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Monday, 1 September 2014

Vietnam – Cambodia maintain solidarity and traditional relations

Last update 17:22 | 31/08/2014

Cambodian National Assembly Chairman Samdech Heng Samrin paid an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. It was the second visit of Cambodian National Assembly Chairman Samdech Heng Samrin to Vietnam in 2014.

Vietnam – Cambodia

The welcoming ceremony for Samdech Heng Samrin, Cambodian National Assembly Chairman who pays an official visit to Vietnam, is held at the Government Guest House.
 
In early 2014, the Cambodian leader arrived in Hanoi to attend the 35th anniversary of Vietnam's victory in the southwest border defense war and the joint victory of Vietnam and Cambodia over the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime (January 7, 1979 - January 7, 2014).
The visits showed the special sentiment of the Cambodian National Assembly and people in general, and of Chairman Samdech Heng Samrin in particular for the Vietnamese people.
During his stay in Vietnam (from August 18-20, 2014), Cambodian National Assembly Chairman Samdech Heng Samrin held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Sinh Hung; paid courtesy visits to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Truong Tan Sang and met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Cambodia third in global index of vulnerability to financial crime


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Only Afghanistan and Iran fare worse on list of countries ranked from most to least susceptible to money laundering
Corruption, a weak judiciary and lack of transparency across the finance sector has led to Cambodia retaining a third-place ranking in a global index that measures susceptibility to money laundering and terrorist funding.
The 2014 edition of the Basel Anti-Money Laundering Index, compiled by the Switzerland-based Basel Institute on Governance, put Cambodia behind only Afghanistan and Iran on a list of 162 countries ranked from most to least susceptible.
Assessed on a risk scale from zero to 10, using data from sources including the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, Cambodia scored 8.39. Finland was assessed to be the least risky country with a rating of 2.51.

CNRP official to skip court


Protesters attack a member of the Daun Penh security force with makeshift weapons near Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park
Protesters attack a member of the Daun Penh security force with makeshift weapons near Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park in July after a demonstration turned violent. Vireak Mai

Former parliamentary candidate and opposition information chief Meach Sovannara said yesterday that he would not appear in court today for questioning related to charges stemming from a violent opposition protest in July.
Speaking to the Post from abroad, Sovannara said he was on a mission to South Korea, Singapore and Thailand, and would therefore be unable to attend. What’s more, he added, the court summons was invalid because it listed his name, age and title incorrectly.
“I will not flee. I respect the law, and I will go to clarify [the matter] when the court [summonses me] properly according to the procedure of the law,” Sovannara said. “In other countries, when someone is summonsed with a misspelled name and the wrong age, he will not appear for clarification.”

Monks ‘face defrocking’ after protesters pour in

Two monks who invited scores of provincial land-rights protesters into their pagoda in the capital have been threatened with defrocking, the pagoda’s chief monk said yesterday.
Meas Sokhorn alleged that Veng Seng, deputy chief monk in Russey Keo’s Chroy Changva commune, and another official had called him to a meeting to tell him that two monks living at his pagoda, Manh Sokreal and Nob Vanny, would be defrocked.
“The authorities, when the Buddhist [holiday] period ends, they will defrock the two monks,” he said.
In the past two weeks, land protesters have poured into the capital, seeking government intervention in their disputes.

បទ​វិភាគ៖ តើ​កត្តា​អ្វី​ខ្លះ​ដែល​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​គុណភាព​អប់រំ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​មិន​ទាន់​ប្រសើរ?

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-08-30
RFA
សាលា​បឋម​សិក្សា​គគីរ បាត់ដំបង ៦២០
អ្នកគ្រូ ផាត ផល្លា កំពុង​ពន្យល់​សិស្ស​នៅ​ក្នុង​ថ្នាក់​រៀន នៃ​សាលា​បឋម​សិក្សា​គគីរ ភូមិ​ដំបូកខ្ពស់ ឃុំ​អូរដំបងពីរ ស្រុក​សង្កែ ខេត្ត​បាត់ដំបង កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី២៥ ខែ​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១២។
Photo: RFA
ក្រសួង​អប់រំ យុវជន និង​កីឡា ប្រកាស​គោល​នយោបាយ​កំណែ​ទម្រង់​ស៊ី​ជម្រៅ ដើម្បី​ធានា​គុណភាព​អប់រំ​ឲ្យ​កាន់​តែ​ប្រសើរ។ កំណែ​ទម្រង់​ដំបូង​បំផុត​របស់​ក្រសួង​អប់រំ គឺ​ជា​ការ​ប្រឆាំង​អំពើ​ពុក​រលួយ​ពេល​ប្រឡង ដោយ​អនុវត្ត​ពាក្យ​ស្លោក អ្នក​ចេះ គឺ​ជាប់។
ភាគី​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​ទាំងអស់​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា លទ្ធផល​ប្រឡង​បាក់​ឌុប​ឆ្នាំ​នេះ ជា​លទ្ធផល​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​ដែល​បង្ហាញ​ពី​គុណភាព​អប់រំ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា និង​ប្រសិទ្ធភាព​នៃ​កំណែ​ទម្រង់។
តើ​វិធី​ដែល​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ប្រើ​នេះ អាច​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​គុណភាព​នៃ​ការ​អប់រំ​បាន​ប្រសើរ​មែន ឬ​យ៉ាង​ណា?

More Than 70 Percent of Cambodia’s High School Students Fail Key Exam

2014-08-29
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Students leave an examination center in Cambodia's Svay Rieng province, Aug. 4, 2014.
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More than 70 percent of nearly 90,000 of Cambodia's high school students who sat for this year’s national examination have failed, the Ministry of Education announced Friday—the result of a government crackdown on bribery and cheating that had tainted previous exams.

It was a stunning reversal of the 80 percent pass rate last year and the previous year, forcing Prime Minister Hun Sen to give a “second chance” to unsuccessful candidates who have to sit for another examination around mid-October.

The ministry said in a statement that only 25.72 percent or 23,126 of 89,937 students passed this year’s Grade 12 examination held early this month under the watchful eyes of thousands of monitors recruited by the Anti-Corruption Unit.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The baby boomer's guide to expat life

Wednesday 27 August 2014 8:24AM 
ABC Online
Traditionally happy to retire ‘up the coast’, older Australians are increasingly choosing to spend their golden years in more exotic locales. Lucien Alperstein takes a look at what’s driving retirees to head to South East Asia in droves.

More and more Australians are retiring to a life of luxury in paradise. At least that’s the conclusion of Sell-up, Pack-up and Take Off, a book that’s part research, part yarn and part guide.
What's driving the people to South East Asia is that they can't live really well in Australia once they are retired, whereas they can live very, very well in South East Asia.
Colleen Ryan, author
According to husband and wife journalists Colleen Ryan and Stephen Wyatt, there’s a new diaspora of people over the age of 50 who’ve decided to sell up and take off for overseas. With the number of Australians aged over 65 set to reach eight million over the next 35 years, the trend is nothing to sneeze at.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Postcards from CambodiaWatch-Australia





Man dies as Cambodian vision takes shape

Outreach worker in tragic motorcycle accident

LAURA BASHAM
Last updated 12:58 29/08/2014










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HELPING HAND: Ian was working with Asia Outreach and he’s seen here with his Cambodian apprentices building a workshop.
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EASY RIDER: Ian McIntyre with his beloved motorbike.
A former Nelson builder with a vision of establishing a Trades Training Centre in Cambodia, has died in a motorbike accident there, and will be farewelled tomorrow.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Cambodia loans rare Khmer sculptures to National Gallery of Australia

Three rare Khmer sculptures have gone on display in Canberra as part of a cultural exchange between the National Museum of Cambodia and National Gallery of Australia.
The sculptures were produced in ancient Cambodia during a period spanning five centuries and are said to exemplify the strength and refinement of Khmer art.
The works include a standing Buddha from the 7th century, one of the oldest Buddhist sculptures found in Cambodia.
Also on display are a 10th century carved lintel showing part of the Hindu creation story The Churning of the Sea of Milk, and a rare 12th-13th century representation of a girl in the form of the Buddhist goddess of wisdom Prajnaparamita.

Expression muffled: Adhoc

Opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua is blocked by authorities from entering Freedom Park to protest earlier this year
Opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua is blocked by authorities from entering Freedom Park to protest earlier this year. Adhoc says freedoms of expression and assembly are ‘shrinking’. Vireak Mai

Basic freedoms of assembly and expression in Cambodia are “shrinking”, risking undermining decades of progress, a rights group said yesterday, as it called on the government to dedicate more time to meet and debate with civil society organisations.
In its report, The Right to Remain Silenced: Expressive Rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Adhoc says the government is “hostile to freedoms of expression and assembly as these freedoms provide the legal basis to expose rights abuses and those behind them and to protest when they occur.”

Rally after officials call monk for questioning

Hundreds of monks gathered at Sansam Kosal pagoda in Meanchey district
Hundreds of monks gathered at Sansam Kosal pagoda in Meanchey district yesterday after municipal officials called a monk to a meeting that monks feared was in retaliation for recent protests outside the Vietnamese Embassy. Hong Menea

More than 100 monks turned out to protest at Sansam Kosal pagoda in Meanchey district yesterday after a Khmer Krom monk who took part in recent nationalist protests outside the Vietnamese Embassy was called to a meeting with district religious authorities.
The meeting was purportedly called by the municipal department of cults and religion to talk about administrative matters in the Stung Meanchey pagoda, where monk Yen Dara lives, but demonstrators feared he was going to be defrocked for his political activities.

Rainsy says he will help fix rail feud

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy yesterday talked with families affected by an Asian Development Bank-funded railway rehabilitation project to tell them that he had met with the bank to try to address their situation.
“We have already become lawmakers, so we will use our power to help find justice for you all,” he told a crowd of more than 200 people at Boeung Kak 1 commune.
Rainsy recapped additional compensation procedures agreed to between the ADB and the government in April, including payments that would finally account for miscategorisation of house valuations and inflation.

មូលហេតុ​ដែល​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ពីរ​នាក់​មិន​ជាប់​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​រដ្ឋសភា

ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2014-08-28
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី រដ្ឋសភា ៦២០
តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​នៃ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ចេញ​ពី​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​វិសាមញ្ញ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើស​តាំង​សមាសភាព​គណៈកម្មការ​ ជំនាញ​រដ្ឋសភា នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Vann Vichar
តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ទម្លាក់​បេក្ខភាព លោក យឹម សុវណ្ណ និង​អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ មិន​ឲ្យ​កាន់​តំណែង​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​ទី​៨ និង​ទី​១០ នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ សីហា នោះ គឺ​ជា​រឿង​ដែល​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នឹក​ស្មាន​មក​ដល់។
ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ទម្លាក់​នេះ មិន​មែន​មាន​ន័យ​ថា តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ស្អប់​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ទាំង​ពីរ​នាក់​នេះ​ទេ។ បញ្ហា​នេះ គឺ​ជា​រូបភាព​នយោបាយ​ដ៏​ធំ​មួយ​នៅ​ពី​ក្រោយ​ខ្នង​រឿង​នេះ ដែល​អ្នក​វិភាគ​លើក​ឡើង​ថា គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ត្រូវ​តែ​ចងចាំ​មេរៀន​នេះ។

Taiwanese Group Requests Thousands of Chinese Workers For Vietnam Project

2014-08-28
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Policemen direct people away from a street near the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi, May 18, 2014.
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Contractors for a massive Taiwanese-owned project on the coast of central Vietnam have requested permission to bring on as many as 10,000 workers from China, reports say, drawing concerns from Vietnamese experts that the move could pose a security threat to Hanoi amid a maritime dispute.

The official Vietnam News Agency cited an unnamed source as saying that the 28 contractors of the project, developed by the Taiwan-based Formosa Group contractors, had requested a total of 11,000 foreign workers, 90 percent of which are Chinese.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Let the snubbing begin

Lawmakers Mu Sochua, Sam Rainsy and Yim Sovann leave the National Assembly
Lawmakers Mu Sochua, Sam Rainsy and Yim Sovann leave the National Assembly in Phnom Penh yesterday. PHOTO SUPPLIED

In a surprise move yesterday, the National Assembly voted down the appointment of top Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers Mu Sochua and Yim Sovann to parliamentary commissions they were expected to head, leading party president Sam Rainsy to call on the ruling party to respect the “spirit” of an agreement brokered on July 22.
That agreement stipulated that the parties would divide leadership positions in the assembly, with the Cambodian People’s Party giving control of five commissions and the parliament’s first deputy presidency to the opposition.

We’re not perfect: US envoy

Ouch Borith, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, greets US Deputy Assistant Secretary Scot Marciel.
Ouch Borith, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, greets US Deputy Assistant Secretary Scot Marciel. Heng Chivoan

The United States has “never claimed to be perfect” in terms of upholding human rights and Prime Minister Hun Sen has every right to offer criticisms of the country, one of the superpower’s top Asia diplomats said yesterday.
Speaking with the Post as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Cambodia before departing for Vietnam, Scot Marciel, the US State Department’s principal deputy assistant secretary for East Asia and the Pacific, responded to comments from Hun Sen last week that accused the US of double standards in relation to its handling of recent racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

We were scammed: workers

Scammed migrant workers protest outside a recruitment firm office after travelling to Sen Sok district
Scammed migrant workers protest outside a recruitment firm office after travelling to Sen Sok district in Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon. Vireak Mai

Pressure is building against a recruitment firm in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district, as nearly 100 workers from different provinces travelled to the company’s offices yesterday to demand the recruiter pay back fees for jobs in Thailand that never materialised.
Tan Naven, chief of Teuk Thla commune, where the Koun Khmer Training Center is located, said the aggrieved workers came straight from the border with Thailand carrying only their luggage.
“Local authorities went to intervene to make the company find a solution for the workers,” said Navin, who claimed that the company has been in his commune for nearly a year, and that it is licensed with the Ministry of Labour.

Made with conviction

A former prisoner from Battambang prison speaks about making furniture
A former prisoner from Battambang prison speaks about making furniture. Heng Chivoan

Within the walls of Battambang Provincial Prison, a highly lucrative carpentry business has elevated a convicted logger to the status of prison don, one whose alliance with the warden and de facto rule has shrouded the jail in fear and silence, those close to the operation allege.
Teav Chhai was arrested in Battambang’s Samlot district in 2008 and sentenced to eight years for logging luxury wood illegally, sources told the Post. After serving about a year in Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh, he was granted a transfer request and sent back to Battambang.

First buses, now trains could come to capital

As part part of its multibillion-dollar Urban Transport Master Plan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) unveiled a modern rail system for Phnom Penh yesterday that could begin operation as soon as 2023.
The trains would thin out traffic on the capital’s choked-up roads, which currently lack any sort of public transport save a lone bus line along Monivong Boulevard – though more lines are planned.
“Without trains, this city will become like Jakarta,” Masato Koto, the master plan’s project leader, told the Post, in a reference to the Indonesian capital’s notorious traffic jams.

បទ​វិភាគ៖ តើ​ការ​កំណត់​អាណត្តិ​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​មាន​សារសំខាន់​យ៉ាង​ណា?

ដោយ ជុន ច័ន្ទបុត្រ
2014-08-27
RFA
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ពិធី​សម្ពោធ​ដាក់​ឲ្យ​ដំណើរ​ការ​វារីអគ្គិសនី​ស្ទឹង​អាតៃ ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​ពោធិ៍សាត់ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​មីនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Chin Chetha
យុវជន​កម្ពុជា ដែល​មាន​អាយុ​ក្រោម ៣០​ឆ្នាំ ក្នុង​មួយ​ជីវិត​មក​ទល់​នឹង​ពេល​នេះ បាន​ស្គាល់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​ប្រទេស​របស់​ខ្លួន​តែ​ម្នាក់​គត់ នោះ គឺ​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន។ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ដែល​មាន​វ័យ ៦៤​ឆ្នាំ កាន់​តំណែង​ផុត​កំពូល​នេះ​បាន​ជាង ២៨​ឆ្នាំ​ហើយ។
លោក​ក៏​តែង​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា លោក​នឹង​កាន់​តំណែង​នេះ​បន្ត​ទៅ​ទៀត រហូត​ដល់​លោក​មាន​អាយុ ៧៥​ឆ្នាំ ប្រសិន​បើ​ប្រជាជន​នៅ​តែ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជូន​លោក។ ក៏ប៉ុន្តែ ខុស​ពី​អ្វី​ដែល លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ប៉ង ក្រុម​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​មួយ​ចំនួន រួម​និង​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​ផង បែរ​ជា​នាំ​គ្នា​ពិភាក្សា​ធ្វើ​ចលនា​អោយ​មាន​ច្បាប់​កំណត់​អោយ​នាយក​ រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី កាន់​អំណាច​ត្រឹម​តែ​ពីរ​អាណត្តិ​ទៅ​វិញ។
តើ​ការ​កំណត់​អាណត្តិ​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​មាន​សារសំខាន់​យ៉ាង​ណា បាន​ជា​អ្នក​ដែល​មិន​បាន​ធ្វើ​ជា​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ខំ​នាំ​គ្នា​គិតគូរ​ម្ល៉េះ?

Cambodia’s Ruling Party Reject Opposition Pair to Sit on Parliament Panels

2014-08-27
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Mu Sochua (2nd from L) and Yim Sovann (R) walk with Sam Rainsy (C) following a National Assembly voting session in Phnom Penh, Aug. 27, 2014.
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Cambodia’s ruling party lawmakers on Wednesday surprisingly rejected the nominations of two outspoken opposition candidates to lead key parliamentary commissions in an indication that voting in the legislature may not be tied to a deal to end a year-long political deadlock.

Wednesday’s session of the National Assembly, or parliament, saw 31 lawmakers from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) voted into seven parliamentary panels as part of its deal with the ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP).

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Parties play political chairs

CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha (front left) sits alongside party president Sam Rainsy
CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha (front left) sits alongside party president Sam Rainsy yesterday during a National Assembly session during which lawmakers voted in parliamentary heads. Heng Chivoan

The election of the National Assembly leadership began in earnest yesterday, with proceedings in the newly filled parliament going largely to plan despite a few deviations from the agreed-upon script.
Among them was the apparent reluctance of Nguon Ngel to vacate his chair as first deputy president chair after the opposition's Kem Sokha was voted in to the position.
Although Prime Minister Hun Sen had publicly pledged that his 68 ruling Cambodian People’s Party lawmakers would abide by the July 22 political agreement that stipulated both parties would nominate a Cambodia National Rescue Party candidate as first deputy, a few CPP members also presumably decided to use the anonymity of the vote to express their dissent.

Crowds again seek PM’s help

Villagers from Battambang and surrounding provinces gather at a pagoda
Villagers from Battambang and surrounding provinces gather at a pagoda yesterday after travelling to Phnom Penh to seek Hun Sen’s intervention in their land disputes. Vireak Mai

A week after Prime Minister Hun Sen publicly chided provincial officials for allegedly failing to notify him about land disputes, hundreds of villagers converged on the capital yesterday demanding their conflicts be resolved.
About 300 villagers from Banteay Meanchey, Battambang and Pailin travelled to Phnom Penh with the intention of submitting petitions directly to the premier, who last week blamed middlemen at the provincial level for keeping such information from him. Police directed the crowd away from Hun Sen’s house, guiding them to a pagoda in Russey Keo district.

Dolphin found dead

Villagers look at the rare Irrawaddy dolphin
Villagers look at the rare Irrawaddy dolphin, found dead in Vietnam yesterday, before it was returned to Cambodia. Photo Supplied

The body of a 100-kilogram Irrawaddy dolphin from Cambodia was found dead in Vietnamese territory and repatriated to its home waters yesterday, officials said.
Im Phat, deputy chief of the Fishery Administration in Takeo province’s Angkor Borei district, said two endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins – fewer than 90 are estimated to still exist in the Mekong River – were reported on Saturday to have travelled from Kratie to the border province of Takeo following flooding.
“They are a protected dolphin in Kratie but swam to Takeo province. We tried to find them because we were afraid fishermen would catch them,” Phat said.

Cambodia opposition gets more sway in new-look parliament

By Prak Chan Thul
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's opposition on Tuesday boosted its influence in a parliament long controlled by the ruling party, winning a deputy chairman post and assurances of greater legislative sway under a deal to end a year-long political impasse.
The election of Kem Sokha as deputy house speaker is one of a slew of concessions by Prime Minister Hun Sen seldom seen during his three-decade grip on politics, reflecting the opposition's newfound power and growing public discontent with an authoritarian premier.

ការផ្លាស់កន្លែងអង្គុយរវាងអនុប្រធានទី១និងទី២នៃរដ្ឋសភា

លោក កឹម សុខា ត្រូវបានបោះឆ្នោតជ្រើសរើសជាអនុប្រធានទី១សភា

អ្នកស្រី មួរ សុខហួរ​បាត់​បង់​ឱកាស​ធ្វើ​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​​ជំនាញ​ទី​៨​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-08-27
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មូរ សុខហួរ ៦១០
អ្នកស្រី មូរ សុខហួរ ក្នុង​វេទិកា​វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី ១១ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ ២០១៤។
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អ្នកស្រី មួរ សុខហួរ តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ បាន​បាត់​បង់​ឱកាស​ធ្វើ​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​សុខាភិបាល និង​សង្គមកិច្ច​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា​ដោយ​ធ្លាក់​នៅ​ក្នុង​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ក្នុង​ រដ្ឋសភា​នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ពុធ ទី២៧ សីហា​នេះ។
លទ្ធ​ផល​ឆ្នោត​កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​មិញ​នោះ អ្នកស្រី មួរ សុខហួរ ទទួល​បាន​សំឡេង​គាំទ្រ​ចំនួន​៥៦នាក់​ ចំណែក ឯ​សំឡេង​ប្រឆាំង មាន​រហូត​ដល់​ ៦០ និង​អនុប្បវាទ​៣។

Cambodian Opposition Number Two Elected Parliament Deputy Speaker

2014-08-26
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Kem Sokha speaks to reporters in Phnom Penh after being elected deputy house speaker of the National Assembly, Aug. 26, 2014.
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The number two leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was on Tuesday elected as deputy speaker and 10 other CNRP lawmakers as members of key panels of parliament as the party gained unprecedented power in the legislature following a political deal with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved Kem Sokha for the deputy speaker’s post—the most senior opposition position in parliament—with 116 of 122 voting in favor, four objections and two abstentions. Another member of parliament was absent from the vote.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

BYO hard hat: winning design suits Cambodian conditions

By Clive Hopkins
The Sydney Morning Herald
23 August, 2014
Move on in: UNSW students collaborate with industry and Rawimapct.org to design and build housing in Cambodia.
Move on in: UNSW students collaborate with industry and Rawimapct.org to design and build housing in Cambodia. Photo: Rawimpact.org
What sort of house can be built for $2000? In rural Cambodia, the sort that transforms lives.
For $2000, such a house is a solid construction orientated to withstand monsoon conditions, with corrugated iron replacing the usual bamboo and palm-leaf roofing, wide eaves for passive shading and a well-ventilated interior that suits the realities of cooking on charcoal.
The build labour is free, and comes courtesy of students undertaking UNSW's Sustainable Energy for Developing Countries course. The building design, too, is courtesy of the students, working in collaboration with professional engineers and architects in Australia and Cambodia, the global engineering consultancy firm Cundall, and the non-profit RAW Impact, a charity involved in sustainable projects. 

Leadership elections set

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy shakes hands with Prime Minister Hun Sen after a meeting at the Senate building
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy shakes hands with Prime Minister Hun Sen after a meeting at the Senate building in Phnom Penh last month. Heng Chivoan

The National Assembly, which the opposition finally joined earlier this month after boycotting it since September, will officially vote for its leadership today, with the Cambodia National Rescue Party set to take six of 13 permanent standing committee spots.
The unprecedented power-sharing agreement with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party has been presented by the CNRP as a breakthrough moment in Cambodian democracy and a chance for substantive debate and scrutiny to enter what has long been regarded as a rubber-stamp institution.
But Sam Rainsy, the only real challenger to Prime Minister Hun Sen in the past decade and the man who led the CNRP in last July’s watershed election, will take a back seat in terms of an official position.

Villagers taking Hun Sen at his word


Boeung Kak and Lorpeang villagers march near the National Assembly in Phnom Penh
Boeung Kak and Lorpeang villagers march near the National Assembly in Phnom Penh yesterday to pressure the government into resolving their land disputes. Pha Lina

Rural communities from seven provinces will demand a resolution to their land conflicts in Phnom Penh today – an action being mirrored at provincial halls nationwide following a speech by the prime minister last week that blamed local officials for ongoing disputes.
The arrival of the hundreds of protesters in the capital comes a day after authorities blocked protesters from three provinces who are staying at the Samaki Rainsey pagoda from marching to the National Assembly to submit petitions calling for action on their disputes.

NGOs seek ex-PMs’ support

Prince Norodom Ranariddh speaks during a press conference at his home last year
Prince Norodom Ranariddh speaks during a press conference at his home last year. A group of NGOs are seeking the former premier’s backing in a campaign for a two-term limit for prime ministers. Hong Menea

Civil society advocates – who last week called on parliament to consider amending the constitution to limit prime ministers to two terms in office – are now trying to enlist former premiers to back their proposal.
The group, which includes well-known political analysts and representatives of rights groups and election watchdogs, sent letters yesterday inviting former prime ministers Pen Sovann, Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Ung Huot to meet them on Friday or early next week.
“We want to meet them to get ideas from them. We want them to help our campaign to limit the prime minister’s term,” said Koul Panha, executive director at election watchdog Comfrel.

Vietnamese wary of planned census

Sok Hieng* is concerned about a government census of foreigners that some observers believe will focus primarily on those of Vietnamese descent.
“I am afraid that I will be forced to leave Cambodia because I do not have ID yet,” said Hieng, a 33-year-old construction worker who was born in Phnom Penh to Vietnamese parents. “When I go to Vietnam, they consider me Cambodian; I am in the middle between Cambodian and Vietnamese.”
The government effort to take a more precise count of foreigners living in Cambodia could be the first step in developing a clearer policy regarding undocumented Vietnamese in the Kingdom seeking to be recognised as citizens, said Ang Chanrith of Minority Rights Organization (MIRO).

លោក កឹម សុខា ត្រូវ​បាន​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើស​រើស​ជា​អនុ​ប្រធាន​ទី​១​សភា

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2014-08-26
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កឹម សុខា ៦២០
អនុ​ប្រធាន​ទី​១​រដ្ឋ​សភា និង​ជា​អនុ​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក កឹម សុខា ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​កាសែត​ក្រោយ​បញ្ចប់​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​សភា​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦ សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
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សភា​បាន​បើក​សម័យ​ប្រជុំ​វិសាមញ្ញ​ដើម្បី​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​រៀបចំ​ក្បាល​ ម៉ាស៊ីន​ដឹកនាំ​រដ្ឋ​សភា នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦ សីហា។ នៅ​ក្នុង​សម័យ​ប្រជុំ​នោះ លោក កឹម សុខា អនុ​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ត្រូវ​បាន​រដ្ឋ​សភា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើសរើស​ជា​អនុប្រធាន​ទី​១ រដ្ឋ​សភា ដោយ​មាន​សំឡេង​គាំទ្រ ១១៦​សំឡេង ជំទាស់ ៤​សំឡេង និង​អនុប្បវាទ ២​សំឡេង ក្នុង​ចំណោម​អ្នក​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​ចូល​រួម​ចំនួន ១២២​នាក់។
ដោយ​ឡែក​លោក ងួន ញ៉ិល ត្រូវ​បាន​សភា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើស​រើស​ជា​អនុប្រធាន​ទី​២ រដ្ឋ​សភា ដោយ​សំឡេង​គាំទ្រ ១២២ លើ ១២២ សំឡេង។
ចំណែក​អតីត​អនុ​ប្រធាន​រដ្ឋ​សភា​ទី​២ អ្នកស្រី ឃួន សុដារី ត្រូវ​បាន​ផ្លាស់ប្ដូរ​តួនាទី​ទៅ​ធ្វើ​ជា​អនុ​ប្រធាន​កាកបាទ​ក្រហម​កម្ពុជា​ វិញ។ នេះ​បើ​តាម​ការ​អះអាង​របស់​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​រដ្ឋ​សភា។

Cambodia Hit Hard by Floods And Drought

2014-08-25
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A villager builds a bamboo bridge to cross a flooded area in Kandal province, Aug 5, 2014.
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Extreme drought and flooding are wreaking havoc in Cambodia, with 45 people killed and tens of thousands made homeless by rising waters, and large tracts of farmland threatened by a prolonged dry spell, officials said.

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding along Cambodia’s Mekong and Basak rivers in nearly the entire eastern part of the country, destroying rice fields and wrecking homes and other structures, according to government sources.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Life still a struggle for ‘AIDS colony’ families


The streets of Tuol Sambo are lined with concrete houses
The streets of Tuol Sambo are lined with concrete houses Charlotte Pert

The former residents of Borei Keila trucked out to Tuol Sambo after losing their homes in 1999 are managing to eke out an existence. But for most ‘it’s not a happy life’
Five years ago this summer, more than 40 HIV/AIDS-affected families from Borei Keila in Phnom Penh were trucked 22 kilometres along a bumpy, dusty road to the village of Tuol Sambo, where they were left to live in 3.5-metre-by-4.5-metre corrugated metal sheds.
“We couldn’t take very much with us,” mother-of-eight Soun Davin, 40, said last week. “Just some cooking utensils, clothes, a water jug. We had to leave everything else behind – our bed, fan, photographs. I couldn’t afford to go back to Phnom Penh to get anything else.

PM office 'first held power with Pol Pot’


Prime Minister Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen Heng Chivoan

From Hun Sen, who has been in power for 29 years and counting, to Ek Ti Un, who was in office for only a week, veteran journalist and author Chhay Sophal’s new Khmer-language book Who Are the 36 Cambodian Prime Ministers? delves into the public and private lives of every Cambodian prime minister since the office was created in 1945. Bringing together four years of research and interviews, the book brings to light facts about the country’s leaders and insights into how the country’s political stage has evolved.
Q&A/ WITH CHHAY SOPHAL, BOOK AUTHOR AND INDEPENDENT MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Secret diaries reveal Khmer Rouge crimes


Beng Hong Socheat Khemro’s father kept notes of his sufferings on a single sheet
Beng Hong Socheat Khemro’s father kept notes of his sufferings on a single sheet Eli Meixler

Three records, scribbled at great risk to the authors, have been found in a year
In 1976, a year after the Khmer Rouge turned Cambodia into a vast prison without walls, Chheun Phon jotted down some of the principles he had learned: “The people must follow the leader”; “If someone tries to demonstrate against the government, they need to receive serious punishment.”
The diary of Poch Younly
The diary of Poch Younly Eli Meixler
That year, in another part of the country, Poch Younly described how those same policies claimed lives and broke down dignity: “In the funeral of the Khmer people, no one comes to join... The body is like a dog’s body.”
On October 13, 1976, meanwhile, civil engineer Kry Beng Hong noted the injury that would eventually kill him: “Accident with three broken ribs because of the collapse of the oxcart.”

Stranded migrants on their way home

To get his teenage daughter and niece on a plane yesterday after 10 months of alleged abuse and forced marriages in China, Kim Vicheat* said he had to bury his family in debt because the Cambodian consulate refused to fund their repatriation.
The two 19-year-olds told The Phnom Penh Post by phone last week that they had been trafficked in October to Shanghai, where they were each forced into marrying three times.
After fleeing abusive in-laws, the girls sought help from the Cambodian consulate, only to allegedly become the latest in a series of victims to encounter a lack of support from the overseas diplomats. The girls, both pregnant, said they were forced to sleep on the street and beg for food after the only assistance they were offered was with paperwork.