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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Cambodia preventing 13 Vietnamese 'Montagnards' seeking asylum

Cambodia preventing 13 Vietnamese 'Montagnards' seeking asylum
file photo

Cambodia have are preventing indigenous "Montagnard" ethnic minority from seeking asylum and have prevented UN officials from accessing them, fearing for their health.

World Bulletin / News Desk
 Local authorities in Cambodia are preventing 13 members of a Vietnamese ethnic minority from going to the capital Phnom Penh to claim asylum as refugees, despite an accord with the government and the United Nations, U.N. agencies said on Friday.
The U.N. refugee agency and U.N. human rights office voiced concerns about the safety and deteriorating health of the 13, who they said have been hiding in the Cambodian jungle for seven weeks, fearing arrest and deportation to Vietnam.

Cambodia: ‘Substantial grounds’ to believe Montagnards may be in danger, UN warns

Montagnard refugees in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: UNHCR/A. Wahjanto
19 December 2014 – The United Nations agencies responsible for human rights and refugees are voicing concern today over the health and well-being of 13 Vietnamese Montagnards who have been hiding in the Cambodian jungle for more than seven weeks with no access to assistance or protection.
Briefing the press in Geneva, UN officials from the agencies said that the Montagnards are believed to be in north-eastern Cambodia’s Ratanakiri Province. Faced with an “extremely precarious” situation, they are reportedly suffering from various physical ailments, including dengue fever and malaria.

Sebastian Strangio’s book on Hun Sen’s Cambodia lays bare the mirage on the Mekong

Sebastian Strangio's book Hun Sen's Cambodia lays bare the mirage on the Mekong
Cambodia’s longest-serving prime minister Hun Sen at a polling station in Kandal province during the general election last year, showing the indelible ink on his finger that is used to indicate that he has cast his vote. Kimlong Meng / Demotix / Corbis

Montagnards, UN finally meet

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Two Montagnard men are pictured in their jungle encampment late last month in Ratanakkiri. PHOTO SUPPLIED

A group of eight Montagnard asylum seekers, hiding in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district since fleeing Vietnam in November, walked out of the jungle this morning to meet with UN officials sent to check on their condition, a rights group said.
The group, which has claimed religious persecution in their home country, has been playing a game of cat and mouse with local authorities for weeks.

Camera traps reveal rare wildlife living in Virachey’s ‘paper park’

Conservationists hope that evidence of the wildlife living in Virachey National Park will improve funding for anti-poaching patrols.
Conservationists hope that evidence of the wildlife living in Virachey National Park will improve funding for anti-poaching patrols. GREG MCCANN

For the first time ever in Virachey National Park, conservation NGO HabitatID has captured photos of the stumped-tail macaque. “The local villagers said they were there, but the NGOs had never photographed  them, so there was no official record of them living in Virachey,” said Greg McCann, field director at HabitatID.
Through their camera-trapping project, the NGO aims to use photos of rare animals to convince larger organisations to provide more resources – such as rangers – for neglected National Parks, starting with Virachey.

A shadowy sport of blood, money and feathers

Cockfighter Phearum bathes his gamecocks in rice wine every day.
Cockfighter Phearum bathes his gamecocks in rice wine every day. Heng Chivoan

Despite being technically illegal, cockfighting remains a common past-time in the Kingdom, with participants lured by the excitement, cash and glory
Standing around a dusty ring in Kampong Speu province, a hundred voices yell back and forth, haggling over bets and odds. Savvy gamblers, competing with the din of the crowd, lob questions at trainers as to their fighters’ history and provenance.

A creative collective shaped by adversity

Hour Seyha works on a canvas inside his hut.
Hour Seyha works on a canvas inside his hut. Charlotte Pert

Rescued from modern-day slavery in Thailand as teens, the Romcheik 5 artists are now thriving
The four artists who make up the Romcheik 5 collective live and work in a series of wooden huts down a dirt track on the road out of Battambang. They spend their days painting, playing football and doing their best to make sure the resident toddler – the son of one of the artists – stays out of harm’s way.

Gov’t announces new labour migration roadmap

Commemorating International Migrants Day yesterday, the government launched its second Labour Migration Policy, outlining new targets to regulate the Kingdom’s migrant workforce, while also noting that more than a third of its first such plan didn’t accomplish much.
Approximately a quarter of Cambodia’s adult population migrates for work, according to government figures. Among the slim but increasing fraction of migrants who travel internationally, the vast majority pass through irregular and poorly monitored channels.


Cambodian Parliament Votes to Create House Minority Leader Post

Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), addresses reporters at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh, Dec. 19, 2014.
Cambodia’s parliament unanimously voted on Friday to amend the constitution to elevate the country’s opposition party leader to a legislative rank on par with Prime Minister Hun Sen, in a move the opposition said would end the “culture of revenge” and animosity among lawmakers.
National Assembly (parliament) lawmakers voted to allow opposition Cambodia National Rescue

Montagnards Emerge From Cambodian Jungle to Meet UN Team

Part of the group of Montagnards meet with members of the United Nations and Cambodia's immigration department in Ratanakiri province, Dec. 20, 2014. Their faces have been blurred to conceal their identities.
Thirteen ethnic Montagnards have emerged from the jungles of Cambodia, where they hid for more than seven weeks after entering the country from Vietnam to flee alleged persecution, the United Nations and local authorities said Saturday.
The group had concealed themselves in a remote area of northeastern Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province to avoid being forced by local authorities to return home, while maintaining contact with the U.N. and rights groups.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Fear, anger in Battambang

People provide information to medical workers
People provide information to medical workers yesterday as they prepare to take HIV tests in Battambang’s Sangke district. Heng Chivoan

An allegedly unlicensed doctor was taken into police custody yesterday as anger escalated in response to 106 people testing positive for HIV in Battambang’s Sangke district.
As the grim reality of the infections began sinking in, villagers made threats to kill a “famous” doctor they allege administered injections to at least 30 people in the area. Those who have tested positive for HIV are aged between 3 and 82 years old and include monks.

EU funding to the Kingdom rises threefold

The European Union’s delegation to Cambodia will almost triple its funding to the Kingdom over the next five years because the bloc’s aid policy has shifted its focus to least developed countries.
Jean-François Cautain, ambassador for the European Union’s delegation to Cambodia, announced the EU would inject $510 million into Cambodia between 2014 and 2020, compared with $189 million between 2007 and 2013.
“The European Union decided in 2013 to refocus its assistance funding on least developing countries … in order to assist them in getting out of the poverty trap,” Cautain said. “There’s the same [overall amount], just fewer countries.”

Top monks push for new rules on voting

A monk places his vote at a ballot station in Phnom Penh
A monk places his vote at a ballot station in Phnom Penh during last year’s national election. Hong Menea

The great supreme patriarchs of Cambodia’s two Buddhist sects yesterday urged the government to enact a legal “procedure” that would not only forbid monks from participating in political activities, but would also forbid them from exercising their right to vote.
At the 23rd National Monk Congress at Chaktomuk Hall yesterday, Great Supreme Patriarch Bour Kry, of the Dhammayuttika sect, and Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong, of the Mohanikaya sect, said such a regulation would help improve the practice of Buddhism.

Study: Cambodian kids more likely to emigrate

Cambodian children and youth are more likely to migrate for work than those in Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, according to a new research study by World Vision.
Approximately 20 per cent of 869 Cambodian children and youth (aged 12-25) surveyed by the NGO in border areas had travelled for work, compared to 19 per cent for Laos, 11 per cent for Myanmar and just 9 per cent for Vietnam.
The study, released yesterday, also found that the majority of young migrants in Cambodia and Laos were migrating to work in another country (83 per cent and 71 per cent, respectively), while Vietnamese and Myanmar nationals mostly travelled within their home countries.

មូលហេតុ​ដែល​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​កូរ៉េ​បង្កើន​ទទួល​ពលករ​ពី​កម្ពុជា

ដោយ អាន ស៊ីថាវ
ពលករ​ខ្មែរ ៦២០
បុគ្គលិក ពលករ និង​កម្មករ​ខ្មែរ​ដែល​កំពុង​បម្រើ​ការ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​វិនិយោគ​របស់​ប្រទេស​ កូរ៉េ ជួប​ជុំ​គ្នា​ជា​លើក​ទី​១ នា​ពហុកីឡាដ្ឋាន​ជាតិ​អូឡាំពិក នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៨ ខែ​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Khe Sonorng
នៅ​ពេល​ដែល​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ទៅ​ទស្សនកិច្ច​នៅ​បរទេស​ម្ដងៗ តែង​តែ​សុំ​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​នោះ​ជួយ​កម្ពុជា ដូចជា​ការ​ផ្ដល់​ប្រាក់​ជំនួយ​ឥត​សំណង កម្ចី​សម្បទាន និង​ការ​ស្នើសុំ​ការ​អនុគ្រោះ​នាំ​ចេញ​នាំ​ចូល​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម។ ជាក់ស្ដែង​ថ្មីៗ​នេះ លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ដែល​ទើប​ត្រឡប់​មក​ពី​កូរ៉េ​ខាង​ត្បូង លោក​បាន​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​នោះ​បង្កើន​ការ​ទទួល​ពលករ​ពី​កម្ពុជា ឲ្យ​បាន​ច្រើន​ជាង​មុន។
តើ​ការ​ស្នើសុំ​នេះ អាច​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​កម្ពុជា ចំណេញ ឬ​ក៏​កម្ពុជា ខ្វះ​សមត្ថភាព​បង្កើត​ការងារ​ជូន​ពួក​គាត់?

HIV Infections Climb Past 100 for Cambodian Villagers

Villagers visit a health center in Battambang province to receive blood tests, Dec. 16, 2014.
The number of residents of a remote commune in northwestern Cambodia who have been confirmed as HIV positive soared to 106 on Wednesday as more people rush to get tested following reports of a mass infection health officials say was likely caused by contaminated needles.

Teng Kunthy, secretary general of Cambodia’s National AIDS Authority, said the new total confirmed as positive for HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—marked an increase from 82 on Tuesday, an infection rate which authorities had already said was unprecedented in the country.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Premier mulls NA eligibility provisos

Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi
Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi (left), who is a dual national, speaks in Phnom Penh in 2012. Pha Lina

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday suggested that he backed the idea of expanding single-nationality restrictions – recently agreed upon for members of a revamped National Election Committee – to cover National Assembly members, senators and government officials.
But the premier, speaking to hundreds of senior officials at a workshop on judicial laws at Phnom Penh’s InterContinental hotel, said that now was not the right time for such a move, which would affect many ministers and parliamentarians, including opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Teacher quality in spotlight

A teacher instructs an English class at a Phnom Penh high school
A teacher instructs an English class at a Phnom Penh high school earlier this year. Heng Chivoan

After a year of overhauling the nation’s notoriously corruption-riddled grade 12 exam, the Ministry of Education said yesterday that 2015 will be the year of reforming teaching quality.
“The government’s strategic plan from 2015 to 2030 will focus on the capacity of the teachers . . . Teachers are the key to raising the quality of education in Cambodia,” said Nath Bunroeun, secretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, during an education workshop in the capital.

HIV nightmare in Battambang

More than 70 residents in Battambang’s Sangke district – including children as young as 3 – have tested positive for HIV after some of them received injections from an unlicensed doctor now on the run from authorities, villagers and officials said.
Following examinations by health officials starting on December 8, 72 out of 556 patients in the district tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, National AIDS Authority (NAA) secretary-general Dr Teng Kunthy said yesterday.
Forty-four women, 14 men, seven girls and seven boys have been affected. Their ages range from 3 to 82 years old.

Evictees lobby bank for payment

More than 200 villagers from Kampong Speu protested in front of ANZ Royal Bank’s headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday, demanding the bank pay them compensation.
The group, which also demonstrated outside the National Assembly, represented 800 families from Thpong and Oral districts who are locked in a long-running land dispute with Phnom Penh Sugar Company.
Oral community representative Cheng Sopheap said the bank owed the villagers compensation because it financed the industrial plantations that displaced them.

KPPM trial verdict due soon

Three of four men accused of plotting to “overthrow” Cambodia’s government have pleaded for fair treatment ahead of the verdict set for January 14.
Appearing in Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, the trio used the last day of their trial to distance themselves from the fourth defendant in the case – Khmer People Power Movement leader Sourn Serey Ratha – who is being tried in absentia.
The men – KPPM members Serey Bunlong and Sen Someng and civilian Oum Phirum – are charged with treason and obstructing electoral procedures after reportedly handing out T-shirts with slogans warning citizens to abstain from voting in last year’s national election.

UN meets gov over Montagnards

The UN met with the provincial governor of Ratanakkiri province yesterday to discuss the plight of a group of Montagnard asylum seekers who have been hiding out in the forest for weeks.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has sought to meet the Montagnard asylum seekers since early December after they fled Vietnam several weeks ago, claiming religious persecution.
Vivian Tan, spokeswoman for the UN Refugee Agency in Bangkok, said that the authorities had hindered the UN mission by offering “mixed messages” to the UN-government field team.

Rainsy’s page well-‘liked’

Facebook pages
Facebook pages, from top left to bottom right: Voice of America’s Khmer service, Sam Rainsy, singer Meas Soksophea, Prime Minister Hun Sen, sharing site Khmer-Home-Videos, US Embassy Phnom Penh. FACEBOOK

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy celebrated reaching 1 million “likes” on his Facebook page at a press conference yesterday, crediting it with powering his party’s election campaign last year and its subsequent post-poll protests.
The millionth like occurred on Sunday.
“Amongst the 1.4 million Facebook accounts in Cambodia, 1 million people [71 per cent] have liked my page,” Rainsy said. According to data from social media analyst Social Bakers, however, more than 130,000 of Rainsy’s Facebook fans come from abroad.

Less attention for jailed activists

Boeung Kak Lake activists and supporters
Boeung Kak Lake activists and supporters protest along Phnom Penh’s riverside in June 2012 to support imprisoned members of their community. Though 15 were ultimately arrested, only 13 were tried. Meng Kimlong

Eleven activists imprisoned 24 hours after their arrests last month have now been in Prey Sar prison longer than the 13 Boeung Kak lake activists jailed in similar circumstances in 2012.
Five of the current prisoners were among the “Boeung Kak 13”, and the two cases are remarkably similar. In both incidents, the accused were arrested for protesting and tried in court almost immediately.


ដោយ អាន ស៊ីថាវ
តវ៉ា​ដោះលែង​មនុស្ស ១៨​នាក់​
ពលរដ្ឋ​តវ៉ា​ទាមទារ​ដោះលែង​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី សកម្មជន​នយោបាយ និង​ព្រះសង្ឃ នៅ​មុខ​ពន្ធនាគារ​ព្រៃស នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​១៤ ធ្នូ ២០១៤។
RFA/Uon Chhin
ចំនួន​អ្នក​រង​គ្រោះ​មាន​ច្រើន​នាក់ ដោយសារ​តែ​​គម្រោង​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​របស់​ឈ្មួញ និង​អ្នក​មាន​អំណាច​​ដែល​ស្និទ្ធ​នឹង​​អ្នក​ដឹក​នាំ​ប្រទេស​​កម្ពុជា ល្បីល្បាញ​លើ​ពិភពលោក រហូត​ដល់​អង្គការ​អន្តរជាតិ​​ជា​ច្រើន​បាន​ដាក់​ពាក្យ​បណ្ដឹង​ទៅ​តុលាការ​ ឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្ម​អន្តរជាតិ​ថា ត្រូវ​តែ​បើក​ការ​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​រក​មូលហេតុ​ជាក់លាក់។
អង្គការ​អន្តរជាតិ​ចំនួន ៤០ បាន​ចុះ​ហត្ថលេខា និង​បាន​ផ្ញើ​ទៅ​តុលាការ​ព្រហ្មទណ្ឌ​អន្តរជាតិ ដែល​ហៅ​កាត់​ថា អាយ.ស៊ី.ស៊ី (ICC) កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​​សុក្រ ទី​១២ ខែ​ធ្នូ លើ​ការ​ស្នើ​សុំ​ឲ្យ​តុលាការ​នេះ​បើក​ការ​​ស៊ើប​

More Than 80 Cambodian Villagers Test Positive For HIV/AIDS

Villagers visit a health center in Battambang province to receive blood tests, Dec. 16, 2014.
More than 80 residents of a remote village in northwestern Cambodia, including children and elderly women, have tested positive for HIV/AIDS and may have been infected by contaminated needles during medical treatment, health officials said Tuesday.

One official has described the result as unprecedented in the country and the authorities have ordered a verification.

Teng Kunthy, secretary general of Cambodia’s National AIDS Authority, told RFA’s Khmer Service that 663 residents of Roka village in Battambang province’s Sangke district had received blood tests since reports of a mass infection emerged last week, with 82 confirmed positive for HIV/AIDS.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Countries lost $US1 trillion to corruption

Nearly $US1 trillion ($A1.08 trillion) was illicitly drained from developing countries in 2012, representing a record level of corruption, money laundering and false trade documentation, a global anti-corruption group says.
The Washington-based group Global Financial Integrity says illicit financial flows around the world grew at 9.4 per cent a year in the decade to 2012, around double the pace of economic growth, draining funds especially from impoverished countries.
The largest outflows came from giant, still poorly-regulated economies like Brazil, China, India and Russia, GFI's new report says.
Money illicitly streamed out of China at a rate of about $US125 billion annually over that period, for instance.

Hun Sen’s Son Rebukes Protesters in South Korea

By | December 15, 2014
The Cambodia Daily
In a video shared widely on social media over the weekend, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son Hun Manet called on Cambodians living in South Korea to avoid protests against the ruling CPP and instead be grateful to his father’s government for re-establishing ties with the thriving economy.
Mr. Manet, who was traveling to South Korea with his father for   the 2014 Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, gave the speech during a dinner with a group of Cambodian officials, workers and students on Friday night.
He criticized the small group of Cambodian migrants who turned out to protest against Mr. Hun Sen’s government in Seoul on December 7, saying they should be appreciative. “If we didn’t have peace

Sydney siege live: Tributes flow for victims killed in Martin Place Lindt cafe shootout

ABC News

Hundreds of floral tributes have been left in Sydney's Martin Place for the victims of a 16-hour siege which ended when police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe early this morning.
"It is almost as if a beating heart of the city is being put in place. It is showing us that this city is alive," Premier Mike Baird said after laying some flowers.
Barrister and mother of three Katrina Dawson, 38, and Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, were killed in the siege, along with 50-year-old gunman Man Haron Monis.
"Our hearts go out to the families of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson. These were decent, good people, who were going about their ordinary lives," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.

Some teachers paid, some protest

Teachers sign for and receive compensation payouts
Teachers sign for and receive compensation payouts yesterday afternoon at Boeung Trabek High School in Phnom Penh, where the proposed Sleuk Rith Institute will be built. Heng Chivoan

Several teachers from Boeung Trabek High School demanded yesterday that the government altogether stop the development of Cambodia’s long-awaited genocide studies institute on their school grounds while officials offered them “encouragement bonuses” meant to hasten the building’s construction.
The teachers handed a petition to Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports representatives as the officials doled out the $600 they had offered to each of the school’s nearly 200 educators.

Opposition party calls on investors to assist in funding its TV station

CNRP leader Sam Rainsy
CNRP leader Sam Rainsy leaves the National Assembly in Phnom Penh earlier this month after being granted permission to start an analogue television station for his party. Pha Lina

The opposition party is launching a fundraising campaign to finance its new TV station and is appealing to members of the public to buy shares in a yet-to-be-formed company, a spokesman said yesterday.
“We will sell shares for $1,000 each. We will sell to the public. [So] if anyone is interested in buying shares, please come forward,” Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker and spokesman Yim Sovann said.
The CNRP aims to raise at least $2 million as a starting point, but only has about $100,000 committed so far, he said.

Spokesman chips in: Activist’s son helped with college fees

Phay Siphan, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, has vowed to fund the college education of deceased rights activist Chan Soveth’s son.
Calling it a “purely humanitarian activity”, Siphan said yesterday he would pay the fees for Soveth’s eldest son, 16-year-old Chan Sovisal, to attend the Royal University of Phnom Penh.
“We just share and build human resources. We want him to know he is fatherless, but he does still have relatives. This is just encouragement that you will have tomorrow and you will accomplish your purposes,” Siphan said.

Cancel the Don Sahong Dam

Cambodian activists
Cambodian activists hold placards and banners on a boat during the handover of petition signatures against the Don Sahong dam, in Phnom Penh, on September 11. AFP

Today, the Mekong River Commission is holding its first regional public consultation on the Don Sahong Dam in Pakse, Laos. We believe the Don Sahong Dam poses an unacceptable risk to regional fisheries, food security and the future of the Mekong, and as such, should be immediately cancelled.
The Don Sahong Dam imperils a critical and ecologically unique area of the Mekong River. The Hou Sahong Channel, on which the Don Sahong Dam would be built, is one of the main pathways in the Mekong, used year-round by fish migrating between Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.


ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
កែ​ទម្រង់ បោះ​ឆ្នោត ៦១០
២០-មិថុនា-២០១៤៖ អ្នក​ចូល​រួម​សិក្ខាសាលា​ស្ដីពី​ការ​ចូល​រួម​របស់​យុវជន​ក្នុង​កំណែ​ទម្រង់​ ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត នា​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ចាម ពាក់​អាវ​ដែល​មាន​អក្សរ​ស្ដីពី​ការ​កែ​ទម្រង់​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត។
RFA/Saut Sokprathna
ក្រុម​ការងារ​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ​បន្ត​ជជែក​គ្នា​ពី​ការ​ធ្វើ​ វិសោធនកម្ម​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត និង​បាន​ឯកភាព​គ្នា​លើ​ខ្លឹមសារ​ជំពូក​មួយ​ចំនួន​ហើយ។ ទន្ទឹម​នឹង​នេះ តំណាង​គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​ក៏​មាន​ការ​ខ្វែង​គំនិត​គ្នា​ត្រង់​ជំពូក​មួយ​ចំនួន​ ទៀត​ដែរ ដែល​គេ​នឹង​បន្ត​ជជែក​គ្នា​នៅ​ចុង​សប្ដាហ៍​នេះ។
អ្នក​ឃ្លាំមើល​ការ​បោះឆ្នោត​លើក​ឡើង​ថា ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​នេះ​នៅ​មាន​ចំណុច​ជា​ច្រើន​ទៀត​ដែល​គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​ត្រូវ ​តែ​កែប្រែ​ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​លើក​ក្រោយ​ធានា​នូវ​ឯករាជភាព​ ត្រឹមត្រូវ និង​យុត្តិធម៌។

Cambodian King Seeks Investigation of Judge Over Court Procedure

Activist Ouch Pich Samnang is escorted out of a courthouse after he is denied bail in Phnom Penh, Dec. 12, 2014.
In a rare intervention, Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni has demanded an investigation over a Phnom Penh judge who interviewed an opposition party activist without his attorney being present.

A lawmaker had complained to the King that Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Keo Mony had questioned Ouch Pich Samnang of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Nov. 18 over his participation in an opposition-led protest on July 15 in the capital’s Freedom Park.

Monday, 15 December 2014

‘Bring daughter home’

South Korean President Park Geun-hye
South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrives for a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday. AFP

Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked the president of South Korea to send the daughter of a deceased Cambodian woman to the Kingdom if her Korean husband is found guilty of murdering her.
In a televised speech that coincided with bilateral meetings in Seoul, the premier called on Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s president, to allow the 5-year-old girl to be raised by her maternal grandparents.

Inside Cambodia’s evangelical Bible camp

A moment of contemplation during the ceremony.
A moment of contemplation during the ceremony. Eli Meixler

In a sprawling campus near Kirirom, some 50,000 Cambodians in the past year have been offered a free holiday and a stark choice regarding the fate of their souls
Pastor Roy Montero slams the door of his jumbo-sized family van, starts the engine and begins a tour of the spacious, mountain-ringed estate that he calls home.
“There’s our swimming pool,” the easy-going Filipino missionary says, pointing out the window.
“Those are our soccer fields …and here is the dam [we built],” he continues, as we roll past a glistening reservoir.

King asks ministry to probe judge

Activist Ouch Pich Samnang
Activist Ouch Pich Samnang is escorted by authorities as he appears at the Phnom Penh appeals court on Friday. Heng Chivoan

King Norodom Sihamoni has asked Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to investigate the conduct of Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge Keo Mony after he questioned a political activist last month without his lawyer present.
Mony failed to notify the lawyer of detained political activist Ouch Pich Samnang when questioning him on November 18 about an opposition-led protest at Freedom Park in July that turned violent and has seen more than a dozen party members since charged in connection with it.

Reprimand over halted march

Authorities man a roadblock on the outskirts of Phnom Penh
Authorities man a roadblock on the outskirts of Phnom Penh last week on National Road 6 in an effort to stop Human Rights Day marchers from reaching the capital. Pha Lina

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng slammed Lay Vanak, the Takeo provincial governor, at a monthly meeting of high-ranking officials on Friday for what he characterised as the governor’s botched handling of a Human Rights Day march.
In a recording of the meeting, Kheng can be heard praising other provincial governors and police officials in attendance, saying that they had done a good job of preserving freedom of expression on Human Rights Day.

Behind on education

Primary school students
Primary school students attend class at O’Chrey primary school in Battambang province’s Baraing Thleak village, where 219 pupils are enrolled despite there being no building. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cambodia is expected to attain only one of the six internationally agreed-upon education goals set by UNESCO in 2000.
Fourteen years ago, UNESCO urged countries all over the world, especially developing ones, to achieve six Education For All (EFA) goals by 2015.
Cambodia, however, is only close to meeting one of the goals: universal primary education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports spokesman Ros Salin said.

NGOs lend support to ICC filing

Dozens of global civil society organisations have backed an International Criminal Court complaint against Cambodia’s “ruling elite” for alleged crimes against humanity committed via land grabbing.
The organisations, from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the US, on Friday urged the ICC prosecutor in a statement to initiate a preliminary examination “with a view to opening a full investigation”.
“The International Criminal Court accepting the case would have a hugely positive impact, not just in Cambodia, but globally,” they wrote.

តើការបង្កើតបណ្ដាញឬគណបក្សថ្មីដើម្បីបំបែកសន្លឹកឆ្នោតទេ?​ (វគ្គបញ្ចប់)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Cambodian activists complete human rights day march

Cambodian activists complete human rights day march
file photo

Arrive in capital after 5 days of marching, sleeping on roadsides after being turned away by pagodas on orders of Buddhist patriarchs

World Bulletin/News Desk
Five days of marches along some of Cambodia’s main national roads culminated Wednesday in a mass gathering in front of the capital’s National Assembly, as activists marked International Human Rights Day.
Since Friday, a total of around 600 people have been marching peacefully along six national roads toward Phnom Penh by day. By night, they often slept on the roadside, having been turned away by pagodas on orders from the patriarchs of the country’s two main Buddhist sects.

តើការបង្កើតបណ្ដាញឬគណបក្សថ្មីដើម្បីបំបែកសន្លឹកឆ្នោតទេ? (វគ្គ១)