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Saturday, 28 February 2015

The rewards of public service in Cambodia

Phnom Penh real estate
On an $18 million chunk of prime Phnom Penh real estate, a retired customs director is building a palatial mansion. It seems public service has been good to him. And he’s far from the only one Heng Chivoan

Behind the Senate building in central Phnom Penh, a recently retired customs department director is building an enormous mansion worth millions. But the former public servant is far from the only government official to own a palatial property
A young construction worker caked in dust gestures to the grandiose, off-white mansion behind him with a shrug.
Sitting on a 6,500 square-metre plot of premium real estate behind the Senate in central Phnom Penh, the land alone is estimated to be worth about $18 million. Include the lavish three-storey, 600 square

Election reform talks done ‘in principle’, parties say

Officials empty a 2013 election ballot box in Kampong Cham
Officials empty a 2013 election ballot box in Kampong Cham. Heng Chivoan

Election reform working groups from the ruling and opposition parties yesterday concluded negotiations on a new draft election law aimed at securing free and fair elections in 2017 and 2018.
Their announcement came two days after Prime Minister Hun Sen offered a stiff warning that they had until the end of the month to finalise a new draft law or else the current law would remain in effect, drawing condemnation from electoral watchdogs.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng and opposition leader Sam Rainsy will meet this afternoon to finalise the draft and attempt to resolve 15 outstanding points of disagreement.

Cambodia Will Release 16 Female Inmates Before International Women’s Day

Female inmates and their children await food donations from a local aid agency at Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh in a file photo.
The Cambodian government will pardon 16 female convicts who are either pregnant or recently had children in prison before March 8, as part of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s drive to end the culture of children living with their mothers behind bars, a justice ministry official said.

Kim Santepheap, the justice ministry’s spokesman, told RFA that 15 of the 16 convicts already have children living with them in jail and one is pregnant.

Three Dozen Montagnards Vanish en Route to the Cambodian Capital

A group of Montagnards (foreground) meets with a United Nations team after emerging from their hideout in northeastern Cambodia's Ratanakiri province, Dec. 20, 2014.
AFP Photo/Adhoc
Three dozen Montagnards have mysteriously disappeared after they left a remote province in northeastern Cambodia on Wednesday night to seek help from United Nations in the country’s capital, a human rights activist and local villagers who were assisting them said.

The 36 Montagnards were part of a larger group of 50 Christian indigenous people from Vietnam’s Central Highlands who have fled to Cambodia and been hiding in the forest of Ratanakiri province, hoping to seek refugee status for alleged political and religious persecution in their homeland.

Interview: Clearing Cambodia of Land Mines by 2015 Was ‘Unrealistic’

Rear Admiral Samuel Perez speaks with RFA in Washington, Feb. 18, 2015.
Rear Admiral Samuel Perez Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs, and Operations at the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs traveled to Cambodia and Laos from late January to early February as part of U.S. efforts to help the countries clear land contaminated by land mines. Following his return, Sarada Taing of RFA’s Khmer Service interviewed him about the state of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia.

Q: After you returned from your mission working on land mines in Cambodia, what is your evaluation of the situation of land mines in the country?

Friday, 27 February 2015

With friends like these

Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures towards former Australian foreign minister, Gareth Evans (second right)
Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures towards former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans (second right) yesterday at the Sofitel during the opening of an international conference. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday used the opening of a major international conference in Phnom Penh to publicly confront former Australian foreign minister and Paris Peace Agreements architect Gareth Evans over why he had attacked him in a scathing article last year.
Evans, once called the “father of Cambodia” by senior Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Vun, was seated awkwardly behind the premier on stage as he delivered the opening keynote address for a two-day conference on the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the Sofitel Phokeethra hotel.
Turning and directly facing Evans in front of numerous diplomats, dignitaries and foreign scholars, including Australian Ambassador Alison Burrows, Hun Sen pointedly asked why Evans no longer wanted to be friends, to his obvious discomfort and the crowd’s surprise.

Voting watchdogs dismayed at PM's demand

Election officials count votes in Prey Veng province in 2013
Election officials count votes in Prey Veng province in 2013 during the national election. Today will mark the first day of a two-day deadline to finalise a new electoral reform law. Heng Chivoan

Election monitors yesterday accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of using strong-arm tactics after he threatened to scrap an electoral reform law if it wasn’t finalised – complete with a divisive new provision of his own suggestion – by the end of the month.
In a speech concluding an annual conference at the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday, Hun Sen called on the electoral reform working group to include a provision that would force parties to forfeit their seats if they refused to enter parliament due to a dispute over election results, as the opposition did after the 2013 elections.

Worries over asylum seekers

Montagnards from Vietnam pose for a photo in Ratanakkiri
Montagnards from Vietnam pose for a photo in Ratanakkiri last month after they fled to Cambodia to escape political persecution. ADHOC

Dozens of Montagnard asylum seekers who left the jungles of Ratanakkiri province yesterday morning in a bid to reach Phnom Penh and possible UN help have not been heard from since, according to a rights activist and members of a local community that was assisting them.
Chhay Thy, a provincial monitor for rights group Adhoc, said last night that there had been no communication with the 36 Montagnards since they departed in an overcrowded van yesterday morning from O’Yadav district, raising fears that they have been arrested.

Licadho shows data to gov’t

Villagers march through the streets of Phnom Penh during a protest
Villagers march through the streets of Phnom Penh during a protest last year, calling for the government to find a solution to their land dispute. Vireak Mai

Rights group Licadho has provided hard data on land conflicts to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction after the government accused it of concocting a report released earlier this month alleging a sharp increase in disputes across the Kingdom.
The ministry wrote to the group last week to request detailed information proving its claim that it recorded three times as many new land complaints last year than in 2013, with 10,000 families affected across 13 provinces.

New malaria strain raises problems, fears

A young boy sleeps under a mosquito net in Phnom Penh
A young boy sleeps under a mosquito net in Phnom Penh late last year. Physicians are struggling to combat a 40 per cent increase of a new strain of drug-resistant malaria that is unique to Cambodia. Pha Lina

Physicians are scrambling to update treatments to combat the growing threat caused by a new strain of malaria that is unique to Cambodia and resistant to the drug that dictates whether patients are ultimately cured.
Since the strain was detected in 2010, the failure rate of anti-malaria combination therapy has risen to 40 per cent in the Kingdom due to the strain’s resistance to the drug piperaquine, which is used in tandem with artemisinin, Pasteur Institute senior researcher Dr Benoit Witkowski said yesterday.

Med students accuse uni of graft, gouging

The University of Health Sciences (UHS) rejected allegations from staff and students yesterday that their management is embezzling funds from the national medical exit examinations.
On Tuesday, UHS staff and students accused the university of pocketing funds from the $125 exams that were held between February 5 to 15.
“The exam is already too expensive … and it seems that the university is also taking all that money for itself,” said a 29-year-old student who refused to be named.


ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
គល់ បញ្ញា ៦២០
លោក គល់ បញ្ញា ប្រធាន​អង្គការ​ខុមហ្វ្រែល (Comfrel) ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​កាសែត នៅ​សណ្ឋាគារ​អ៊ីមភើរៀល រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី ២០ មករា ២០១៥។
RFA/Morm Moniroth
ក្រុម​សម្ព័ន្ធ​កំណែ​ទម្រង់​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​អឺរ៉ា (ERA) និង​ក្រុម​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល ចេញ​សេចក្ដី​ថ្លែងការណ៍​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦ កុម្ភៈ ថ្កោលទោស​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ដែល​សំដៅ​លើ​គណបក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច ដែល​បាន​បញ្ចូល​មន្ត្រី​តុលាការ និង​មន្ត្រី​កង​រាជ​អាវុធហត្ថ ទៅ​ក្នុង​ជួរ​ថ្នាក់​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​របស់​ខ្លួន និង​ចូលរួម​សកម្មភាព​ប្រឆាំង​បក្ស​ផ្សេង។
ការ​បញ្ចូល​នេះ គឺ​រំលោភ​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ នីតិរដ្ឋ គោលការណ៍​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ ពិសេស​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ដោយ​សេរី និង​យុត្តិធម៌។

Cambodian Villagers Reveal Eight More Montagnards in Hiding

Eight Montagnards wait to meet with a United Nations team after emerging from their hideout in northeastern Cambodia's Ratanakiri province, Dec. 20, 2014.
AFP Photo/Adhoc
Eight more ethnic Montagnards from Vietnam are hiding in the forest of a northeastern Cambodian province, according to villagers with knowledge of the situation and a national rights group.
The seven men and one woman, who are between ages 20 to 40, have been in hiding in Ratanakiri province since Monday, villagers who live in the province’s Lumphat district close to the Vietnam border told RFA’s Khmer Service.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Cambodia’s deputy prime minister caught lying about tourism?

By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief | Feb 25, 2015
Cambodia’s deputy prime minister caught lying about tourism?
UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai (L) and Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister Sak An

The first-ever joint World Conference on Tourism and Culture by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, had a very prominent person all throughout the conference. His name is Sok An, and he is Cambodia’s deputy prime minister and the head of the conference’s host committee. Most attendees, however, will probably forget his designations/titles and will remember him for one very specific characteristic – he has a penchant for delivering long speeches. This was evident during the opening and closing ceremonies of the two-day tourism and culture conference.

Hun Sen saddened by Gareth Evans' critique

Prime Minister Hun Sen used the opening of a major international conference in Phnom Penh on Thursday morning to publicly question why former Australian Foreign Minister and Paris Peace Agreements architect Gareth Evans had attacked him in a scathing article last year.
Evans, once called the “father of Cambodia” by a senior CPP lawmaker, was seated awkwardly behind the premier on stage as he delivered the opening keynote address for a two-day Responsibility to Protect (R2P) conference at the Sofitel Phokeethra hotel.

Hun Sen sets deadline for election reform talks

Election officials count votes in Prey Veng province in 2013
Election officials count votes in Prey Veng province in 2013 during the national election. Hun Sen announced yesterday that a meeting would be held by the end of the week to finalise election reform. Vireak Mai

Prime Minister Hun Sen set a firm two-day deadline for negotiators from his Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to finalise a new electoral reform law, a source of contention for months.
Speaking at an annual Ministry of Interior conference yesterday, the premier told the working group to finish their draft by the end of the month, noting that if they failed to do so, the old election law would remain in effect. He also offered his own suggestions for provisions of the new law, including one intended to ensure that the incidents like the opposition’s year-long boycott of parliament after the 2013 elections never happen again.

Dam foes ‘stay strong’

A man looks over a river in Koh Kong
A man looks over a river in Koh Kong yesterday that would not exist if the proposed Areng Valley dam project were approved. Heng Chivoan

Supporters of deported environmentalist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson yesterday lamented the Spaniard’s departure while pledging to continue to resist the planned Stung Cheay Areng hydropower dam.
Gonzalez-Davidson had long opposed the dam’s construction and had drawn the ire of the authorities by galvanising local opposition. He was deported on Monday evening after being detained with fellow Mother Nature co-founder San Mala in central Phnom Penh.

More asylum seekers ejected

Provincial police in Ratanakkiri reportedly arrested and deported four Montagnard asylum seekers to Vietnam on Tuesday, where the mostly Christian ethnic minority allegedly faces religious and political persecution.
The incident marks the second known case of Montagnards being deported from the province in recent weeks. Earlier this month, a family of five, including children, were booted back across the border, where the father was reportedly detained for 12 days and beaten by authorities, according to family members.

Deal to help all refugees: IOM

Families in the Nauru detention centre stand at the residential compound during a protest against Australia’s refugee deal with Cambodia
Families in the Nauru detention centre stand at the residential compound during a protest against Australia’s refugee deal with Cambodia late last year. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The International Organization for Migration has said a refugee relocation and integration program it will soon start developing with the Cambodian government will benefit all refugees in the country, even if none processed in Australian camps on Nauru choose to resettle in the Kingdom.
The IOM announced on Monday it would assist with a controversial resettlement scheme inked between Cambodia and Australia last September, after the government agreed to meet several conditions it laid down.

លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ជំរុញ​ក្រុម​ចរចា​ដាក់​បញ្ចូល​ច្បាប់​​ទប់ស្កាត់​អ្នក​ធ្វើ​ពហិការ​ប្រជុំ​សភា​ដំបូង

ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា និង សុ ជីវី
សម រង្ស៊ី ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី (ឆ្វេង) ចាប់​ដៃ​ជាមួយ​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ក្រោយ​ជំនួប​ចរចា​នា​វិមាន​ព្រឹទ្ធ​សភា​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ កក្កដា ២០១៤។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ព្រមាន​ថា សមាជិក​សភា​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ណា​ដែល​មិន​ចូល​ប្រជុំ​សភា​ថ្ងៃ​ដំបូង​តាម​ការ​ កោះ​ហៅ​របស់​ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ ត្រូវ​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា ជា​ការ​បោះបង់ចោល​អាសនៈ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋ​សភា។ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុម​ការងារ​ចរចា​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ដាក់​ចំណុច​នេះ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ថ្មី នៅ​ពេល​ជួប​ចរចា​ជាមួយ​ក្រុម​ការងារ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ និង​២៨ កុម្ភៈ ខាង​មុខ។

លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ព្រមាន​​ប្រើ​កម្លាំង​ប្រដាប់​អាវុធ​កម្ចាត់​អ្នក​ចង់​ធ្វើ​បដិវត្តន៍​ដោយ​ប្រើ​​អំណាច​​ពលរដ្ឋ

ដោយ យន់ សាមៀន
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ពិធី​សម្ពោធ​ស្ពាន​ស្ទឹងមានជ័យ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៣១ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Uon Chhin
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ព្រមាន​ប្រើប្រាស់​កងកម្លាំង​ប្រដាប់​អាវុធ​កម្ចាត់​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ណា​មួយ​ ដែល​ចង់​ធ្វើ​បដិវត្តន៍​ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​តាម​រយៈ​អំណាច​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ។ ប៉ុន្តែ​ទន្ទឹម​គ្នា​នោះ ប្រមុខ​ដឹកនាំ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ក៏​ព្រមាន​ឲ្យ​កងកម្លាំង​ប្រដាប់​អាវុធ​ត្រូវ​ រក្សា​អព្យាក្រឹត​ភាព​រវាង​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ។
លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ពិធី​បិទ​សន្និបាត​ក្រសួង​មហាផ្ទៃ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ពុធ ទី​២៥ ម្សិលមិញ​ថា

ការការពារបរិស្ថានតំបន់អារ៉ែង (វគ្គ បញ្ចប់)

ការការពារបរិស្ថានតំបន់អារ៉ែង (វគ្គ ១)

Mass HIV Infection Kills Fifth Villager in Cambodia’s Roka Commune

A relative sits by the covered body of Nach Ros, the fifth villager to die of HIV/AIDS in Roka commune in western Cambodia's Battambang province, Feb. 25, 2015.
A 78-year-old woman infected with HIV/AIDS has become the fifth person to die of the deadly virus in a village in remote western Cambodia, after being infected by an unauthorized medical worker who reused syringes

Early this month, the Cambodian Red Cross said four other infected residents of Roka commune in Sangke district of Battambang province had died as a result of the virus.

Cambodia Deports Four Ethnic Montagnards to Vietnam

The Montagnards are based in Vietnam's Central Highland provinces.
Cambodia on Wednesday deported four ethnic Montagnards back to Vietnam after authorities arrested them in a raid a day earlier, according to a local government official in Ratanakiri province, where the group had been hiding in the jungle after crossing the border to escape alleged persecution.

Moeng Sinath, spokesman for the government of Ratanakkiri province told RFA’s Khmer Service the four Montagnards—Christian indigenous people from Vietnam’s Central Highlands—had been detained as they attempted to flee a police raid on Tuesday, though he declined to give details of their deportation.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Cambodia-Japan Relations: Beyond the East China Sea

The Diplomat
Cambodia-Japan Relations: Beyond the East China Sea
Cambodia and Japan first established diplomatic relations in 1953. Subsequently, during the more than two decades in which Cambodia was engulfed in political turbulence and then civil war, bilateral ties were suspended. Then, in the lead-up to the signing of the Paris Peace Agreements on October 23, 1991, Japan played an active role in bringing all the warring factions together and helping them to reconcile. Tokyo was also one of the major contributors to Cambodia’s post-war reconstruction.
Since 1992, Japan has been Cambodia’s biggest donor, giving more than $2 billion in official development assistance. Japanese aid placed heavy emphasis on rebuilding Cambodia’s

Montagnards flee R’kiri police raid

A group of nine Montagnard asylum seekers hiding out in Ratanakkiri province had a close brush with law enforcement officials yesterday, even as a new group of the Vietnamese ethnic minority crossed the border into Cambodia, a rights group and a villager helping the hiding families said.
Some 40 police officers in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district attempted to raid the camp of nine Montagnards who had crossed into Cambodia about two weeks ago, but the group dispersed into the forest, said the villager, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals.
“They hid themselves there for too long. They were seen by a villager and reported to the

Pheap’s trucks fined

Officials record the weight of a truck carrying timber for the Try Pheap Company in Kratie province
Officials record the weight of a truck carrying timber for the Try Pheap Company in Kratie province on Saturday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Logging baron Try Pheap has been hit with more than $85,000 worth of fines by the Kratie provincial Public Works and Transport Department this month, after trucks belonging to his company continued to ply National Road 7 despite carrying significantly more timber than allowed, a top department official has said.
Srey Sakhun, the provincial Public Works and Transport Department deputy director, said yesterday that a special team he leads to monitor cargo trucks on the roads had intercepted 23 trucks belonging to the Try Pheap Group that were carrying as much as double the allowed load in two separate incidents this month.

‘I will come back,’ says deported activist

Supporters chant during a protest in front of the Cambodia National Immigration Department in Phnom Penh
Supporters chant during a protest in front of the Cambodia National Immigration Department in Phnom Penh on Monday evening after Alex Gonzalez-Davidson was detained earlier in the day. Vireak Mai

Referring to Cambodia as “my country”, Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, a vocal environmental activist and Spanish national who was deported Monday, yesterday vowed to return and continue his struggle to save the Areng Valley.
“I am a Cambodian and I have been illegally exiled from my country for speaking the truth and defending our country’s natural resources,” the anti-dam activist told the Post in a Facebook message from an undisclosed location. “I will come back, that is for sure. The only thing I don’t know for sure is when.”

Climate change costs growing

A man harvests his rice crop in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district
A man harvests his rice crop in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district last month. A report released by USAID suggests that global warming could contribute to heat-related stresses for people employed in outdoor activities and, in turn, lower agricultural production. Vireak Mai

The economic impact of climate change in Cambodia could be highly damaging to rural areas and worker productivity, according to a report from American development agency USAID, which applied climate projections for 2050 to today’s Mekong Basin economies.
The study, released on February 19, shows that the economic cost of future climate change – including damage to infrastructure – could put up to 61 per cent of the Kingdom’s rural GDP per capita at risk.

Adviser roles allotted to revamped royalists

A Funcinpec party spokesman announced yesterday that more than 20 senior party officials have been appointed as advisers to the government at the request of newly returned party leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh.
Spokesman Nhep Bun Chin, himself one of the 24 reported appointees, said that Prime Minister Hun Sen had accepted Ranariddh’s proposal to award the 24 party members with positions equivalent to under-secretary of state and higher. Three government spokespeople, however, said yesterday that they had no knowledge of the appointments.

លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ប្រកាស​ថា​នឹង​គ្មាន​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ​នៅ​តំបន់​អារ៉ែង​ទេ​ក្នុង​អាណត្តិ​នេះ

ដោយ ទេព សុរ៉ាវី
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦២០
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ថ្ងៃ​សម្ពោធ​បើក​ការដ្ឋាន​សាងសង់​ស្ពាន​អាកាស​ស្តុប​តិចណូ រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី៩ ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០១៤។
RFA/Van Vichar
បន្ទាប់​ពី​ចាប់​ខ្លួន និង​បណ្ដេញ​សកម្មជន​ការពារ និង​អភិរក្ស​តំបន់​អារ៉ែង លោក អាឡិកហ្សង់ដ្រូ ហ្គន់ហ្សាឡេស ដេវិតសឹន (Alejandro Gonzalez Davidson) ចេញ​ពី​កម្ពុជា រួច​មក លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ប្រកាស​ផ្ទាល់​មាត់​ជា​សាធារណៈ​ថា គ្មាន​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ​តំបន់​អារ៉ែង ទេ​នៅ​ក្នុង​អាណត្តិ​នេះ។
មន្ត្រី​អង្គការ​បណ្ដាញ​អង្គការ​ចលនា​មាតា​ធម្មជាតិ សម្ដែង​ការ​ពេញ​ចិត្ត​ចំពោះ​ការ​លើក​ឡើង​នោះ តែ​បន្ត​អះអាង​ថា យុវជន​ត្រូវ​ចូលរួម​ការពារ​បរិស្ថាន​នៅ​តំបន់​អារ៉ែង ដើម្បី​ទុក​ឲ្យ​ក្មេង​ជំនាន់​ក្រោយ​ទៀត។

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Defends Deportation of Spanish Activist

The proposed site of the Chhay Areng Dam in Koh Kong province, April 16, 2012.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday defended his government’s decision to deport a Spanish environmentalist who had led a campaign against a controversial dam project, though he reiterated a pledge that the dam would not be built under his watch.

Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, director of the NGO Mother Nature Cambodia, was put on a plane to Thailand Monday night—three days after his visa had expired—and placed on a black list that may prevent his return to the country, despite appeals from opposition politicians and civil society.

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Refugees to be given better conditions in Cambodia

Immigration correspondent

Sydney Morning Herald
Refugees on Nauru will now be able to work and live anywhere they choose in poverty-stricken Cambodia after the International Organisation of Migration has agreed to resettle refugees in return for new, less strict conditions.
The IOM has stipulated that all refugees on Nauru, intially bound for Australia, can live or work where they desire in Cambodia and that it will also support refugees already living in the country who have sought asylum from neighbouring countries.

Cambodia PM Says Work on Mega-Dam Will Not Start Until 2018

Construction of a massive dam in southwestern Cambodia will not start until at least 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to stop heavy opposition to the project which has focused criticism on him.
Hun Sen's comments came a day after Spanish activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, who had campaigned against the dam, was deported for overstaying his visa.
"From now until 2018, there will be no permission to build (the dam)," said Hun Sen, whose mandate as prime minister ends in 2018. "Now I beg you to stop talking about it."

IOM signs on to refugee deal

Families in the Nauru detention centre protest Australia’s refugee deal in September, 2014
Families in the Nauru detention centre protest Australia’s refugee deal in September, 2014. The Australian minister for immigration and border protection has welcomed the IOM’s assistance in the resettlement of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The International Organization for Migration has formally agreed to help refugees living in Australian-run detention camps on Nauru resettle in Cambodia after persuading the government to give them the right to live and work anywhere in the Kingdom.
The IOM has mulled getting involved in the controversial scheme for months, following a request from member states Cambodia, Nauru and Australia.

PM jibes: I'll deploy rockets in Areng

Chinese engineers prepare to go out in to the field in the Areng Valley. They are researching the feasibility of the Cheay Areng hydroelectric dam that would flood the entire valley. PHOTO BY Luke Duggleby/International Rivers.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has jibed that he could deploy military hardware should anyone try and create an “autonomous zone” in the Areng Valley, where activists are bitterly fighting a proposed dam.
In a speech on Tuesday, the premier also took aim at Areng Valley activist Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, who was deported yesterday, condemning him for organising road blocks to stop companies from entering the area.
“If you want to make an autonomous zone [in Areng], please come, and we will put BM21 [multiple rocket launcher vehicles] in that area, but I don’t accuse the seriously like that,” Hun Sen said, before attacking Areng activists for obstructing company officials.

ACU set to call ousted judge

Keo Sary, the mother of fugitive Thong Sarath
Keo Sary, the mother of fugitive Thong Sarath, is escorted by authorities into Phnom Penh Municipal Court last week after she allegedly violated her bail conditions. Heng Chivoan

The Anti-Corruption Unit will summon ousted Phnom Penh Municipal Court president Ang Maltey this week for questioning in connection with alleged bribes paid by the parents of a fugitive tycoon to secure their release on bail earlier this month.
Anti-Corruption Unit president Om Yentieng told reporters at ACU headquarters yesterday that he had launched a sweeping investigation into the release of Oknha Thong Sarath’s parents and had already questioned a number of individuals related to the case.

More trafficked in 2014: gov’t

Trafficked fishermen arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport
Trafficked fishermen arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport last year after they were rescued from Thai fishing boats in Indonesian waters. Vireak Mai

A mother whose daughter was trafficked into the Malaysian sex industry has pleaded with lawmakers to help rescue her child, as new figures from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry reveal an upswing in human trafficking victims rescued last year.
Appearing yesterday before the National Assembly, Sman Srey Nob broke down in tears as she spoke about her daughter Sen Namany, 23, who, together with 15-year-old Ly Mahiros, was duped by traffickers and sold as a sex slave in November last year.

Siam cuisine sets sail from Siem Reap

David Thompson
David Thompson has been involved in Cambodia’s culinary scene for three years. Terence carter

Renowned Thai culinary expert, Australian-born David Thompson is best known as the owner-chef of Nahm Bangkok, voted number one restaurant in Asia in the prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards and thirteen in the world in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. As of October 2014 Thompson has also held the role of executive chef of the sleek new 40-passenger Aqua Mekong, which cruises between Siem Reap and Saigon on a seven-night itinerary and Phnom Penh and Saigon over four nights. Lara Dunston caught up with Thompson last week, just after he’d completed a stint on the boat – where he’d installed a new head chef and introduced a new menu – and before he

Defector now adviser to PM

Opposition party defector Van Sam Oeun has been appointed a personal adviser to Prime Minister Hun Sen with a rank equal to minister, according a Royal Decree signed by King Norodom Sihamoni on February 18 and obtained yesterday.
Sam Oeun, a Cambodian-American who won a seat in Kampot with the CNRP in the 2013 election, resigned from the National Assembly on February 13 and joined the ruling Cambodian People’s Party following an hours-long meeting with the premier.

PM takes to stump on legal limit to overtime

Prime Minister Hun Sen broached the long-running issue of excessive overtime worked by garment factory employees in a speech yesterday, in what at least one analyst saw as a possible play for garment worker support.
During his commencement speech at the National University of Management, the premier appealed to factories in Cambodia’s garment and footwear sector to only allow employees to work two hours overtime per day, in accordance with the Labour Law.

Defiant activist ejected

Environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson
A Cambodian policeman speaks to outspoken environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson during his arrest at a restaurant in Phnom Penh yesterday. AFP

Outspoken environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson was deported from Cambodia last night after being detained along with a colleague from his conservation group.
Gonzalez-Davidson and his Mother Nature co-founder San Mala were detained without charge by immigration officials at around 1:15pm in the riverside area of Phnom Penh.
General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, suggested the ministry had shown restraint in not bringing criminal charges against the activist.

សមត្ថកិច្ច​បញ្ជូន​លោក អាឡិក សកម្មជន​ការពារ​ធនធាន​ធម្មជាតិ​ចេញ​ពី​កម្ពុជា

ដោយ តាំង សារ៉ាដា
អាឡិក ៦២០
ស្ថាបនិកចលនា​​មាតា​ធម្មជាតិ លោក លោក អាឡិកហ្សង់ដ្រូ ហ្គន់ហ្សាឡេស ដេវិតសឹន (Alejandro Gonzalez Davidson) ត្រូវ​បាន​សមត្ថកិច្ច​ចាប់​ខ្លួន​នៅ​ភោជនីយដ្ឋាន​មួយ​ជិត​ផ្សារ​រាត្រី រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​រសៀល​ថ្ងៃ​២៣ កុម្ភៈ ២០១៥។
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សមត្ថកិច្ចកម្ពុជា បាន​បញ្ជូន​លោក អាឡិកហ្សង់ដ្រូ ហ្គន់ហ្សាឡេស ដេវិតសឹន (Alejandro Gonzalez Davidson) ចេញ​ពី​កម្ពុជា កាល​ពី​វេលា​ម៉ោង​ប្រមាណ ៩​យប់ ថ្ងៃ​ច័ន្ទ ទី​២៣ កុម្ភៈ។
អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​ក្រសួង​មហាផ្ទៃ លោក​ឧត្ដមសេនីយ៍ ខៀវ សុភ័គ បញ្ជាក់​ប្រាប់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី តាម​ទូរស័ព្ទ​ថា ការ​បញ្ជូន​លោក អាឡិក ចេញ​ពី​ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ គឺ​តាម​ជើង​យន្តហោះ​ថៃ អ៊ែរវេស៍ (Thai Airways) ធី.ជី.៥៨៥ (TG585) ទៅ​កាន់​ទីក្រុង​បាងកក ប្រទេស​ថៃ។