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Friday, 24 October 2014

Brigade 70 to see 700 new troops

Soldiers salute as they drive past during a parade for the 20th anniversary of the RCAF Brigade 70
Soldiers salute as they drive past during a parade for the 20th anniversary of the RCAF Brigade 70 last week. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Seven hundred new troops will be added early next year to Cambodia’s notorious Brigade 70, a military unit with a history of allegations against it ranging from political assassinations to protecting illegal timber traders, according to an announcement signed last month by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The decision, which has raised concerns about possible future violent crackdowns, was signed off on September 17.
This month’s Royal Book states that 1,050 people will be recruited – 700 as soldiers of Brigade 70 and 350 as personnel of the Bodyguard Unit of the general command – starting in January.

Politics played on anniversary

People rally in the streets yesterday, marching past the US Embassy as they travel towards other international embassies and the National Assembly to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements
People rally in the streets yesterday, marching past the US Embassy as they travel towards other international embassies and the National Assembly to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements. Hong Menea

Acting opposition leader Kem Sokha yesterday used celebrations marking the 23rd anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements to offer a veiled compliment to the ruling party about recent reforms.
Speaking to a crowd of Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters at the party’s headquarters, Sokha said that the Cambodian People’s Party should use this mandate to truly show it is not a “foreign puppet”.

Dissident group sees 10 arrested

Authorities arrested 10 members of the anti-government Khmer National Liberation Front on Wednesday night and yesterday morning, after they were seen publicly distributing leaflets in Phnom Penh calling on Cambodians to protest in front of the Vietnamese Embassy.
The Denmark-based dissident group is considered a terrorist organisation by the government.
According to military police spokesman Kheng Tito, the men had distributed hundreds of pamphlets urging people to join an anti-Vietnam demonstration yesterday to coincide with the anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements.

Start of school year delayed

Students in class at Wat Koh High School earlier this year
Students in class at Wat Koh High School earlier this year. Public schools, which typically start in the beginning of October, will this year commence classes on November 3. Pha Lina

Tardiness is usually discouraged within school settings, but this year, the Education Ministry is endorsing a month-long delay for the whole academic year.
Public schools, which typically start in the beginning of October, will this year commence classes on November 3, with studies continuing until the school break in August.

Anti-graft team here from China

A Chinese anti-graft delegation is visiting Cambodia to help the country’s Anti-Corruption Unit crack down on misconduct, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua has reported.
ACU director Om Yentieng was quoted by Xinhua as saying the Kingdom needed to learn from China about preventing corruption more effectively.
Yentieng declined to comment further when contacted by the Post, but confirmed ACU vice president Kheang Seng held a briefing about the visit.
The six-member delegation, from China’s eastern Jiangsu province, arrived on Tuesday and will stay in Cambodia for five days, according to Xinhua.

ទិវាសន្ធិសញ្ញាសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីសខួបលើកទី២៣ (វគ្គ ១)

ទិវាសន្ធិសញ្ញាសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីសខួបលើកទី២៣ (វគ្គ ២)

ទិវាសន្ធិសញ្ញាសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីសខួបលើកទី២៣ (វគ្គបញ្ចប់)

បុរស​ជនជាតិ​ជប៉ុន​ម្នាក់​ទទួល​ប័ណ្ណ​សរសើរ​ផ្នែក​ផលិត​សូត្រ​ខ្មែរ​ពី​ក្រសួង​ការ​បរទេស​ជប៉ុន

ដោយ ហង្ស សាវយុត
2014-10-24
RFA
យូជី គុម៉ាម៉ារុ (Yuji Kumamaru) ម៉ូរីម៉តូ គីគុអូ (Morimoto Kikuo) ៦២០
ឯកអគ្គរាជទូត​ជប៉ុន ប្រចាំ​កម្ពុជា លោក យូជី គុម៉ាម៉ារុ (Yuji Kumamaru) [ស្ដាំ] ប្រគល់​ប័ណ្ណ​សរសើរ​របស់​ក្រសួង​ការ​បរទេស​ជប៉ុន ជូន លោក លោក ម៉ូរីម៉តូ គីគុអូ (Morimoto Kikuo) ប្រធាន​វិទ្យាស្ថាន​វាយនភ័ណ្ឌ​ប្រពៃណី​ខ្មែរ នៅ​ឃុំ​ពាក់ស្នែង ស្រុក​អង្គរធំ ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៨ ខែ​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Hang Savyouth
បុរស​ជនជាតិ​ជប៉ុន ម្នាក់​ដែល​ជា​ម្ចាស់​វិទ្យាស្ថាន​វាយនភ័ណ្ឌ​ប្រពៃណី​ខ្មែរ នៅ​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប បាន​ទទួល​ប័ណ្ណ​សរសើរ​ពី​ក្រសួង​ការ​បរទេស​ជប៉ុន អំពី​ស្នាដៃ​ផលិត​សូត្រ​ខ្មែរ​មាន​គុណភាព​ល្អ។
ប័ណ្ណ​សរសើរ​នេះ បាន​ប្រគល់​ជូន​បន្ទាប់​ពី​បុរស​ចំណាស់​ជនជាតិ​ជប៉ុន បាន​ចំណាយ​ពេល​ជាង ២០​ឆ្នាំ ដើម្បី​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​ប្រវត្តិ​ដើម​នៃ​សូត្រ​ខ្មែរ និង​ពណ៌​ជ្រលក់ ដែល​យក​ចេញ​ពី​សម្បក និង​ឫស​ឈើ​ធម្មជាតិ​សុទ្ធសាធ។

លោក កឹម សុខា ព្រមាន​បក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច​ឲ្យ​ត្រៀម​ខ្លួន​ធ្វើ​ជា​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-10-23
RFA
កឹម សុខា ៦២០
អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក កឹម សុខា ថ្លែង​សារ​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​នា​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៦ ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Hang Savyouth
មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ព្រមាន​គណបក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច ឲ្យ​ត្រៀម​ខ្លួន​ធ្វើ​ជា​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង។ ការ​អះអាង​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ដោយ​អនុប្រធាន​ទី​១​រដ្ឋសភា និង​ជា​ប្រធាន​ស្តីទី​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក កឹម សុខា នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ តុលា ក្នុង​ថ្ងៃ​ប្រារព្ធ​ខួប​លើក​ទី​២៣​ ​នៃ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស ស្ដីពី​កម្ពុជា ក្នុង​បរិវេណ​ទីស្នាក់ការ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ។
គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ជា​បក្ស​នយោបាយ​តែ​មួយ​គត់​នៅ​កម្ពុជា ដែល​រៀបចំ​រំឭក​ខួប​លើក​ទី​២៣ នៃ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​សន្តិភាព​ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស ២៣ តុលា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៩១។

Cambodian Police Arrest 10 Over ‘Plot to Topple Government’

2014-10-23
RFA
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An undated photo by Cambodian Police of members of the Khmer National Liberation Front with founder Sam Serey (center, standing).
Photo courtesy of Cambodian National Police.
Police in Phnom Penh have arrested 10 Cambodians whom they accuse of setting up an armed unit in a bid to overthrow the government of President Hun Sen, a police spokesman said Thursday.

The 10 were allegedly members of the Denmark-based Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), which has been deemed a terrorist group by the Cambodian government.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Chhay aims to purge Nat'l Assembly of ‘ghosts’

Senior Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Son Chhay arrives at the National Assembly in August
Senior Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Son Chhay arrives at the National Assembly in August. Chhay has requested information on National Assembly staff to mount an investigation into ghost workers and nepotistic appointments. Heng Chivoan

Senior opposition lawmaker Son Chhay has formally requested that the entire staff list of the National Assembly’s more than 1,000-strong secretariat be turned over to him for investigation as part of a bid to root out “ghost” workers and nepotistic appointments.
As part of his one-man crusade to clean up parliament, Chhay has also accused a senior secretariat official of appointing more than 20 members of his own family to paid positions on assembly staff and asked for a probe.

Not so happy childhoods

For years, 15-year-old Samnang* endured beatings every weekend as his father became drunk and violent.
Samnang and his mother were often slapped and kicked, until one night when the abuse went even further.
“Two years ago, my father blamed my mother for not cooking well for him. He started fighting with her and hitting her. I begged him to stop, but instead he took a stick and started beating me. I cried, but he beat me until there was blood on my back,” said Samnang, who now lives with his aunt in Phnom Penh, estranged from his abusive father.

Angkor beer gift avoids rules

Taekwondo gold medallist Sorn Seavmey shows her medal, during a press conference in Phnom Penh earlier this month
Taekwondo gold medallist Sorn Seavmey shows her medal, during a press conference in Phnom Penh earlier this month. The gold medal winner has turned down lucrative deals with alcohol and tobacco companies. AFP

Sorn Seavmey, the teenage taekwondo athlete who turned national celebrity after winning Cambodia’s first gold medal at the Asian Games, will not be appearing in any advertisements from alcohol or tobacco companies, despite being deluged with gifts and endorsement deals following her unprecedented victory.
According to officials from the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, Seavmey, and all other athletes registered with the committee, would not be appearing in such ads in order to conform to

NGOs want logging tycoon stripped of licences

The government should revoke Try Pheap’s timber collection licences, a coalition of NGOs and indigenous groups said yesterday, following allegations that the tycoon made a profit of more than $220 million in just three years illegally logging the Cardamom Mountains.
Representatives of the group said the level at which the nation’s forest were being decimated was a “national tragedy”.
“[W]e wish to express our great concerns over the dramatic decline of forest resources in Cambodia in the last two years,” they said in a statement issued at a press conference in the capital.
Central to the decimation, speakers said, was the freedom that Pheap has to collect timber from land concessions, including dam sites, as well as confiscated timber from the Forestry Administration and the Ministry of Environment.

Japan to help with elections

Japanese Ambassador Kumamaru Yuji talks to the media yesterday at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh
Japanese Ambassador Kumamaru Yuji talks to the media yesterday at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh after a meeting with the CPP and CNRP to discuss electoral reforms in the Kingdom. Hong Menea

A Japanese government team dispatched to help Cambodia with election reforms is waiting for the ruling and opposition parties to agree on their own ideas, including a new National Election Committee law, before stepping in.
The experts met with both parties yesterday to present the findings of a survey they conducted in May and to discuss possible areas of cooperation, Japanese Ambassador Kumamaru Yuji said.
Kumamaru said that once the parties pass the new NEC law and agree upon changes to the election

សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល​ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ធម្មនុញ្ញ​លុប​ចោល​សន្ធិសញ្ញា​បំពេញ​បន្ថែម​ឆ្នាំ​២០០៥

ដោយ តាំង សារ៉ាដា
2014-10-23
RFA
កម្ពុជា វៀតណាម ៦២០
នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម លោក ង្វ្រៀន តាន់យ៉ុង (Nguyen Tan Dung) [ឆ្វេង] ចាប់​ដៃ​ជាមួយ​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​កម្ពុជា លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ក្នុង​ឱកាស​សម្ពោធ​បង្គោល​ព្រំដែន​គោក​លេខ ៣១៤ នៅ​រវាង​ខេត្ត​កំពត ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា និង​ខេត្ត​គៀងយ៉ាង ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​២៤ មិថុនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១២។
RFA/Uon Chhin
អត្ថបទ​ចាស់ៗ​ទាក់ទង​នឹង​ព្រំដែន​រវាង​កម្ពុជា និង​វៀតណាម និង​សន្ធិសញ្ញា​បំពេញ​បន្ថែម​ឆ្នាំ​២០០៥​នៅ​ខាង​ក្រោម
ក្រុម​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ធម្មនុញ្ញ​លុប​ចោល​សន្ធិសញ្ញា​បំពេញ​បន្ថែម​ឆ្នាំ ​២០០៥ ដោយសារ​សន្ធិសញ្ញា​នេះ​ផ្ទុយ​ពី​ស្មារតី​នៃ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​សន្តិភាព​ ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស ទាក់ទង​ករណី​បាត់​បង់​បូរណភាព​ទឹក​ដី​របស់​កម្ពុជា ទៅ​ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម។
ក្នុង​ខួប​លើក​ទី​២៣ នៃ​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​សន្តិភាព​ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស ឆ្នាំ​១៩៩១ នេះ លោក តាំង សារ៉ាដា ពី​រដ្ឋធានី​វ៉ាស៊ីនតោន (Washington) មាន​សេចក្តី​រាយការណ៍​អំពី​រឿង​នេះ៖
មន្ត្រី​ផ្នែក​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​របស់​សមាគម​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​អាដហុក (ADHOC) លោក នី ចរិយា ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​មាន​យុទ្ធនាការ​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ធម្មនុញ្ញ សម្រេច​លុប​សន្ធិសញ្ញា​បំពេញ​បន្ថែម​រវាង​កម្ពុជា និង​វៀតណាម ដោយសារ​សន្ធិសញ្ញា​នោះ​ផ្ទុយ​ពី​ច្បាប់​កំពូល​របស់​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា និង​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​

'No Decision' Made Yet on Cambodia Loans: World Bank

2014-10-22
RFA
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Cambodian anti-riot police block people from the Boeung Kak lakeside community during a land rights protest in Phnom Penh, June 17, 2013.
AFP
The World Bank has not yet reached a decision on whether to lift a ban on loans to Cambodia, a Bank official has said, contradicting local media reports that the international financing institution would resume loans suspended three years ago over allegations of violent land grabs by the country’s ruling elite.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Factory collapse injures four

A security guard inspects damage at  Nishiku Enterprise’s garment factory in Takeo province yesterday morning
A security guard inspects damage at Nishiku Enterprise’s garment factory in Takeo province yesterday morning. Vireak Mai

Four employees suffered back and leg injuries after part of the floor collapsed at a Takeo province garment factory yesterday morning.
Authorities blamed the incident – the latest to raise questions about building safety in Cambodia’s biggest export industry – on substandard construction.
Some 800 workers fled from Building B of the Nishiku Enterprise factory at about 9:30am after part of the ground floor near the entrance caved in, pinning several workers under their sewing machines and causing minor injuries, witnesses said.

CNRP youth: we’ll fight ISIS

Cambodia National Rescue Party youth member Soung Sophorn talks to the media last year
Cambodia National Rescue Party youth member Soung Sophorn talks to the media last year. Soung Sophorn is one of more than 50 CNRP youth who is offering to fight Islamic Militants. The Phnom Penh Post

At least 50 opposition party youth members and supporters are asking for permission to join the US-led fight against Islamic State militants, a leading activist said yesterday.
In return, they hope the US will help them fight Vietnamese encroachment in Cambodia and take back the island of Koh Tral (or Phu Quoc) from Vietnam, said Soung Sophorn, 27, who was the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s sole candidate in Pailin province during last July’s national election.

HIV/AIDS: Thousands left without medication

Almost 20,000 people could die as a result of AIDS over the next seven years if they are not given access to HIV medication, a National AIDS Authority official said yesterday.
At a conference in the capital to announce mid-year transmission rates, Tia Phalla, the NAA vice-chairman, said that although the number of people contracting HIV was declining, only about

With AEC, risks abound

A child sits on a chair at an orphanage in Siem Reap province in July. A new report suggests that ASEAN integration could lead to an increase in child exploitation
A child sits on a chair at an orphanage in Siem Reap province in July. A new report suggests that ASEAN integration could lead to an increase in child exploitation. GEORGE NICKELS

In addition to bringing a highly anticipated boost to the region’s development, next year’s ASEAN Economic Community could also incur a host of darker consequences, including an increase in child sexual exploitation, the United Nations warns.
With freer borders and enhanced mobility under the upcoming integration, offenders who prey upon children may have an easier time gaining access to the regions’ vulnerable kids, according to an internal report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Heng Pov’s conviction affirmed by high court

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the murder convictions of former Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Heng Pov and three others in the case of the 2003 killing of Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Sok Sethamoni.
Defendants Pov, Ly Rasy, Hang Vutha and Prum Sophearith have been convicted on a raft of charges – including multiple high-profile murders – since their arrests in 2006, but have consistently blamed the late, disgraced ex-National Police chief Hok Lundy and former head of penal police at the Ministry of Interior Mok Chito for framing them.

Cambodian Children More Vulnerable Under Asean Integration, Report Warns

Cambodian schoolchildren walk on a muddy road near the dam site of Steung Mean Chey after they participated in an Intentional Children's Day event in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, file photo. Cambodian schoolchildren walk on a muddy road near the dam site of Steung Mean Chey after they participated in an Intentional Children's Day event in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, file photo.

Suy HeimkhemraVOA Khmer
Rights workers fear for the safety of Cambodia’s vulnerable children once Asean joins in an economic community next year.
The integration is aimed at improving the flow of goods and services between the 10 Asean nations, but that could also mean increased exploitation of Cambodian children, as few safeguards are in place, the UN Office on Drug and Crimes warned.
“It’s inevitable that children from poor families in Cambodia will have to work to earn money to support their families, and that is how they will be vulnerable to bad travelers who want to do bad

Whitlam took political courage to China

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Peter Cai
China Spectator
                                          
When Gough Whitlam went to Communist China in 1971as leader of the opposition, the Cold War was in full swing. Australian diggers were fighting alongside American GIs in the jungles of Vietnam against the Chinese-backed Viet Cong.
There was widespread fear of Red China in Australia. Prime Minister Robert Menzies captured the zeitgeist at the time, referring to “the downward thrust of Communist China between the Indian and Pacific oceans”. Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon blasted Whitlam’s China visit in July, accusing him of being a pawn of Communist China and a spokesman for the enemy being fought in Vietnam.

កម្មការិនី​៨​នាក់​ចូល​ពេទ្យ​ដោយសារ​ការ​បាក់​អាគារ​រោង​ចក្រ​នៅ​ខេត្ត​តាកែវ

ការ​ធ្វើ​ចំណាក​ស្រុក​របស់​ពលរដ្ឋ​នៅ​ខេត្ត​ព្រៃវែង

Two Cambodian Reporters Charged With Extorting Villagers

2014-10-21
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Trucks loaded with timber wait to cross the border into Vietnam from Cambodia's Svay Rieng province in a file photo.
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Authorities in northeastern Cambodia’s Kratie province have arrested two local journalists for allegedly attempting to extort money from villagers in exchange for not reporting suspected illegal logging activities, a district police chief said Tuesday.

But publishers of the National and Khmer Influence newspapers where reporters Nget Chandary and Nhek Peisei work, respectively, claim they were framed by police who they said cooperated with the villagers to harvest illegal wood.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Whitlam’s China masterstroke


Whitlam’s China masterstroke Opposition leader Gough Whitlam at the Great Wall of China, after the Beijing meeting, July 1972. Photo Courtesy of Stephen FitzGerald
Stephen FitzGerald

In mid-1971 Labor opposition leader Gough Whitlam led a delegation to Beijing to discuss diplomatic relations. It was the middle of the Cold War, with Australian troops fighting in Vietnam – in what the conservative government saw as a proxy war with Chinese communism.

Gough Whitlam dies aged 98; former PM remembered as 'giant' of Australian politics

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Gough Whitlam as Werriwa MP, 1957-59

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam has been remembered as a visionary and a giant of federal politics by figures across the political spectrum.
Mr Whitlam led the country through a period of massive social change from 1972 to 1975 before his ousting by governor-general Sir John Kerr, in the infamous dismissal episode.
Despite being in power for only three turbulent years, Mr Whitlam launched sweeping reforms of the nation's economic and cultural affairs, cementing his place as one of Australia's most revered leaders.
He stopped conscription, introduced free university education, recognised communist China, pulled troops from Vietnam, abolished the death penalty for federal crimes and reduced the voting age to 18.
"Our father, Gough Whitlam, has died this morning at the age of 98," Mr Whitlam's family said in a statement.

S Korean farming industry slammed

Workers put harvested ginseng into sacks at a field in South Korea late last year
Workers put harvested ginseng into sacks at a field in South Korea late last year. A new report released by Amnestry International alleges Cambodian migrant workers were among those being exploited in South Korea’s farming industry. BLOOMBERG

Long considered the friendlier and less exploitative option for overseas Cambodian migrants, South Korea is now being slammed by Amnesty International for a number of abuses afflicting its migrant-dominated agriculture sector.
The 20,000 foreign workers fuelling South Korea’s farming industry regularly encounter intimidation, violence, excessive working hours, forced labour and no rest days, according to an Amnesty report released yesterday. And because of a “flawed” work permit scheme, the migrants have few options for recourse.

Another protest turns bloody

Authorities attack a villager from Preah Vihear province
Authorities attack a villager from Preah Vihear province yesterday in Phnom Penh after a protest regarding an ongoing land dispute turned violent. Vireak Mai

Land protesters from Preah Vihear province who came to Phnom Penh seeking a resolution to their disputes were brutally beaten by security forces yesterday as they attempted to deliver petitions to Prime Minister Hun Sen.
About 100 people representing 333 families in Choam Ksan district’s Kantuot commune and Tbeng Meanchey district’s Palhal commune marched yesterday morning to the Chinese, Russian and Australian embassies before attempting to deliver a petition to Hun Sen’s cabinet.

Parties yet to agree on part of NEC draft law

Hopes that the ruling and opposition parties would finally reach full accord on a new National Election Committee draft law were dashed yesterday as talks foundered on the qualifications the secretary-general of the new institution must possess.
After a meeting that lasted more than two hours, Cambodian People’s Party working group chief Bin Chhin and his Cambodia National Rescue Party counterpart Kuoy Bunroeun said the parties had reached “90 per cent” agreement.
“But regarding the secretary-general and deputy secretaries-general [of the NEC], we have disagreed on the qualifications [they should have],” Chhin said.

On second thought …

As a group of Cambodian officials reportedly departed for Australia and asylum seeker detention centres on the Pacific island of Nauru last night, the Interior Ministry said that refugees would be given a brutally “realistic” summation of contemporary Cambodia before they choose to come here.
Under an agreement signed last month, asylum seekers on Nauru found to be genuine refugees – who have been told they will never be allowed to settle on the Australian mainland – will be given the choice to relocate to Cambodia instead, with resettlement costs to be met by Australian taxpayers.

Census arrests: Vietnamese citizens held after raid

Twelve Vietnamese nationals were arrested and temporarily detained on Sunday amid on ongoing crackdown against foreigners living illegally in Cambodia, said Major Seng Veansa, a police officer for the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, yesterday.
According to Veansa, the eight men and four women were found after a raid on a Vietnamese coffee shop on Street 105 in the capital’s Chamkarmon district.

មនុស្ស​ជិត​២០​នាក់​របួស​ក្នុង​ពេល​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​វាយ​បំបែក​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​រឿង​ដី

ដោយ ឡេង ម៉ាលី
2014-10-20
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ជម្លោះ​ដី ព្រះវិហារ ៦២០
អ្នក​តវ៉ា​ដីធ្លី​មក​ពី​ខេត្ត​ព្រះវិហារ ប្រឈម​មុខ​ដាក់​គ្នា​ជាមួយ​កង​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​សាលា​ខណ្ឌ​ដូនពេញ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ តុលា ២០១៤។
RFA/Leng Maly
មាន​មនុស្ស​ចំនួន​ជិត ២០​នាក់ រង​របួស​នៅ​ក្នុង​ពេល​កង​សន្តិសុខ​ខណ្ឌ​​ដូនពេញ​ប្រើ​កម្លាំង​ដោយ​ហិង្សា​ វាយ​បំបែក​លើ​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​រឿង​ដីធ្លី​មក​ពី​ខេត្ត​ព្រះវិហារ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ តុលា។ ក្នុង​ចំណោម​អ្នក​រង​របួស​ គឺ​មាន​កុមារ​ផង។
ពលរដ្ឋ​ដែល​មាន​បញ្ហា​ដី​ធ្លី​នៅ​ឃុំ​កន្ទួត ស្រុក​ជាំ​ក្សាន្ត ខេត្ត​ព្រះវិហារ ជិត ១០០​នាក់ នាំ​គ្នា​ព្យាយាម​យក​លិខិត​សុំ​អន្តរាគមន៍​ដោះស្រាយ​ទំនាស់​ដីធ្លី​នៅ​ ខុទ្ទកាល័យ​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ប៉ុន្តែ​កង​សន្តិសុខ​រារាំង​នៅ​សួនច្បារ​នាគ​បាញ់​ទឹក​ខាង​កើត​វិមាន​ ឯករាជ្យ បាន​រារាំង​ក្បួន​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​ដោយ​មិន​ឲ្យ​ចូល​ទៅ​ជិត​ផ្ទះ​លោក​ នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ឡើយ។

NGOs Petition Malaysian Human Rights Body Over Laos Dam

2014-10-20
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A fish market in Nakasang, in southern Laos's Siphandone region, in an undated photo.
Photo courtesy of International Rivers

A coalition of Cambodian, Thai, and U.S. nongovernmental organizations filed a petition Monday with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) calling for an investigation into the possible social and environmental impacts of a much-criticized dam being built in Laos by a Malaysian development firm.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The civil service’s phantom workers

Ghost workers

You don’t need to be a clairvoyant to see the Cambodian government’s so-called “ghost workers”. They’re everywhere. They work in shops, restaurants and NGOs, clean houses, teach languages, guard buildings and fix leaky roofs.
Supposedly employed as bureaucrats, advisors, police officers, soldiers and teachers, these phantom civil servants rarely – if ever – go to work. With no mandated minimum salary, and little supervision, they commonly spend their days undertaking more lucrative activities in the private sector.
Last month the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Om Yentieng, announced another one of the government’s periodic ghost-busting campaigns. All state institutions have until November to sort out their payrolls: anyone after that time found to be facilitating irregular payments will be prosecuted, according to Yentieng.
Some ghost workers give their salaries to their bosses.
Some ghost workers give their salaries to their bosses. David Pinho

Hard times for ‘the 23’

Union leader Vorn Pov communicates with supporters as a prison truck takes him to court during his trial in May
Union leader Vorn Pov communicates with supporters as a prison truck takes him to court during his trial in May. Heng Chivoan

While the smoke has long cleared on January’s violent garment strikes, for many of the 23 workers and unionists arrested and tried on charges widely considered to be baseless, the ordeal is far from over.
Nine months after security forces used deadly violence to end strikes over the minimum wage, many of the men arrested, convicted and released with suspended prison sentences months later find themselves broke and out of a job.
With new wage negotiations back on the agenda – and unions threatening more large-scale demonstrations if demands aren’t met – some former detainees claim they have been excluded from the garment sector altogether.

With SMF’s closure, donor queries grow

The disgraced Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) announced early on Saturday morning that it had closed its doors once and for all, leaving long-term supporters with a brief message of gratitude and goodbyes.
Its closure came after years of allegations, culminating in a Newsweek report in May that its founder and namesake had lied about her own back story and those of some of the supposed sex-trafficking victims the organisation was created to support.

Commerce claims that donations not political

The Ministry of Commerce has defended its solicitation of donations from private organisations as voluntary, legal and a form of corporate social responsibility.
The ministry’s response comes after Post Weekend revealed on Saturday, through leaked documents, that the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) made a cash contribution to the government totalling $5,000 and has been paying membership fees for senior government officials at an exclusive country club.

No end in sight for boycott

Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea in court at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in August
Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea in court at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in August. ECCC

Defence teams representing former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in a new trial revolving around genocide charges say their boycott of the tribunal will continue indefinitely.
The lawyers walked out of court on Friday after their clients read aloud statements condemning the alleged bias of the judges who sentenced them to life in prison in August, and skewering the flawed rationale behind the verdict.

Analyst coy on party rumours

Political analyst Kem Ley outside the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh in March
Political analyst Kem Ley outside the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh in March. He has played down rumours that he is forming a political party. Vireak Mai

Playing down a flurry of social media rumours, political analyst Kem Ley yesterday said he had “no plan at all” to start a new political party, but nonetheless equivocated, adding that members of his fledgling social accountability network might someday go that route if necessary.
“We are now in the process of consultation to find a way to create a sustainable social network. Mostly we are aiming to influence the decision making, not just for government reform and public

Anti-refugee protest dogged by xenophobia

A protester holds up fake dollar bills in protest against the agreement to send refugees to Cambodia
A protester holds up fake dollar bills in protest against the agreement to send refugees to Cambodia. Hong Menea

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through central Phnom Penh yesterday morning calling for a controversial refugee resettlement deal between Australia and Cambodia to be scrapped.
While the protesters echoed human rights concerns that have been repeatedly made about the scheme, an undercurrent of xenophobia was also present.
After calling on the US Embassy, the Council of Ministers, the EU delegation and the National Assembly bearing petitions, the diverse group of monks, students, land rights activists and NGO workers eventually set up camp in front of the Australian Embassy.

Refugee deal praised, again

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

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met at the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Summit in Milan on Friday, doubling down on their support for the refugee deal signed in Cambodia last month, despite heavy criticism from human rights groups.
Bishop expressed “profound thanks” to Hun Sen for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries, said foreign affairs attaché to the prime minister Kao Kim Hourn at a press briefing at the Phnom Penh International Airport.