A Change of Guard

សូមស្តាប់វិទ្យុសង្គ្រោះជាតិ Please read more Khmer news and listen to CNRP Radio at National Rescue Party. សូមស្តាប់វីទ្យុខ្មែរប៉ុស្តិ៍/Khmer Post Radio.
Follow Khmerization on Facebook/តាមដានខ្មែរូបនីយកម្មតាម Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/khmerization.khmerican

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Three Stones border row unfounded, says Touch

Three Stones border row unfounded, says Touch
Thu, 11 February 2016 ppp
Meas Sokchea

(((

School of Vice: Note the Phnom Penh Post's persistence in down-marking the use of the term "yuon" in its reports by ascribing the same repeated negative undertones to it, i.e.: '...using a term for Vietnamese considered offensive by some.' In doing this the post's editor/writer deliberately makes its point clear to the reader that the person/group quoted or the source behind a given report relating to the 'yuons' [Vietnamese] is already guilty of harbouring an ill persuasion and a position of bias, if not outright xenophobia, towards a specific ethnic group by means of such labelling and ascription alone. 

It would be useful if the Post were to justify its persistence in so-doing by offering its readers more detailed and concrete explanations as to why, and since when precisely, the term in question and its day to day usage has been "considered offensive by some"? Would that be too much to ask of an enterprise that otherwise prides itself on professional-ethical journalism? Or has the Post fallen under the spells cast by Cambodia's sweet neighbours to the east too? 

)))   

Royal Academy head border researcher Sok Touch visits Takeo province's Three Stones village yesterday. Photo supplied
Royal Academy head border researcher Sok Touch visits Takeo province's Three Stones village yesterday. Photo supplied


The Royal Academy’s head border researcher Sok Touch yesterday dismissed claims that Vietnam had encroached into Cambodia’s Three Stones village along the border in Takeo province after inspecting the site.

Touch visited the area after rumours that Vietnam had claimed two of the three “famous” stones that give the village in Borei Cholsar district its name.

Yesterday, he noted Cambodia’s police checkpoint was only 25 metres from the site while the Vietnamese outpost was about 200 metres away, adding there was no evidence Vietnam had impeded access or was farming there. He labelled the rumours political troublemaking.

“The Vietnamese do not know [that location is meaningful]. But journalists and politicians always prod this topic to make it meaningful,” he said.

However, opposition councillor Thy Ny Thoeun insisted local farmers had been pushed out of the area by Vietnamese.

“If [you] don’t believe, come and see … Our Khmer checkpoint is far from [the border], about 20-30 metres, but the yuon built a [checkpoint] nearly on top of the border of the three stones,” he said, using a term for Vietnamese considered offensive by some.

Golden memories ... កុលាបកោះកែវ

The International Khmer Assembly Urging President Obama not to repeat the same mistake America made against Cambodia in 1975

The International Khmer Assembly Urging President Obama not to repeat the same mistake America made against Cambodia in 1975


ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Khmer Assembly (IKARE) will lead Khmers and Khmer Veterans to take part on February 15, 2016 at Sunnylands and Garden Center to remind President Obama that in 1975, when America made the decision to transfer the Vietnam War to Cambodia and later pulled out by cutting funding, almost 2 million Khmers died as a result.

"It is the International Khmer Assembly's position to recognize that the transfer of the Vietnam War into Cambodia in the 1970s resulted in nearly 2 million dead Cambodians.  It is with optimism that President OBAMA, through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other strategic partnership with the ASEAN, will help to restore the sovereignty and integrity of CAMBODIA and not worsen the already slow progress of the Kingdom post the killing fields," said Mr. Kosol Sek, the elected Chairman of the International Khmer Assembly.    

He added, "That's why I joined my colleagues, other civil society, and non-profit organizations throughout the United States in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to consider all possible and probable effects of TPP and other decisions that could affect the lives of ordinary citizens of Cambodia."

US, ASEAN Urged to Push Rights in Cambodia

US, ASEAN Urged to Push Rights in Cambodia

Khmer Times / By Taing Vida
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace during his visit to Phnom Penh last month. KT/ Ven Rathavong


Twelve civil society organizations submitted a joint statement asking the US government and heads of democratic ASEAN members to raise issues of human rights violations in Cambodia and the misuse of courts to stifle the opposition at next week’s US-ASEAN Summit in California, in order to “restore democracy and ensure free and fair elections in the Kingdom.”
 
“We… call upon the US and ASEAN summit, especially the US government and the democratic states of ASEAN, to address these problems directly with the Royal Government of Cambodia,  in order to restore the enabling environment for free and fair election in 2017 and 2018 and allow democracy in Cambodia to flourish,” the statement reads.
 
The 12 groups include Adhoc, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, the Housing Rights Taskforce, Silika, and the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia.
 
They say the government is abusing its power and cracking down on opposition party members and activists, while using a weak and biased judiciary to harass and jail members of the opposition and activists.
 
“In 2015 there was a disturbing increase in action taken by the government against opposition party members and activists,” the statement said, adding that: “In almost all of these cases, the security forces and the judiciary were used as instruments to suppress legitimate dissent and harass the government’s political opponents.”
 

លោក កឹម សុខា ប្រធានស្ដីទីគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ ក្រោយបានជួបសួរសុខទុក្ខលោក មា...

VOA Exclusive: US Ambassador Targets Improved US-Cambodian Trade Ties

VOA Exclusive: US Ambassador Targets Improved US-Cambodian Trade Ties
With the US-Cambodia relationship in the spotlight, VOA Khmer’s Neou Vannarin sat down for a comprehensive discussion on Wednesday with William A. Heidt, the American ambassador in Phnom Penh.

Neou Vannarin,VOA Khmer
10 February 2016

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William A. Heidt says he feels “very lucky” to be in Cambodia at a time “when really there are a lot of interesting possibilities to work together more closely on those issues.” (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William A. Heidt says he feels “very lucky” to be in Cambodia at a time “when really there are a lot of interesting possibilities to work together more closely on those issues.” (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

'But it struck me that the ‘culture of dialogue,’ if you look at the original provisions, was a very sensible thing. It’s not, honestly, the way we do our politics in America. But I thought, for Cambodia, it was a very sensible way to sort of turn down the political rhetoric, to try to have open…respectful disagreements. To fight over policy issues, but not over personalities. Like I say, we don’t have things like the culture of dialogue in America, but to me I understand why Cambodia did, and it made a great deal of sense to me.'


PHNOM PENH—

Editor’s note: The leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries, including Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, are about to travel to an unprecedented US-hosted meeting with US President Barack Obama at the Sunnylands estate, California, set for Feb 15-16. The meeting comes as the US looks to step up its foreign policy initiative known as the pivot, or the rebalance to Asia, an attempt to counter growing Chinese influence in the region. The government of Cambodia, which has close trade and diplomatic ties with China, has said it does not want to pick sides in a contest between superpowers. With the US-Cambodia relationship in the spotlight, VOA Khmer’s Neou Vannarin sat down for a comprehensive discussion on Wednesday with William A. Heidt, the American ambassador in Phnom Penh. Heidt was sworn in as ambassador on Sept. 14, 2015, and previously served as economic and commercial officer at the US embassy in Cambodia from 1997 to 1999.

What are the priority sectors for your mission in Cambodia?

I think Secretary [of State John] Kerry touched on some of the things we’re most excited about working with Cambodia. He mentioned, of course, our work together on POW/MIAs [prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action] over the years; our work on building our people-to-people relationship; and he also talked about our hope to build our economic relationship. My specialty in the foreign service for 28 years has really been economic trade and development. I feel very lucky to be here in Cambodia at a time when really there are a lot of interesting possibilities to work together more closely on those issues. So I’m excited about making progress on those trade and economic issues. I also note that the people-to-people relationship between the United States and Cambodia is very strong. Of course, VOA helps a lot in that respect. But there’s a lot of interest in studying in America and learning about America. And our cultural exchanges—especially some of the artifacts we have been able to return to Cambodia—that’s also an area where I think there’s a lot of exciting things we’re going to be able to do in the next three years.

បទ​សម្ភាសន៍ VOA ផ្តាច់មុខ៖ ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋ​ទូត​​អាមេរិក​​​​​​​​ដាក់​គោលដៅ​​​​បង្កើន​​​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម​អាមេរិក​‍~កម្ពុជា​​

បទ​សម្ភាសន៍ VOA ផ្តាច់មុខ៖ ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋ​ទូត​​អាមេរិក​​​​​​​​ដាក់​គោលដៅ​​​​បង្កើន​​​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម​អាមេរិក​‍~កម្ពុជា​​
គ្រា​ដែលទំនាក់​ទំនង​រវាង​អាមេរិក​និង​កម្ពុជា​​កំពុង​តែ​​​ទទួល​​ការ​ចាប់​អារម្មណ៍​ខ្លាំង​នោះ​ លោក​ នៅ វណ្ណារិន​ នៃ​ VOA ​ភាសា​ខ្មែរ​ បាន​ជួប​សម្ភាស​ន៍យ៉ាង​ទូលំទូលាយ​​​មួយ​ជាមួយ​លោក ​William A. Heidt ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​នៅ​​កម្ពុជា​ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ពុធ ទី​១០ ខែ​កុម្ភៈ​នេះ។

នៅ វណ្ណារិន
11 កុម្ភៈ 2016

ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក លោក William A. Heidt (វិល្លាម ហែដ) ក្នុងបទសម្ភាសន៍​មួយ​ជាមួយ​លោក នៅ វណ្ណារិន នៃ VOA ​នៅឯ​​ស្ថានទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ក្នុង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ​ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១០​ខែ​កុម្ភៈ​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦។ នេះ​ជា​លើក​ទី​មួយ​ដែល​លោក​ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​បាន​ផ្តល់​បទ​សម្ភាសន៍(ផ្តាច់មុខ)​​ជាមួយ​​បណ្តាញ​ផ្សាយ​ព័ត៌មាន​​មួយ ចាប់​តាំង​ពី​លោក​បាន​ក្លាយ​ជា​ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​កាល​ពី​ខែ​កញ្ញា​ឆ្នាំ​មុន។ ​(នូវ ពៅលក្ខិណា/VOA)
ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក លោក William A. Heidt (វិល្លាម ហែដ) ក្នុងបទសម្ភាសន៍​មួយ​ជាមួយ​លោក នៅ វណ្ណារិន នៃ VOA ​នៅឯ​​ស្ថានទូត​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក​ក្នុង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ​ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១០​ខែ​កុម្ភៈ​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦។ នេះ​ជា​លើក​ទី​មួយ​ដែល​លោក​ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​បាន​ផ្តល់​បទ​សម្ភាសន៍(ផ្តាច់មុខ)​​ជាមួយ​​បណ្តាញ​ផ្សាយ​ព័ត៌មាន​​មួយ ចាប់​តាំង​ពី​លោក​បាន​ក្លាយ​ជា​ឯក​អគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​នៅ​កម្ពុជា​កាល​ពី​ខែ​កញ្ញា​ឆ្នាំ​មុន។ ​(នូវ ពៅលក្ខិណា/VOA)
ភ្នំពេញ—voa


កំណត់​និពន្ធ​៖ មេដឹកនាំ​នៃ​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​១០​របស់​សមាគម​ប្រជាជាតិ​អាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍​ (អាស៊ាន) ដែល​រួម​មានលោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ​ហ៊ុន សែន របស់​កម្ពុជា​ផង​ដែរនោះ​ នឹង​ធ្វើ​ដំណើរ​ទៅ​ចូល​រួម​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​មួយដែល​មិន​ធ្លាប់​មាន​ពី​មុន​មក​ រៀប​ចំ​ដោយ​សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិកនិង​ទទួល​ស្វាគមន៍​ដោយលោក​ប្រធានាធិបតី​អាមេរិក បារ៉ាក់ អូបាម៉ា (Barack Obama) នៅ​តំបន់​លំហែ​កាយ​ Sunnylands ​ក្នុងរដ្ឋ​ កាលីហ្វ័រញ៉ា ដែលគ្រោង​នឹងធ្វើឡើង​នៅ​ដើម​សប្ដាហ៍​ក្រោយ​នេះ។

កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​នេះ​ កើតឡើង​ ស្រប​ពេល​ដែលសហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិកកំពុង​ស្វែង​រក​ការ​បង្កើន​សកម្មភាពនៃគំនិតផ្តួចផ្តើម​នយោបាយ​ការបរទេស​មួយ​របស់​ខ្លួ​ន​ដែល​គេ​ស្គាល់​ថាជា​ «ការ​ងាក (pivot) ​‍ឬ​ជា​ការ​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​មាន​តុល្យភាពអំណាច​ឡើង​វិញ (rebalance) ​ទៅ​កាន់​តំបន់​អាស៊ី​‍»។ នេះ​គឺ​ជា​ការ​ប៉ុនប៉ង​មួយ​ដើម្បីទប់​ទល់​នឹង​ឥទ្ធិពលដែល​ចេះ​តែ​កើន​ឡើង​របស់​ចិននៅ​ក្នុង​តំបន់​នេះ។ រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា​ ដែល​មាន​ចំណង​ពាណិជ្ជកម្ម​និង​ការទូត​យ៉ាង​ជិត​ដិត​ជាមួយ​ប្រទេស​ចិន បាន​និយាយ​ថា​ ខ្លួន​មិន​ចង់​កាន់​ជើង​ខាង​ភាគី​ណាមួយ​នៅ​ក្នុង​ការ​ប្រកួត​រវាង​ប្រទេសមហា​អំណាច​ទេ។

Cambodia Post inks deal with Kerry Express to extend reach


Thu, 11 February 2016 ppp
Sor Chandara

Ork Bora, director general of Cambodia Post (right) and Sear Rithy, director of Kerry World bridge Logistics, shake hands yesterday in Phnom Penh after signing an MoU.
Ork Bora, director general of Cambodia Post (right) and Sear Rithy, director of Kerry World bridge Logistics, shake hands yesterday in Phnom Penh after signing an MoU.Heng Chivoan

Two of the Kingdom’s biggest package delivery services announced a tie-up yesterday that will extend the reach of their services to cover all corners of the country.

Kerry Express, the delivery service for Kerry WorldBridge Logistics, signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Cambodia Post, agreeing to invest $17 million to expand the coverage of its Express Mail Service (EMS) and increase the use of the country’s post offices, company representatives said.

Sear Rithy, director of Kerry Worldbridge Logistics, said the partnership will help “kill three birds with one arrow,” which are developing postal services in Cambodia, increasing confidence in postal services and helping develop the company’s online shopping service.

“We don’t want to compete with each other, [so this partnership agreement] is a win-win policy,” he said.

“This cooperation will also help serve our [e-commerce service] MAIO Mall to distribute packages to customers.”

US weighs in on anti-Hun Sen protest


Thu, 11 February 2016 ppp
Brent Crane

Nhay Chamrouen, a CNRP lawmaker, receives medical assistance from bystanders in October after he was attacked by anti-Kem Sokha protesters at the National Assembly. Photo supplied
Nhay Chamrouen, a CNRP lawmaker, receives medical assistance from bystanders in October after he was attacked by anti-Kem Sokha protesters at the National Assembly. Photo supplied

Amid fears of a potential reprise of anti-opposition violence that flared in October, a US Embassy spokesman yesterday called on the government “to ensure that no one is threatened, punished, or harmed in Cambodia” if a planned anti-Hun Sen rally takes place as scheduled next week in California.

The statement follows a call from rights group Human Rights Watch for Washington to “publicly demand” the government retract perceived threats of reprisal made publicly ahead of the prime minister’s trip to a US-ASEAN summit next week.

Dubbed the “Rally Against the Tyrant Hun Sen”, the planned demonstration is the brainchild of activist group the Cambodian-American Alliance, and is set to take place on Monday outside the summit in Rancho Mirage, California, where the prime minister will be in attendance. The group has said that it expects as many as 1,000 protesters to attend.

Last month, Hun Sen warned that any demonstrations during his US visit could result in retaliatory ruling party rallies directed against opposition leaders in Cambodia. The warning bore an eerie resemblance to similar predictions made by the premier after he was greeted by anti-ruling party protesters on an October trip to Paris.

Unionists link arrests to ‘threatening’ trend

Unionists link arrests to ‘threatening’ trend
Thu, 11 February 2016 ppp
Sen David
Garment workers burn a log outside the Cerie (Cambodia) factory in Kampong Speu’s Samrong Tong district earlier this month during a protest that prompted the arrest of two union officials. Photo supplied
Garment workers burn a log outside the Cerie (Cambodia) factory in Kampong Speu’s Samrong Tong district earlier this month during a protest that prompted the arrest of two union officials. Photo supplied


The Free Trade Union has sent another request pleading with the government to release two of its members arrested earlier this month, linking the pair to a recent spate of arrests and charges against unionists across the Kingdom.

On Tuesday, the FTU sent a letter to the Labour Ministry and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia calling for the release on bail of two FTU unionists arrested on February 2 for alleged incitement at the Cerie garment factory in Kampong Speu province.

The letter comes after the FTU appealed for their release last Thursday, but in Tuesday’s letter, FTU president Chea Mony also addressed growing threats to union leaders in Cambodia.

“It seems like union leaders are being threatened to stop protests, but workers really need support from unions to defend them,” it read.

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers, said that such anti-union activity had been a clear trend since the start of the year.

Five CUMW unionists were arrested after being beaten by alleged hired thugs during a strike at the Agile Sweater factory in Kampong Speu on January 12.

ក្រុម​អ្នក​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា​អះអាង​ថា​ដី​នៅ​តំបន់​ថ្ម៣ដុំ​មិន​បាត់បង់​ទេ


ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍ rfa
2016-02-10

ច្រក​ព្រំដែន​ទឹក​របស់​វៀតណាម នៅ​ក្បែរ​បង្គោល​ឡាក់​លេខ ២៦០ ស្ថិត​នៅ​ចំណុច​ព្រែក ប៉ុល សារឿន ចូល​ទៅ​តំបន់​ថ្ម៣ដុំ ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​តាកែវ។ រូបថត​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៥ ខែ​ធ្នូ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥
RFA/Morm Moniroth                  

ច្រក​ព្រំដែន​ទឹក​របស់​វៀតណាម នៅ​ក្បែរ​បង្គោល​ឡាក់​លេខ ២៦០ ស្ថិត​នៅ​ចំណុច​ព្រែក ប៉ុល សារឿន ចូល​ទៅ​តំបន់​ថ្ម៣ដុំ ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​តាកែវ។ រូបថត​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៥ ខែ​ធ្នូ ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥
RFA/Morm Moniroth

ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​នៃ​រាជបណ្ឌិត្យសភា​កម្ពុជា អះអាង​ថា ផ្អែក​លើ​ការ​សិក្សា​ដោយ​ផ្ទាល់ ដី​នៅ​ចំណុច​ថ្ម៣ដុំ ជាប់​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម ក្នុង​ភូមិសាស្ត្រ​ខេត្ត​តាកែវ មិន​បាត់បង់​ទេ។ ផ្ទុយ​ពី​នេះ​វិញ អ្នក​ឃ្លាំមើល​បញ្ហា​ព្រំដែន​យល់​ឃើញ​ថា ការ​សិក្សា​នេះ​អាច​រាប់​បាន​ថា ជា​ការ​សិក្សា​សម្រាប់​ប្រថាប់​ត្រា និង​បង្គ្រប់​កិច្ច​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ។

មក​ដល់​ពេល​នេះ ដី​មាន​ជម្លោះ​ជាប់​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-​វៀតណាម ស្ថិត​នៅ​ទីតាំង​ថ្ម៣ដុំ ក្នុង​ស្រុក​បូរីជលសារ ខេត្ត​តាកែវ បាន​ក្លាយ​ជា​ចំណុច​ខ្វែង​គំនិត​គ្នា​ក្នុង​ចំណោម​អ្នក​នយោបាយ និង​អ្នក​ពិនិត្យ​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​ខ្មែរ។

លោក​បណ្ឌិត​ សុខ ទូច និង​ជា​ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​នៃ​រាជបណ្ឌិត្យសភា​កម្ពុជា បញ្ជាក់​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១០ ខែ​កុម្ភៈ ថា តាម​ពិត​ដី​នៅ​តំបន់​ថ្ម៣ដុំ មិន​បាន​បាត់បង់​ទៅ​វៀតណាម ដូច​ការ​រក​ឃើញ​របស់​មនុស្ស​មួយ​ចំនួន​ទេ។ លោក​បន្ថែម​ថា បច្ចុប្បន្ន​នេះ ទីតាំង​នៅ​ថ្ម៣ដុំ គឺ​ស្ថិត​ក្រោម​ការ​គ្រប់គ្រង​របស់​កម្ពុជា។ មិន​តែ​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​គ្រប់រូប​នៅ​តែ​អាច​ចេញ​ចូល និង​ពិនិត្យ​ព្រំដែន​ត្រង់​ទីតាំង​នេះ​បាន​ដោយ​សេរី៖ «»។

ប្រវត្តិ​សង្ខេប​នៃ​ទំនាក់ទំនង​កម្ពុជា និង​ចិន (ភាគ​១)

ប្រវត្តិ​សង្ខេប​នៃ​ទំនាក់ទំនង​កម្ពុជា និង​ចិន (ភាគ​១)
ដោយ ចេង ម៉េងជូ
2016-02-10 rfa

រូប​ទង់ជាតិ​នៃ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា និង​ប្រទេស​ចិន។
Photo: RFA

ដោយ​ទទួល​បាន​ផល​ប្រយោជន៍​ពី​គ្នា​ទៅ​វិញ​ទៅ​មក មិត្តភាព​ស្អិត​ល្មួត​រវាង​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា និង​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ចិន មក​ដល់​ដើម​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៦ បាន​ឡើង​ដល់​ចំណុច​កំពូល។ ទោះ​ជា​យ៉ាង​ណា ទំនាក់ទំនង​រវាង​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​ពីរ​មាន​ប្រវត្តិ​ចាប់​តាំង​ពី​សម័យ​អង្គរ​ក្នុង​សតវត្ស​ទី​១៣ មក​ម្ល៉េះ។

កាល​ណា​គេ​និយាយ​ពី​ប្រវត្តិ​នៃ​ចំណង​ការទូត​រវាង​កម្ពុជា និង​ចិន គេ​តែង​តែ​នឹក​ដល់​ឈ្មោះ ជីវ តាក្វាន់ ដែល​កាល​នោះ​លោក​គឺ​ជា​បេសកជន​ពិសេស​របស់​ចិន ដែល​មក​ធ្វើ​ទស្សនកិច្ច និង​ស្នាក់នៅ​អាណាចក្រ​អង្គរ​អស់​រយៈពេល ១​ឆ្នាំ គឺ​ពី​ឆ្នាំ​១២៩៦ ដល់​ឆ្នាំ​១២៩៧។

ថ្វី​បើ​ចំណង​ការទូត​រវាង​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​ពីរ​មាន​ប្រវត្តិ​តាំង​ពី​បរម​បុរាណ​មក​ក៏ដោយ ក៏​ដំណាក់​កាល​ដែល​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​ពីរ​ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​ស្និទ្ធស្នាល​គ្នា​ខ្លាំង គឺ​ស្ថិត​នៅ​សម័យ​ក្រោយ​សង្គ្រាម​លោក​លើក​ទី​២ ឬ​នៅ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​កម្ពុជា រួច​ផុត​ពី​អាណានិគម​បារាំង នា​អំឡុង​ពាក់​កណ្ដាល​សតវត្ស​ទី​២០ ឯណេះ​ទេ។ ចាប់​តាំង​ពី​ពេល​នោះ​រហូត​មក​ដល់​បច្ចុប្បន្ន តើ​ទំនាក់ទំនង​រវាង​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​ពីរ​មាន​ដំណើរ​វិវឌ្ឍន៍​យ៉ាង​ណា​ខ្លះ?

ដំណាក់​កាល​ដំបូង

ភាព​ស្និទ្ធស្នាល​រវាង​កម្ពុជា និង​ចិន កើត​មាន​ឡើង​ខណៈ​ពិភពលោក​កំពុង​ប្រឈម​នឹង​ភាព​ប្រទាញប្រទង់​គ្នា​រវាង​កម្លាំង​កុម្មុយនិស្ត និង​កម្លាំង​សេរី ក្រោយ​សង្គ្រាម​លោក​លើក​ទី​២ បាន​បញ្ចប់​ទៅ។ នៅ​ពេល​នោះ ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រ​កម្ពុជា ទី​១ ដែល​មាន​ព្រះបាទ​នរោត្ដម សីហនុ ជា​ព្រះ​ប្រមុខ​រដ្ឋ បាន​ប្រកាស​រក្សា​ជំហរ​អព្យាក្រឹត​មិន​ចូល​បក្ស​សម្ព័ន្ធ។

រមណីយដ្ឋាន​កោះ​ខ្សាច់​សេ​កុង​ថ្មី​នៅ​ស្ទឹង​ត្រែង​

រាជ​បណ្ឌិត​សភា​អះ​អាង​ថា​ថ្ម៣​ដុំ​មិន​បាត់​បង់​ទេ​

HWR​៖​​ ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​អាមេរិក​ដាក់​សម្ពាធ​ដល់​កម្ពុជា

ករណី​ហិង្សា​ក្បែរ​ក្រុម​ហ៊ុន​កា​ពី​តូល​មិន​ទាន់​បញ្ចប់

កម្មវិធីទូរទស្សន៍អាស៊ីសេរី សម្រាប់ថ្ងៃទី១០ ខែកុម្ភៈ ឆ្នាំ២០១៦

Railway residents told to stay calm over expressway


Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Chhay Channyda

Protesters demand information last month on the high-speed toll road development at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
Protesters demand information last month on the high-speed toll road development at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Pha Lina

Uncertain residents who have protested the lack of information surrounding a planned elevated toll road linking central Phnom Penh and the airport were yesterday urged to remain calm as authorities work out a “solution” for those affected.

“Please all people, stay calm, continue your businesses as usual and give the government a chance to consider finding an acceptable solution for all,” a statement from the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation reads. “The plan of constructing the expressway is under study.”

Last month, on two separate occasions, more than 100 people staged demonstrations at the ministry, calling for a public forum on the proposed expressway, which is expected to be built along the existing railway line.

While urging calm, the ministry’s statement also defends the project as necessary to reduce traffic congestion and give a “huge benefit to the national economy”. There would be impacts on residents but their extent had yet to be determined, it says.

Neang Phanith, 32, who lives along the railway line in Tuol Kork district, said that people were concerned as they had not been offered a public consultation on the project.

“I fear this statement is just to delay the holding of a public forum, and then it will already be time to start construction without prior consultation with residents,” he said.

NGO notes uptick in gov’t ‘threats’ against online posters


Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Man Sam Orn appears at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in January after threatening Hun Sen on Facebook.
Man Sam Orn appears at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in January after threatening Hun Sen on Facebook. Heng Chivoan
Pech Sotheary



The Cambodian Center for Human Rights released a public notice on Monday noting a “substantial increase” in the number of people being charged for making anti-government or anti-Hun Sen comments in social media.

According to CCHR, seven people have been arrested and at least 24 threatened since August for online comments they made, often directed at the ruling party, Prime Minister Hun Sen or his family.

“These incidents have occurred against a backdrop of an increasingly hostile environment for freedom of expression, as Prime Minister Hun Sen has repeatedly threatened those who criticize his authority,” the statement reads.

The crackdown on internet speech, the statement adds, “threatens freedom of expression in the Kingdom”.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan dismissed CCHR’s assessment yesterday, saying the rights group had not distinguished between dangerous and harmless speech.

The government, he added, has a duty to arrest citizens if they “disrespected” the premier “since the prime minister originates from the election and serves the national security of Cambodia”.

Siem Reap airport lounge to be ready by next month


Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Ayanna Runcie

Tourism Minister Thong Khon (left) and Plaza Premium Lounges founder and CEO Song Hoi-see unveil a plaque during the inauguration ceremony of a lounge in Phnom Penh International Airport last month.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon (left) and Plaza Premium Lounges founder and CEO Song Hoi-see unveil a plaque during the inauguration ceremony of a lounge in Phnom Penh International Airport last month. Heng Chivoan

Plaza Premium Group, the Hong Kong-based company that opened its first lounge in Cambodia at Phnom Penh International Airport last month, will open its second lounge in Siem Reap airport by the end of next month, according to the firm that manages the Kingdom’s three international airports.

“We have transferred the management of airports’ lounges to Plaza Premium Lounge for further services enhancement and ramping-up passenger experience at the airports,” Khek Norinda, communications and PR director for Cambodia Airports, said yesterday.

He said the Plaza Premium Lounge, open to all travellers for a fee, would open in Siem Reap airport’s international terminal by the end of March. The new lounge comes as part of an expansion that will double the floor surface of the terminal’s commercial area.

“Additional outlets and the introduction of new brands mean expanded and diversified range of choices for passengers,” Norinda said.

Road crashes kill 38 in Cambodia during Chinese New Year holiday

Road crashes kill 38 in Cambodia during Chinese New Year holiday

Xinhua News Agency | Thu,2016-02-11


Road traffic crashes killed 38 people and injured 127 others in Cambodia during the three-day travel of Chinese New Year, compared with 21 deaths and 131 injuries in a year earlier, said a National Police report on Wednesday.

"A total of 72 road accidents happened across the country during the celebrations this year, up 9 percent from the 66 accidents in the year before," the report said.

"The main causes of the accidents were speeding, neglect, and drunk driving," it said.

Chinese New Year is not an official holiday in Cambodia, but a majority of the population celebrates the occasion by traveling to their hometowns or going to tourist destinations for leisure.  

KR targeted Chams for extermination: author

KR targeted Chams for extermination: author
Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Ysa Osman appears before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia yesterday in Phnom Penh during Case 002/02 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. ECCC
Ysa Osman appears before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia yesterday in Phnom Penh during Case 002/02 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. ECCC

Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon

Expert witness Ysa Osman, author of The Cham Rebellion and Oukoubah, testified on his research into the persecution and killings of ethnic Cham under the Democratic Kampuchea regime at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday.

Initially questioned by trial chamber president Nil Nonn, Osman explained his motivations for writing his books.

“I am one of the Cham people who fell victim to the regime; most of my relatives lost their lives during the regime and I also noticed that thousands of my people died,” Osman said.

“I needed to conduct research to search for the truth of the cause or the reasons of the killing of my people, and writing the books is part of building a history of what happened so such a history could not be repeated,” he continued.

Khmer Rouge policies targeting the predominantly Muslim Cham minority form the basis of some of the genocide charges against Case 002/02 co-defendants Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea. According to Osman’s calculations, there were some 700,000 Cham in Cambodia pre-1975.

“The figures come to 200,000 Cham survivors,” Osman said, adding that while statistics before and during the Democratic Kampuchea era are lacking, he arrived at these figures through a combination of witness testimony and the few documented population surveys available.

Oil blocks to remain open

Oil blocks to remain open
Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Sor Chandara


The government said yesterday it would postpone bidding on two vacated offshore oil blocks given the low global levels of investment flowing into petroleum exploration activities.

The Ministry of Mines and Energy revoked the exploration licences of Resourceful Petroleum Limited last month after the Malaysian business failed to make any significant progress toward the exploration of Block B and Block F in the Gulf of Thailand.

Given the current slump in global oil prices, the government will adopt a wait-and-see approach before issuing exploration licences to new firms, ministry spokesman Meng Saktheara said yesterday.

“It is not a good time to open [the blocks] for new bidding, as we are looking to open them when we see high profitability from the investment,” he said.

“Nowadays, oil prices are still low, even for existing licence holders, so firms are reluctant start operations.”

Cambodian court jails orphanage director 3 years for child sex

Cambodian court jails orphanage director 3 years for child sex
Source: Xinhua   2016-02-10 


PHNOM PENH, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Cambodian court on Wednesday convicted a former director of NGO Our Home orphanage of sexually abusing five boys at his orphanage and sentenced him to 3 years in prison, according to a verdict.

"The court decides to sentence Cambodian national Hang Vibol, 46, to three years in prison and fine him 8 million riel (2,000 U.S. dollars) for committing indecent act (against children) in 2014," said the verdict pronounced by Phnom Penh Municipal Court's Judge Kim Rothnarin.

The verdict also ordered the convict to pay between 5 and 10 million riel (1,250 U.S. dollars and 2,500 U.S. dollars) in compensation to each of the five victims.

Speaking to reporters after the verdict, Vibol denied the charge and vowed to appeal against the prison sentence.

The former director was arrested in March last year by the juvenile protection unit at the Interior Ministry's anti-human trafficking department and his orphanage in Phnom Penh was closed two days after his arrest.

មន្ត្រី​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​គ្រោង​​ជួប​អាជ្ញាធរ​រឿង​ព្រមាន​ប្រើ​ហិង្សា​លើ​​មេដឹកនាំ​របស់​ខ្លួន

មន្ត្រី​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​គ្រោង​​ជួប​អាជ្ញាធរ​រឿង​ព្រមាន​ប្រើ​ហិង្សា​លើ​​មេដឹកនាំ​របស់​ខ្លួន
ដោយ​ សុ ជីវី
2016-02-09 rfa
កឹម មនោវិទ្យា ៦១០
អគ្គនាយក​រង​កិច្ចការ​សាធារណៈ​នៃ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ កញ្ញា កឹម មនោវិទ្យា (ឆ្វេង) ថត​រូប​ជាមួយ​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ នា​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៨ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
RFA

គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ស្វែង​រក​ជួប​អាជ្ញាធរ​សមត្ថកិច្ច ករណី​សង្ស័យ​ថា អាច​កើត​មាន​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​លើ​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​គណបក្ស​នេះ ដែល​កើត​ចេញ​ពី​ការ​តវ៉ា​របស់​ក្រុម​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា។ ការ​តវ៉ា​ណា​មួយ​ប្រឆាំង​មន្ត្រី​ជាន់​ខ្ពស់​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​នៅ​ភ្នំពេញ​នេះ ត្រូវ​មន្ត្រី​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន លើក​ឡើង​ថា អាច​ជា​ការ​ឆ្លើយ​តប​របស់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​គណបក្ស​នេះ​ ដែល​នឹង​បាតុកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ដែល​គេ​គ្រោង​ធ្វើ​នៅ​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក នៅ​សប្ដាហ៍​ក្រោយ។

កូនស្រី​របស់​លោក កឹម សុខា និង​ជា​អគ្គនាយករង​កិច្ចការ​សាធារណៈ​នៃ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ កញ្ញា កឹម មនោវិទ្យា មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា ការ​ស្វែង​រក​ជួប​សមត្ថកិច្ច​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​អាច​ធ្វើ​នៅ​ក្នុង​សប្ដាហ៍​នេះ។ ប៉ុន្តែ​កញ្ញា​នៅ​មិន​ទាន់​អាច​បញ្ជាក់​ថា នឹង​ធ្វើ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ណា​ពិត​ប្រាកដ​នៅ​ឡើយ។ កញ្ញា​បន្ត​ថា វិធានការ​ពេល​នេះ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​មាន​ការ​ព្រមាន​ពី​ករណី​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត និង​បទពិសោធន៍ ដែល​ធ្លាប់​កើត​មាន​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​រួច​ម្ដង​ហើយ​កាល​ពី​ខែ​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥ ទៅ​លើ​អ្នក​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង ២​នាក់ ក្នុង​ពេល​ដែល​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា តវ៉ា​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋ​សភា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ទម្លាក់​លោក កឹម សុខា ចេញ​ពី​តំណែង​ជា​អនុ​ប្រធាន​ទី​១ រដ្ឋសភា។

កញ្ញា កឹម មនោវិទ្យា៖ «ដោយសារ​យើង​ឃើញ​មាន​អំពើ​ហិង្សា​ដែល​កើត​មាន​ហ្នឹង​ហើយ​កាល​ពី​ខែ​១០ ក្រោយ​ពី​មាន​ការ​គំរាម​ពី​បក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច​ហ្នឹង​ហើយ បាន​ជា​លើក​នេះ យើង​ព្រួយ​បារម្ភ​ខ្លាច​រឿង​ហ្នឹង​វា​កើត​ឡើង​ទៀត​ ដោយសារ​យើង​ចង់​ចៀស​អោយ​ផុត ខំ​ប្រឹង​អោយ​អស់​ពី​លទ្ធភាព​ការពារ​មិន​អោយ​មា​អំពើ​ហិង្សា ទើប​យើង​ចង់​អោយ​មាន​ការ​ជួប​ពិភាក្សា​គ្នា»។

Border researcher Touch to visit Takeo's ‘Three Stones’

Border researcher Touch to visit Takeo's ‘Three Stones’
Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Meas Sokchea


(((

School of Vice: As an 'academic' and 'researcher' your findings are not important. What is important is that you are seen to be doing something about the shifting borderlines on behalf of the state and government?

)))

Researcher Sok Touch talks during a press conference at the Royal Academy of Cambodia in Phnom Penh last week.
Researcher Sok Touch talks during a press conference at the Royal Academy of Cambodia in Phnom Penh last week. Pha Lina

Royal Academy of Cambodia academic Sok Touch is today set to inspect the Three Stones Village, following reports that Vietnam had claimed two of the boulders which give the remote border community in Takeo province its name.

Touch, who leads the academy’s border research team, commissioned by the government to probe the accuracy of the ongoing demarcation process, said the village, named Thmor Bey Dom in Khmer and located in Borei Cholsar district’s Kampong Krasaing commune, was on the borderline, according to the constitutionally recognised colonial maps.

“I must go to see whether Thmor Bey Dom has lost [land],” Touch said, citing rumours that two of three stones were now considered Vietnamese territory.

“I am an academic; I must watch every corner. I cannot believe in just one side.”

According to Kampong Krasaing commune councillor Thy Ny Thoeun, a member of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, Cambodian villagers had been stopped from farming near the site, which he claimed had always been inside the Kingdom, though Vietnamese farmers still were allowed.

Can Hun Sen Help Cambodia Quit Smoking?

Can Hun Sen Help Cambodia Quit Smoking?

Phorn Bopha, VOA Khmer
10 February 2016


)))

School of Vice: His other worldly addictions and intoxications have been proving far more injurious to the health of his country and compatriots than his smoking. 

(((
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, smokes as he sits with Interior Minister Sar Kheng, left, and Finance Minister Keat Chhun, right, during the inauguration of the China-funded construction of a bridge in Mouk Kampoul district, Kandal province, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Phnom Pen, Cambodia, file photo.
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, smokes as he sits with Interior Minister Sar Kheng, left, and Finance Minister Keat Chhun, right, during the inauguration of the China-funded construction of a bridge in Mouk Kampoul district, Kandal province, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Phnom Pen, Cambodia, file photo.
PHNOM PENH—
Not content with his own success in giving up smoking, Prime Minister Hun Sen wants the rest of Cambodia to kick the nicotine habit too.

The long-serving leader announced with much pride back in 2014 that he had managed finally to kick the habit that he picked up as a young soldier.

“After joining the army, I become a smoker. I smoked at that time in order to reduce my intensity while I was working, and to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and insects,” Hun Sen said in a Jan. 28 Facebook post, reminiscing about the 1970s, when he fought in Cambodia’s jungles for the Khmer Rouge.

“Then the smoke started to taste good and it was addictive. After that, I suppose, I was a smoker.”

The post was characteristic of a Hun Sen’s new public relations approach, which has seen him replace hours-long strongman diatribes with friendly updates about the comings and goings of Cambodia’s prime minister and first family.

He is now using Facebook to launch a sort of public health campaign, urging his followers, and all his countrymen, to extinguish their last cigarette.

“In this post I’m asking my Cambodian people to quit smoking, especially youth,” the Facebook post read, this part in English. “I used to be a heavy smoker for more than 40 years. I’ve tried 12 times to quit smoking. Finally, I quitted smoking about 22 months now [sic].

Cambodia Aims Higher in Manufacturing Sector

Cambodia Aims Higher in Manufacturing Sector

Daniel De Carteret
February 10, 2016 

PHNOM PENH—voa



After decades of solid growth driven by its garment industry, Cambodia is seeking to shift its economy into more sophisticated light manufacturing, such as electronics and auto-parts. Most of these manufacturers are Japanese and they are slowly coming online in Cambodia’s special economic zones, aiming to establish another hub in the regional supply chain.

Cambodia’s garment sector helped kick-start the country’s economy following decades of civil war and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge.

Since the early 1990s, the industry has grown from about 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to more than 10 per cent of GDP today. In 2015, Cambodia’s garment exports, shipped largely to the European Union and the United States, were valued at 5.7 billion, up by almost 7 percent on the previous year. Today, the industry employs more than 600,000 workers, mostly women, nationwide.

Along with agriculture and tourism, garment manufacturing has helped Cambodia’s economy to become one of the fastest growing in the region, averaging close to 7 percent yearly growth over the past 20 years.

New US Ambassador to Cambodia Eyes Improved Trade, Relations

New US Ambassador to Cambodia Eyes Improved Trade, Relations

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt, center, escorts U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, after he arrives at Phnom Pehn International Airport in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, Jan. 25, 2016.
U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt, center, escorts U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, after he arrives at Phnom Pehn International Airport in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, Jan. 25, 2016.

Neou Vannarin
Last updated on: February 10, 2016 2:37 PM

PHNOM PENH—
The newest U.S. ambassador to Cambodia says he will focus on improving relations and boosting trade between the two countries during his tenure.

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer, Ambassador William Heidt said many opportunities now exist for the two countries to build stronger ties.

“I feel very lucky to be here in Cambodia at a time when really there are a lot of interesting possibilities to work together more closely on those issues,” he said. “So I’m excited about making progress on those trade and economic issues. I’ve also noted that the people-to-people relationships between the United States and Cambodia are very strong.”

Heidt worked as an economic officer in the embassy from 1997 to 1999, speaks Khmer and is married to a Cambodian. He said he would also work toward improving Cambodia’s food security and environmental protections.

Improving trade

Heidt will work on establishing a Bilateral Investment Treaty, which would improve trade by encouraging investment, he said.

“We think that would help Cambodia track higher technology investment that will enable Cambodia to manufacture and export sophisticated projects, in what they call global value chains,” he said, adding that these days one product may be produced from input in multiple countries.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Cambodia: End Threats to Peaceful Protest

Cambodia: End Threats to Peaceful Protest

US Should Press Hun Sen to Respect Free Assembly Rights

HRW

(New York) – The United States should publicly demand that the Cambodian government retract threats to retaliate against the political opposition in Cambodia if there are protests at the upcoming US-ASEAN summit over Prime Minister Hun Sen’s participation. US President Barack Obama will meet with Hun Sen and other leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on February 15-16, 2016, at the Sunnylands estate in California.


Prime Minister Hun Sen arrives at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on October 30, 2015. 
© 2015 Reuters

"The US government should say publicly that it won’t allow a leader with a proven record of violence to chill speech in the US." 

Brad Adams
Asia Director


Obama should also publicly press Hun Sen to end violence and harassment of opposition supporters, drop criminal charges against peaceful protesters, and release all political prisoners in the country.

“Hun Sen and his surrogates are telling American citizens that if they exercise their right to protest on US soil there will be attacks against the political opposition in Cambodia,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The US government should say publicly that it won’t allow a leader with a proven record of violence to chill speech in the US.”

On October 25, 2015, after peaceful protests against an official visit to Paris by Hun Sen which he said had been organized by the opposition Cambodian National Reconciliation Party (CNRP), he warned, “If someone comes back at you tomorrow in Phnom Penh with the same game, don’t be angry.” He added, “Tomorrow there will be a demonstration in Phnom Penh against the opposition party to demand the removal” of CNRP Acting President Kem Sokha from his post of first vice-president of the National Assembly.

Activists set to protest Cambodian prime minister visiting summit hosted by Obama


Activists set to protest Cambodian prime minister visiting summit hosted by Obama
KPCC Staff 
118349 full
File: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures as Sorn Seavmey (behind), Gold medal winner in the woman's 73kg Taekwondo at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, looks on during a victory ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, on Oct. 5, 2014.TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“The benefit of this is we’re able to do what our brothers and sisters in Cambodia can’t,” 


President Barack Obama is hosting a summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Rancho Mirage next week.

For Obama and the Southeast Asian leaders who join him at a Sunnylands estate, this meeting is expected to mean discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. For the Cambodia-America Alliance, the summit is the first chance to protest against Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

A protest organized by the Cambodia-America Alliance is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, according to a press release — Presidents' Day. Traveling to the U.S. for the summit will mark Sen's first official visit to the Land of the Free, and according to Cambodia-America Alliance Vice President Veansna Roeun, it's a chance to tell the prime minister "enough is enough." 

According to Roeun, Sen's 35-year rule in Cambodia has been filled with mass human rights violations. Human Rights Watch agrees. 

Four Suspected Human Traffickers Tried

Four Suspected Human Traffickers Tried

Khmer Times / Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
Tuesday, 09 February 2016

Former garment worker Boeun Soklim, 33, (R) and Dul Chandy, 26, (L) walking back to prison after their hearing at Phnom Penh Municipal Court. KT/ Mai Vireak


Four suspects in a human trafficking case were tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations that they organized the forced marriage of a 21-year-old woman to a Chinese husband in 2015.
 
Boeun Soklim, 33, and her husband Chour Chorn, 40, were tried alongside 26-year-old Dul Chandy with “unlawful removal with purpose” under Article 10 of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. Boeun Sreyna, a 29-year-old currently living in mainland China, was likewise charged in absentia. If found guilty, each could be sentenced to between seven and 15 years in prison, according to presiding judge of Phnom Penh Municipal Court Veng Huoth.
 
 Mrs. Soklim, Ms. Chandy and Mr. Chorn were all arrested after the victim issued a complaint against them to the Municipal Anti-human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection police on January 25, 2015.
 
The three were active human traffickers at the time of their arrest, responsible for bringing four Cambodian girls to marry men in China in 2014 before their 2015 plot.
 
Mrs. Sreyna allegedly called them from China, where she was living as the wife of a man there, in early January of last year, asking the three to find four girls in Cambodia who wanted to be married in China. Each girl’s parents would be given $1,000, and both Mrs. Soklim and Ms. Chandy would receive commissions ranging from $400 to $1,000 for each marriage they were able to facilitate, according to deputy prosecutor Um Sopheak.
 

Wild animals, illegal meat seized in raids


Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Phak Seangly
Bengal Monitors sit in a cage after they were seized in Ratanakkiri province during a raid last week. Wildlife Alliance
Bengal Monitors sit in a cage after they were seized in Ratanakkiri province during a raid last week. Wildlife Alliance

Authorities have seized more than 160 kilograms of illegal wildlife meat and several live animals during separate raids in Stung Treng and Ratanakkiri provinces over the past week.

Local Forestry Administration officials searched Stung Treng market in the provincial capital on Monday and confiscated 60 kilograms of meat from wild pig, red muntjac deer, slow loris and a jungle cat, according to provincial FA director Chheang Tola. A live Bengal monitor lizard was also seized, he added.

“We cracked down and seized many kinds of wildlife animals from many female vendors,” he said. “The vendors fled and we chased them across the market, but they managed to escape.”

All wildlife in Cambodia is considered state property and its trade is illegal. The forestry official said the confiscated meat was torched and the monitor released into the wild.

CNRP linked to Hun Sen Protest, PM’s Son says

CNRP linked to Hun Sen Protest, PM’s Son says

Khmer Times/Ven Rathavong and Ros Chanveasna
Tuesday, 09 February 2016

(((

School of Vice: Shouldn't this Defence Ministry's intelligence be put to far better national purposes such as rampant logging activities and border land encroachments - among others? Instead of trying to suppress what is after all legitimate activity under the national Constitution? If the demonstrators breach any US law, then surely the onus is upon US authorities to apprehend or deal with them appropriately within the parameters of US justice system, whether the event itself is linked to the CNRP or not? 

This kind of police-state mindset does not befit one who otherwise claims he is in power by means of democratic mandate. 

)))

Mr. Hun Sen’s son and Defense Ministry’s Intelligence Unit’s director Hun Manith accused the opposition of backing potential protests in the US. Reuters/Samrang Pring

“Recently, our intelligence detected that CNRP activists set up and used an online-communication network to organize the protest,” Gen. Manith said, adding that the protesters quickly distanced themselves from any CNRP leadership after “their plan was revealed.” 


Director of the Defense Ministry’s Intelligence Unit and the second son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, Hun Manith, said in an interview on Monday that the upcoming protests against the premier in Sunnylands, California, which he will visit for the joint US-ASEAN summit later this month, is being  organized with the consent of the Cambodian National Rescue Party.
 
CNRP leaders, including the party’s president Sam Rainsy, as well as protest officials from the organizing Cambodian-American Alliance, have denied any official CNRP involvement in the protest, saying the nonviolent demonstration is being organized and funded by individuals unaffiliated with the Cambodian-based political party.
 
Mr. Rainsy has even gone so far as to encourage protesters not to organize, saying the threat of retaliation from the CPP may do more damage within Cambodia than the protest will do outside it.
 
According to Gen. Manith, the opposition party’s aim in backing the Sunnylands protest is to show that Khmer populations abroad avidly oppose the prime minister. It is part of a larger strategy to internationally discredit the Cambodian ruler, whose 30 contiguous years in office were celebrated earlier this year, he said.
 
“This is a strategy which the opposition leaders have had in place for several years now,” claimed Gen. Manith, also the chief deputy of the prime minister’s cabinet, adding that Sunnylands will not be the first demonstration “orchestrated” by the CNRP against his father.
 

Twenty faint at Kandal garment factory


Wed, 10 February 2016 ppp
Bun Sengkong
Factory workers rest on hospital beds yesterday after they fainted while working at Sunstone Garment Enterprise in Kandal province earlier in the day. Photo supplied
Factory workers rest on hospital beds yesterday after they fainted while working at Sunstone Garment Enterprise in Kandal province earlier in the day. Photo supplied


Twenty garment workers fainted on the job yesterday morning at a Chinese-owned factory in Kandal province, an incident workers blamed on fumes from an on-site dye kiln.

The fainting at Lin Wen Chih Sunstone Garment Enterprises, which one observer believed to be the year’s first such incident, took place at about 8am yesterday, according to Mou Thavy, 24, an employee there.

Thavy, who fainted herself, said that while she did not know the exact cause of the incident, the factory’s windows were closed and the fan had been turned off because of cold weather, per workers’ requests.

“One worker fainted and then everyone else did,” she said.

Following the mass fainting, afflicted workers were taken to the Chey Chumneas Hospital. They returned to work at 11am.