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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cambodian cyber law could shutter freedom of expression

Cambodia's secretive draft law on cyber crime is unreasonably restrictive, say its critics, far too widely drawn and, if passed in its current form, could close down one of the country's last spaces for free expression.
In May 2012, the Cambodian government announced it was drafting a Cybercrime Law. Ignoring calls to allow public input, the government has kept the draft secret, confirming only that it plans to put the law before parliament later this year.
Despite the government's opaque approach, an English translation of the draft was leaked to Article 19, a British-based freedom of expression advocacy group, which earlier this month posted it online along with a highly critical assessment.
Article 19 warned that the draft "falls well below international standards on the rights to freedom of expression, information and privacy." And, it added, should it pass in its current form, it would jeopardize the space for free speech online - and that in a country whose media is largely controlled by the ruling party.

Why China fears the Putin precedent

23 April 2014
Business Spectator

In a visit to Japan last week for discussions with some officials in the Shinzo Abe administration, the topic of Russia’s virtual annexation of Crimea was frequently raised by my Japanese hosts. Although Japan has few interests in that part of the world, the prospect of a military power using force – or at least the threat of it – to seize control of territory claimed and administered by another country is not a worry unique to the former Soviet Union republics. As we all know, Japan has a dispute with China over areas in the East China Sea. China is also in disagreement with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia over areas in the South China Sea, and with India in Arunachal Pradesh.
Just as the United States (and the Cold War era North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) is forced to stand by helplessly vis-à-vis Russia’s Vladimir Putin bold gambit in Eastern Europe, some in Japan fear that an increasingly assertive China could well use the

Sam Rainsy: My position for the U.S., China and Vietnam ជំហរ របស់ ខ្ញុំ ចំពោះ អាមេរិក ចិន និងយួន

២១ េមសា ២០១៤ / 21 April 2014
With regard to internal politics, more precisely the strengthening of democracy and the defense of human rights, we will continue to seek the support of America because we share the same values.

But in international relations, ideology has become secondary, even irrelevant, at a time when national and strategic interests are the determining factors in choosing friends and allies. Look at the evolving relations between Vietnam and the US: the two former enemies – one communist, the other one capitalist – have become good friends and allies.

And when it comes to ensuring the survival of Cambodia as an independent nation, there is a saying as old as the world: the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Can Cambodia’s Media Reform?

Can Cambodia’s Media Reform?
Image Credit: REUTERS/Samra
The elections of 2013 should have been a wakeup call, not only for the Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People Party (CPP), but also for its allies in the traditional media. In its previous mandates, the CPP was able to effectively shape public opinion in its favor courtesy of its domination of the mainstream media, including local television, radio and newspapers, which more or less served as government mouthpieces. The rapid proliferation of these outlets in the aftermath of the UNTAC elections meant greater dissemination of the government’s policies, activities and accomplishments, and greater alienation of opposition criticism.

‘Hacktivists’ unmasked

Two members of Anonymous Cambodia pose for photos wearing masks.
Two members of Anonymous Cambodia pose for photos wearing masks. Both men were arrested on April 7 after being charged with computer hacking. PHOTOS SUPPLIED

Two members of Anonymous Cambodia, the local arm of the international “hacktivist” collective, were arrested earlier this month following an eight-month-long investigation in conjunction with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Police announced yesterday.
The two suspects – both 21-year-old students at Phnom Penh’s SETEC Institute, a private university – have been charged under three articles of the criminal code related to computer hacking, and could face between one month and two years in prison and a fine of up to 4 million riel ($1,000).

Monks fight alleged overstep

Monks hold placards during a protest at the site of a housing development
Monks hold placards during a protest at the site of a housing development near Wat Kohbodhivong in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district yesterday morning. PHOTO SUPPLIED

A deputy district governor and a land tycoon are allegedly attempting to seize land deemed sacred by about 700 monks and residents who gathered yesterday in protest outside the unfinished Wat Kohbodhivong in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.
Banner-wielding participants said that tycoon Chheang Paksour and Deputy District Governor Chea Khema are conspiring to parcel out pagoda grounds, despite the area being demarcated as sacred by the Ministry of Cults and Religion in 2006.

Wage-setting meet up in air

A garment factory worker holds a placard during a protest that saw Russian Boulevard blockaded by razor wire and riot police in Phnom Penh in December.
A garment factory worker holds a placard during a protest that saw Russian Boulevard blockaded by razor wire and riot police in Phnom Penh in December. Vireak Mai

Exactly who will participate in a workshop to set the minimum wage in the garment sector with the Ministry of Labour this week remained unclear yesterday, with some key figures saying they had not yet been invited.
During the workshop, to be held on Thursday and Friday, the ministry, with technical assistance from the International Labour Organization, will begin discussions with union, NGO and industry leaders about setting a mechanism to calculate a fair minimum wage for garment industry workers, a Ministry of Labour letter, signed by secretary of state Oum Mean, says.

After violence, Sochua to sue

Three men talk at the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday.
Three men talk at the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday after they were injured by municipal security personnel at Freedom Park on Monday. Vireak Mai

Opposition lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua yesterday called for a government official to be dismissed and vowed legal action against him over violence by security guards at Freedom Park.
During a news conference at the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, Sochua accused Daun Penh district deputy governor Sok Penh Vuth of ordering his security guards to attack a peaceful crowd of supporters, journalists and NGO workers on Monday.

ការ​កាត់​បន្ថយ​គម្លាត​អ្នក​មាន​អ្នក​ក្រ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា (វគ្គ​១)

ការ​កាត់​បន្ថយ​គម្លាត​អ្នក​មាន​អ្នក​ក្រ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា (បញ្ចប់​)

កម្ពុជា​អាច​នឹង​មាន​បដិវត្តន៍​កសិករ​លើ​គោលនយោបាយ​នាំ​អង្ករ​ចេញ (វគ្គ​១)

កម្ពុជា​អាច​នឹង​មាន​បដិវត្តន៍​កសិករ​លើ​គោលនយោបាយ​នាំ​អង្ករ​ចេញ (បញ្ចប់​)

អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ ទាមទារ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ដក​ឬ​ព្យួរ​ការងារ​អភិបាល​រង​ខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ

ដោយ ឡេង ម៉ាលី
មូរ សុខហួរ ៦១០
អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​សារព័ត៌មាន​នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Leng Maly
គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ទាមទារ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ឱ្យ​ចាត់​វិធាន​ការ ដូច​ជា ការ​ដក ឬ​ព្យួរ​ការងារ​ចំពោះ​អភិបាល​រង​ខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ ដែល​បញ្ជា​ឱ្យ​ប្រើ​ហិង្សា​វាយ​របួស​មនុស្ស​នៅ​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ មេសា។ មន្ត្រី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កំពុង​រង់ចាំ​មើល​បណ្ដឹង​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ។
ថ្លែង​នៅ​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​សារព័ត៌មាន នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ មេសា តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ ថ្លែង​ថា នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៨ មេសា សប្ដាហ៍​ក្រោយ បេក្ខជន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នឹង​

ចំណុច​ល្អ​និង​ចំណុច​អាក្រក់​របស់​លោក ម៉ុក ម៉ារ៉េត ក្នុង​តំណែង​ជា​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​បរិស្ថាន

ដោយ ដែន អយុធ្យា
ម៉ុក ម៉ារ៉េត ៦១០
លោក ម៉ុក ម៉ារ៉េត អតីត​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​បរិស្ថាន ពី​ឆ្នាំ​១៩៩៣ ដល់​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ និង​បាន​ប្ដូរ​ទៅ​កាន់​តំណែង​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​ផែន​ការ​វិនិយោគ កសិកម្ម អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​ជនបទ បរិស្ថាន និង​ធនធាន​ទឹក ឬ​គណៈកម្មការ​ទី​៣​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥ ផ្ដល់​បទ​សម្ភាសន៍​ដល់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Uon Chhin
ក្រុម​អ្នក​ស្រាវជ្រាវ ឬ​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ​សង្គម និង​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ខ្លះ​ដែល​ធ្វើ​ការងារ​ការពារ​បរិស្ថាន និង​ធនធាន​ធម្មជាតិ បាន​លើក​ឡើង​ពី​ផល​វិជ្ជមាន និង​អវិជ្ជមាន​របស់ លោក ម៉ុក ម៉ារ៉េត នៅ​អំឡុង​ពេល​លោក​ធ្វើ​ជា​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​បរិស្ថាន នៃ​រាជ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា ប៉ុន្មាន​អាណត្តិ​មក​នេះ។
អ្នក​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​សង្គម​មួយ​ចំនួន​បាន​បង្ហាញ​ថា សកម្មភាព​ការងារ​របស់ លោក ម៉ុក ម៉ារ៉េត មាន​ផល​វិជ្ជមាន​តិចតួច ប៉ុន្តែ​ផល​អវិជ្ជមាន​បាន​កើត​មាន​ច្រើន​គគោក ឬ​ស្ទើរ​រលាយ​ហិនហោច​បរិស្ថាន ឬ​ធនធាន​ធម្មជាតិ​របស់​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា។ ប៉ុន្តែ​ការ​លើក​ឡើង​នេះ ត្រូវ លោក ម៉ុក ម៉ារ៉េត ច្រាន​ចោល។


ដោយ វោហារ ជាតិ
ភាគី​វៀតណាម​សុំ​ឲ្យ​ភាគី​កម្ពុជា​ និង​ឡាវ​រួម​ទាំង​ភាគី​វៀតណាម​ខ្លួន​ឯង​ផង ខិតខំ​វិនិយោគ​ហេដ្ឋារចនាសម្ព័ន្ធ​ផ្លូវ​គមនាគមន៍ទៅ​កាន់​ដំបន់​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​ ត្រី​កោណ​មរកត ដើម្បី​តភ្ជាប់​សេវា​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​នៃ​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​បី ដែល​មាន​ព្រំប្រទល់​ជាប់​តំបន់​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​រួម​គ្នា​មួយ​នេះ។
ការ​ស្នើសុំ​នេះ​ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ដោយ​លោក​ឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​វៀតណាម ង្វៀន សាន​ភក់ (Nguyen Xuan Phuc) នៅ​ក្នុង​កិច្ចប្រជុំ​មួយ​នៃ​មន្ត្រី​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​បី ធ្វើ​ឡើង​នៅ​ខេត្ត​ដាក់ឡាក់ (Dak Lak) ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ មេសា។
កាសែត​វៀតណាម​មួយ​ឈ្មោះ វៀតណាម​ ញូវស៍ (Vietnam News) ផ្សាយ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ មេសា ថា កិច្ចប្រជុំ​នេះមាល​បំណង​កសាង​និង​ពង្រឹង​ដៃគូ​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​តំបន់​ត្រីកោណ​ មរកត ផ្ដោតលើ​វិស័យ​កសិកម្ម និង​ឧស្សាហកម្ម​ដំណាំ​កាហ្វេ​និង​កៅស៊ូ ព្រម​ទាំង​អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​ហេដ្ឋារចនាសម្ព័ន្ធ​តំបន់​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​ពិសេស​នៅ​ព្រំដែន និង​ធនធាន​មនុស្ស​ជាដើម។

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

UN Concerned About Detainees’ Presence at Trials

By | April 22, 2014
The Cambodia Daily
The U.N.’s human rights office in Cambodia expressed concern Monday that 22 detained protesters may not be allowed to attend their trials on Friday, while the government insisted that the prisoners will be transported to the court.
Two minors were arrested for intentional violence for their role in a November 12 clash near Stung Meanchey bridge between police and protesting SL Garment Factory workers. One has been released on bail. Another 21 detainees rounded up and imprisoned on charges of intentional violence and destruction of property during garment strikes on January 2 and 3 are also set to be tried.
Vanny Vanan, 17, who was arrested in the Stung Meanchey bridge clash, is being held at Prey Sar Prison’s Correctional Center 1. The others are being held in Kompong Cham province’s high-security Correctional Center 3 (CC3).


ដោយ ឡេង ម៉ាលី
យុវជន សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ ៦១០
យុវជន​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ រង​របួស​ដោយ​ការ​បង្ក្រាប​របស់​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ទៅ​លើ​អ្នក​ប៉ុន​ប៉ង​ចូល​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​២១ មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Morm Moniroth
មនុស្ស ១០​នាក់ បាន​រង​បួស​ធ្ងន់​និង​ស្រាល ដោយសារ​ការ​វាយ​ពី​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​ខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ នា​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ មេសា។
ការ​រង​របួស​ទាំង​នេះ គឺ​នៅ​ពេល​ដែល​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​ខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ ព្យាយាម​បណ្ដេញ​​បេក្ខជន​​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ ឱ្យ​ចេញ​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ។ អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ បាន​ព្យាយាម​ចូល​ទៅ​ក្នុង​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​ពីរ​ថ្ងៃ​ជាប់ៗ​គ្នា ដើម្បី​សម្ដែង​មតិ និង​ទាមទារ​យុត្តិធម៌​​ឲ្យ​​កម្មករ ដែល​ត្រូវ​គេ​បាញ់​សម្លាប់​នៅ​ផ្លូវ​វ៉េងស្រេង កាល​ពី​ដើម​ខែ​មករា។


ដោយ ដែន អយុធ្យា
គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) អំពាវនាវ​ដល់​គ្រប់​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ដែល​បាន​ចូលរួម​បោះឆ្នោត​ជ្រើសរើស​សមាជិក ​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​រាជធានី ខេត្ត ក្រុង ខណ្ឌ ស្រុក អាណត្តិ​ទី​២ ឲ្យ​ចូលរួម​គោរព​បទបញ្ជា និង​នីតិវិធី​ឃោសនា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ឲ្យ​បាន​ទាំង​អស់​គ្នា ដើម្បី​ជៀសវាង​វិវាទ​ផ្សេងៗ។ តំណាង​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​មួយ​ចំនួន បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា គេ​បាន​ត្រៀម​លក្ខណៈ​រួច​ហើយ ប៉ុន្តែ​មិន​ធ្វើ​ពិធី​ឃោសនា​ធំដុំ​ដូច​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​សភា​ទេ។
គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត  នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ចន្ទ ទី​២១ ខែ​មេសា បាន​ធ្វើ​សន្និសីទ​កាសែត​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ពី​នីតិវិធី​ឃោសនា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត ជ្រើសរើស​សមាជិក​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​ថ្នាក់​ខេត្ត ក្រុង ស្រុក ខណ្ឌ អាណត្តិ​ទី​២ ជូន​ដល់​តំណាង​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​នានា ក្នុង​គោលដៅ​បញ្ចៀស​ទំនាស់​ក្នុង​អំឡុង​ពេល​បើក​យុទ្ធនា​ការឃោសនា​នា​ពេល​ ខាង​មុខ។
យុទ្ធនាការ​ឃោសនា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​មាន​រយៈពេល ១៥​ថ្ងៃ ដោយ​នឹង​ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២ ដល់​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។

Ten Injured in Clash After Cambodian Politician's Defiant Freedom Park Protest

A CNRP supporter is treated after being hit on the head by security guards outside Phnom Penh's Freedom Park, April 21, 2014.
Ten supporters of defiant Cambodian opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua were injured Monday when security forces beat them for coming to her side as she was forced out of a popular public demonstration site in Phnom Penh whose closure she was protesting.

The scuffle broke out as Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua was making her fifth attempt in recent weeks to hold a one-woman protest in Freedom Park against a ban on public gatherings at the site.

When guards came to remove Mu Sochua, she lay down on the ground and hung on to their uniforms until they hauled her outside the park, where a group of some 50 supporters were gathered.

NEC strives for more power

A man casts his vote at the Sothearos high school in Phnom Penh last July.
A man casts his vote at the Sothearos high school in Phnom Penh last July. Hong Menea

A member of the much-maligned National Election Committee said yesterday he hoped that the body would cease to be merely a “paper tiger” and be granted strong powers to punish political parties for electoral transgressions when future election reforms are put in place.
Speaking at the NEC headquarters in the Ministry of Interior during a meeting with political parties ahead of next month’s sub-national council elections, Mean Satik, who presided over the meeting, lamented that the committee was not able to take action against politicians and their parties, beyond fines and forcing a negotiated solution, when they violate the election law or campaign procedure.
Comparing Cambodia to neighbouring Thailand – where the election commission has broad legal powers to investigate and indict individuals for election law offences – Satik said he hoped the NEC would in the future have more power.

Fresh violence at Freedom Park

A man who was kneed by a municipal security officer has his head wound tended to in Phnom Penh yesterday.
A man who was kneed by a municipal security officer has his head wound tended to in Phnom Penh yesterday. BEN WOODS/CNRP

At Least 10 people were injured yesterday when about 30 district security guards attacked a peaceful crowd of journalists, NGO workers and supporters of opposition lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua after she ran into the middle of Freedom Park on her sixth attempt to draw attention to the government’s blockade of the designated protest space.
According to Am Sam Ath, chief monitor at rights group Licadho, three journalists and seven Cambodia National Rescue Party youth supporters were injured when baton-wielding Daun Penh district security guards, who have become infamous for their violent behaviour at protests, were ordered to attack the crowd at about 8:30am.

The forced transfers

Former foreign minister and deputy prime minister Ieng Sary (centre with cap) walks along inspecting the railroad tracks in Pursat.
Former foreign minister and deputy prime minister Ieng Sary (centre with cap) walks along inspecting the railroad tracks in Pursat prior to the second wave of evacuations in 1975. DC-CAM

As residents of Phnom Penh, my family was forced to leave their home and take an uncertain journey to their native village in Prey Veng, a province in southeastern Cambodia.
Amid fear and confusion, they joined the crowds of evacuees trudging along Monivong Boulevard towards National Road 1 in an attempt to reach their destination.
Travelling on foot with their few belongings strapped to a motorbike, they slept wherever they could find a spot when night fell.
My mother recalls that one evening, without realising it, the family slept through the night atop dead bodies of evacuees.
Instead of ending their journey in Prey Veng as planned, my family was redirected to Kampong Cham province, where my mother’s family lived and where my family remained throughout the Khmer Rouge regime.

‘Terrorist’ details campaign

In the unlikely event it is granted political party status next month, a group labelled “terrorists” by the Cambodian government will campaign on a platform of bringing an end to land grabs, combating human trafficking and providing free school meals.
Sourn Serey Ratha, the self-exiled president of the Khmer People Power Movement (KPPM), told the Post on Sunday that he plans to register a political party, called the Khmer People Power Party (KPPP), with the Interior Ministry next month.
A copy of the KPPM’s proposed political platform, obtained by the Post over the weekend, lists policies the group plans to implement if its political campaigning is successful.

Criticism is sour grapes, says minister

The justice minister yesterday defended three long-awaited laws on judicial reform which were approved by the Council of Ministers last week in a move slammed by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) as lacking transparency.
Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana said that the “three important and necessary laws” had gone through a strict drafting process.
“Although these drafts . . . are not 100 per cent perfect, they were widely discussed, edited and strictly examined by our legal experts and other related national institutions . . . before we submitted them to the Council of Ministers,” Vong Vathana said.

Monday, 21 April 2014


ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា
បឹង​កក់ ៦១០
តំណាង​អ្នក​បឹងកក់ ៤​នាក់ អង្គុយ​សមាធិ​បង្អត់​អាហារ​នៅ​មុខ​សាលាឧទ្ធរណ៍ ដើម្បី​ទាមទារ​តុលាការ​ផ្ដល់​យុត្តិធម៌ និង​ដោះលែង​អ្នកស្រី យ៉ោម បុប្ផា កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​៣ មិថុនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
RFA/Mom Sophon
មជ្ឈមណ្ឌល​សិទ្ធិមនុស្ស​កម្ពុជា (CCHR) អំពាវនាវ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋ​សភា​ផ្អាក​ការ​ពិភាក្សា និង​អនុម័ត​សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ទាក់ទង​នឹង​វិស័យ​តុលាការ ដែល​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​កម្ពុជា បាន​សម្រេច​អនុម័ត​កាល​ពី​ពេល​ថ្មីៗ​នេះ។
អង្គការ​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​មួយ​នេះ​លើក​ឡើង​ថា សេចក្ដី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​មិន​គួរ​ត្រូវ​បាន​រដ្ឋ​សភា​អនុម័ត​នោះ​ទេ លុះ​ណា​តែ​មាន​ការ​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​បើក​ឲ្យ​មាន​កិច្ច​ពិគ្រោះ​យោបល់​ទូលំទូលាយ​ ជាមុន និង​លុះ​ណា​តែ​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​មក​ពី​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​២ ចូល​អង្គុយ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋ​សភា។

Will China Use Russian-Style Tactics to Settle Territorial Disputes in Asia?

By Parameswaran Ponnudurai
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and Chinese Minister of Defense General Chang Wanquan listen to the Chinese national anthem during Hagel's welcome ceremony prior to their meeting in Beijing, April 8, 2014.
Russia's blatant seizure and rapid annexation of Crimea last month and its potential designs on the rest of Ukraine appear to have rattled U.S. allies in Asia who are concerned that China may use Moscow's tactics as precedent for capturing disputed territories in the region.

And considering that the United States is unwilling to take military action to stop Russia, treaty allies such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines are worried Washington will be equally reluctant to stop China in its tracks if it emulates Moscow's aggression.

Sokha ‘snubs China for US’

Kem Sokha, Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president
Kem Sokha, Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president, speaks at a press conference late last year. Sokha pledged his party’s support for the US during a visit to Washington last week. Heng Chivoan

CAMBODIA National Rescue Party deputy leader Kem Sokha pledged his party’s foreign policy allegiance to the United States over China in no uncertain terms to top officials in Washington, last week, according to a summary of his meetings posted online.
A document released by the US-based Cambodia National Rescue Foundation over the weekend gives a rundown of Sokha’s meetings with US State Department and Pentagon officials.
CNRP public affairs head Mu Sochua said last night that the document could be regarded as “legitimate”.

Once again, Sochua denied

Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua is once again confronted by helmeted security guards
Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua is once again confronted by helmeted security guards as she tries to enter Freedom Park in Phnom Penh yesterday. Pha Lina

Following a break over Khmer New Year, opposition lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua continued her campaign to bring freedom to Freedom Park yesterday morning and was once again met with force, this time metres outside of the park.
At about 8am yesterday, the Cambodia National Rescue Party member attempted, for the fifth time, to enter the park to protest her right to “democracy, equality and freedom of expression”, but this time the park was an entire block out of her reach.
“[There were] security forces with shields and batons . . . I couldn’t even get close,” she said.
“I went with a bunch of lotus flowers to bring blessings . . . They [security forces] took the flowers and chopped the tops off of them.”

Gates couple makes visit to Cambodia

The world’s wealthiest person, Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, made a brief appearance in the border town of Pailin on Saturday, where their foundation funds projects to combat drug-resistant malaria.
According to staff at the Memoria Palace & Resort, the philanthropists met with health ministry officials and employees from projects funded by their organisation at the hotel before jetting on to Siem Reap.
Gates, the founder of Microsoft, launched his foundation in 1994 and has since donated over $28 billion to projects largely dedicated to improving health and alleviating poverty.
A strain of malaria resistant to the anti-malarial drug artemisinin is most prevalent on the

Judiciary laws ready

Union leader Ath Thorn and political analyst Kem Ley outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Union leader Ath Thorn and political analyst Kem Ley outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Draft laws dealing with the Kingdom’s judicial system are headed for parliament. Heng Chivoan

The Council of Ministers on Friday approved three draft laws on judicial reform, clearing the way for them to move into parliament and prompting calls from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) not to pass the legislation without the participation of the opposition.
The laws – which deal with the organisation and functioning of the courts and the Supreme Council of Magistracy, and with the roles of prosecutors and judges – have languished for years without approval and drawn sharp criticism for a lack of transparency regarding their contents.

To honour Chut Wutty

Activist Chut Wutty in early 2012, just months before he was gunned down. His supporters plan to return to the site where he was shot to mark the second anniversary of his death. MATHIEU YOUNG

Nearly two years have passed since Cambodia’s leading forestry activist, Chut Wutty, was gunned down in the Cardamom Mountains.
After a long wait, more than 100 activists, supporters and monks will finally make the pilgrimage on Saturday to the spot where he was killed to pay their respects.
Forestry activists will travel from far afield to attend, joining monks from Koh Kong province offering prayers and blessings in remembrance of a man many revere as a martyr who strove to protect Cambodia’s rapidly depleting forests from seemingly insatiable business interests.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Postcards from CambodiaWatch-Australia

Village Report — Breakfast in Cambodia

Dipika Kohli
By Dipika Kohler
Northwest Asian Weekly
Little fish, a pooling of about 30, butt about in their prism while my son looks on, mesmerized, chewing a bit of salty fish head. On the far side of the tank, someone has painted spindly leaves, stones, a castle, and a starfish. Akira, the other member of our trio, is staring at the mural with as much curiosity as our kid. Knowing someone for 20 years means knowing in your mind what they’re going to say before they say it. “You gotta wonder if that faux ocean makes the fish more cozy.”
It’s 7:30 in the morning and this is breakfast — salty fish, soy sauce, and bland white rice porridge. Now a police officer (possibly a security guard) joins our table. The place is one of the many nameless family operations that pop up for breakfast each day. This is the part of Phnom Penh known amongst the Japanese expats as “Kizuna Street.”


ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា
ទីស្ដីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ៦១០
១៤-វិច្ឆិកា-២០១២៖ ទីស្ដីការ​គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​នៃ​ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រ​កម្ពុជា។
RFA/Mom Sophon
រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា បាន​សម្រេច​អនុម័ត​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ចំនួន​៣ គឺ​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​រៀប​ចំ​អង្គការ​តុលាការ សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​រៀប​ចំ និង​ការ​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​ទៅ​នៃ​ឧត្ដមក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​នៃ​អង្គ​ចៅក្រម និង​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​លក្ខន្តិកៈ នៃ​ចៅក្រម និង​ព្រះរាជ​អាជ្ញា។ រដ្ឋាភិបាល​អះអាង​ថា ច្បាប់​គោល​ទាំង​៣ នេះ គឺ​មាន​សារសំខាន់​សម្រាប់​ការងារ​កំណែ​ទម្រង់​ច្បាប់ និង​យុត្តិធម៌​នៅ​កម្ពុជា។
ដូច​ការ​រំពឹង​ទុក រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៨ ខែ​មេសា បាន​សម្រេច​អនុម័ត​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ដ៏​ចម្រូងចម្រាស​ចំនួន​៣ គឺ​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​រៀប​ចំ​អង្គការ​តុលាការ សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​ការ​រៀប​ចំ និង​ការ​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​ទៅ​នៃ​ឧត្ដមក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​នៃ​អង្គ​ចៅក្រម និង​សេចក្តី​ព្រាង​ច្បាប់​ស្ដីពី​លក្ខន្តិកៈ​នៃ​ចៅក្រម និង​ព្រះរាជ​អាជ្ញា។

បទ​វិភាគ៖ តើ​ហេតុផល​អ្វី​ខ្លះ​ដែល​មិន​អាច​បញ្ចប់​ជម្លោះ​នយោបាយ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​បាន?

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
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កម្មករ​ប្រមូលផ្ដុំ​គ្នា​នា​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៥ ធ្នូ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
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ស្ថានភាព​ជាប់​គាំង​ស្ថិត​នៅ​ក្នុង​ភាព​ស្រពិចស្រពិល​នៅ​ឡើយ ត្បិត​តែ​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​កំពូល​គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ បាន​ទាក់ទង​គ្នា​តាម​ទូរស័ព្ទ ហើយ​មាន​ជំនឿ​រៀងៗ​ខ្លួន​ថា បញ្ហា​ជាប់​គាំង​នយោបាយ​អាច​ដោះស្រាយ​បាន​ឆាប់ៗ​ក្ដី ក៏ប៉ុន្តែ​ជម្លោះ​នយោបាយ​នេះ​មាន​សង្ឃឹម​តិចតួច​ណាស់ ដែល​ថា​នឹង​អាច​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ចប់​នៅ​ក្រោយ​ពេល​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​ប្រពៃណី​ជាតិ។
តើ​មាន​ហេតុផល​អ្វី​ខ្លះ​ដែល​ថា បញ្ហា​ជម្លោះ​នយោបាយ​មិន​អាច​ដោះស្រាយ​បាន​បញ្ចប់​ក្នុង​ពេល​ឆាប់ៗ​នេះ​បាន​នោះ?
ស្ថានភាព​នយោបាយ​ជាប់​គាំង​បាន​វិវឌ្ឍន៍​មួយ​កម្រិត គឺ​ឈាន​ទៅ​ដល់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ បាន​ជួប​គ្នា​ចរចា​តាម​ទូរស័ព្ទ។ បន្ទាប់​មក ទាំង លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ជា​អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា និង​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បាន​សំដែង​សុទិដ្ឋិនិយម​ដូច​គ្នា​ថា បញ្ហា​ជាប់​គាំង​នយោបាយ​នេះ នឹង​ត្រូវ​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ចប់​ក្នុង​ពេល​ឆាប់ៗ។

Friday, 18 April 2014

Cambodia Must Make Union Draft Law Public: Rights Group

Striking garment workers demonstrate in Phnom Penh, Dec. 31, 2013.
Cambodia’s government should make public a proposed law aimed at regulating the country’s labor movement, a rights group said Thursday, amid concerns that it includes provisions for the suspension of unions and for severely restricting their right to freedom of association.

Requests from civil society to review the Law on Trade Unions, which Prime Minister Hun Sen’s administration has pledged to adopt by the end of the year, have so far been denied, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said in a briefing note.

Rainsy courts Vietnamese

Many ethnic Vietnamese live in floating villages such as this one in Kandeang district, Pursat province
Many ethnic Vietnamese live in floating villages such as this one in Kandeang district, Pursat province. Heng Chivoan

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy yesterday said that up to a quarter of a million ethnic Vietnamese living in Cambodia could be granted full citizenship rights via the Nationality Law if his Cambodia National Rescue Party were to come to power.
The CNRP president has sought in recent months, through a flurry of letters to newspapers and online postings, to cast off what he calls a groundless “foreign-entertained allegation” of anti-Vietnamese sentiment levelled at him and his party.
His most recent comments regarding the citizenship rights of some ethnic Vietnamese come after the Cambodian People’s Party-led government announced the creation of two new departments in the Ministry of Interior to control immigration and the issuance of identity documents.

Stay-at-home garment strike off to weak start

The E Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district remains closed
The E Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district remains closed yesterday. Hong Menea

A weeklong stay-at-home garment worker strike over wages began with a whimper yesterday as factories remained closed after a holiday and some workers were ambivalent about the action.
A day after the end of Khmer New Year, the official kick-off date for the boycott, steel gates at factories were closed along the typically bustling National Road 2 spanning Phnom Penh and Kandal province.
“Do we call it strike or not? We don’t care,” Kong Athit, vice president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said yesterday. “It gives the impression to the owners that the strike threat won’t go away unless they resolve the existing conflict.”

Cops, CNRP clash at service

CNRP officials and supporters gather yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Choeung Ek village to remember those killed under the Khmer Rouge regime
CNRP officials and supporters gather yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Choeung Ek village to remember those killed under the Khmer Rouge regime. Vireak Mai

The deputy governor of Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district was slightly injured yesterday in a clash that broke out during a remembrance ceremony to mark the day 39 years ago the Khmer Rouge seized the capital in 1975.
Prach Seyha, Dangkor’s deputy governor, was injured in the neck and ear after he led a group of plain-clothed police to seize DVDs that opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters were distributing in Choeung Ek village, home to the most well-known of Cambodia’s Killing Fields.
At the ceremony, which was held to commemorate those killed under Khmer Rouge rule, the CNRP supporters distributed DVDs promoting opposition policies, including films denouncing violence in January against garment workers and opposition supporters.

Cambodia seeking arrest of at-large KNLF ‘terrorists’

Cambodia has issued a warrant for six at-large suspects convicted of plotting to overthrow the government – a verdict rights groups decried as unfounded and politically motivated.
The fugitives are among 13 Cambodians sentenced last Friday to between five and nine years in prison for planning hostile attacks against the government via an armed wing of the Denmark-based dissident group Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF).
While Cambodia is seeking the repatriation of the remaining suspects, according to presiding judge Seng Neang, rights advocates maintain that many of the convicted are asylum seekers and, as such, protected by international laws.
“If a person is recognised as a refugee or a person of concern, they cannot be returned to a country where they would face persecution or torture,” Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, said.

A prospering partnership

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) speaks to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left) during a meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) speaks to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left) during a meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on February 22. AFP

On a recent visit to Southeast Asia, I was reminded of the strength of Australia’s partnership with the countries of ASEAN – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
In Malaysia, I met some of the 300,000 alumni of Australian universities, many now serving in key government and business positions.
In the Philippines I saw first-hand our joint relief effort in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan and was joined by hundreds of schoolchildren to celebrate Australia’s new $150 million initiative for basic education needs.
In Vietnam, I was reminded further of our cooperation with projects such as the Australian-Asian Development Bank co-funded by Cao Lanh Bridge that will connect communities in an economy of nearly 90 million people.