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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Gov’t pares UN rights recommendations

Protesters and CNRP supporters sleep at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park late last year during mass demonstrations
Protesters and CNRP supporters sleep at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park late last year during mass demonstrations. Kara Fox

Cambodia has drastically reduced the amount of human rights recommendations it will implement as part of the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review, saying they were overly repetitive.
Cambodia was in January given 205 human rights recommendations from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which Cambodia controversially reduced to 163 in June. It has now cut them to 48.

ACU to make law to protect sources

The Anti-Corruption Unit is drafting a new law solely to protect whistleblowers reporting corruption in the Kingdom, ACU chief Om Yentieng revealed after an hours-long meeting with parliament’s anti-corruption commission yesterday.
Anti-corruption advocates in the NGO and private sectors have long pushed for strong whistleblower protections to be enshrined in a new access to information law or added to the existing anti-corruption law.

Bokor Mountain investigated

A general view from the top of Kampot province’s Bokor Mountain
A general view from the top of Kampot province’s Bokor Mountain. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is investigating claims that Vietnamese shrines may be encroaching on Cambodian cultural sites. Heng Chivoan

The culture and fine arts minister said yesterday that she will assign a team to investigate the alleged religious activities and living arrangements of Vietnamese nationals on Bokor Mountain, close to the border in Kampot province.
After appearing in front of the National Assembly commission that deals with religious affairs, the minister, Phoeung Sakuna, said concerns had been raised in the media about the number of Vietnamese people visiting the mountain to worship.

Lift ‘shroud of secrecy’ in refugee deal: NGOs

Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison signs the refugee deal with Cambodia at the Ministry of Interior in September
Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison signs the refugee deal with Cambodia at the Ministry of Interior in September. Heng Chivoan

A group of Cambodian NGOs once again expressed “deep concern” yesterday over the Kingdom’s controversial refugee deal with Australia and called for the “shroud of secrecy” surrounding the accord to be lifted.
The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), a coalition of 16 local NGOs, said in a statement that the “lack of transparency over this deal amounts to a fundamental breach of the democratic principles of good governance, respect for rule of law and due process.”

The KR trial must go on

Khieu Samphan sits in the courtroom at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in October
Khieu Samphan sits in the courtroom at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in October. AFP/ECCC

The evidentiary hearings of Case 002/02 before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia were originally scheduled to start on October 20. Following the continued nonparticipation of the Khieu Samphan defence, acting upon the instructions received by their client, the Trial Chamber decided on November 24 to adjourn the trial proceedings until January 8, 2015.
In its oral decision, the chamber noted that it “ha[d] no reasonable alternative’’ but to adjourn,

ការបង្កើតគណៈកម្មាធិការជាតិរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោត និងព្រឹត្តិការណ៍នយោបាយថ្មីៗចុ...

ការបង្កើតគណៈកម្មាធិការជាតិរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោត និងព្រឹត្តិការណ៍នយោបាយថ្មីៗចុ...

ការបង្កើតគណៈកម្មាធិការជាតិរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោត និងព្រឹត្តិការណ៍នយោបាយថ្មីៗចុ...

Cambodian Opposition Gets Final Approval to Broadcast Throughout Nation

2014-11-26
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Sam Rainsy (L) and Kem Sokha (R) speak with RFA in Phnom Penh, Nov. 26, 2014.
RFA
The Cambodian government has given the final nod to the main opposition party to operate a radio station and broadcast throughout the country as part of a deal reached in July, opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Wednesday.

The government agreed to grant television and radio station licenses to the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) as part of a July 22 pact that ended a standoff between the two parties following disputed 2013 elections.

“Today the government has given us the right to set up radio stations [in the provinces] to rebroadcast programs [originally aired by stations in the capital] Phnom Penh which are affiliated with the CNRP,” Sam Rainsy told RFA’s Khmer Service.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

New charges await Loun Sovath

Venerable Loun Sovath celebrates by throwing flower petals into the air at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court
Venerable Loun Sovath celebrates by throwing flower petals into the air at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday. Heng Chivoan

Prominent activist monk Venerable Loun Sovath is awaiting new charges after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court discovered grave technical errors involving his case during a trial that lawyers and NGO officials have called “bewildering”.
Sovath, an internationally recognised human rights defender, was originally charged with incitement to commit a felony for allegedly leading land-dispute victims in protests against government authorities.

City bids adieu to Sambo

Sambo the elephant is fed fruit at a Buddhist ceremony on the outskirts of Phnom Penh
Sambo the elephant is fed fruit at a Buddhist ceremony on the outskirts of Phnom Penh yesterday to mark her departure to greener pastures. Vireak Mai

One evening next week, after the sun goes down and the temperature cools, Cambodia’s most famous elephant will be quietly ushered into a modified shipping container.
A crane will then lift the container bearing the 3,600-kilogram pachyderm onto the back of a truck, and after 33 years in Phnom Penh, Sambo the elephant will travel north to Mondulkiri province to live out the rest of her days in the forests of an elephant sanctuary.
At a Buddhist ceremony yesterday to mark her imminent departure, the iconic animal – who spent years carrying tourists on her back as an attraction at Wat Phnom, to her physical detriment – was draped in a flower garland as monks chanted and her owner cried.

Montagnards viewed as test

Long Visalo (centre), secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaks about the Australian refugee deal this year in Phnom Penh
Long Visalo (centre), secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaks about the Australian refugee deal this year in Phnom Penh. Human Rights Watch says that if Montagnards in Cambodia are repatriated, it could violate Cambodia’s international obligations. Heng Chivoan

As Cambodia faces increasing scrutiny over its controversial refugee agreement with Australia, its response to a group of Montagnards seeking asylum from alleged persecution in Vietnam could prove to be a crucial test.
An ethnic Jarai villager, who asked not to be named, told the Post on Monday that 13 Montagnards are hiding in a forest in Ratanakkiri province. “A few of them were already jailed for between one and two months in Vietnam,” he said, explaining that the group had been persecuted over their Christian beliefs before fleeing to the Kingdom. “They are hiding in the forest in fear of arrest by the Vietnamese and Cambodian authorities.”

Recent rapid-fire sentences leave rights workers worried

Since the imprisonment of 11 activists after whirlwind trials earlier this month, several high-profile NGO workers have felt fear for their own freedom creep into their minds.
“Sometimes [the land activists] say that I will be next arrested,” said Ee Sarom, executive director at urban land-rights NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut. “More monks are being summonsed to court, [so] we’ll see what happens.”
Sarom is one of a number of local rights workers whose profiles have become very public due to their close work with land evictees.

Search widens in oknha killing

A policeman inspects bullet casings at the scene of the fatal shooting in Phnom Penh on Saturday
A policeman inspects bullet casings at the scene of the fatal shooting in Phnom Penh on Saturday. Hong Menea

Police yesterday said they were widening the search for the two men responsible for the fatal shooting of tycoon businessman Ung Meng Cheu on Saturday evening.
Kirt Chantharith, spokesman for the National Police, said police had divided the investigation into a number of parts so they could focus on all aspects of the Shimmex Group chairman’s personal and business affairs.
“We will focus on everything related to tycoon Meng Cheu, including where he has stayed, who he has contacted and any land disputes or business disputes he may have been involved in,” he said. “I cannot say exactly how far [our investigation] has come … but right now, we have a lot of relevant information.”

Judge Puts Off Cambodian Activist Monk’s Hearing on Technical Grounds

2014-11-25
RFA
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Activist monk Loun Sovath (C) leaves court after a judge suspends his hearing in Phnom Penh, Nov. 25, 2014.
RFA
A Cambodian court on Tuesday put off a hearing involving a prominent activist monk facing disputed charges of “incitement to commit felony” following criticism from civil society and rights groups.
Loun Sovath is accused of inciting and leading protests against the government by victims of land disputes in the Chi Kreng district of Siem Reap and Boeung Kak Lake in the capital Phnom Penh.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court cited an unspecified technical problem when it cancelled Loun Sovath’s hearing, and said it would be rescheduled at a future date.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Cambodian PM Defends Australia Refugee Deal

FILE - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) at Koh Pich island in Phnom Penh
FILE - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) at Koh Pich island in Phnom Penh
Ron Corben
VOA
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is trying to ease concerns over the social and economic costs of the country's plan with Australia to receive refugees. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch has called for the deal to be halted until Cambodia improves its refugee support system.
Hun Sen spoke out in defense of the refugee resettlement program in a letter he wrote last week to opposition politician Kem Sokha, the National Assembly’s first deputy president.
Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post newspaper published details of the letter Monday, reporting the prime minister defended Cambodia’s ability to host the refugees, saying some 85 asylum seekers in a 2009 program from countries including Pakistan, Sudan, Myanmar and Vietnam have already been resettled.

Cambodia-Born US Politician Joins Prison Protest

By and | November 24, 2014
The Cambodia Daily
 
Three weeks after becoming the first Cambodian-American legislator in the U.S., Rady Mom joined hundreds of protesters in Phnom Penh on Sunday to demand the release of 17 imprisoned activists, opposition figures and monks from Prey Sar prison.
Mr. Mom, 45, who was elected as a Massachusetts state representative in the November 4 U.S. midterm elections, arrived in Cambodia last week for a two-week visit to the country.
Dar Rachana, 12, protests outside Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison on Sunday while holding a poster of her grandmother, Nget Khun, who, along with six fellow activists from the Boeng Kak community, was sentenced to a year in prison on November 11. (Satoshi Takahashi)
Dar Rachana, 12, protests outside Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Sunday while holding a poster of her grandmother, Nget Khun, who, along with six fellow activists from the Boeng Kak community, was sentenced to a year in prison on November 11. (Satoshi Takahashi)
“I feel pity for my brothers and sisters,” a visibly upset Mr. Mom told some 200 protesters outside the maximum-security prison before passing the microphone to his spokesman, Khem Chantha.
“We call, through newspapers and the media, for the government to release our brothers and sisters,” Mr. Chantha told the crowd. “Their crimes are not really serious—blocking traffic is not a penal offense.”

Fire rips through Psar Chas

Monk to use court platform

An activist monk set to face trial today on widely disputed charges of incitement alongside a so-called “terrorist” leader vowed yesterday to use the hearing to preach to the judiciary.
Loun Sovath, an internationally celebrated human rights defender sometimes referred to as the “multimedia monk”, is charged with “incitement to commit a felony” for allegedly leading land-dispute victims to protest against the authorities.
Today’s case has been combined with one against Sourn Serey Ratha, leader of the dissident Khmer People Power Movement (KPPM), who faces additional charges of treason and obstructing electoral procedures.

CPP's election reform team waves off opposition boycott threat

Members of the public wait to cast their votes at a ballot station in Kampong Cham during the national elections
Members of the public wait to cast their votes at a ballot station in Kampong Cham during the national elections last year. Heng Chivoan

The Cambodian People’s Party’s top election reform negotiator has responded to threats from the opposition that it might consider walking out of the National Assembly if a new National Election Committee cannot be formed.
When asked about the prospect of a renewed opposition boycott of parliament yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin referred to a provision in the July 22 agreement between the two parties that specifies if a new NEC cannot be formed, then the old and much-maligned NEC will continue.

The impact of the ECCC

A teacher reads a book at a Khmer Rouge history training session at a school in Takeo town last year
A teacher reads a book at a Khmer Rouge history training session at a school in Takeo town last year. Kevin Ponniah

We have come a long way in forging a number of valuable instruments and policies to meet the challenge of responding to and punishing violence and mass atrocity. Recognising that the root causes of mass atrocities often stem from the inequalities between identity groups, we have put emphasis on the legal and governmental aspects of violence prevention. In terms of punishment as well, a variety of courts have been created to shed light on the atrocious acts of criminal regimes, and punish leaders who were most responsible.

រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​និង​ហិរញ្ញវត្ថុ ចូល​ឆ្លើយ​បំភ្លឺ​នៅ​សភា​អំពី​រឿង​ថវិកាជាតិ

ដោយ អាន ស៊ីថាវ
2014-11-24
RFA
រដ្ឋ​សភា ៦២០
រដ្ឋ​សភា​នៃ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា។ រូបថត​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១ កញ្ញា ២០១៤
RFA/Rann Samnang
រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​និង​ហិរញ្ញវត្ថុ លោក​ អូន ព័ន្ធមុនីរ័ត្ន បាន​ចូល​បំភ្លឺ​អំពី​រឿង​ថវិកាជាតិ​នៅ​សភា តាម​ការ​ស្នើសុំ​របស់​គណៈកម្មការ​ជំនាញ​ទី២។ សមាជិកសភា​មកពី​គណបក្ស​កាន់អំណាច​និង​គណបក្សប្រឆាំង មិន​មាន​ការជំទាស់ ឬ​ខ្វែងគំនិត​គ្នា​ឡើយ ហើយ​ច្បាប់​ថវិកាជាតិ​សម្រាប់​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥ នឹង​ត្រូវ​រដ្ឋសភា​អនុម័ត​នៅ​ចុងខែ​វិច្ឆិកា​នេះ។
តាម​គម្រោង​នៃ​គណៈកម្មការ​ជំនាញ​ទី​ពីរ​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា បាន​កំណត់​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៤​វិច្ឆិកា គឺជា​ការ​ឆ្លើយ​តប​

ភ្លើងឆេះផ្សារចាស់ រាជធានីភ្នំពេញ

Cambodian Opposition Lawmakers Threaten to Walk Out of Parliament

2014-11-24
RFA
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Kem Sokha in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, July 25, 2014.
RFA
Lawmakers from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) would consider boycotting parliament again if Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party continues to delay an agreement on electoral reform, according to CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha.
The two parties have reached a deadlock in talks on forging an agreement to shake up the country’s election body, the National Election Committee (NEC), after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) imposed various conditions denying independent officials a seat in the panel, according to sources.

Thirteen Ethnic Montagnards from Vietnam Seek Refugee Status in Cambodia

2014-11-24
RFA
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A map shows the border between Cambodia's Ratanakiri province and Vietnam's Gia Lai province.
RFA
More than a dozen ethnic Montagnards are hiding in the jungles of northeastern Cambodia after fleeing alleged religious persecution across the border in Vietnam, a member of a hill tribe living in the area said Monday.

The 13 Christian Montagnards, who crossed into Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province from Vietnam’s neighboring Gia Lai province, are seeking protection from the United Nations’ refugee agency to resettle in a third country, the ethnic Charai tribe member told RFA’s Khmer Service on condition of anonymity.

Monday, 24 November 2014

NEC reform through CPP eyes

Australia: Reconsider Nauru Refugee Transfers to Cambodia

Extortion, Discrimination, Abuse Await Those Resettled Under Australian Deal
November 20, 2014
Human Rights Watch 
“The Australian government shouldn’t make the refugees in Nauru suffer further by dumping them in a place unable to adequately resettle or reintegrate them. Cambodia should fix its faulty refugee protection and support services frameworks before accepting any refugees from Nauru, and the Australian government should insist on that.”
Elaine Pearson, Australia director
(Sydney) –The Australian government should press Cambodian authorities to implement key reforms to improve treatment of refugees in Cambodia before transferring any refugees from Nauru, Human Rights Watch said today.

Jailed at 75: Veteran campaigner leads Cambodia eviction battle

PHNOM PENH - Street vendor-turned-rights activist Nget Khun, known locally as "Mommy", is a leading figure in Cambodians' fight against forced evictions. And at 75, she's just been jailed for a year. 
Nget Khun (R), known locally as "Mommy", holds lotus flowers in front of police officials during a protest in Phnom Penh on September 6, 2013
"Keep struggling to save our home!" the feisty septuagenarian told her daughter Eng Sokha during a recent visit to prison, where stress and loss of appetite weighs heavily on the veteran campaigner.
Activists say the sentencing of Mommy and several other women from her Boeung Kak Lake community on trumped-up charges is the latest wave of repression against land rights activists.

NEC reform through CPP eyes

As the deal with the opposition that ended the post-election deadlock earlier this year looks increasingly shaky, a ruling party negotiator gives an insider’s view


On July 22, the ruling and opposition parties agreed to create a new National Election Committee made up of four members selected by each party and one “consensus” candidate”.

But negotiations on a new NEC law to regulate this institution have stalled in recent weeks, with observers accusing the Cambodian People’s Party of not being genuinely committed to the process and using the courts to intimidate the opposition.
CPP negotiator and Interior Ministry Secretary of State Prum Sokha sat down with Post Weekend to talk about his party’s position.
Did the CPP only agree to a new National Election Committee in order to reach a political deal with the CNRP?

Oknha brutally killed

Police and members of the public look at numbered bullet shells at the scene of a fatal shooting in Phnom Penh
Police and members of the public look at numbered bullet shells at the scene of a fatal shooting in Phnom Penh on Saturday evening. Hong Menea

A tycoon was shot dead outside a Phnom Penh fruit shop on Saturday evening in a brutal attack captured on a surveillance camera.
Ung Meng Cheu, who held the royally bestowed title “oknha”, was gunned down after pulling up in his Lexus and stepping out onto Sihanouk Boulevard near the Olympic Stadium at about 7:15pm, police and witnesses said.
The businessman, believed to be about 40, was the chairman of the Shimmex Group, a conglomerate that includes construction, jewellery and import-export companies.

Refugee deal not risky: PM

Tents serve as accommodation for refugees at Australia’s offshore processing facility in the Republic of Nauru in 2012
Tents serve as accommodation for refugees at Australia’s offshore processing facility in the Republic of Nauru in 2012. DIBP

Prime Minister Hun Sen attempted last week to alleviate the fears of National Assembly First Deputy President Kem Sokha about the social and economic costs of Cambodia’s controversial refugee deal with Australia.
In a letter signed on November 17 and obtained by the Post yesterday, the premier told Sokha that the deal to resettle refugees processed in Australian detention centres on the Pacific island of Nauru was made “in a spirit of strengthening friendship and cooperation with Australia”.

Expert urges gov’t to save site

Machinery used to excavate clay sits near a storage building in Siem Reap province this month
Machinery used to excavate clay sits near a storage building in Siem Reap province this month. An archaeologist has called for the government to protect an ancient Angkorian-era canal from local industries. PHOTO SUPPLIED

An archaeologist is pleading the government to save an Angkorian-era canal before the work of brick makers completely erases the site.
Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the 120-kilometre stone channel was used to transport building materials from a quarry to Angkor Wat, according to archaeologist Thuy Chanthourn, deputy director of the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts.

"The Gate" director: ‘The film is part of my communist trilogy’

A still from "The Gate", which tells the story of a Frenchman imprisoned by Khmer Rouge cadres
A still from "The Gate", which tells the story of a Frenchman imprisoned by Khmer Rouge cadres. PHOTO SUPPLIED

French director Régis Wargnier described his new film, The Gate, as the concluding part of his “communist utopia trilogy,” ahead of the Cambodian premiere in Phnom Penh last night.
Wargnier said the trilogy began 22 years ago with his Academy Award-winning 1992 film Indochine, a love story set against the backdrop of colonial Vietnam from the 1930s to the 1950s.
The Gate, which screened at Aeon Mall’s Major Cineplex last night, is a semifictional dramatisation of the memoir of anthropologist François Bizot, who was captured by the Khmer Rouge in 1971.

Political judiciary versus an independent judiciary in Cambodia

Monks, activists and supporters take part in a protest at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison
Monks, activists and supporters take part in a protest at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison earlier this week to demand the release of 17 imprisoned activists, monks and opposition members. Vireak Mai

It is a surprise to no one that the judiciary in Cambodia is not an independent and impartial body. However, the recent wave of politically motivated arrests and speedy trials cannot pass unnoticed.
Over the past week, more than 15 people, including Meach Sovannara and Tep Narin of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), land rights activists and monks have been arrested, tried and convicted in a series of hurried and unfair trials. This crackdown on dissent is

គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ព្រំដែន​ឆ្លើយតប​នឹង​សំណើ​បំភ្លឺ​រឿង​ព្រំ​ដែន​តំបន់​ដាក់ដាំ

ដោយ សុ ជីវី
2014-11-22
RFA
វ៉ា គឹមហុង ៣០៥
១៤-កុម្ភៈ-២០១២៖ ទេសរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន និង​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​ព្រំដែន​គោក​កម្ពុជា លោក វ៉ា គឹមហុង ធ្វើ​សន្និសីទ​កាសែត នា​ទីក្រុង​បាងកក ប្រទេស​ថៃ។
RFA
មន្ត្រី​ជាន់ខ្ពស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​សរសេរ​លិខិត​ឆ្លើយ​បំភ្លឺ បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​នៅ​ច្រក​ដាក់ដាំ​ទៅ​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ជំនួស​អោយ​ការ​ចូល​ទៅ​បំភ្លឺ​ក្នុង​សភា​របស់​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី។ ការ​ឆ្លើយ​តប​នេះ​បែប​នេះ គឺ​ខុស​ពី​សំណើ​របស់​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ដែល​ចង់​អោយ លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ចូល​ទៅ​បំភ្លឺ​ក្នុង​សភា។
តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ​ចាត់​ទុក​ការ​ឆ្លើយ​តប​នេះ​ថា​ ជា​ការ​ឆ្លើយ​យក​រួច​ខ្លួន និង​ថា​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ពុំ​មាន​បំណង​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ការពារ​បូរណភាព​ទឹកដី​ឡើយ។

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
cambodia-hun-sen-parliament-aug-2014.jpg
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.