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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Lonely Planet’s 10 things you must do and see in Cambodia

August 23, 2014 12:00AM
Herald Sun Prasat Preah Vihear sits atop the Dangkrek Mountains.
Prasat Preah Vihear sits atop the Dangkrek Mountains. Picture: Lonely Planet
This is a country where you can ascend to the realm of the gods at Angkor Wat or descend into hell at Tuol Sleng prison.
CAMBODIA’S TOP 10
1. SIEM REAP AND THE TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
The life-support system for the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap was always destined for great things. It has reinvented itself as the epicentre of chic Cambodia, with everything from backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining, and sumptuous spas.
The temples of Angkor are a source of inspiration and national pride to all Khmers as they struggle to rebuild their lives after years of terror and trauma. Today, the temples are a point of pilgrimage for all Cambodians, and no traveller to the region will want to miss their extravagant beauty.
The National Ballet perform an ancient apsara dance at the Royal Palace Pagoda in Phnom P
The National Ballet perform an ancient apsara dance at the Royal Palace Pagoda in Phnom Penh. Picture: Lonely Planet

ដំណើរការសាលាក្តីខ្មែរក្រហមបន្ទាប់ពីប្រកាសសាលក្រម០០២វគ្គ១ (វគ្គ ១)

ដំណើរការសាលាក្តីខ្មែរក្រហមបន្ទាប់ពីប្រកាសសាលក្រម០០២វគ្គ១ (វគ្គ ២)

ដំណើរការសាលាក្តីខ្មែរក្រហមបន្ទាប់ពីប្រកាសសាលក្រម០០២វគ្គ១ (វគ្គបញ្ចប់)

Cambodian Court Releases Three CNRP Youth Leaders on Bail

2014-08-22
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Cambodian security guards clash with demonstrators protesting for Freedom Park to open in Phnom Penh, July 15, 2014.
AFP
Cambodia’s Appeal Court on Friday released on bail three opposition youth leaders detained for their alleged role in a violent protest in July, a lawyer for the trio said, as a rights group decried the case against them as “politically motivated.”

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) youth leaders Khin Chamreun, Neang Sokhun, and San Kinheng were detained earlier this month pending trial on insurrection charges linked to a July 15 protest by party supporters pushing for the reopening of Freedom Park in the capital Phnom Penh.

We're on the brink of repeating the mistakes of 9/11

Business Specator

In 2010 former US president George W Bush attempted to explain in his memoirs how it was that he sat in stunned silence for a full seven minutes in front a classroom of kids after being informed by his staff of the 9/11 attacks.
Rather than being in shock, as many believed, or worse, knowing he’d been sold out by members of his own administration as conspiratory theorists argue, Bush said he was merely trying to project calm.
Bush wrote in his memoirs: “I'd had enough experience as governor of Texas during some disasters to know that the reaction of the leader is essential in the first stage of any crisis.”
Well not many people believe that he was just ‘projecting calm’, and he wasn’t particularly calm when he later called for Osama Bin Laden to be brought in “dead or alive”.

Insights from a Chinese grand master


Peter Cai
China Spectator
China is remembering the 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese political leader who has largely been credited with setting the country on its path of economic reform and modernisation after decades of Maoist madness.
Deng had a foreign mentor. His name is Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore and one of the few surviving elder statesmen from the cold war era. Lee has also provided counsel to every US president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama.
One of the biggest questions that confront Australia and the rest of the world is the rise of China. Will China replace the US as the dominant power in the world? Is it possible for the country to continue to grow at such a fast pace? Will China ever become democratic?

Asia and identity politics


Malaysian Muslim activists display flags and banners during a peaceful protest against Myanmar’s alleged persecution of the Rohingya people
Malaysian Muslim activists display flags and banners during a peaceful protest against Myanmar’s alleged persecution of the Rohingya people, outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in February. AFP

How fitting it would be if the latest return visit to Southeast Asia by America’s top diplomat, US Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of America’s first African-American president, also helped push the region to move beyond stereotypes and towards reconciliation. This is critical if Asia, including Cambodia, is to progress towards greater peace and prosperity.
Whether China, with its large Uighur and Tibetan populations, or Myanmar, with more than 130 distinct ethnic groups, Asia is facing growing protests and unrest among minority communities who feel poorly served by national governments. Use of ethnicity, race or religion to divide or define one’s own citizens should have no place in the Asia of today, whether in giant India under newly elected Prime Minister Nahendra Modi or the smallest Pacific island nation.

PM looks to US to justify use of force


A factory worker shot by police is carried away during a protest on Veng Sreng Boulevard earlier this year
A factory worker shot by police is carried away during a protest on Veng Sreng Boulevard earlier this year after a government crackdown. Hun Sen has condemned police violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Heng Chivoan
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday compared Cambodia’s deadly government crackdowns favourably with attempts in the United States to quell days of unrest following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education, Hun Sen said the crackdown on demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri – where police officer Darren Wilson shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9 – has not been met with the same criticism levelled at his forces when they move in to contain protests.

Rainy season timing blamed


Villagers tend to their flooded crops in Kandal province last week
Villagers tend to their flooded crops in Kandal province last week. The National Committee for Disaster Management yesterday warned that though floods are receding, they could return. Heng Chivoan

Floods have claimed 45 lives and forced over 11,500 families to leave their homes as of August 19, according to National Committee for Disaster Management vice president Nhim Vanda, who spoke yesterday at a conference in the Cambodiana Hotel dedicated to addressing the problem.
The floods have come early in Cambodia this year. They usually begin around mid-September, like last year, when 168 people were killed.

PM fuming at ‘rude’ NGOs

After a stern public reprimand of his underlings on Monday for failing to resolve the country’s myriad land disputes, Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out at NGO monitors yesterday for questioning his professed lack of knowledge about certain disputes.
Hun Sen said on Monday that he had only learned about a recent highly publicised land dispute after seeing protesters clutching his portrait in a newspaper, and blamed provincial officials for often leaving him in the dark about events and failing to send information to Phnom Penh.

Spokespeople for gov’t require review: official

A senior official at the Ministry of Information has called on the government to review spokespeople at ministries and replace those who are not doing their job properly.
Cambodian journalists have long complained of difficulties in dealing with key ministries or government departments, with appointed spokespeople often refusing to answer questions or simply not picking up the phone.
Ouk Kimseng, a press adviser to the MOI and the deputy director-general of state news agency AKP, made the comments during a workshop for spokespeople on Tuesday.

សកម្មជន​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ​៣​នាក់​ត្រូវ​ដោះលែង

អាជ្ញាធរចាប់ខ្លួនអ្នកបឹងកក់បីនាក់មួយរយៈពេលខ្លី

ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​ជប៉ុន​សន្យា​ជួយ​ធ្វើ​ការ​កែ​ទម្រង់​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​នៅ​កម្ពុជា

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2014-08-22
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី ជប៉ុន ៦២០
អនុប្រធាន​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​ជប៉ុន លោក អាស្សូម៉ា កូស៊ីអ៊ីស៊ី (Azuma Koshiishi) ជួប​ពិភាក្សា​ជាមួយ​ប្រធាន និង​អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នា​មន្ទីរ​រដ្ឋសភា នៅ​រសៀល​ថ្ងៃ​ទី ២២ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​ជប៉ុន សន្យា​ថា​នឹង​ជួយ​ធ្វើ​កំណែ​ទម្រង់​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​នៅ​កម្ពុជា នៅ​ក្នុង​នីតិកាល​ទី​៦​ខាង​មុខ ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ប្រកប​ដោយ​សេរី ត្រឹមត្រូវ និង​យុត្តិធម៌ ដែល​អាច​ទទួល​យក​គ្រប់​ភាគី។
ការ​សន្យា​របស់​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​ជប៉ុន នេះ នៅ​ស្រប​ពេល​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ កំពុង​ធ្វើ​សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បង្កើត​ គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ថ្មី និង​សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង​វិសោធនកម្ម​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត។
អនុប្រធាន​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​ជប៉ុន ចង់​ឲ្យ​កម្ពុជា មាន​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​តាម​ប្រព័ន្ធ​អេឡិចត្រូនិក (Electronic System) និង​រៀបចំ​បញ្ជី​ចុះ​ឈ្មោះ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ឡើង​វិញ សម្រាប់​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​នីតិកាល​ទី​៦​ខាង​មុខ។

លោក សម រង្ស៊ី៖ ស្ថានភាព​នយោបាយ​នឹង​កាន់​តែ​ល្អ​ប្រសើរ

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2014-08-22
RFA
ហ៊ុន សែន សម រង្ស៊ី ៦១០
លោក ហ៊ុន សែន (ស្ដាំ) និង​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​កាសែត បន្ទាប់​ពី​ប្រជុំ នៅ​មន្ទីរ​រដ្ឋសភា ថ្ងៃ​ទី ៨ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ ២០១៤។
RFA/Yeang Socheametta
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្រ្គោះជាតិ​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា ស្ថានភាព​នយោបាយ​កាន់​តែ​ល្អ ប្រសើរ​ឡើង ហើយ​កាក​សំណល់​នៃ​វិបត្តិ​នយោបាយ​នឹង​ត្រូវ​បោសសំអាត​ឲ្យ​អស់​ក្នុង​ពេល​ ឆាប់ៗ​នេះ។
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថ្លែង​ប្រាប់​អ្នក​សារព័ត៌មាន នៅ​ក្រោយ​ពេល​ជំនួប​ជាមួយ​អនុប្រធាន​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា​ជប៉ុន នៅរសៀលថ្ងៃទី២២សីហាថា តុលាការកោះហៅសកម្មជនគណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិចំនួន៥រួបទៀត ដែល​នឹង​ចូល​ខ្លួន​ទៅ​បំភ្លឺ​នៅ​តុលាការ​នៅ​ពេល​ខាង​មុខ​នេះ នឹង​មិន​មាន​បញ្ហា​អ្វី​ទេ។ លោក​បញ្ជាក់​ថា

More Than 1,000 Faintings Reported in Cambodian Factories This Year

2014-08-21
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Workers are attended to after fainting at a factory in Kampong Chhnang province, in a file photo.
RFA
A total of 1,222 faintings and three deaths have been reported in garment factories in Cambodia’s key industrial zones so far this year, surpassing those reported throughout 2013, a local trade union said Thursday, accusing the plants of flouting laws that protect working conditions.

The number of faintings between January and August was much higher than the 802 reported in the whole of last year, while only one factory worker died in the workplace in 2013, the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC) said in a report.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Protesters Say Foreign Minister Condoned Flag Burning

By | August 20, 2014
The Cambodia Daily
 
A leader of recent protests against inflammatory remarks by a Vietnamese Embassy spokesman said Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Tuesday condoned the burning of a Vietnamese flag in front of the embassy last week.
The protesters were enraged by embassy spokesman Tran Van Thong’s comments on the radio in June rejecting a common claim among Cambodians that Kampuchea Krom, in present day southern Vietnam, belonged to Cambodia before it was ceded by colonial France to Vietnam in 1949.
Sok Sothear, of the Khmer Youth Alliance for Democracy, one of the groups demanding a retraction from the spokesman, was part of a delegation that met with Foreign Ministry officials Tuesday about their plans for more protests.

Media ‘got it wrong’: official


National Assembly President Heng Samrin arrives in Phnom Penh
National Assembly President Heng Samrin arrives in Phnom Penh yesterday from a trip to Vietnam, where he met Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Pha Lina

The head of the parliamentary foreign affairs commission yesterday denied Vietnamese media reports that National Assembly President Heng Samrin told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung he would take “strict action” to prevent further Khmer Krom-led protests against Vietnam.
The reports, widely picked up by Cambodian media, said Samrin had painted protesters as “extremists”. But senior CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun yesterday claimed that Samrin actually told Vietnam on Monday that demonstrations were allowed in Cambodia and that the protesters had a legitimate reason to take to the streets.

Mentally ill lack support in prison


Prisoners are watched over by guards as they sit in the courtyard of Prey Sar prison in 2009
Prisoners are watched over by guards as they sit in the courtyard of Prey Sar prison in 2009. Hong Menea

At the age of 18, Lim Visal* was chained to a post by his parents, who were anxious about his undiagnosed schizophrenia and too poor to refer him to a hospital. The couple feared their son might be dangerous, so they left him like that – alone and restrained most of the time – in a single room for two years.
That was his home until the day he escaped and, confirming his parent’s worst fears, killed a young girl in his village. The crime earned him 10 years of a different sort of confinement, this one not much better than the first.

NGOs want charges dropped


A member of the security forces that attempted to clear Freedom Park last month is rushed away after being attacked by protesters
A member of the security forces that attempted to clear Freedom Park last month is rushed away after being attacked by protesters. Heng Chivoan

Charges brought against opposition members for their alleged role in inciting violence against district security guards during a protest at Freedom Park last month were politically motivated and should be dropped, civil society leaders said yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference organised by the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, leading human rights workers told reporters that, according to the criminal code, the charges should be dropped.
Ny Chakrya, a senior investigator for rights group Adhoc, said there was “not enough evidence” to charge the Cambodia National Rescue Party members.

Hun Many name used for imports


Hun Many, lawmaker and son of Hun Sen
Hun Many, lawmaker and son of Hun Sen, says his name was used in scheme. Kara Fox

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son Hun Many filed a complaint yesterday with Phnom Penh Municipal Court after he was informed that his name was being used to illegally import ambulances into the Kingdom.
According to Many’s lawyer, Ly Chan Tola, an autonomous port officer in Preah Sihanouk province told Many that his name had been used to evade import taxes on three ambulances.
“The officer suspected it and then reported it to him, because he knows His Excellency Hun Many never does this kind of act,” Chan Tola said.
Chan Tola added that a suspect had already been identified.

PM history book has message

In power since 1985, Hun Sen may be the only prime minister many Cambodians have ever known. However, the latest book from veteran journalist and author Chhay Sophal, released yesterday, seeks to tell the stories – and, often, the nasty ends – of all 36 Cambodians to ever hold the office.
Sophal said at a news conference that the book’s subtext was intended to offer a message to contemporary politicians: The idea that “when the water is up, the fish eats ants, and when the water is down, the ants eat the fish” should be eliminated from politics.
“No less than 10 prime ministers were assassinated or poisoned. Others were arrested and sent to jail, or to live in exile until their death,” he said.

លោក ហេង សំរិន បដិសេធ​ព័ត៌មាន​ថា​រដ្ឋសភា​នឹង​ចាត់​វិធានការ​ចំពោះ​បាតុកម្ម​មុខ​ទូត​វៀតណាម

ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា
2014-08-20
RFA
ហេង សំរិន ៦២០
លោក ហេង សំរិន ប្រធាន​រដ្ឋសភា​កម្ពុជា ត្រឡប់​ពី​ទស្សនកិច្ច​នៅ​ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម មក​ដល់​អាកាសយានដ្ឋាន​អន្តរជាតិ​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Yeang Socheametta
មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា នៅ​រសៀល​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​សីហា បដិសេធ​ចំពោះ​ការ​លើក​ឡើង​របស់​បណ្ដាញ​សារព័ត៌មាន​វៀតណាម និង​បរទេស​មួយ​ចំនួន ដែល​បាន​លើក​ឡើង​ថា ប្រធាន​រដ្ឋសភា​កម្ពុជា លោក ហេង សំរិន ប្រាប់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​វៀតណាម ថា រដ្ឋសភា​នឹង​ចាត់​វិធានការ​ចំពោះ​បាតុករ​ខ្មែរ​ដែល​ធ្វើ​បាតុកម្ម​ទាមទារ​នៅ ​មុខ​ស្ថានទូត​វៀតណាម ប្រចាំ​កម្ពុជា។
ការ​លើក​ឡើង​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​បន្ទាប់​ពី លោក ហេង សំរិន និង​សមាជិក​រដ្ឋសភា​មួយ​ចំនួន​ទៀត វិល​ត្រឡប់​ពី​ដំណើរ​ទស្សនកិច្ច​រយៈពេល ៣​ថ្ងៃ នៅ​ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម។

Cambodian Rights Group Pushes For Family Visits For CNRP Detainees

2014-08-20
RFA
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Cambodian security guards clash with protesters pushing for the opening of Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, July 15, 2014.
AFP
A human rights group has called on Cambodian authorities to allow the families of three detained opposition youth leaders to visit them in prison, saying denial of family visits during their detention since Aug. 2 was politically motivated and a violation of basic rights.

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) youth leaders Khin Chamreun, Neang Sokhun and San Kinheng have been held pending trial on insurrection charges for alleged involvement in a July 15 protest by party supporters pushing for the reopening of Freedom Park in the capital Phnom Penh.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cambodia to establish int'l committee for safeguarding, developing world heritage Preah Vihear


PHNOM PENH, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia is working with UNESCO to form an International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Preah Vihear (ICC-Preah Vihear), Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister Sok An said Tuesday.
Speaking during a meeting with South Korean Ambassador to Cambodia Kim Han Soo, Sok An said in the near future, the UNESCO's Cultural Property Council would hold a meeting to discuss the establishment of the ICC-Preah Vihear and asked South Korea to support the would-be committee.

Term limits for PM proposed


Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in office since 1985
Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in office since 1985, addresses an audience at the Peace Palace on Monday. Heng Chivoan

Civil society representatives said they will petition parliament in the coming days to consider amending the constitution to limit prime ministers to two terms in office.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion organised by election monitor Comfrel yesterday, political analyst Kem Ley said having no restrictions on terms in office would lead to more corruption.
“Being in office for a long time can create more nepotism, corruption and an absolutist regime,” he said. “When there is an autocratic regime the leader has the power and desire to topple groups who want to protest and express themselves.
“If we cannot restrict the prime minister’s term we will need to campaign and tell people not to support him.”

Knowing your audience

A day after National Assembly president Heng Samrin assured Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi that the government would take strict measures to quell further “extremist” Khmer Krom protests, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong reportedly told demonstration leaders yesterday that the government shared their concerns.
Observers have said the differing statements highlight attempts by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to walk a diplomatic tightrope by distancing itself from widespread ire towards Vietnam, while at the same time avoiding giving offence to the party’s historical partner.
According to the leaders of groups invited to a private meeting at Namhong’s office yesterday afternoon, the foreign minister asked activists to postpone protests outside the Vietnamese Embassy – which occurred for three consecutive days last week – in order to allow time for a solution to be found.

No protest permission needed: CCHR

A prominent rights group on Monday wrote to Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, calling on him to remind ministries and local authorities that demonstrators do not require their permission to hold public gatherings.
The letter from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) came after security forces blocked a peaceful bike ride organised by environmentalists on Sunday to raise awareness of the planned Stung Cheay Areng hydropower dam in Koh Kong province.
The letter said that under Articles 5 and 10 of the Law on Peaceful Demonstrations, protest organisers are not required to ask for permission to hold gatherings, and nonresponse to a protest notification is considered approval.

After four years, Water Festival set to return


Boats battle it out during the 2010 Water Festival in Phnom Penh
Boats battle it out during the 2010 Water Festival in Phnom Penh. The festival is set to return this November after three consecutive cancellations. Sreng Meng Srun

Cambodia's Water Festival is to return to the capital this year for the first time since 2010, when a stampede on a bridge packed with revellers killed more than 350 people.
Officials announced yesterday that the traditional event, which marks the end of the rainy season and the reversing course of the Tonle Sap, will be held over three days in early November.
“Our country will celebrate the Water Festival as normal, the way we always have in front of the Royal Palace for three days, November 5, 6 and 7,” said Pean Cham Roeun, an official with the National and International Festivals Committee.
As for the question that is on everyone’s mind – why now? – Cham Roeun was in the dark: “I can’t answer why the festival is allowed to happen this year, because I am not aware either,” he said.

CNRP seeks prison visit


A resident of Kampong Chhnang province’s Lorpeang village is arrested during a protest over a land dispute with KDC International on August 12
A resident of Kampong Chhnang province’s Lorpeang village is arrested during a protest over a land dispute with KDC International on August 12. Opposition lawmakers plan to visit the jailed villagers. Heng Chivoan

The National Assembly yesterday agreed to forward to the Ministry of Interior a request from five Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers to visit the five Lorpeang villagers jailed over their involvement in their ongoing land dispute with KDC International.
According to the August 18 letter, sent to Minister of Interior Sar Kheng through acting National Assembly President Nguon Nhel, permission was sought by CNRP lawmakers Ho Vann, Men Sothavarin, Phy Vanndara, Ngao Kimcheang and Ngim Nheng to visit the villagers at the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Prison on August 21.

យុទ្ធនាការ៥០០ថ្ងៃប្រឆាំងអំពើពុករលួយដើម្បីកាត់បន្ថយភាពក្រីក្រ (វគ្គ ១)

យុទ្ធនាការ៥០០ថ្ងៃប្រឆាំងអំពើពុករលួយដើម្បីកាត់បន្ថយភាពក្រីក្រ (វគ្គ ២)

យុទ្ធនាការ៥០០ថ្ងៃប្រឆាំងអំពើពុករលួយដើម្បីកាត់បន្ថយភាពក្រីក្រ (វគ្គបញ្ចប់)

សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ស្នើ​ធ្វើ​វិសោធនកម្ម​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ​កំណត់​អាណត្តិ​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ត្រឹម​២​អាណត្តិ

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-08-19
RFA
គល់ បញ្ញា ៦១០
នាយក​ប្រតិបត្តិ​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ដើម្បី​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ដោយ​សេរី​ និង​ត្រឹម​ត្រូវ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា (Comfrel) លោក គល់ បញ្ញា ផ្ដល់​បទសម្ភាសន៍​ដល់​អ្នក​កាសែត​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦ ធ្នូ ២០១៣។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល ស្នើ​ធ្វើ​វិសោធនកម្ម​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ​មាត្រា​១៩៩​ថ្មី ដោយ​កំណត់​អាណត្តិ​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ត្រឹម​ពីរ​អាណត្តិ ឬ ១០​ឆ្នាំ។ ការ​ស្នើ​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ស្រប​ពេល​ដែល​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ កំពុង​ពិភាក្សា​គ្នា​ធ្វើ​វិសោធនកម្ម​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ ដោយ​ដាក់​បញ្ចូល​ស្ថាប័ន​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) ទៅ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ។
មាត្រា​១៩៩​ថ្មី នៃ​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ​ចែង​ថា តាម​សេចក្តី​ស្នើ​ពី​ប្រធាន​ដោយ​មាន​ការ​ឯកភាព​ពី​អនុប្រធាន​ទាំង​ពីរ​នៃ​ រដ្ឋសភា ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ​ទ្រង់​ចាត់​តាំង​វរជន​មួយ​រូប​ក្នុង​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ នៃ​បក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត ឲ្យ​បង្កើត​រាជ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល។ វរជន​ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​ចាត់​តាំង​នេះ ដឹក​នាំ​សហការី​ដែល​ជា​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ ឬ​ជា​

Cambodia Orders Halt to Anti-Vietnamese Protests After Flag Burning Incident

2014-08-19
RFA
cambodia-thac-setha-aug-2014.jpg
Thac Setha holds a petition calling on the Cambodian Foreign Ministry to extract an apology from Hanoi during a protest in Phnom Penh, Aug. 11, 2014.
RFA
Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Nam Hong on Tuesday ordered the country’s embattled Khmer Krom ethnic group to suspend protests against Vietnam over a territorial dispute as Phnom Penh expressed “regret” to Hanoi over the burning of a Vietnamese flag during the demonstrations last week.

Horn Nam Hong met at his office with the head of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation, Thach Setha, who agreed to temporarily halt the protest outside the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh following the request from the minister.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Death And Uneasy Rebirth Of Cambodia's Psychedelic Rock

Many of the old images in Bochan Huy's "Chnam Oun 16" music video are haunting — fleeting, grainy footage of workers in rural Cambodian labor camps and Phnom Penh's crumbling shops and streets, emptied of life.
But Huy says the eyes were the hardest — the photographs of Khmer Rouge victims, whose stares she and her producers would use to gauge how much pain could be tastefully set to electric guitar and thumping hip-hop beats.
"They tried to stop us; they tried to rob us. They tried; they tried," Huy sings. Her voice is throaty, defiant — almost jeering — as she shifts between lyrics in English and Khmer.

The buck stops elsewhere


Protesters from Kratie displaying images of Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany
Protesters from Kratie displaying images of Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, are confronted by security forces on the way to the prime minister’s house yesterday. Pha Lina

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday sought to distance himself from the land dispute epidemic plaguing Cambodia, professing complete ignorance of many of the cases and placing the onus primarily on provincial-level officials.
Warning ministers, provincial governors and other officials that he has “no patience” left, the premier went so far as to suggest that if they don’t provide speedy resolutions, they should leave their posts.
The reprimand comes as villagers from Snuol district in Kratie and Lor Peang village in Kampong Chhnang have travelled to Phnom Penh in recent weeks to seek resolutions to their disputes, with the Snuol families being violently halted by authorities as they tried to march on the premier’s house just yesterday.

Safrole oil found buried


Police officers seize a huge stockpile of safrole oil that was found buried underground in cases in Pursat province
Police officers seize a huge stockpile of safrole oil that was found buried underground in cases in Pursat province. PHOTO SUPPLIED

A huge stockpile of safrole oil – a precursor in the production of chemicals, including illegal narcotics – has been seized in southwest Cambodia after police informants alerted the authorities to its location.
More than 3,200 litres of the oil were found stashed in 109 cases buried underground in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district, district police chief Theang Len said.
“The reason we know they were hidden underground is because we have our informants in the area. People tipped us off after they dug the soil and broke some of the cases. They could smell it; they called our forces and we dug them out,” he said.
Safrole oil is extracted from the roots and bark of sassafras plants, which include a variety of tree found in the Cardamom Mountains known locally as mreach prov.

Only 30 pct passed exam: PM


A teacher guides students through exercises in Phnom Penh in March
A teacher guides students through exercises in Phnom Penh in March. Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that only 30 per cent of more than 93,000 grade 12 test-takers passed this year. Pha Lina

Pre-empting the official announcement of the national exam results, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday declared true his prediction that most grade 12 students would flunk the high-stakes test.
Only 30 per cent of the more than 93,000 test-takers achieved a passing score this year, according to the premier.
“An educational reform is now going on.… It’s not like before when more than 80 per cent passed,” he said at a ceremony at the Peace Palace yesterday.
The prime minister blamed this year’s dismal results on stricter measures against formerly widespread cheating and test leakage, and repeated his decision to hold a retest on October 13.
Hun Sen also declared yesterday that from this coming academic year onwards, school will start in October, one month later than usual, in order to accommodate flooding.

PM promises to keep deal

The National Assembly will hold a session next Tuesday to elect internal leadership positions according to an agreement made by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party on July 22 that saw the CNRP join the assembly, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday.
Speaking at the Peace Palace, the premier said his party’s lawmakers would fulfil their promise to vote in CNRP officials as the first deputy parliamentary president and the heads of five commissions. “Some of His Excellencies and Her Excellencies speak about deadlock. I am not in deadlock. What deadlock? I have gone on working forever,” he told an audience that included government officials and representatives of the international community.

លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ព្រមាន​ដក​មន្ត្រី​ដែល​មិន​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ជូន​ពលរដ្ឋ

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2014-08-18
RFA
ជម្លោះ​ដី ក្រចេះ ៦២០
ពលរដ្ឋ​មាន​បញ្ហា​ដី​មក​ពី​ខេត្ត​ក្រចេះ ចង​បដា​ថ្កោល​ទោស និង​ប្រឆាំង​ការ​រំលោភ​យក​ដី​ពី​សំណាក់​អាជ្ញាធរ​នៅ​របង​រដ្ឋ​សភា កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៨ សីហា ២០១៤។
RFA/Uon Chhin
លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ព្រមាន​ដក​តំណែង​អភិបាល​ខែត្រ រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី និង​ថ្នាក់ដឹកនាំ​ស្ថាប័ន​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​នានា ដែល​មិន​ខិតខំ​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​នានា​ជូន​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ ពិសេស​រឿង​ជម្លោះដីធ្លី។
លោក​បាន​បន្ទោស​ទៅ​ថ្នាក់ក្រោម​របស់​លោក​ថា ការ​ផ្ដល់​ដី​សម្បទាន​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​នោះ មើល​តែ​តាម​ផែនទី និង​មិន​បាន​ចុះទៅ​មើល​ផ្ទាល់ ព្រម​ទាំង​មិន​បាន​អនុវត្ត​ទៅ​តាម​អនុសាសន៍​របស់​គាត់​ដែល​បណ្ដាល​ឲ្យ​មាន​ ជម្លោះ​ដីធ្លី​នេះ។
​មន្ត្រី​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​គាំទ្រ​ចំពោះ​ការ​លើក​ឡើង​របស់​លោក​ នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន នេះ​ថា​ល្មម​ដល់​ពេល​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ចាត់វិធានការ​ដោះស្រាយ​ដើម្បី​បញ្ចប់​ វិបត្តិ​ដីធ្លី​នេះ​ហើយ។
មន្ត្រី​ស៊ើបអង្កេត​ផ្នែក​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​នៃ​សមាគម​ អាដហុក (Adhoc) ចាត់​ទុក​ការ​ថ្លែង​របស់​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថា លោក​មិន​ដឹង​អំពី​បញ្ហា​ជម្លោះដីធ្លី​កន្លង​មក​នោះ ថា​ជា​កាយវិការ​មិន​ទទួល​ខុស​ត្រូវ។

បទ​វិភាគ៖ យុត្តិធម៌​មិន​ពេញលេញ​ពី​សាលាក្ដី​ខ្មែរក្រហម

ដោយ ជី វិតា
2014-08-19
RFA
ជើង​ឯក ៣០៥
១៧-មេសា-២០១២៖ លោក​យាយ​រូប​នេះ​កំពុង​សម្លឹង​មើល​លលាដ៍​ក្បាល​ជន​រងគ្រោះ ដែល​តម្កល់​​ទុក​នៅ​អតីត​វាល​ពិឃាដ​ជើងឯក ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ។
RFA/Mom Sophon
មនុស្ស​ជិត ២​លាន​នាក់​បាន​ត្រូវ​ស្លាប់​បាត់បង់​ជីវិត ដោយ​ការ​ប្រហារ​ជីវិត ការងារ​បង្ខំ ការ​បង្អត់​អាហារ និង​ដោយសារ​ជំងឺតម្កាត់​នៅ​ក្នុង​របប​កម្ពុជា​ប្រជាធិបតយ្យ ឬ​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម។
បន្ទាប់​ពី​ចំណាយ​ពេល​អស់ ៧​ឆ្នាំ អង្គ​ជំនុំជម្រះ​វិសាមញ្ញ​ក្នុង​តុលាការ​កម្ពុជា ឬ​សាលាក្ដី​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ដែល​មាន​ការ​គាំទ្រ​ពី​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ បាន​ចេញ​សាលក្រម​លើ​សំណុំ​រឿង ០០២ វគ្គ ១ កាត់​ទោស​អោយ​ជន​ជាប់​ចោទ នួន ជា និង ខៀវ សំផន ជាប់​ពន្ធនាគារ​អស់​មួយ​ជីវិត ពី​បទ​ឧក្រិដ្ឋកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​មនុស្ស​ជាតិ។
ការ​កាត់​ទោស​អតីត​មេដឹកនាំ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​កំពូល​ទាំង​ពីរ​រូប​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ ​ទី​៧ សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ រួម​ទាំង​ការ​កាត់​ទោស កាំង ហ្កេកអ៊ាវ ហៅ ឌុច អតីត​ប្រធាន​មន្ទីរ​សន្តិសុខ​ស២១ កន្លង​មក ចំពោះ​ការ​កាប់​សម្លាប់​ពលរដ្ឋ​កម្ពុជា រវាង​ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៥ និង​ខែ​មករា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៩ ក្នុង​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​អាច​ជា​សំណុំ​រឿង​ចុង​ក្រោយ​របស់​សាលាក្ដី​កូន​កាត់​ មួយ​នេះ។ បើ​ដូច្នេះ តើ​ជន​រងគ្រោះ​ទទួល​បាន​យុត្តិធម៌​ដែរ​ឬ​ទេ?

ជនជាតិ​ជង​បារម្ភ​ខ្លាច​បាត់​បង់​ប្រពៃណី​និង​ជន​ជាតិ​ខ្លួន

ក្រុម​ការងារ​បក្ស​ទាំង​២​បញ្ចប់​កិច្ច​ពិភាក្សា​អំពី​វិសោធនកម្ម​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-08-18
RFA
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
ក្រុម​ការងារ​ចរចា​របស់​គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ បញ្ចប់​ការ​ពិភាក្សា​ស្ដីពី​ការ​ធ្វើ​វិសោធនកម្ម​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ដំបូង គឺ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៨ ខែ​សីហា។ សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ថ្មី​នេះ មាន ១០​ជំពូក ដោយ​មិន​ទាន់​ចែក​ចេញ​ជា​មាត្រា​ច្បាប់​ឡើយ។