand justice for Mao Sok Chan, Oct. 18, 2013.
RFA
One year after a Cambodian man was shot dead when police opened fire on opposition-led protests in the capital Phnom Penh, no one has been charged or convicted over his killing, local rights groups say, calling on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to end what they call the country’s culture of impunity.

The lack of a probe into Mao Sok Chan’s Sept. 15, 2013 killing “is a clear example of the way in which impunity continues to hinder the development of democracy in Cambodia,” the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said in a statement, also marking the United Nations’ International Day of Democracy.

Standoff, arrests in Areng

Koh Kong provincial authorities detained nine people, including the founder of a local environmental group established to protect the Areng Valley, for several hours yesterday after the activists blocked security forces from using an access road into the area.
As of press time, eight of the nine had been released, while Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, founder and president of NGO Mother Nature, which helps organises opposition to the construction of the planned Stung Cheay Areng hydropower dam in the valley, was unaccounted for.
Speaking shortly before he was detained by mixed security forces yesterday afternoon, Gonzalez-Davidson said the situation was “tense”.

Bridge death haunts family


Riot police retreat from civilians throwing projectiles during a violent clash on the Kbal Thnal overpass in Phnom Penh last September
Riot police retreat from civilians throwing projectiles during a violent clash on the Kbal Thnal overpass in Phnom Penh last September, during which a man was shot and killed. Pha Lina

While yesterday marked a year since the death of 29-year-old Mao Sok Chan – shot dead by security forces during clashes at a Phnom Penh bridge – his family is still waiting for justice.
Sok Chan’s mother, 57-year-old Tith Sang, told the Post that after a year of waiting, she remained in the dark about the truth behind her son’s death.
“I waited for the result of the authorities’ investigation … but until now, it has been hidden. The gunman has still not been found, while my son is dead. There is still no justice,” she said.
Sang added that she did “not believe” the government’s investigation would offer any “real justice” but hoped she would be proved wrong.

Plan to bring jungle beast back to the Kingdom


A Malaysian Indochinese tiger at a zoo in Kuala Lumpur
A Malaysian Indochinese tiger at a zoo in Kuala Lumpur. AFP

Wild tigers have not been seen in Cambodia for years, but – despite habitat degradation and financial hurdles – there are hopes the species could be reintroduced
Not seen in seven years, the Kingdom’s most famous predator could be set to return to the wilds.
Dry forests in the Eastern Plains and tropical rainforests in the Cardamom Mountains were once home to a multitude of species – from the wild kouprey to the Indochinese tiger.
But after decades of deforestation, much of the forest has now been stripped bare and experts believe the tiger to be “functionally extinct”.

Phnong rally in Mondulkiri


Ethnic minority villagers from Pech Chreada district hold placards during a demonstration in Mondulkiri
Ethnic minority villagers from Pech Chreada district hold placards during a demonstration in Mondulkiri to raise awareness about ongoing disputes with holders of economic land concessions. ADHOC

About 200 ethnic Phnong villagers gathered in Mondulkiri province’s Bousraa commune yesterday to protest against several companies that hold economic land concessions in the area, which they say are destroying their traditional livelihoods.
The villagers from Pech Chreada district accused the Kau Su Dak Lak Company and French-owned rubber giant Socfin of digging channels that blocked roads used by the villagers, cutting off access to a nearby forest where they harvest forest products.
The villagers also accused a company called LKL of firing on ethnic minority villagers on September 6 when they stopped to take a break from hunting in a community forest in the same district.

‘Settle land dispute or else’


Villagers from Banteay Meanchey’s Malai district sit opposite the National Assembly yesterday in Phnom Penh
Villagers from Banteay Meanchey’s Malai district sit opposite the National Assembly yesterday in Phnom Penh, where community representatives were delivering a letter addressing their concerns. Vireak Mai

The head of the National Assembly’s top human rights commission has warned Banteay Meanchey’s provincial governor to settle a land dispute involving 230 disabled soldiers’ families from the province’s Malai district, saying he will be sacked if the matter is not settled within three months.
After meeting representatives of the soldiers’ families, CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang, president of the Commission on Human Rights, Complaints and Investigation, said authorities had turned a blind eye to the dispute.
“If the provincial governor fails to settle this matter, we will summon him for questioning, and we will ask the government to sack him if necessary. If he does not respect the guidelines, how can we allow him to be the provincial governor?” said Eang.

បទ​វិភាគ៖ នយោបាយ "ឯង​ជួយ​អញ អញ​ជួយ​ឯង" របស់​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន

ដោយ ជី វិតា
2014-09-16
RFA
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦២០
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ថ្ងៃ​សម្ពោធ​បើក​ការដ្ឋាន​សាងសង់​ស្ពាន​អាកាស​ស្តុប​ទួលគោក រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី០៩ ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ ២០១៤។
RFA/Vann Vichar
នៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រព័ន្ធ​សភា​និយម​ដូចជា​កម្ពុជា សមាជិក​រដ្ឋសភា ឬ​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​មាន​តួនាទី​សំខាន់​ណាស់​ក្នុង​ការ​ការពារ​ផល​ប្រយោជន៍​ ជាតិ។ ដើម្បី​លើក​ទឹក​ចិត្ត​ដល់​អ្នក​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​អោយ​បំពេញ​បេសកកម្ម​នេះ រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ​ដែល​ជា​ច្បាប់​កំពូល​នៃ​ប្រទេស បាន​ផ្តល់​សិទ្ធិ​ពិសេស​ដល់​ពួក​គេ​ថែម​ទៀត។
សិទ្ធិ​ពិសេស​ទាំង​នោះ ហៅថា អភ័យ​ឯក​សិទ្ធិ ដែល​ការពារ​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​ពី​ការ​សម្លុត គំរាម​កំហែង ចោទ​ប្រកាន់ ឬ​ចាប់​ចង ដោយ​គ្រាន់​តែ​បាន​សម្ដែង​មតិ​យោបល់ ក្នុង​ការ​បំពេញ​តួនាទី​របស់​ខ្លួន​ជា​អ្នក​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ។

Cambodian Police Detain Activists Against China Dam Project

2014-09-15
RFA
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Activists set up a roadblock to prevent officials from visiting the Areng dam project in Koh Kong province, Sept. 15, 2014.
RFA
Authorities in Cambodia detained 11 environmental activists on Monday for allegedly blocking officials from visiting a proposed China-backed dam site in a southwest province.

Koh Kong provincial authorities rounded up the local activists, including Alejandro Gonzalez Davidson, the president of Mother Nature Cambodia, saying they blocked a road preventing provincial governor Phon Lyvirak and Chinese experts from visiting the Chhay Areng dam project site.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Why China won’t fill the void created by a diminishing US


Peter Cai
China Spectator

China is expected to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy within a decade. This historic transformation is taking place at a time when the prestige and power of the US is in decline, following its failed campaigns in the Middle East and the global financial crisis.
If America doesn't get its house in order and falters, what will the world look like? Is China, the emerging superpower and the most likely challenger to the US, likely to succeed Washington?
There has been endless speculation about what the world would look like after America’s decline. But few speak with the authority and experience of Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser to US president Jimmy Carter, who also played a key role in the official normalisation of the relationship with Red China.

First Cambodia-Australia Exchange Festival set for Greater Dandenong in November

Keysborough’s 28-year-old Kalyan Ky will see her dream of hosting an Australia-Cambodia t
Keysborough’s 28-year-old Kalyan Ky will see her dream of hosting an Australia-Cambodia trade exchange come to fruition later this year.
KALYAN Ky has spent seven years working on an initiative to drive economic growth and help end poverty in Cambodia — and it appears her hard work is finally paying off.
The 28-year-old Keysborough woman’s dream of hosting Greater Dandenong’s first annual Cambodia-Australia Exchange Festival is coming to fruition in November.
Born in a Cambodian refugee camp, Ms Ky was Greater Dandenong’s Young Achiever of the Year in 2011, is a member on the Southern Metro Regional Advisory council, and was last week named an Australia Day ambassador.

Vietnam's forgotten Cambodian war



The author, Nguyen Thanh Nhan, (kneeling second from left) at a Vietnamese military base inside Cambodia, 1985 Vietnamese veterans like Nguyen Thanh Nhan (Bottom, second from left) are still haunted by the war
On 30 April 1975, the last American helicopters beat an ignominious retreat from Saigon as the tanks of the North Vietnamese Army rumbled into the capital of defeated South Vietnam.
Victory over the US military is remembered each year in Vietnam as a triumph over foreign aggression in a war of national liberation.
Less celebrated is Vietnam's quiet retreat from its own deeply unpopular foreign war that ended 25 years ago this month. A war where Vietnamese troops, sent as saviours but soon seen as invaders, paid a steep price in lives and limbs during a gruelling decade-long guerilla conflict.
On the 25th anniversary of their withdrawal from Cambodia, Vietnamese veterans are still haunted by their memories of war with Pol Pot's army.

General arrested in Thailand


Kim Marintha sits handcuffed as authorities check his personal possessions near Poipet Town in Banteay Meanchey
Kim Marintha sits handcuffed as authorities check his personal possessions near Poipet Town in Banteay Meanchey on Saturday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

A senior military official wanted over the alleged double murder of his mistress and their daughter was charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after being arrested in Thailand on Saturday, according to Cambodia’s National Police.
Major General Kim Marintha, 57, fled the country to Thailand in February after being tipped off that a joint task force was searching for him in connection with the grisly killings, which investigators believe occurred at the headquarters of a bus company owned by Marintha.

Twenty-one staffers join Sokha team

A royal decree has assigned 21 officials to Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president Kem Sokha to advise and assist him in his role as National Assembly vice president.
Among those given positions are 14 personal advisers – of which two will rank as ministers and 12 as secretaries of state – while seven will be assigned as personal assistants.
Those named as personal advisors include Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community president Thach Setha and CNRP lawyer Choung Choungy.
Choungy said: “I’m still a lawyer to CNRP. My role as an advisor will include local politics, civil society relations and election affairs . . . We receive salary but I don’t how much I would get from this title.”

Scenes from a kangaroo court


Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Before the government launches fresh investigations into the actions of garment factory union leaders, it must address the shortcomings I observed in the last round of trials.
The clear violations of a right to a fair trial that took place during those proceedings left me troubled about the treatment of the accused and the state of the rule of law in Cambodia – a feeling that has since been aggravated by the recent passage of three “judicial reform laws” that infringe on the independence of the judiciary, in contravention of international standards and Cambodia’s constitution.

World Bank mulls new loans


A Boeung Kak lake community activist holds a letter addressing their concerns at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh
A Boeung Kak lake community activist holds a letter addressing their concerns at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh earlier this month. Eli Meixler

The World Bank is considering granting $25 million in fresh loans to Cambodia to fund social land concessions. If the project is approved, it could mark the bank’s first loans since it suspended lending in 2011 when it pledged no new funding until a resolution to the Boeung Kak lake dispute had been reached.
The project proposal, posted to the bank’s website in late August, came eight months after the US House of Representatives passed a spending bill in which it asked the bank not to “re-engage” with Cambodia until the political deadlock following the July 2013 election had been resolved.

លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន រិះគន់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​តុលាការ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​ថា​មិន​យុត្តិធម៌

ដោយ ជុន ច័ន្ទបុត្រ
2014-09-12
RFA
ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ៦១០
អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​នៃ​ទីស្ដីការ​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​កាសែត​នា​ទីស្ដីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៤ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/An Sithav
មន្ត្រី​នាំ​ពាក្យ​ទីស្ដីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី រិះគន់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​តុលាការ​កម្ពុជា ថា​ធ្វើ​ការ​មិន​ត្រឹមត្រូវ។ លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ដែល​ធ្លាប់​តែ​សរសើរ​គ្រប់​ម៉ាត់​ពី​ប្រព័ន្ធ​យុត្តិធម៌​នៅ​កម្ពុជា ឥឡូវ​នេះ​បែរ​ជា​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា តុលាការ​នេះ​មាន​ភាព​មិន​ប្រក្រតី បន្ទាប់​ពី​គូកន​របស់​លោក​ម្នាក់​ត្រូវ​តុលាការ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន ពី​បទ​បោកប្រាស់​លុយ ១​លាន​ដុល្លារ។
លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ផ្ទាល់​ក៏​ត្រូវ​បាន​ភាគី​ដើម​បណ្ដឹង​ចោទ​ថា មាន​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​នឹង​អំពើ​ឆបោក​ប្រាក់​នេះ​ដែរ។
បន្ទាប់​ពី​មាន​ការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់ លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ថា​បាន​រត់​ការ​ក្រោម​តុ​មិន​បាន​សម្រេច ហើយ​គូកន​របស់ លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ត្រូវ​បាន​តុលាការ​ចាប់​ឃុំ​ខ្លួន​មក លោក ផៃ ស៊ីផាន ក៏​នៅ​តែ​ចេញ​មុខ​អះអាង​ថា លោក សាន រីច្ឆឺ (San Richer) ជា​មនុស្ស​ស្អាតស្អំ។ លោក​ថែម​ទាំង​បាន​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា តុលាការ​កម្ពុជា ចាប់​ខ្លួន​មិត្តភ័ក្ដិ​របស់​លោក​ដោយ​ប្រញិបប្រញាប់​ពេក​ណាស់ ហើយ​មាន​ភាព​មិន​ប្រក្រតី​ទៀត​ផង។

Friday, 12 September 2014

Kissinger: Drones have killed more civilians than the bombing of Cambodia in the Vietnam War

The Truth-O-Meter Says:
Kissinger

"There were fewer civilian casualties in Cambodia than there have been from American drone attacks."

Henry Kissinger on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 in an interview on NPR

Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under President Richard Nixon and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been making the media rounds to talk about his latest book. He’s mainly been asked for his take on the present: the war zones of Iraq and eastern Ukraine. But on NPR, the past came up. Kissinger was asked to defend his support for the U.S. bombing campaign in Cambodia between 1969 and 1973.

VN spokesman ‘removed’


Buddhist monks hold a banner as they chant near the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh during a protest earlier this year to demand an apology from one of the embassy’s spokespeople
Buddhist monks hold a banner as they chant near the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh during a protest earlier this year to demand an apology from one of the embassy’s spokespeople. Hong Menea

Three months after he sparked street protests with controversial comments about the history of the former Kampuchea Krom provinces in the Mekong Delta, Vietnamese Em­bassy spokesman Trung Van Thong has been “removed” from his position, Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said yesterday.
But protest leaders were quick to speculate that he had simply reached the end of his official term and was being replaced according to procedure.
Whatever the case, the groups say the plan is to keep protesting until they receive a formal apology from Vietnam and recognition of the “true” history of the provinces, home to many ethnic Khmer known as Khmer Krom.

Refugees won’t stay clustered: official


Stretchers sit in tents as part of the accommodation area at the Nauru offshore refugee-processing facility
Stretchers sit in tents as part of the accommodation area at the Nauru offshore refugee-processing facility. DIBS

A senior immigration official has said refugees resettled in Cambodia from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Nauru will not be housed together and will be encouraged to seek work.
Despite Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison indicating on Wednesday that discussions had “hit a snag”, the negotiations are still ongoing, General Sok Phal, director general of the General Department of Immigration, told the Post yesterday.
If a deal is reached, the refugees will not be held, at least in the long term, in institutionalised accommodation, he said.

UNICEF slams street sweeps


Two children wait for a red light to sell their wares to commuters in Phnom Penh this year
Two children wait for a red light to sell their wares to commuters in Phnom Penh this year. UNICEF yesterday called for street sweeps to be halted, saying they violated children’s rights. Vireak Mai

Following the detention this week of homeless children as young as 1 year old at Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Speu vocational training centre, UNICEF yesterday called for an end to street sweeps and arbitrary detentions.
Three people rounded up on Sunday said in separate accounts this week that children were among those taken against their will to the facility, where they were locked in a single room with no toilet, little ventilation and no access to health care.
The doors were only unlocked when officials from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) arrived at the centre on Monday, allowing the 21 held there to return to the city.

ក្រុម​អ្នក​រិះគន់​អះអាង​ថា​ក្រុម​អ្នក​ប្រព្រឹត្តិ​អំពើ​ពុក​រលួយ​មាន​មន្ត្រី​គ្រាក់ៗ​ជួយ​ការពារ

ដោយ តាំង សារ៉ាដា
2014-09-12
RFA
តវ៉ា អង្គភាព​ប្រឆាំង​អំពើ​ពុករលួយ ៦១០
ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​នាំ​គ្នា​លើក​បដា​តវ៉ា​នៅ​ខាង​មុខ​អង្គភាព​ប្រឆាំង​អំពើ​ពុករលួយ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៩ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Mom Sophon
មជ្ឈដ្ឋាន​ជាច្រើន​រិះគន់​ថា អំពើ​ពុក​រលួយ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា ជា​ឋាន​សួគ៌​សម្រាប់​ក្រុម​អ្នក​រក​ស៊ី​ទុច្ចរិត ដោយ​មាន​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ការពារ​យ៉ាង​មាន​ប្រសិទ្ធភាព និង​ពី​ក្រុម​អ្នក​មាន​អំណាច​កំពូលៗ​ដែល​រក​ស៊ី​ហ៊ុន​គ្នា។ ក្រុម​អ្នក​រិះគន់​និយាយ​ថា ដើម្បី​បំបាត់​អំពើ​ពុក​រលួយ គួរ​ចាំបាច់​ត្រូវ​សម្អាត​ពី​ថ្នាក់​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​ក្នុង​ជួរ​ រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ជា​មុន។
អ្នក​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​បញ្ហា​សង្គម​នៅ​កម្ពុជា អោយ​ដឹង​ដែរ​ថា អំពើ​ពុក​រលួយ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា បាន​ជ្រួតជ្រាប​ជោកជាំ​តាំង​ពី​លើ​ក្បាល​ហៀរ​ដល់​កែង​ជើង តាំង​ពី​ព្រំដែន​ខាង​កើត ហៀរ​ដល់​ព្រំដែន​ខាង​លិច។
អ្នក​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​អំពី​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ​សង្គម លោក កែម ឡី អះអាង​ថា ច្បាប់​ប្រឆាំង​អំពើ​ពុក​រលួយ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា ប្រៀប​ដូចជា​ឧបករណ៍​មួយ​សម្រាប់​គំរាម ឬ​ចាប់​ក្រុម​មន្ត្រី​ទាំង​ឡាយ​ណា​ដែល​ធ្លាប់​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​អំពើ​ពុក​

Cambodian Activists Board Boats to Protest Dam Construction in Laos

2014-09-11
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Cambodian environmental activists protest a hydropower dam project aboard a boat in the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, Sept. 11, 2014.
RFA
A group of Cambodians on Thursday staged a protest on boats calling on neighboring Laos to halt the construction of the controversial Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River, saying the project would destroy fisheries central to the food security of millions of people and harm endangered dolphins.

Comprising about 100 community leaders, representatives of nongovernmental organization (NGO), youths and monks, they traveled along the Mekong River displaying banners calling on Malaysian engineering and construction firm Mega First to heed public opposition to the project and stop work on it.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Rounded up and held in squalor


A woman and her 1-year-old son sit in Daun Penh district
A woman and her 1-year-old son sit in Daun Penh district yesterday after they were allegedly taken to Prey Speu vocational training centre against their will. Heng Chivoan

Officials acknowledged for the first time yesterday that homeless people rounded up over the weekend – allegedly including a 1-year-old baby – were taken to Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Speu vocational training centre, where they were detained in squalid conditions for one night before escaping.
Three people told the Post in separate accounts yesterday that they were rounded up against their will on Sunday by the notorious Daun Penh district security guards and driven in a caged van to the remote facility, where they were locked in a single room with no toilet, little ventilation and no access to health care.

Separation anxiety



Sreypao wipes away tears yesterday in Phnom Penh as she explains how her child was taken from her by authorities
Sreypao wipes away tears yesterday in Phnom Penh as she explains how her child was taken from her by authorities. Hong Menea

No one will tell Sreypao where her 8-year-old son is.
The last time she saw him was almost two weeks ago, when he was playing along the riverside in Phnom Penh as she sold lotus flowers. She heard him scream, and then the boy, along with three others, was gone; taken, she said, by police.
Despite her pleas and protests, none of the city’s officials will reveal where they took the children, she told the Post.

Don’t blame me, official says


Boat race participants paddle along the river in Phnom Penh at the last Water Festival in 2010
Boat race participants paddle along the river in Phnom Penh at the last Water Festival in 2010. Sreng Meng Srun

The National and International Festivals Committee has ordered City Hall to start preparing the area along the river for the Water Festival in November, saying measures would be more stringent to ensure there is no repeat of the disastrous 2010 celebration, when a stampede killed 353 people.
Kong Sam Ol, minister of the Royal Palace and head of the organising committee, who went out of his way to prematurely absolve himself of any responsibility, said yesterday in a meeting with provincial officials that City Hall and the relevant ministries must clear the boats and stalls along the riverside for safety reasons.

NGOs call for open budget process

A group of NGOs yesterday called for more detailed information on national budgets to be made public before their approval, maintaining that the public had a right to know about and comment on the expenditures that would ultimately affect their day-to-day lives.
Tek Vannara, director of the umbrella group NGO Forum, said that citizens were too often told by politicians that they prioritised fields like health care and agriculture, only to find after the budget's passage that the lion's share of funding had gone to security and national defence.
In 2011, the government and the National Assembly offered a draft national budget to civil society

PM’s threat under microscope


Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) and opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha speak after negotiations at the Senate in Phnom Penh earlier this year
Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) and opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha speak after negotiations at the Senate in Phnom Penh earlier this year. Heng Chivoan

Political watchdogs yesterday hit out at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s threat on Tuesday to boot opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha out of the first deputy presidency of parliament.
They accused the premier of overstepping his executive bounds to stifle the legislative body and quash Sokha’s professed efforts to tackle ministerial-level corruption.
But other observers and analysts were quick to point out that pushing for such a dismissal was technically in line with Hun Sen’s rights as an elected parliamentarian.

ភិក្ខុ លួន សុវ៉ាត សុំ​ពន្យា​ពេល​ឆ្លើយ​បំភ្លឺ​នៅ​​តុលាការ​ក្រោម​បទ​ចោទ​ក្បត់​ជាតិ

ដោយ វោហារ ជាតិ
2014-09-11
RFA
លួនសុវ៉ាត៣០៥
ព្រះតេជព្រះគុណ លួន សុវ៉ាត ទទួល​ពាន​រង្វាន់ Hellman Hammett នៅ​សហ​រដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក កាល​ពី​ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១១។
Photo: RFA
សកម្មជន​សង្ឃ​ពុទ្ធសាសនា អ្នក​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិមនុស្ស​នៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា ព្រះតេជ​ព្រះគុណ លួន សុវ៉ាត បញ្ជាក់​​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី១១ កញ្ញា ថា ព្រះអង្គ​បាន​ដាក់ពាក្យ​សុំ​ពន្យារ​ពេល​ថ្ងៃ​ចូល​ខ្លួន​បំភ្លឺ​នៅ​តុលាការ ដើម្បីទៅ​ចូល​រួម​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​អន្តរជាតិ ស្ដី​អំពី​សាសនា​និង​សន្តិភាព​ពិភពលោក នៅ​ប្រទេស​កូរ៉េ​ខាង​ត្បូង (South Korea) ​ចាប់​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​១៥ រហូត​ដល់​ថ្ងៃ​២០ កញ្ញា ២០១៤។
ការបញ្ជាក់​នេះ​ធ្វើឡើង ចំ​ពេល​សាលា​ដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ បាន​ចេញ​ដីកា​កោះ​ហៅ​ព្រះអង្គ ឲ្យ​ចូល​បំភ្លឺ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៨ កញ្ញា ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​បទ​សង្ស័យ​មួយ​ចំនួន ដូចជា​បទ​ញុះញង់​ឲ្យ​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​បទឧក្រិដ្ឋ បទ​ក្បត់​ជាតិ និង​បទ​ប្រឆាំង​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត។

Environmental Group Blasts Forest Council For Certifying Tainted Vietnam Company

2014-09-10
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Workers harvest rubber in Cambodia, Jan. 18, 2012.
BIOSPHERE
Environmental advocacy group Global Witness on Wednesday criticized an international forest management council for giving recognition to a Vietnamese state-owned rubber company accused of grabbing land from villagers in Cambodia and Laos.

Global Witness said it was seeking clarification from the U.S.-based Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) over its recent decision to recertify the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) following its suspension in November 2013.

The FSC advocates responsible forest management around the world and assures consumers that products such as natural rubber come from plantations that adhere to certain social and environmental rules.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

PM tells CNRP’s Sokha to back off


Prime Minister Hun Sen had sharp words for opposition deputy Kem Sokha in a speech yesterday in Phnom Penh
Prime Minister Hun Sen had sharp words for opposition deputy Kem Sokha in a speech yesterday in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha yesterday that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party could easily remove him as first deputy president of parliament at any time – the first sign of brewing conflict between the pair since Sokha took the job late last month.
The threat came just days after Sokha promised a crowd of party members in Siem Reap that he would use the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s newfound power in the National Assembly – along with the help of a few CPP lawmakers – to summons and vote out long-serving and “corrupt” government ministers.

The ‘weak’ pillars of society

The judiciary and law enforcement agencies are Cambodia’s weakest institutions, while the country’s executive branch and civil society are its strongest, according to an expansive, landmark report released by Transparency International Cambodia (TI) yesterday.
The ambitious study, called the National Integrity System Assessment (NISA), spends 233 pages rating the “state of the governance system” by examining 13 institutions, or “pillars”, by way of expert interviews, the examination of data (mostly from 2012 and 2013), and an extensive literary and legal review.
However, even the country’s two highest-scoring pillars – civil society and the executive, with 48 and 43 points out of 100, respectively – failed to exceed a “moderate” ranking.