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Sunday, 23 November 2014

ដំណើរ​ការ​បង្កើត​គ.ជ.ប​ថ្មី​របស់​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ (វគ្គ១)

ដំណើរ​ការ​បង្កើត​គ.ជ.ប​ថ្មី​របស់​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ (វគ្គបញ្ចប់)

សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ថា​គម្រោង​រក​អភ័យ​ឯកសិទ្ធិ​សភា​ឲ្យ​លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា នឹង​ជួប​ឧបសគ្គ

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-11-22
RFA
មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា ៦២០
រូប​ថត​លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា ក្នុង​ហ្វ្រូហ្វាល(Profile) ហ្វេសប៊ុក (Facebook) ផ្ទាល់​ខ្លួន​របស់​គាត់។
Photo Courtesy of Meach Sovannara
សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល និង​អ្នក​ច្បាប់​លើក​ឡើង​ថា គម្រោង​របស់​មេ​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ដែល​ចង់​ស្វែងរក​អភ័យ​ឯកសិទ្ធិ​សភា​ឲ្យ លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា នោះ នឹង​ត្រូវ​ជួប​ឧបសគ្គ។
ប្រតិកម្ម​បែប​នេះ កើត​ឡើង​បន្ទាប់​ពី​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក សម រង្ស៉ី ប្រកាស​ថា គណបក្ស​នឹង​រក​មធ្យោបាយ​ផ្តល់​អភ័យ​ឯកសិទ្ធិ​ជា​អ្នក​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​ជូន លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា ដែល​កំពុង​ជាប់​ពន្ធនាគារ​នោះ អាច​មាន​សេរីភាព​ឡើង​វិញ។

Friday, 21 November 2014

PM defends judiciary

Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech during a presentation ceremony at the National Institute of Education
Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech during a presentation ceremony at the National Institute of Education yesterday morning. Heng Chivoan

Wading into the debate for the first time, Prime Minister Hun Sen dismissed allegations yesterday that the recent arrests of land activists, monks and opposition members were politically motivated, and said there is nothing he can do to secure the detainees’ release from prison.
Following days of criticism over the judiciary’s alleged lack of independence, the premier warned critics to “be careful with their words”.
Speaking to hundreds of students at a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education, Hun Sen said that while July marked the end of the country’s political deadlock, it did not put an end to the judiciary’s authority.

‘Realistic’ NEC expectations urged

A man casts his vote at a Kampong Cham polling station last year during the national elections
A man casts his vote at a Kampong Cham polling station last year during the national elections. Heng Chivoan

A member of the ruling party’s election-reform negotiating team has told the Post that expectations of the depth of reforms that can actually occur before the 2017 commune and 2018 national elections need to be “realistic”.
Prum Sokha, a secretary of state at the Interior Ministry, said that a revamped National Election Committee would not mean that its administration and processes would be completely overhauled.
“Some [people], they think that the new NEC or the new [NEC] law, it means that everything will be [made] new by abolishing the existing mechanism, the existing administration. I say that no, you can’t change that,” he said in an interview Wednesday.

Cambodia scores low on global giving index

A study released by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation puts Cambodia close to the bottom of the world in terms of the charity of its citizens, despite Southeast Asia being cited as the world’s strongest performing sub-region.
According to the World Giving Index, which ranks countries on the extent to which their citizens help the needy, Cambodia was ranked 108th out of 136 nations in the world – by far the lowest in Southeast Asia, where Thailand was ranked 21st and Myanmar tied with the United States for first place.
The high ranking of Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar was attributed to the influence of Theravada Buddhism, which “translates into a strong culture of charity”, the report read.

European diplomats concerned by arrests

European diplomats called on Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday to express their concerns about the recent spate of activists' arrests, with the minister reportedly saying that he believed a one-year sentence speedily handed down to seven Boeung Kak lake protesters last week was rather “heavy”.
EU Ambassador Jean-François Cautain said that he and representatives of six European nations “raised our concerns to [Deputy Prime Minister] Sar Kheng on the slow pace of the negotiations on the electoral reform and the recent wave of arrests”.
Regarding the arrests, Cautain said that the ambassadors told Kheng they “shared the view” of UN rights envoy Surya Subedi, who on Tuesday said the courts were being used as “a tool of the executive”.

បទ​វិភាគ៖ តើ​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន មាន​ឥទ្ធិពល​លើ​ប្រព័ន្ធ​តុលាការ​ឬ​ទេ?

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-11-21
RFA
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦២០
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម នា​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៦ តុលា ២០១៤។
RFA/An Sithav
ស្ថានការណ៍​នយោបាយ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​ឡើង​កម្ដៅ​សាជាថ្មី បន្ទាប់​ពី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​អ្នក​នយោបាយ សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី និង​ព្រះសង្ឃ​ជាង ១០​នាក់​និង​អង្គ ដាក់​គុក​រួច​មក។ បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល និង​តំណាង​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ​ផង​នោះ រិះគន់​ថា រដ្ឋាភិបាល លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ប្រើប្រាស់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​តុលាការ​ជា​ឧបករណ៍​នយោបាយ។
ជា​ការ​ឆ្លើយ​តប នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​វិច្ឆិកា លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ព្រមាន​កុំ​ឲ្យ​ភ្ជាប់​រូប​លោក​ទៅ​នឹង​ការ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​មនុស្ស​ក្នុង​សំណុំ​ រឿង​ព្រហ្មទណ្ឌ។ លោក​អះអាង​ថា លោក​មិន​មាន​ឥទ្ធិពល​ជ្រៀតជ្រែក​លើ​កិច្ចការ​តុលាការ​ឡើយ។

តំណាងរាស្រ្តបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិជួបសកម្មជនដីធ្លីនៅគុកព្រៃស

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Says No Political Motive Behind Recent Arrests

2014-11-20
RFA
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This handout photo taken and released on Aug. 8, 2014 by the Cambodia National Assembly shows Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) speaking at parliament in Phnom Penh.
AFP PHOTO / Cambodia National Assembly
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday lashed out at critics who claimed that the recent arrests of four opposition officials for their alleged roles in a violent protest were politically motivated, saying they had committed criminal acts and must be tried according to law.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations’ envoy on human rights in Cambodia have slammed the arrests as a tactic by Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to gain leverage in negotiations over electoral reforms.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Cambodia: UN expert voices concern over judicial independence amid ‘arbitrary’ arrests

Cambodia’s landless: a community in the coastal town of Sihanoukville has been forced to live in a ditch after their homes were burnt down by a land developer. Photo: IRIN/Rebecca Murray
 
18 November 2014 – The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today urged the Southeast Asian country’s Government to respect the independence of its judiciary after a recent series of arrests and immediate convictions of land activists and opposition party members.
“It saddens me to see the courts being used again and again as a tool of the executive,” UN Special Rapporteur, Surya Subedi, told reporters in Geneva today. “Since I took up this mandate as the Special Rapporteur, I have seen this happen in Cambodia countless times.”
According to Mr. Subedi’s office, the past week has seen the detention and swift sentencing in mass trials of eleven activists accused of taking part in non-violent protests.

Refugee settlement in Cambodia 'a dodgy deal', says Sarah Hanson-Young

Rights groups express concern over country’s record of sending refugees to countries where they face persecution
Sarah Hanson-Young
Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young speaks during an interview in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photograph: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has lambasted Australia’s $40m refugee resettlement programme with Cambodia as “bribe money” to get the southeast Asian nation to “do the dirty work that [Australia] doesn’t want to do itself”, and says the deal should be called off.
“There’s no future here,” the senator told the Phnom Penh Post during a week-long ‘fact-finding mission’ in Cambodia regarding the deal. “Before long, [refugee] families might be on the move again.”

Mother, toddler victims of acid

The victim of an acid attack receives treatment at Kiri Vong District Referral Hospital in Takeo province
The victim of an acid attack receives treatment at Kiri Vong District Referral Hospital in Takeo province yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

A mother and her 2-year-old daughter were seriously injured in an acid attack yesterday morning in Takeo province’s Kiri Vong district, the third such attack this year and first since July.
Police are currently on the lookout for the brother-sister duo who allegedly doused the pair in acid over an unspecified business dispute, a departure from historical motives for attacks such as jealousy.
According to district police officer Koam Sotha, the woman’s husband was also injured in the scuffle, but was not hit by any acid.

Parliament questions Angkor revenue

Tourists wander through Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap earlier this year
Tourists wander through Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap earlier this year. Hong Menea

In a three-hour meeting yesterday, lawmakers grilled Minister of Tourism Thong Kong about the lack of transparency surrounding ticket sales to the Angkor Archaeological Park and the amount shared with Cambodia’s national budget.
About 30 parliamentarians and senior members of the ministry met at the National Assembly at the request of Nhem Ponharith, an opposition MP who chairs the Assembly’s commission of education, religious affairs, culture and tourism.

Groups want Vietnam border treaty scrapped

A group of 15 civil society organisations yesterday sent open letters to all 123 members of the National Assembly asking them to help get a controversial 2005 supplemental border treaty with Vietnam cancelled.
Rong Chhun, a unionist part of the Cambodian Watchdog Council, said yesterday that the treaty had caused Cambodia to lose territory to Vietnam.
Chhun recently led a delegation to the border in Svay Rieng province’s Romduol district.
“We found many small border marker posts planted in our territory. It is contrary to what Prime

Foreign Ministry strikes back at Subedi remarks

Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong yesterday defended the independence of Cambodia’s judiciary following concerns raised by a UN official about the whirlwind imprisonment of 11 activists arrested for protesting last week.
Kuong accused Surya Subedi, the UN's special rapporteur for human rights, of making a habit of wrongly characterising normal court decisions as rights violations, following a statement Subedi released Tuesday.
“Professor Subedi has always urged Cambodia to follow the rule of law and for the judiciary to be independent,” Kuong told reporters. “But every time the court does its work, [Subedi] condemns it as a human rights or freedom of speech violation.”

A better Cambodia for children

Cambodia still needs to do more to better the lives of children
Cambodia still needs to do more to better the lives of children, including improved sanitation and nutrition. UNICEF

All children have one thing in common: their rights. The right to life, health, education, protection and play are all fundamental children’s rights that were acknowledged for the first time on a global scale 25 years ago, with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In this document, the world agreed to protect the rights of our children: the next generation of parents and leaders.

ព្រះសង្ឃនិងសកម្មជនសិទ្ធិដីធ្លីដាក់ញត្តិជូនស្ថានទូត

បទ​វិភាគ៖ មូលហេតុ​នៃ​ការ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​សកម្មជន​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី​និង​ព្រះសង្ឃ

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2014-11-20
RFA
កឹម សុខា ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
អនុ​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក កឹម សុខា (ឆ្វេង) ចាប់​ដៃ​ជាមួយ​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន នា​វិមាន​ព្រឹទ្ធ​សភា ក្រោយ​ជំនួប​ចរចា​កំពូល​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ កក្កដា ២០១៤។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
ការ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​សកម្មជន​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ ព្រះសង្ឃ និង​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ​បាន​ច្រាន​ចោល​មិន​ទទួល​ខុស​ត្រូវ​ទៅ​វិញ​ទៅ​ មក។
គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ចាត់​ទុក​ការ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី ព្រះសង្ឃ និង​សកម្មជន​របស់​ខ្លួន​នោះ ថា​ជា​សកម្មភាព​ដែល​រំលោភ​ទៅ​លើ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​បញ្ចប់​វិបត្តិ​នយោបាយ​កាល ​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ កក្កដា។ តែ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា បាន​ច្រាន​ចោល​ការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​នេះ។
តើ​រូបភាព​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​ដែល​កក្រើក​ឡើង​វិញ​នៅ​ពេល​នេះ គឺ​ជា​យុទ្ធសាស្ត្រ​វាយ​ផង ចរចា​ផង ឬ​យ៉ាង​ណា?
ល្បែង​វាយ​ផង ចរចា​ផង​នេះ ត្រូវ​អ្នក​នយោបាយ​ខ្មែរ​ទាំង​ពីរ​ក្រុម យក​មក​ប្រើប្រាស់​ជា​ញឹកញយ។

Cambodian Parliament Panel Chief Questions Management of Angkor Wat Revenue

2014-11-19
RFA
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Cambodia's Minister of Tourism Thong Khun (L) speaks to reporters after a meeting in Phnom Penh to discuss ticket revenue at the Angkor Wat temple complex, Nov. 19, 2014.
RFA
A parliamentary commission leader wants Cambodia’s tourism ministry to manage revenue generated by the country’s iconic Angkor Wat temple complex, amid concerns that the government is losing money by retaining a private company to oversee ticket sales.
“I request that his excellency [Tourism Minister Thong Khun] manage tickets for tourists who visit Angkor Wat,” Yem Ponhearith, chairman of the Commission on Education, Youth, Sport, Religious Affairs, Culture and Tourism said after a closed-door meeting on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Cambodia's government uses courts to silence critics: U.N. rapporteur

GENEVA Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:10am EST

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives before voting at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh August 26, 2014.   REUTERS/Samrang Pring
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives before voting at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh August 26, 2014.
Credit: Reuters/Samrang Pring

(Reuters) - Cambodia's government is using the country's judiciary to silence opposition parties and other critics of its policies, a United Nations investigator said on Tuesday.
Nepalese-born barrister and academic Surya Sabedi, said the situation was highlighted by a recent series of arrests that were promptly followed by mass trials and convictions for participation in peaceful protests.
Cambodian officials in Geneva were not immediately available to comment.
"It saddens me to see the courts being used again and again as a tool of the executive," Sabedi said.
"Those who seek to exercise fundamental freedoms can be arrested, charged and swiftly convicted on little or no material grounds," he said.

Survivor of fatal SR club fire describes panic

A Cambodian police officer walks into a burnt-out nightclub in Siem Reap province
A Cambodian police officer walks into a burnt-out nightclub in Siem Reap province yesterday during an investigation into the cause of the blaze. AFP

A deadly blaze ripped through a popular Siem Reap nightclub in the early hours of Tuesday morning, killing four Cambodians and an Australian and leaving two seriously injured, Siem Reap deputy governor So Platong said yesterday.
The Hip Hop Club, located on Hospital Street near the Old Market, caught fire at about 2:40am. Ten fire department vehicles battled the blaze for an hour and a half.

Refugee deal under the microscope

Visiting Aussie senator decries ‘mad’ deal

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha (centre) talks with Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha (centre) talks with Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young yesterday at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh. Pha Lina

An Australian senator visiting Cambodia has slammed her government for “taking extreme advantage” of the Kingdom by offering an extra $35 million in aid in exchange for allowing Australia to resettle unwanted refugees here.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young from the Australian Greens Party said she is on a “fact-finding mission” to investigate what life could be like for refugees processed in detention centres on the island of Nauru if they choose to move to Cambodia.

Justice Ministry says hands tied in CNRP arrests

Despite opposition party hopes to the contrary, the Ministry of Justice yesterday rejected the idea that it could intervene in the court system to release Meach Sovannara, a Cambodia National Rescue Party official jailed last week.
According to ministry spokesman Kem Santepheap, a letter from CNRP president Sam Rainsy asking Interior Minister Sar Kheng to help release Sovannara had been forwarded on to the Ministry of Justice.

Cambodia ranks 14th in prevalence of ‘slavery': index

Cambodian fishermen arrive in Phnom Penh last year after being repatriated from East Timor
Cambodian fishermen arrive in Phnom Penh last year after being repatriated from East Timor, where they escaped from slave-like conditions aboard a Thai trawler. Vireak Mai

More than 155,000 people in Cambodia are living as modern “slaves”, according to a global index released this week.
The Global Slavery Index 2014, released on Monday by Australia-based NGO Walk Free Foundation (WFF), ranks Cambodia 14th out of 167 countries for the prevalence of slavery, with an estimated 155,800 people enslaved, or 1.03 per cent of the population.

ក្រសួង​យុត្តិធម៌​បដិសេធ​សំណើ​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី សុំ​ដោះ​លែង​លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2014-11-18
RFA
ក្រសួង​យុត្តិធម៌ ៣០៥
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UN Official Exhorts Cambodian Government to Adhere to Judicial Independence

2014-11-18
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Surya Subedi, the United Nations human rights envoy to Cambodia, speaks to the media during a press conference in Phnom Penh, Jan. 16, 2014.
AFP
A United Nations’ envoy on Thursday urged Cambodia’s government to respect the law and principle of judicial independence, as he expressed regret over the arrests and convictions of nearly a dozen land activists last week.
In a statement, Surya Subedi, the U.N.’s special envoy on human rights in Cambodia, also called on the country’s judiciary to exercise its authority independently of external forces.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Government Defends Series of Recent Arrests

By | November 17, 2014 
The Cambodia Daily
 
In the face of growing criticism over the arrests of 15 activists and opposition figures last week, the government has released a statement defending their detention and emphasizing its commitment to “fighting impunity.”
Ten female land rights activists, three Buddhist monks and two opposition CNRP figures were arrested between Monday and Thursday last week for participating in or planning to join protests. In a pair of snap decisions, 11 of the 15 were tried, convicted and sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and are now serving one-year jail terms.
Protesters and journalists gather outside Prey Sar prison yesterday during a demonstration calling for the release of activists, monks and opposition CNRP figures detained in a spate of arrests last week. (John Vink)
Protesters and journalists gather outside Prey Sar prison yesterday during a demonstration calling for the release of activists, monks and opposition CNRP figures detained in a spate of arrests last week. (John Vink)
The statement—dated November 14 and penned by Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan —says the government is “committed to strengthening the rule of law” and would not give in to calls to release the activists.

Parties of a dual mind

Members from the Cambodian People’s Party (left) and the Cambodian National Rescue Party attend a meeting at the National Assembly
Members from the Cambodian People’s Party (left) and the Cambodian National Rescue Party attend a meeting at the National Assembly yesterday to discuss an NEC draft law. Vireak Mai

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party yesterday said its insistence that dual citizens be barred as members of a revamped National Election Committee was not targeting rights activist Pung Chhiv Kek specifically, with one official improbably claiming the party was unaware Kek held any citizenship other than Cambodian.
Soon after the July 22 political agreement between the CPP and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party that stipulated the new NEC would be made up of four members chosen by each party and one “consensus” candidate, Kek, president of rights group Licadho, was approved by both parties as the ninth member.

Three statue heads unearthed

A statue head is hoisted into the air at Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Meanchey province
A statue head is hoisted into the air at Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Meanchey province after it was unearthed over the weekend. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Three Angkorian-era statue heads were found under more than half a metre of soil last week at Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Meanchey province.
The massive heads were unearthed between Friday and Sunday during a government-sponsored renovation of the temple, said preservation official Mao Sy.
“Three [heads] were found. Two are intact, but one was broken in the head and mouth,” Sy said, adding that the statues came from the end of the 12th-century reign of Jayavarman VII.
Sy estimated the statues’ heads fell off their bodies several decades ago and were buried by layers of earth brought in by floods.

Borei Keila tycoon faces setback

Traffic passes a shut-down construction site in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district
Traffic passes a shut-down construction site in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district yesterday where authorities detained construction workers on Sunday after the construction was deemed unauthorised. Vireak Mai

Businesswoman Suy Sophan – who is usually subjected to angry demands for her to finish building flats she owes Borei Keila evictees – has this time been ordered to cease building on a site elsewhere in the capital.
Authorities on Sunday briefly detained four construction workers from Sophan’s Phan Imex company and shut down their unauthorised building site in Tuol Kork district, Pang Lida, district deputy governor, said.

Ultimatum for KRT defence

Former Khmer Rouge president Khieu Samphan
Former Khmer Rouge president Khieu Samphan attends the opening statements of Case 002/02 yesterday in Phnom Penh at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. ECCC

The trial chamber of the Khmer Rouge tribunal issued an ultimatum to defendant Khieu Samphan yesterday: Instruct your counsel, by 4:30 this afternoon, to end their boycott of Case 002/02, or face the consequences.
Alone in court yesterday, Samphan reiterated his team’s position that it is impossible for them to fully participate in hearings in Case 002/02 while simultaneously preparing their appeal in Case 002/01, which ended in August with both defendants sentenced to life in prison.

In relics case, justice takes time

Authorities and monks gather around a golden urn from Oudong Mountain
Authorities and monks gather around a golden urn from Oudong Mountain and other seized items at a police station in Kandal province in February. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The speed at which 11 people – 10 land activists and a monk – were sentenced to one year in prison last week shows just how fast the justice system in Cambodia can work.
It also stands in stark contrast to the large number of cases that involve long periods of pre-trial detention, including ones where the involvement of suspects remains unclear.
At Kandal prison, Sieng Chamrouen, 35, has been making regular visits to her father, Sieng Sarin, one of four security guards arrested along with a villager when a golden urn containing the ashes of the Buddha was stolen from Oudong Mountain in December.

លោក កឹម សុខា សួរ​សុខទុក្ខ លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា

Monday, 17 November 2014

The slow demise of Hun Sen’s greatest CPP rival

Senate President Chea Sim and Prime Minister Hun Sen share a laugh outside the Cambodian People’s Party headquarters in 1999.
Senate President Chea Sim and Prime Minister Hun Sen share a laugh outside the Cambodian People’s Party headquarters in 1999. AFP

Senate President Chea Sim turns 83 today. Once the only rival to the prime minister’s power, his role is increasingly ‘symbolic’, with the premier assuming even his role as head of the Cambodian People’s Party
In June, at formal celebrations marking the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Cambodian People’s Party, party president Chea Sim was – as has increasingly been the norm – nowhere in sight.
As honorary president Heng Samrin and vice-president Hun Sen released doves into the sky, the image of the CPP’s leadership triumvirate, which stares down at Cambodians from billboards across the country, was incomplete.
Elderly, sick and housebound, the man that in theory leads the ruling CPP has for years taken a backseat on the political stage, even as his party has repeatedly sought to play down his health problems.

‘We need answers’: sister

French lawyer Morgan Bescou
French lawyer Morgan Bescou (second right) sits with members of Ophélie Begnis’s family during a press conference at the FCC in Phnom Penh on Saturday. Heng Chivoan

The family of the murdered 25-year-old French tourist Ophélie Begnis, whose mutilated body was found on a Kampot riverbank in February 2013, came to Cambodia last week to urge the authorities to give the case a second look.
In July this year, the case’s sole suspect, Belgian citizen Olivier van Den Bogaert, 42, left Cambodia for his home country after spending a year in prison.

Protest held at Prey Sar in support of detainees

Hundreds of people gathered yesterday morning in front of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison to demand the release of 17 incarcerated activists, monks and opposition members.
The detainees include 10 land activists, three monks and four members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. Fifteen of them were arrested, charged or convicted last week amid a wave of action that observers and rights groups have dubbed a deliberate attempt to apply pressure on dissenters.
Yorm Bopha, a prominent member of the Boeung Kak community, said the arrests prove that “people’s right to live with dignity and freedom of assembly in the Kingdom is being removed by the government”.

House feud at KR site

A man stands at the site of Ta Mok’s house in Oddar Meanchey in September
A man stands at the site of Ta Mok’s house in Oddar Meanchey in September. The government says it will take action against small clusters of unapproved housing being built near the historic site. Shane Worrell

Authorities in Oddar Meanchey province have threatened action against people who have built houses on protected land around the former home of late Khmer Rouge commander Ta Mok.
Seang Soheng, director of Anlong Veng town’s tourism department, said yesterday that people had cleared and were now living on parts of the 417-hectare tourist site that has Mok’s house as its centrepiece.

Khmer Krom look to France

Children take part in a protest at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison
Children take part in a protest at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison yesterday that saw hundreds of people gather to demand the release of 17 imprisoned activists, monks and opposition members. Vireak Mai

Thach Setha, the president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community, says he is planning to lead a group to an unlikely destination: France, the country he accuses of illegally handing over Kampuchea Krom to the Vietnamese in 1949.
But Setha isn’t interested in touring the Riviera or exploring medieval cathedrals.
Rather, he plans to visit French archives in the hope of obtaining colonial-era documents that would be used to force Vietnam to apologise for a spokesman’s remark that southern Vietnam had been Vietnamese – and not Cambodian – land for many centuries.

New members named for top judicial council

King Norodom Sihamoni officially appointed new members to the judicial body that oversees the Kingdom’s judges and prosecutors last week, following the passing of a controversial law earlier this year outlining its organisation and functioning.
According to a Royal Decree that was signed Thursday by the King, in addition to the three permanent members – Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana, President of the Supreme Court Dit Munty, and Prosecutor General of the Supreme Court Chea Leang – eight prosecutors and judges have been appointed to the Supreme Council of the Magistracy (SCM).

តើមានអំពើពុករលួយនៅក្នុងស្ថាប័នសភាជាតិឬទេ? (វគ្គ ១)

តើមានអំពើពុករលួយនៅក្នុងស្ថាប័នសភាជាតិឬទេ? (វគ្គ ២)

តើមានអំពើពុករលួយនៅក្នុងស្ថាប័នសភាជាតិឬទេ? (វគ្គ បញ្ចប់)