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Saturday, 23 May 2015

At home in Lowell


Tim Thou’s house is crowded with traditional Khmer dance costumes and props
Tim Thou’s house is crowded with traditional Khmer dance costumes and props. BRENT CRANE

In the small Massachusetts city of Lowell, about 20 per cent of residents are of Khmer descent. Over the past three decades, they’ve brought the food, arts and even the political frictions of their homeland to ‘Cambodia Town’
On a mild spring afternoon in Lowell, Massachusetts, a small working class city 50 kilometres northeast of Boston, a Mothers’ Day gathering is under way. Children bounce a basketball on the driveway past the legs of parents who sit in lawn chairs and gab jovially in Khmer.

High fashion's human cost


Workers making Armani jeans spend their shifts repeating minute tasks several hundred times
Workers making Armani Jeans spend their shifts repeating minute tasks several hundred times. Kimberley Mccosker

Despite a five-year-old ruling to install roof sprinklers, temperatures inside the Kin Tai Garment factory remain hotter than outside, and workers are resorting to desperate measures to keep from fainting
Giorgio Armani has built a world-renowned brand synonymous with high-end fashion, but in Cambodia the human cost of its clothing is evident at the source.
The Taiwanese-owned Kin Tai Garment factory, set back from a busy road in Phnom Penh’s Chak Angre commune, employs almost 600 mostly female workers to produce clothes for the Italian fashion house’s Armani Jeans line.

Gov’t spokesman urges ‘legal action’ for online ‘insults’

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan has formally called on the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Telecommunications to “take legal action” against people who use social media to attack civil servants and government leaders.
In a letter written yesterday in his capacity as permanent vice-chairman of the “Inter-Ministerial Working Group for Battlefield Information Coordination”, Siphan said he had recently noticed that “some individuals have used on social media disgusting and insulting words” to defame government officials.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Rohingya refugee crisis: finding a regional solution won't be easy

Opinion

Efforts to find a regional solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis will fail unless members of the international community such as Australia lend their full support, writes Trevor Wilson.
Seeking a regional solution for the problem of unauthorised arrivals by Rohingya in South-East Asia is a sensible approach for what has become a truly regional problem.
But a "regional solution" is not necessarily an easy goal to achieve; and it is probably not an easy matter for Australia to participate in finding an effective "solution".
The Rohingya are in reality a stateless people: they are not allowed to be citizens (as "Rohingya") in Myanmar, where most of them currently live, or in Bangladesh, where their ancestors came from.

Tony Abbott abdicates leadership on refugee crisis with negative new slogan

Political editor, The Age

Analysis

Comedians, politicians say 'nope' to Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott finds himself in hot water over his 'nope, nope, nope' remark on Thursday, which has sparked widespread criticism.
Tony Abbott has a new three-word slogan, crafted in response to appeals for Australia to resettle some of the thousands of refugees facing death in the Andaman Sea: "Nope, nope, nope."
Its fatal flaw is that it assumes the Bay of Bengal refugee crisis is identical to the one he faced when he came to power – and can be handled with the same unsustainable tool of deterrent and the same resort to simplistic "front door/back door" language. It can't.
The fatal flaw in the PM's latest slogan is that it assumes this refugee crisis is identical to the one he faced when he came to power. The fatal flaw in the PM's latest slogan is that it assumes this refugee crisis is identical to the one he faced when he came to power. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Refugee quartet OK’d for transfer


Cambodia has approved the transfer of four refugees from Australia who were previously housed on the Pacific island of Nauru to be resettled here under an agreement signed between the two countries last year.
General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, yesterday said the approval from Prime Minister Hun Sen had been received on Wednesday.
“We just received the approval yesterday from the government. The government agreed for them to formally move to Cambodia. One is from Myanmar and three are from Iran. One of the Iranians is a woman,” he said.

UN comments not welcome


Foreign Minister Hor Namhong (centre) talks to Claire van der Vaeren (left), UN resident coordinator for Cambodia, yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong (centre) talks to Claire van der Vaeren (left), UN resident coordinator for Cambodia, yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hong Menea

The UN should be seen and not heard, at least when it comes to Cambodia’s controversial draft NGO law, Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong said yesterday.
Taking public issue with comments about the legislation for the second time in as many days, Namhong strongly criticised four UN agencies for statements made on the subject, after calling their heads to a meeting at his office yesterday morning.
“There are no words allowing you to comment or criticise the royal government about the draft law, which is not under your mandate,” Namhong said.

Japan has tips for NEC


Members of the public search voter registration lists at a school in Phnom Penh during the national election in 2013.
Members of the public search voter registration lists at a school in Phnom Penh during the national election in 2013. Hong Menea

After a meeting with National Election Committee (NEC) officials yesterday, Japanese officials said they are prepared to assist Cambodia in completing and implementing new election legislation.
Following a session at the NEC’s headquarters in Phnom Penh, Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Yuji Kumamaru said that there are a few areas in which they will likely provide support.
Aspects of the draft NEC law where Kumamaru said Japan can help include voter registration,

ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស​​ព្រមាន​ទីភ្នាក់ងារ​អ.ស.ប​​​​រឿង​សេចក្ដី​ព្រាងច្បាប់​អង្គការ-​សមាគម

ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា
2015-05-21
RFA
ស៊ូប៊ែឌី ៦១០
លោក សុរិយា ស៊ូប៊ែឌី និង​អ្នកស្រី វ៉ាន់ ហ៊ាលី (Wan-Hea Lee) តំណាង​ការិយាល័យ​ឧត្ដម​ស្នងការ​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ ធ្វើ​សន្និសីទ​កាសែត​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​២៤ មិថុនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ ក្រោយ​បញ្ចប់​បេសកកម្ម។
RFA/Uon Chhin
រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស និង​សហប្រតិបត្តិការ​អន្តរជាតិ​កម្ពុជា ដាស់តឿន​តំណាង​ទីភ្នាក់ងារ​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ​ប្រចាំ​កម្ពុជា ចំនួន ៤​រូប ឲ្យ​បញ្ឈប់​ការ​រិះគន់​ទៅ​លើ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ទាក់ទង​នឹង​ការ​ធ្វើ​សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង ​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​សមាគម និង​អង្គការ​ក្រៅ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល។
ការ​ដាស់តឿន​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ក្នុង​ជំនួប​រវាង​លោក ហោ ណាំហុង រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស និង​តំណាង​ទីភ្នាក់ងារ​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ (អ.ស.ប) នា​ទីស្ដីការ​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ឧសភា។

សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​និង​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ប្រតិកម្ម​នឹង​ការ​បកស្រាយ​រឿង​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម

ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-05-21
RFA
វ៉ា គឹមហុង ហោ ណាំហុង ៦២០
ទេសរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន លោក វ៉ា គឹមហុង (ឆ្វេង) និង​ឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី និង​ជា​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស លោក ហោ ណាំហុង បក​ស្រាយ​ក្នុង​កម្មវិធី​តុ​មូល​ស្ដីពី​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម នា​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
Photo from YouTube
ការ​ខ្វែង​គំនិត​គ្នា​ជុំវិញ​ការ​កំណត់​ព្រំដែន​រវាង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា និង​ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម បាន​ផ្ទុះ​ឡើង​សា​ជា​ថ្មី​ឡើង​វិញ រវាង​អ្នក​ឃ្លាំមើល​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន និង​មន្ត្រី​ជំនាញ​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល។
អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល និង​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា រដ្ឋាភិបាល​នៅ​តែ​មាន​ភាព​លាក់លៀម​ជុំវិញ​ការ​កំណត់​បង្គោល​ព្រំដែន​នេះ ដែល​ជា​មូលហេតុ​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​កម្ពុជា ចេះតែ​បន្ត​បាត់បង់​បូរណភាព​ទឹកដី​ម្ដង​ហើយ​ម្ដង​ទៀត​ទៅ​វៀតណាម។

Cambodia Scolds UN Reps Over NGO Law Criticism

2015-05-21
RFA
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A coalition of NGOs holds a press conference denouncing draft laws that could hamper basic rights in Phnom Penh, Oct. 10, 2014.
RFA
Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Thursday warned a group of officials from the United Nations to end their criticism of a proposed law nongovernmental organizations say would restrict their work in the country if implemented, according to a ministry spokesman.

Hor Namhong met with the heads of four U.N. agencies after they recently expressed concerns over the Draft Law on the Association and the Non-Governmental Organization (LANGO) and told them to refrain from interfering in Cambodia’s internal affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Kuy Kuong told RFA’s Khmer Service.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Report Highlights Fears of Impending Cyber-Law in Cambodia

VOA
The Cambodian government is drafting laws to curb cyber-crime and govern telecommunications, but critics worry these laws will clamp down on the few opportunities for free speech in the country.
The Internet, social media and mobile devices have all allowed a space for expression that has been unprecedented in the country. Conversations about poverty, deforestation and land grabs are free from government control.
In a new report, Going Offline? The Threat to Cambodia’s Newfound Internet Freedom, the rights group Licadho says the new laws, if passed, would expand governmental authority into cyberspace and curb those freedoms, potentially by going after service providers.
“Freedom of expression is a right that many Cambodians have never truly experienced,” Am Sam Ath, technical coordinator for Licadho, said in the report. “It comes as no surprise that as soon as Cambodians found a way to have their voices heard, the government has begun a comprehensive effort to once again silence them.”

Families mourn victims of van crash


Relatives and community members pray
Relatives and community members pray yesterday during a funeral for a garment worker who was killed in a traffic accident in Svay Rieng province. Vireak Mai

Eighteen identical piles of food and drink sat next to 18 empty chairs at Svay pagoda yesterday morning. Each would soon be occupied by a relative of one of the people killed in Tuesday’s deadly crash just 15 kilometres away.
Before the ceremony to hand over the gifts of rice, noodles, tinned fish and water, two of the 18 killed would be cremated on the Svay Chrum district pagoda’s grounds.

Driver charged, goods investigated


Authorities seize goods yesterday from a bus in Svay Rieng after it was involved in a deadly traffic accident
Authorities seize goods yesterday from a bus in Svay Rieng after it was involved in a deadly traffic accident the previous day. Vireak Mai

The bus driver allegedly at fault in Tuesday’s fatal crash in Svay Rieng province was yesterday charged with death caused by reckless driving, as police opened an investigation into whether tonnes of goods found on the bus were illegally imported.
Le Vang Phing, 43, had been driving the bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh when the accident happened, after he attempted to overtake a sedan at high speed and ended up ploughing into an oncoming van loaded with commuting workers.

Vann too ‘busy’ for court date


Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Ho Vann leaves Prey Sar prison on bail
Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Ho Vann leaves Prey Sar prison on bail in July last year after he was detained by authorities for his involvement in a protest at Freedom Park that turned violent. Vireak Mai

Opposition lawmaker Ho Vann failed to show up in court yesterday, where he was summonsed for questioning over his alleged role in a demonstration that turned violent last July.
The Cambodia National Rescue Party MP for Phnom Penh said he was too busy to attend the hearing, citing “personal problems” that had prevented him from turning up.
“I have left this case for my lawyer, because I am busy. The next day I have some free time, I can go [to the court],” he explained.
Vann was arrested along with seven other CNRP lawmakers following the protest on July 15 aimed at opening the capital’s Freedom Park to the public.

Namhong lays into US ambassador on NGOs

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong has called out the US ambassador to Cambodia for the latter’s criticism of the Kingdom’s controversial draft law on NGOs.
Namhong wrote in a statement yesterday that his ministry was “dismayed” over an article written by Ambassador William Todd that criticised the proposed legislation.
“The words expressed by the foreign Ambassador to Cambodia are extremely insolent, even if he is a representative of a big country,” Namhong wrote.

Dear world: Don’t expect so much from ASEAN on the refugee crisis


Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Semdech Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong join hands as they pose for a photograph during the opening ceremony of the 25th ASEAN summit at the Myanmar Internati
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Semdech Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong join hands as they pose for a photograph during the opening ceremony of the 25th ASEAN summit at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw on November 12, 2014. AFP

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is not very popular at the moment.
Four of its members – Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia – are embroiled in a human rights scandal of biblical proportions. Travelling along maritime smuggling routes, thousands of Muslim Rohingya – fleeing western Myanmar – and Bangladeshi refugees have up until very recently been refused entry at regional ports or towed back out to sea amid a crackdown on human trafficking.

កម្ពុជា​មិន​ពេញ​ចិត្ត​នឹង​ការ​រិះគន់​របស់​ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក

ដោយ សិរីមុនី
2015-05-20
RFA
វីល្លៀម ថត ៦១០
ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​កម្ពុជា លោក វីល្លៀម ថត (William Todd) ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​យក​ព័ត៌មាន នា​ស្ថានទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៣ សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
RFA
កម្ពុជា​មិន​ពេញ​ចំពោះ​ការ​រិះគន់​របស់​ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក ​ប្រចាំ​នៅ​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ លោក វីល្លៀម ថត (William E. Todd) ជុំវិញ​សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​គ្រប់គ្រង​សមាគម អង្គការ​ក្រៅ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ជាតិ និង​អន្តរជាតិ ច្បាប់​គ្រប់គ្រង​សហជីព និង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​គ្រប់គ្រង​ទូរគមនាគមន៍ និង​អ៊ីនធឺណិត។​
​ក្រសួង​ការបរទេស និង​សហប្រតិបត្តិការ​អន្តរជាតិ​កម្ពុជា ថា បាន​ផ្ញើ​លិខិត​មួយ​ច្បាប់​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​ឧសភា ជូន​ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក លោក វីល្លៀម ថត ថា​មិន​គួរ​ព្រហើន​ហ៊ាន​លូកដៃ​ចូល​ក្នុង​កិច្ចការ​របស់​កម្ពុជា ឡើយ បើ​ទោះ​បី​លោក​តំណាង​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​មហា​អំណាច​ក៏ដោយ។

ចៅក្រម​ស៊ើបសួរ​សាលាដំបូង​បដិសេធ​មិន​ធ្វើ​សវនាការ​ជាមួយ​មេធាវី​លោក ហូរ វ៉ាន់

ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-05-20
RFA
ហូរ វ៉ាន់ ៦២០
ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​ទី​១០​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា និង​ជា​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក ហូរ វ៉ាន់ ក្នុង​កិច្ច​ពិភាក្សា​ជាមួយ​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ចាម កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​កុម្ភៈ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
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ចៅក្រម​ស៊ើបសួរ​នៃ​សាលា​ដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ បាន​បដិសេធ​ភ្លាមៗ មិន​​ធ្វើ​សវនាការ​ជាមួយ​មេធាវី​ដែល​តំណាង​ឲ្យ​ចុង​ចោទ គឺ​លោក ហូរ វ៉ាន់ អ្នក​តំណាងរាស្រ្ត​មណ្ឌល​ភ្នំពេញ របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្រ្គោះ​ជាតិ។ ការ​ច្រាន​ចោល​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ក្នុង​ពេល​លោក ហូរ វ៉ាន់ ត្រូវ​បាន​តុលាការ​កោះ​ហៅ​ឲ្យ​ចូល​ខ្លួន​បំភ្លឺ​ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត ជុំវិញ​សំណុំរឿង​ហិង្សា​នៅ​លើ​ស្ពាននាគ​ក្បែរ​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ កាល​ពី​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ កន្លង​ទៅ។

អ្នក​ថត​រូប​សត្រូវ​បដិវត្តន៍ (ភាគ១)

អ្នក​ថត​រូប​សត្រូវ​បដិវត្តន៍ (វគ្គ២)

អ្នកថតរូបសត្រូវបដិវត្តន៍ (វគ្គ ៣)

អ្នកថតរូបសត្រូវបដិវត្តន៍ (វគ្គ បញ្ចប់)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

WHO: Cambodia's Mental Health Services 'Critically Neglected'

Robert Carmichael
Cambodia has some of the world’s worst mental health statistics – largely due to the effects of Pol Pot’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime. Yet mental health services remain underfunded and – in the words of the World Health Organization – “critically neglected." There’s little sign of that changing in the near future, in part because few Cambodian students are interested in psychiatry as a career.
The psychiatric clinic at the government’s Khmer-Soviet Hospital in Phnom Penh is one of Cambodia’s busiest.
Fifteen years ago, said clinic director Yem Sobotra, it saw between 70 and 150 patients a day. When VOA visited in April, the daily average was 400.
With few mental health services in rural areas, where most Cambodians live, patients have to come to centers like this for treatment.
But with just 10 psychiatrists and as many nurses, most get just a few minutes before leaving with a bottle of pills.

Cambodia: Between China and the United States

Cambodia: Between China and the United States
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is facing two major strategic challenges: its collective unity and balancing between China and the United States as they compete for influence in the region. As an ASEAN member state, one of the major challenges for Cambodia’s current and future strategic situation is and will be the competition for influence between the United States and China. This strategic challenge will shape Cambodia’s current and future agenda for political reform, economic development, foreign policy, and national defense.

Hun Sen threatens to strip Kem Sokha of role


Opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha
Opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha speaks with supporters in Kampot province on Sunday, where he made comments about the CPP trying to divide CNRP leadership. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened to have opposition deputy leader Kem Sokha sacked from his position as National Assembly deputy president if he insists that the ruling party is trying to divide the opposition.
On Monday, Sokha gave a speech to a group of supporters in Kampot town where he said the Cambodian People’s Party was attempting to divide the Cambodia National Rescue Party ahead of the next election in 2018.
Hun Sen did not mention Sokha by name, but said “someone is trying to cause divisions. If he said that, he would be breaking the culture of dialogue. The culture of dialogue cannot be affected; it means that if we don’t harm them, they don’t harm us.

Asia: Stabilising and outperforming


Cambodian growth remains strong, driven by garment exports, real estate and construction.
Cambodian growth remains strong, driven by garment exports, real estate and construction. Vireak Mai

Asia and the Pacific are doing well, with the region expected to remain the world’s growth leader. This contrasts with the global economic landscape, where growth remains uneven against a backdrop of falling oil prices, sharp variations in exchange rates of major currencies, and potential market volatility.
While momentum in advanced economies has picked up, several major emerging markets have lost steam. In addition, the prospect of a new mediocre for the world economy lingers, with medium-term forecasts being marked down again and potential growth constrained.

CNRP activists’ trial begins


CNRP official Meach Sovannara waves to supporters at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court
CNRP official Meach Sovannara waves to supporters at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday morning where he attended the trial of five fellow opposition activists accused of leading an insurrection. Heng Chivoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday began the trial of five opposition activists charged with inciting an insurrection last year following the 2013 general election.
Judges and prosecutors grilled the opposition activists, claiming they knowingly entered Freedom Park despite it being closed at the time, and asked why they joined protests that had already turned violent at that point. Six other activists, including opposition information head Meach Sovannara, had their court appearances postponed until May 26.

Svay Rieng crash kills 18


People inspect the twisted wreckage of a van that was transporting garment workers in Svay Rieng province
People inspect the twisted wreckage of a van that was transporting garment workers in Svay Rieng province yesterday morning. Vireak Mai

It was a wonder any of the 39 workers packed into the minivan had survived.
The entire left side had been torn away by a speeding bus, and was now propped up with a bamboo pole. Inside, blood-stained shoes and a crushed lunchbox spewing scarlet-tinted rice served as a chilling illustration of a normal workday that turned to tragedy before it even started.

Senate body probes Licadho land claims

A Senate commission has started an investigation into land disputes in 11 provinces based on data provided to it by local rights group Licadho despite officials publicly denying the group’s findings at the time.
A February report by Licadho said there had been a surge in land disputes in 2014, affecting nearly 50,000 people.
In late March, the group released data that showed land concessions covering 2.1 million hectares had been handed out to mostly foreign-owned firms, and appealed to the government to publicly release its own data on economic land concessions.

បទសម្ភាស​ជាមួយ​លោក​មឿង​ សុន ក្រោយ​ពី​មាន​ការ​លើក​លែង​ទោស (ភាគ ១)

បទសម្ភាស​ជាមួយ​លោក​មឿង​ សុន ក្រោយ​ពី​មាន​ការ​លើក​លែង​ទោស (ភាគ បញ្ចប់)

លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ព្រមាន​ដក​តំណែង​លោក កឹម សុខា ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត

ដោយ ខែ សុណង
2015-05-19
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី កឹម សុខា និង​ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
ពី​ឆ្វេង៖ ​លោក កឹម សុខា លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ចាប់​ដៃ​គ្នា​ក្រោយ​ចេញ​ពី​ជំនួប​ប្រជុំ​កំពូល នា​វិមាន​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​រវាង​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ ហាក់​ដូច​ជា​ស្ថិត​នៅ​ក្នុង​ភាព​ស្រពេចស្រពិល​ និង​រង្គោះរង្គើ​នៅ​ឡើយ ត្បិត​តែ​ទំនាក់ទំនង​រវាង​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បង្ហាញ​ពី​ការ​ប្រើប្រាស់​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​ជា​ធំ​ក្នុង​ការ​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ ប្រទេស​ជាតិ​ក្ដី។ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន នៅ​តែ​បង្ហាញ​ការ​មិន​ពេញ​ចិត្ត​ទៅ​នឹង​សកម្មភាព​របស់​លោក កឹម សុខា ហើយ​ថែម​ទាំង​ព្រមាន​ដក​តួនាទី​លោក កឹម សុខា ម្ដង​ហើយ​ម្ដង​ទៀត​ទៅ​វិញ។
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​ផ្ញើ​សារ​ព្រមាន​ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត​ទៅ​ដៃគូ​សន្ទនា​របស់​លោក ដោយ​សំដៅ​ទៅ​លើ​លោក កឹម សុខា ថា កុំ​ឲ្យ​ដៀមដាម​រិះគន់ និង​ជេរ​ប្រមាថ​រូប​លោក​ត​ទៅ​ទៀត ព្រោះ​ថា សំឡេង​ឆ្នោត​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នៅ​សភា​មិន​អាច​គ្រប់​ចំនួន​ក្នុង​ការ​បោះឆ្នោត​អនុម័ត​ឲ្យ​លោក កឹម សុខា ជាប់​ជា​អនុ​ប្រធាន​ទី​១​សភា​នោះ​ទេ។

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Threatens to Strip Opposition MP of Parliament Role

2015-05-19
RFA
cambodia-kem-sokha-hun-sen-july-2014.jpg
Kem Sokha (third from L) and Hun Sen (second from R) shake hands in front of Sam Rainsy at the end of a meeting between the CNRP and CPP in Phnom Penh, July 22, 2014.
RFA
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday threatened to call a parliamentary vote to remove opposition party second-in-command Kem Sokha from his role as vice president of the country’s legislature if he continues to lob accusations at the ruling party.

Hun Sen warned that lawmakers from his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) could easily strip the vice president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of his title in the National Assembly, or parliament, as the ruling party controls a majority of seats in the legislature.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

All eyes on NGO law: US Ambassador Todd


Outgoing US Ambassador to Cambodia William Todd (right) speaks with Foreign Minister Hor Namhong
Outgoing US Ambassador to Cambodia William Todd (right) speaks with Foreign Minister Hor Namhong last year at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

In a strongly worded article, outgoing US Ambassador William Todd has called on the Cambodian government to properly consider controversial new legislation governing NGOs, trade unions and the internet, a call welcomed by civil society representatives yesterday.
In the piece, published on Sunday and written during an ongoing trade mission to the United States, Todd expressed his pleasure at the interest in Cambodia he has encountered from businesses there, but warned: “To take advantage of this interest, Cambodia must project an image that attracts foreign investment, technology and human resources.”

Exile officially ends for Angkor advocate

Cultural preservationist Moeung Sonn, who had been living in self-imposed exile since 2009, arrived back in Cambodia yesterday. He had fled disinformation charges arising from his complaints over proposed light installations at Angkor Wat.
“Not only I, but heritage conservation supporters . . . are all happy today,” Sonn told reporters upon arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport. “I will continue to do my job related to Khmer heritage conservation.”

Tigers, cobras wished on firm


Community members from Brame commune conduct a cursing ceremony in Preah Vihear province
Community members from Brame commune conduct a cursing ceremony in Preah Vihear province yesterday morning after being embroiled in a land dispute with a company since 2012. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Villagers at odds with Chinese plantation firms in Preah Vihear province yesterday morning held a ceremony to curse the companies for allegedly conspiring to evict them from their land since 2012.
The ethnic Kuoy community in Brame commune, Tbeng Meanchey district, lit candles and prayed for the company directors to be struck by lightning, bitten by cobras and eaten by tigers.
The villagers put a curse on “the people who destroyed our happiness through damaging our farms and forest and grabbing the land”, said village representative Nuon Mun, 63.

ពលរដ្ឋ​នៅ​ខេត្ត​ត្បូងឃ្មុំ​និង​ក្រុម​យុវជន​ស្នើ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​សើរើ​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម

ដោយ​ សូត សុខប្រាថ្នា
2015-05-19
RFA
ព្រំដែន ត្បូងឃ្មុំ ៦២០
ក្រុម​និស្សិត​មក​ពី​សកល​វិទ្យាល័យ​នានា​នៅ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ចុះ​ពិនិត្យ​ស្ថានភាព​ជាក់ស្ដែង​លើ​តំបន់​ដី​មាន​ជម្លោះ នៅ​ភូមិ​ជើង ឃុំ​ជាំ ស្រុក​មេមត់ ខេត្ត​ត្បូងឃ្មុំ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៧ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
RFA/Saut Sokprathna
ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​នៅ​ឃុំ​ជាំ ស្រុក​មេមត់ ខេត្ត​ត្បូងឃ្មុំ ដែល​មាន​បញ្ហា​ជម្លោះ​ដីធ្លី​ជា​មួយ​អាជ្ញាធរ​វៀតណាម រួម​នឹង​យុវជន​ជា​ច្រើន​នាក់​ ចង់​ឱ្យ​មានការ​ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ​សមាសភាព​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​ កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​ និង​សើរើ​​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​សា​ជា​ថ្មី។ ពួកគេ​យល់​ថា មន្ត្រី​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​ធ្វើ​ការងារ​ ព្រំដែន​កន្លង​មក គឺ​មិន​មាន​តម្លាភាព​ដែល​ធ្វើ​ឱ្យ​ពលរដ្ឋ​រងទុក្ខ។ ទោះ​ជា​យ៉ាង​ណា​ក៏ដោយ មន្ត្រី​អាជ្ញាធរ​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​​បញ្ជាក់​ថា ការ​ស្នើ​នោះ​គឺ​មិន​អាច​ទៅ​រួច​ទេ។

តុលាការ​បើក​សវនាការ​បន្ត​លើ​សំណុំ​រឿង​សកម្មជន​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​១១​នាក់

ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-05-19
RFA
មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា អ៊ុក ពេជ្រសំណាង ៦២០
លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា (ឆ្វេង) មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ និង​លោក អ៊ុក ពេជ្រសំណាង (ស្ដាំ) ​សកម្មជន​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ ពេល​នាំ​មក​ដល់​តុលាការ​កំពូល​នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី១១ មីនា ២០១៥។
RFA/Morm Moniroth
សាលា​ដំបូង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៩ ខែ​ឧសភា បើក​សវនាការ​បន្ត​លើ​សំណុំរឿង​មន្ត្រី​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក មាជ សុវណ្ណារ៉ា និង​សកម្មជន​បក្ស​នេះ ១០​នាក់​ផ្សេង​ទៀត។
សកម្មជន​ទាំង ១១​នាក់ បាន​ចូល​ស្ដាប់​សវនាការ​នៅ​ព្រឹក​នេះ។ ចំណែក​ឯ​នៅ​ខាង​ក្រៅ​តុលាការ​វិញ មាន​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​តិចតួច​បាន​មក​ចាំ​នៅ​ខាង​មុខ​តុលាការ។

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cambodia: Beyond the temples of Angkor Wat

ANGKOR WAT and SIEM REAP, Cambodia — “We do not have typhoons and earthquakes; instead we have floods and wars.”
Our 39-year-old Cambodian guide, Mr. Khin Po Thai, shared this during his introduction. He is intimately familiar with both. Born and raised in a floating village in the giant Tonlé Sap lake and river delta he bears the scars of a bullet wound and artillery shrapnel he acquired as a 17-year-old soldier.
Our one-hour flight from Saigon arrived in the afternoon at Siem Reap, a resort town in northern Cambodia that is the gateway to the famous ruins of Angkor. While our experience at customs was not especially friendly, on the other side of the terminal, we found a much warmer welcome from Thai, who said to just call him that – “even though I’m not.”

Mayaguez revisited 40 years on

Discrimination a fact of LGBTI life: group


Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community dance at an event last year during Pride Week in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district.
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community dance at an event last year during Pride Week in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district. Charlotte Pert

When Srorn Srun, founder of the human rights organisation CamASEAN, checked his Facebook account on Saturday, he found an upsetting, but not uncommon message. A transgender man in Kampong Thom province had written saying that he had just told his parents that he no longer wanted to live as a woman, and they had responded by beating him.

Rights group decries gov’t anti-net ‘arsenal’

As internet access spreads rapidly among the population, the “newfound space for free expression” is increasingly under government attack, local rights group Licadho said yesterday.
In its report, titled Going Offline? The Threat to Cambodia’s Newfound Internet Freedoms, Licadho says government efforts to monitor web content, backed by a “new legal arsenal”, are threatening what has become “an essential tool through which citizens can share information on the social and political issues that affect their lives”.

Fishing nets destroyed in Irrawaddy dolphin habitat


Authorities confiscate nets from local fishermen in Kratie province’s Sambor district
Authorities confiscate nets from local fishermen in Kratie province’s Sambor district over the weekend after they were being used to fish in a protected area. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Over 10,000 square metres of fishing nets discovered in a protected fishing area of Kratie’s Sambor district were seized and burned over the weekend in an effort to crack down on illegal fishing and protect the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.
As many as 17 joint forces – including Fishery Administration officials, local authorities, river rangers, soldiers and community members – worked together to untangle the huge expanse of nets on Friday and Saturday in the Sandan and Sambor communes of Sambor district.

Kem Sokha pushes for more judicial reforms


Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha
Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha meets with supporters during his visit to Kandal on Saturday, where he suggested that the ‘culture of dialogue’ should be used to push for judicial reforms. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha has called on Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy to use the recently forged “culture of dialogue” with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to push the government to reform the judiciary.
But a ruling party spokesman yesterday demanded that the CNRP leaders put forward specific changes they want to see made to the way the courts are run before accepting criticisms from their rivals.