A Change of Guard

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

ក្រសួង​ការ​បរទេស​កម្ពុជា​ដាក់​កំណត់​ទូត​ទៅ​ថៃ​តវ៉ា​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​ការ​បាញ់​សម្លាប់​ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ


សព​យុវជន​ខ្មែរ​ឈ្មោះ ហេង ម៉េងអ៊ី ដែល​ត្រូវ​ទាហាន​ការពារ​ព្រំដែន​ថៃ បាញ់​សម្លាប់​ពេល​ឆ្លង​ដែន​ខុស​ច្បាប់​
ចូល​ទឹក​ដី​ថៃ។ រូបថត​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៤ ខែ​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ Photo Adhoc




School of Vice: It is a 'positive' sign that the Cambodian government finally comes around to the idea of protesting this brutal act of killing civilians for crossing the two countries' common border for whatever reason. With the Thai PM reported to be coming to the Kingdom on his first official visit to seal bilateral agreements in the near future [since the recent military coup], it is imperative that this issue is brought into the discussion between the two heads of government.

The Thai armed services have a long history of committing 'shoot-to-kill' policy against unarmed people they regard as 'aliens' - mostly, civilians from neighbouring countries like Burma and Cambodia - straying into their identified territory. Ill treating these people the Thais are conditioned to view as traditional enemies with no entitlement to human status or dignity has been ingrained in their mindset, and forms a part of Thailand's unofficial approach on its immigration control and enforcement.

Some Cambodians have called on Cambodian authorities to act likewise towards Thai citizens, or Vietnamese nationals as one means of protest and response, but I think this is not something any decent people aught to be contemplating. We have to rise above such senseless reaction and murderous instinct towards people of any ethnic group who otherwise exercise no bearing on any given political-social agenda of their government or regime. National self-defense and protecting fellow citizens' lives and limbs need not resort to such inhumane, indiscriminate acts. Certainly, not against defenceless civilians, or their legitimate properties and businesses.

Now, I am aware of the trouble with the CPP regime and its habitual violence and intimidation exacted against its own citizens and civilians as a tool of sustaining its rule and power. This should not in any way influence or excuse this regime's, or one's thinking over other countries' violations of innocents' or civilians' human rights. It is the duty of rights groups and political parties to condemn and protest these forms of violence and transgression whether they issue from Phnom Penh or Bangkok. At the very least, the notion of an Asean unity and integration based upon common 'Asian values' and regional proximity as neighbours call for mutual adherence to and regard for some universal standards or concerns for 'territorial integrity', 'non-interference in the internal affairs' of other members as well as the security of nationals of all these member states.

The Thai government should, in my view, be held responsible for all the deaths and killings of Cambodian civilians at the hands of its armed personnel that had taken place over the years. A demand for financial compensation for all known deaths and injuries should also be lodged with Thailand. Doing this will contribute something to the cause of justice, the victims' family economic situation that had driven them to taking the [known] risks of crossing the border in the first place, and of course, to influencing Bangkok's future treatment of migrants from neighbouring countries.

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ដោយ សុ ជីវី RFA 2014-10-25

 ក្រសួង​ការ​បរទេស​កម្ពុជា ដាក់​កំណត់​ទូត​ទៅ​រាជ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ថៃ តវ៉ា​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​ការ​បាញ់​សម្លាប់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​ដោយ​ទាហាន​ថៃ ដោយ​គ្រាន់​តែ​សង្ស័យ​ថា ឆ្លង​ដែន​ចូល​ក្នុង​ទឹក​ដី​ថៃ ទៅ​លួច​ម៉ូតូ​មួយ​គ្រឿង។

កំណត់​ទូត​ដែល​ចេញ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៤ ខែ​តុលា ដាក់​ទៅ​ស្ថានទូត​ថៃ ប្រចាំ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា បញ្ជាក់​ថា រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា ប្រឆាំង​ដាច់​ខាត​ចំពោះ​ការ​ប្រើ​អំពើ​ហិង្សា ដែល​ប្រព្រឹត្ត​ដោយ​ទាហាន​ថៃ និង​បាន​ចាត់​ទុក​ទង្វើ​នោះ​ថា បាន​រំលោភ​លើ​គោលការណ៍​មនុស្សធម៌​ជា​មូលដ្ឋាន រំលោភ​បំពាន​ស្មារតី​ភាព​អ្នក​ជិត​ខាង​ល្អ និង​មិត្តភាព​រវាង​ប្រទេស​ទាំង​ពីរ។ រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា ទទូច​ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត​ទៅ​អាជ្ញាធរ​ថៃ ថា ចៀសវាង​ប្រើ​វិធានការ​ហិង្សា ការ​បាញ់​សម្លាប់ ប៉ុន្តែ​ត្រូវ​ប្រើប្រាស់​វិធានការ​ច្បាប់​ចំពោះ​អ្នក​ប្រព្រឹត្តិ​ល្មើស។

ការ​ដាក់​កំណត់​ទូត​របស់​តំណាង​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា នៅ​ពេល​នេះ គឺ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​ទាហាន​ថៃ ខេត្ត​សុរិន្ទ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែ​តុលា បាន​បាញ់​សម្លាប់​ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​ម្នាក់​ឈ្មោះ សឿន វ៉ន ភេទ​ប្រុស អាយុ ២១​ឆ្នាំ នៅ​ពេល​ឆ្លង​ដែន​ចូល​ក្នុង​ទឹក​ដី​ថៃ និង​សង្ស័យ​ថា លួច​ម៉ូតូ​ម៉ាក​ស្គូពី​ពណ៌​ស (Honda Scoopy) មួយ​គ្រឿង។

Golden memories ... សុវណ្ណអនុស្សារ

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Monks protest against the abbot of Stung Meanchey Pagoda who was accused of his brother to brutally beat junior monks







Lad rights activist Ouk Pich Samnang arrested by the police









Laotian people protest in front of the White House against Vietnam's influences over Laos ជនជាតិខ្មែរនិងឡាវសម្តែងក្តីបារម្ភអំពីឥទ្ធិពលវៀតណាម




Dissident group sees 10 arrested [These people were framed!] មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​រណសិរ្ស​រំដោះ​ជាតិ​ខ្មែរ​បដិសេធ​ការ​ចោទ​ប្រកាន់​របស់​រដ្ឋាភិបាល

Members of the Khmer National Liberation Front, who were arrested this week, leave the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday after being questioned for allegedly plotting to incite violence. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Photo courtesy of The Cambodia Daily.

Fri, 24 October 2014
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.
He hailed the arrests as a victory.
“They are active members of the KNLF, whose leader is now living in Denmark. Our competent authorities, including military police and police, have been searching for them and investigating them for many months now,” he said.
According to the KNLF, thousands of their members in Cambodia and Thailand keep a secretive profile to avoid the wrath of authorities. Prime Minister Hun Sen last year claimed that members of the group were hiding in the opposition party.
In April, 13 members of the group were sentenced to between five and nine years in prison for planning hostile acts against the government in a verdict that was decried as politically motivated and lacking in evidence by rights groups.
Six of them remain in hiding, including the KNLF’s vocal leader, Sam Serey.

A dark horse in the race for democratic reform

The founder of Khmers for Khmers, Kem Ley
The founder of Khmers for Khmers, Kem Ley. Eli Meixler
Both the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition must be reformed internally to meet democratic standards, says political analyst Kem Ley who this week sparked rumours he was starting a new party.
Denying his “social network”, tentatively titled Khmers for Khmers, was a political party, Ley said they planned to submit internal reform proposals to both the CPP and Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Whoever adopts the changes will win the network’s support in future elections, he said.
“The social network is happy to work with the CPP and it is happy to work with the CNRP to build intra-party democracy,” he said, adding that they will also submit proposed reforms within government to the Council of Ministers.
“We design the principles of intraparty democracy … and we will use the social network to put the pressure of reform on the parties,” Ley said.
Although purportedly non-partisan, Ley’s proposed structure for Khmers for Khmers closely resembles that of a political party. Khmer for Khmer’s core members, which tentatively consists of 21 Cambodian intellectuals ranging from NGO directors to university professors, are to be elected by a standing committee that will in turn be elected by the network’s general members.

Thai Foreign Minister to visit Cambodia ahead of Thai Premier's official visit

Give our kids a better deal 
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, will pay an introductory visit to Cambodia from 29 to 30 October, a statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. 

The statement issued Friday said Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong also invited Tanasak Patimapragorn to pay an official visit to Cambodia. 

During the official visit, Hor Namhong will hold a bilateral talk with Tanasak Patimapragorn, said the statement. 

Tanasak Patimapragorn's visit is ahead of the arrival of Thai Premier Prayuth Chan-ocha who will visit Cambodia from 30-31 Oct.

Cambodia, Thailand to sign three deals during Thai PM's visit

Give our kids a better deal 
Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha
PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodia and Thailand are scheduled to ink three deals during the official visit of Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to Cambodia next week, the Cambodian foreign ministry said in a press statement on Friday.

"At the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha will pay an official visit to Cambodia on Oct. 30-31," the statement said, adding that during the visit, the two leaders will hold a bilateral meeting and witness the signing ceremony of three documents.

The documents will be focused on the bilateral cooperation in tourism, eliminating trafficking in persons and protecting victims, and a railway connection between the two neighboring countries, it said.

According to the statement, during the visit, Gen. Prayuth will also pay a courtesy call on Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and pay tribute to the statue of the late King-Father Norodom Sihanouk.

Cambodian gov't approves 3.92 bln USD for 2015's expenditure


PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- The Cambodian government on Friday approved around 3.92 billion U.S. dollars for the country' s expenditure in 2015, up 10.8 percent year-on-year, according to a press statement released after a weekly cabinet meeting.

The meeting was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

"The 2015's government spending is equal to 21.09 percent of the GDP and is up 10.8 percent compared to the 2014's expenditure," the statement said. 

"The budget for 2015 is vital to further developing Cambodia in all fields, and will ensure an annual economic growth of around 7 percent," it added.

Cambodia promotes rice to international buyers


PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodia held the 4th rice forum on Tuesday with an aim to promote milled rice to local and international buyers, an organizer said.

Potential buyers from China, Singapore, Nigeria, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Iraq, South Africa, the United States, Italy, Poland, Germany, India, and Myanmar were invited for the event, said Te Taing Por, president of the Federation of Cambodian Associations for Small and Medium Enterprises.

"The conference was to promote Cambodian rice and to exchange experience on rice production and market among experts," he said at a press briefing after the forum.

He added that Cambodian fragrant rice is famous for its delicious flavor, and the rice was awarded the world's best rice for two consecutive years at the Global Rice Tasting Competitions held in Indonesia in 2012 and in China's Hong Kong in 2013.

Report outlines Cambodia factory risks

Written by Brett Mathews
PHNOM PENH - Further garment manufacturing factories in Cambodia face the risk of collapse due to structural deficiencies according to the preliminary findings of new a new report carried out by the ILO and the International Finance Corporation. The report details the findings of Filipino company ECCI which assessed the structural integrity of nine factories in Cambodia and, among other issues, detailed a lack of "rebar in the ground slabs" – the exact issue which was responsible for a factory collapse at the Takeo province earlier this week which injured a number of workers.
Jill Tucker, chief technical adviser for the International Labor Organisation's (ILO) Better Factories Cambodia program, told local press in Cambodia: "What the report also says is the absence of formal codes and regulations from the Cambodian government may be the primary factor [allowing for poor construction]." "Building construction and design" was identified as a key issue by the soon-to-be-released report.

Filmmaker Warns of Impacts of Hydrodam in Western Cambodia

Director, Kalyanee Mam's film "A River Changes Course" about her native country, Cambodia, wins the 2013 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, January 26th in Park City, Utah.

Director, Kalyanee Mam's film "A River Changes Course" about her native country, Cambodia, wins the 2013 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, January 26th in Park City, Utah.

Ten Soksreinith, VOA Khmer 24 October 2014 

WASHINGTON DC—Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam, whose documentary “A River Changes Course,” looks into the environmental and human impacts of Cambodia’s development policies, has written a story in Mother Jones magazine detailing a controversial dam site in western Cambodia.
The Stung Cheay Areng dam would flood at least 26,000 acres and displace more than 1,500 people from their ancestral homes, she warns.
The dam is believed to have been brokered by a powerful political couple, Cambodian People's Party senator Lao Meng Khin and his wife, Choeung Sopheap, who, Mam writes, are also behind Shukaku Inc, the development company behind a controversial forced eviction in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak lake district.
“They also own Pheapimex Group, a controversial development firm responsible for the land seizure of hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and farmland in Cambodia,” she writes.
Mam’s film delves into these issues and more.

Cambodian Author Examines Extreme Militarism

Khmer Rouge Guerrilla soldiers. Photo courtesy of ECCC.
Khmer Rouge Guerrilla soldiers. Photo courtesy of ECCC.
Sophat Soeung, VOA Khmer 25 October 2014 

WASHINGTON DC—The Khmer Rouge both as a movement and as a government was primarily military in nature, but its extreme militarism might have been a factor of its eventual collapse, a Cambodian author says.
Listen to the full Khmer interview here.

Nhem Boraden, author of “The Khmer Rouge: Ideology, Militarism and the Revolution that Consumed a Generation,” is currently a student at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

In an interview with VOA Khmer, he said that while it could be called a failed state, and one without a civilian structure, the Khmer Rouge regime had all the elements of a modern military.

As a result, it was overambitious and overconfident and eventually provoked a conflict with Vietnam, which led to its demise, he said.
Nhem Boraden, author of “The Khmer Rouge: Ideology, Militarism and the Revolution that Consumed a Generation” and currently a student at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas meets Mr. Youk Chhang, director of Documentation Center of Cambodia at VOA Khmer office in Washington, October 16, 2014. (VOA Khmer)
Nhem Boraden, author of “The Khmer Rouge: Ideology, Militarism and the Revolution that Consumed a Generation” and currently a student at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas meets Mr. Youk Chhang, director of Documentation Center of Cambodia at VOA Khmer office in Washington, October 16, 2014. (VOA Khmer)

That lesson can be applied to the Middle East and Iraq, where political and social problems should be solved to prevent the development of similarly over-militarized organizations, Nhem Boraden said.

Hun Sen: Paris Peace Accords is dead


'កាលណាទៅ បាននាយករដ្ឋមុន្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បន្ទន់ឥរិយាបទ ងាកមកសង្រ្គោះប្រទេសជាតិវិញ ដើម្បីឲ្យបានដូចពាក្យដែលគាត់បាននិ យាយថានយោបាយឈ្នះៗដែលបក្យពួកគាត់បាននិយាយយា៉ងរត់មាត់ ឬ ក៏ឈ្នះៗខាងលួច ឬវាយប្រជាជនស្លូតត្រង់បាតដៃទទេបុណ្ណោះ ចំណែក ជាមួយយួនហ៊ុនសែនមិនហ៊ានក្អក បានតែសម្លាប់ជនជាតិឯង បើហ៊ុនសែន ឆ្លាតគួរប្រើវិធីបោកយួនវិញដើម្បីស្ដារកិតិយសខ្មែរ សព្វថ្ងៃយួនកំពុងមើល ងាយខ្មែរយើងរាប់ទាំងលោកឯងនឹងcppទាំងអស់ដែលសុខចិត្តធ្វើឈ្នួល បំរើដាច់ថ្លៃរបស់យួន ។'

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Brigade 70 to see 700 new troops [Hun Sen is building up his private army]

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.
The “minister in charge of the Council of Ministers; Ministers of Defence; Economics and Finance; [and the] General Commander-in-Chief of [the] Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have agreed to implement the decision from January 1, 2015,” the statement reads.
Defence Minister Tea Banh could not be reached for comment yesterday. But Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said the huge new intake would not affect numbers of military personnel.
“The reason the government has agreed to recruit more than 1,000 soldiers is because staffers and soldiers of the Ministry of Defence are reaching retirement age, so we need replacements,” he said.
Countless allegations have been levelled against Brigade 70 since its inception 20 years ago, including claims of murder, fatal crackdowns and political arrests, which critics say were carried out with impunity.
A 2007 report by environmental organisation Global Witness accused the unit of running a logging and contraband trafficking operation worth more than $2 million a year.

Cambodian Police Arrest 10 Over ‘Plot to Topple Government’ [Hun Sen is inventing a scenario to frame his critics and the opposition parties] សមត្ថកិច្ច​ចាប់​មនុស្ស​១០​នាក់​ពី​បទ​ប៉ុនប៉ង​ផ្ដួល​រំលំ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល

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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.
They were taken into custody late Wednesday and Thursday on charges of conspiracy to topple the government, said National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Kirt Chantharith.
The move drew criticism from a human rights group, which said the arrest violated their rights and questioned the government’s basis for labeling KNLF a terrorist group.    
“The [KNLF] movement has intended to topple the government by establishing illegal armed forces, spying on military secrets, distributing anti-government leaflets, training terrorists and conducting training along the Cambodian-Thai border,” Kirt Chantharith said.
Police also confiscated “evidence” that included books criticizing Hun Sen, he said
The 10, most of whom were farmers, had planned to hold a peaceful protest outside the Vietnamese embassy in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh to demand that Vietnam respect the Paris Peace Accords, Kirt Chantharith said.

ទស្សនៈ​អំពី​កិច្ចព្រមព្រៀង​សន្តិភាព​ក្រុង​ប៉ារីស

ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម​កាន់កាប់​កោះត្រល់

An opposition-affiliated monks have been attacked by thugs who are subordinates of the abbot ​ព្រះសង្ឃ​ដែល​ធ្លាប់​ចេញ​តវ៉ា​ប្រឆាំង​វៀតណាម​ត្រូវ​រង​ការវាយដំ​នៅ​វត្ត​ស្ទឹងមានជ័យ​​


ដោយ៖​ អ៊ឹង ប៊ុនថន​ | ថ្ងៃសុក្រ ទី24 តុលា 2014,

​ព្រះសង្ឃ ព្រះនាម សឺ​ន ហាយ ដែលត្រូវ​មនុស្ស​មួយ​ក្រុម​វាយ (រូបពី៖ ហ្វេសប៉ុកលោក Ir Channa)
​ព្រះសង្ឃ​មួយ​អង្គ​ដែល​សកម្ម​ក្នុង​ការតវ៉ា​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​ស្ថានទូត​វៀតណាម​នោះ ត្រូវ​រង​ការវាយដំ​ពី​សំណាក់​មនុស្ស​ក្រុម​មួយ​ទៀត នៅពេល​មាន​ជម្លោះ ក្នុង​វត្ដ​ស្ទឹងមានជ័យ​កាលពី​វេលា​ម៉ោង​៧​យប់​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។​
​មន្ត្រី​ស៊ើបអង្កេត​នៃ​អង្គការ​លីកាដូ លោក ឆេង សុ​ភ័ស ឲ្យដឹងថា ព្រះសង្ឃ សឺ​ន សាយ ត្រូវ​មនុស្ស​មួយ​ក្រុម​ទៀត​វាយ ដោយ​ចោទ​ថា​បាន​ជិះ​ម៉ូតូ​ក្នុង​វត្ត​ខុស​វិន័យ​សង្ឃ ហើយ​ពេលនោះ ចៅអធិការ​វត្ដ​ស្ទឹងមានជ័យ​និង​អ្នក​រត់​ម៉ូតូ​កង់​បី នៅក្នុង​វត្ដ​បាន​ទៅ​ឃាត់ ក៏​កើត​មាន​ជម្លោះ បណ្តាលឲ្យ​បែក​ព្រះ​កេស ព្រះសង្ឃ សឺ​ន សាយ និង​ត្រូវបាន​ព្យាបាល​ដោយ​គ្រូពេទ្យ​អង្គការ​លីកាដូ​។ ប៉ុន្តែ​លោក ឆេង សុ​ភ័ស បញ្ជាក់ថា ករណី​នេះ​លោក​នៅ​បន្ត​ស៊ើបអង្កេត​បន្ថែម​ទៀត​សិន​។​
​ព្រះសង្ឃ ព្រះនាម សឺ​ន ហាយ ធ្លាប់​ចេញ​ធ្វើ​បាតុកម្ម​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​វៀតណាម​សុំទោស ករណី​ទឹកដី​ខ្មែរ​កម្ពុជា​ក្រោម​។​
ក្រោយមក​ក្រុម​ព្រះសង្ឃ​ដែល​រួម​ទាំង ព្រះនាម សឺ​ន ហាយ បាន​ព្រមាន​ធ្វើ​បាតុកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​ព្រះចៅអធិការ​វត្ត ស្ទឹងមានជ័យ បើសិន​មាន​ការបណ្ដេញ​ព្រះសង្ឃ​មួយ​ចំនួន និង​អ្នកមាន​ជម្លោះ​ដីធ្លី​ប្រមាណ​ជិត​១០០​នាក់ មិន​ឲ្យ​ស្នាក់នៅ​ក្នុង​វត្ត​នេះ​បណ្តោះអាសន្ន ដើម្បី​សុំ​អន្តរាគមន៍​រឿង​ដីធ្លី​ពី​លោកនាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន​។​

CNRP group responds to ‘false statements’

Sam Rainsy attends a demonstration in Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Sam Rainsy attends a demonstration in Parliament Hill, Ottawa, last year, calling for fair elections in Cambodia. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Dear Editor,
I read your article on the discord plaguing CNRP members and organisations overseas with interest. However, I have a rather deep concern and worry about the negative view towards Cambodia National Rescue Party North America (CNRP NA) laid out to the general public by Tithana Tithin – president of CNRP Long Beach – as quoted in your recent page one story.
There were many untrue statements made by Tith. One of his claims – that CNRP NA wanted to take the money from his group – was not accurate.
Tith also incorrectly stated that CNRP NA demanded that all funds raised by local groups be channelled through CNRP NA’s central account. False statements like this could damage this organisation’s reputation and credibility.
I am writing this letter in the name of a local CNRP chapter, CNRP Connecticut (CNRP CT).

Friday, 24 October 2014

Opposition Says Vietnam Building Roads Into Cambodia គណបក្សប្រឆាំងចោទថាវៀតណាមសង់ថ្លូវថ្នល់ចូលក្នុងទឹកដីខ្មែរ

Cambodian protesters burn mock Vietnamese flags during a protest at a blocked main street in front of Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
Cambodian protesters burn mock Vietnamese flags during a protest at a blocked main street in front of Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
Sok Khemara, VOA Khmer 24 October 2014 

WASHINGTON DC—An opposition lawmaker says the Cambodian government is allowing the construction of roads near the Vietnam border that is encouraging encroachment there.
Mao Monivann, a parliamentarian for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, told VOA Khmer that in Mondolkiri province, in northeast Cambodia, Vietnam had built 50 kilometers of road pushing into Cambodia.
That is likely where the Vietnamese government will claim its border to be, although it is inside Cambodia, he said.
“When I went to observe on Sept. 24, the Vietnamese government had built the road up to the bridge of Dak Dang lake,” he said. “That’s the place the Vietnamese government plans to mark as its border, but the Cambodian government said they had not agreed at all on this point.”
Vietnam “has what they wished,” he said. “We can say it’s an invasion of our national sovereignty.”
He has requested the Cambodian government look into the matter and give an explanation, he said. He has also asked that Prime Minister Hun Sen respond within seven days to his request, under parliamentary rules.
Var Kim Hong, head of Cambodia’s National Border Committee, denied claims that Vietnam had built a road into Cambodia. There may be a road built on disputed territory, he said, but “both sides will continue to negotiate” for border demarcation.
Cambodia continues to protest such construction, not only from Vietnam, but from Laos and Thailand, as well, through diplomatic channels, he said.

The ethnic Phnong people claim that a Vietnamese company has bulldozed protected community forests ជនជាតិ​ព្នង​នៅ​ក្រចេះ​អះអាង​ថា​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​វៀតណាម​​បន្ត​ឈូស​ឆាយ​តំបន់​ព្រៃ​ឈើ​សហគមន៍

ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ជនជាតិ​ដើម​ភាគ​តិច​ព្នង រស់នៅ​ភូមិ​ផ្អៀរ ឃុំ​ថ្មី ស្រុក​ចិត្របូរី ខេត្ត​ក្រចេះ អះអាង​ថា ក្រុមហ៊ុន​សម្បទាន​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច​វៀតណាម មួយ នៅ​តែ​បន្ត​ឈូស​ឆាយ​តំបន់​ព្រៃ​ឈើ​សហគមន៍ បើ​ទោះ​បី​មន្ត្រី​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខេត្ត បាន​សន្យា​ឲ្យ​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​នេះ​ផ្អាក​ការ​ឈូស​ឆាយ រង់ចាំ​អាជ្ញាធរ​ដោះស្រាយ​ការ​តវ៉ា​របស់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​រួច​រាល់​ក៏ដោយ។
អ្នក​ភូមិ​ព្រមាន​ថា នឹង​លើក​គ្នា​ទៅ​រឹប​អូស​គ្រឿងចក្រ​ជា​ថ្មី​ទៀត ប្រសិន​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​នៅ​តែ​បំពាន​ការ​សន្យា។
ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ភូមិ​ផ្អៀរ អំពាវនាវ​ឲ្យ​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខេត្ត​ក្រចេះ បញ្ឈប់​សកម្មភាព​ឈូស​ឆាយ​ព្រៃ​ឈើ​សហគមន៍​ពី​សំណាក់​ក្រុមហ៊ុន ដុងទី សៃហ្គង ប៊ិញភឿក (Donty Saigon Binh Phouc) ហើយ​បន្ត​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ចប់​ការ​តវ៉ា​របស់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ។
ការ​អំពាវនាវ​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​បន្ទាប់​ពី​តំណាង​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខេត្ត គឺ​អភិបាល​រង លោក វ៉ា ថន បាន​សន្យា​ថា នឹង​ធ្វើ​ការ​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា ខណៈ​តំណាង​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ភូមិ​ផ្អៀរ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៦ ខែ​តុលា បាន​ដាក់​ញត្តិ​តវ៉ា​ជូន​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខេត្ត។
តំណាង​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ លោក ឃីម ឌឿន កត់​សម្គាល់​ថា រយៈពេល​ជាង ២០​ថ្ងៃ​កន្លង​ទៅ មន្ត្រី​ខេត្ត​មិន​ទាន់​បាន​ចុះ​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ជូន​ពលរដ្ឋ​នោះ​ទេ។ ចំណែក​ក្រុមហ៊ុន នៅ​តែ​បន្ត​ឈូស​ឆាយ​ប៉ះពាល់​ព្រៃ​សហគមន៍​កាន់​តែ​ច្រើន​ឡើង។ លោក​បន្ត​ថា អ្នក​ភូមិ​នឹង​ប្រមូល​គ្នា​ទៅ​បញ្ឈប់​គ្រឿងចក្រ ប្រសិន​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​មិន​គោរព​កិច្ច​សន្យា​រវាង​អាជ្ញាធរ និង​ពលរដ្ឋ៖ «ឈូស​ឆាយ​អស់ ៦៦០​ហិកតារ​ហើយ ឥឡូវ​វា​ឈូស​ខាង​ត្បូង រួច​ហើយ​ឥឡូវ​វា​ទៅ​ឈូស​ខាង​ជើង​ទៀត។ អ៊ីចឹង​ពួក​ខ្ញុំ​នៅ​តែ​តវ៉ា​អត់​ឈប់​ទេ ភូមិ​ឃុំ​សុទ្ធតែ​ត្រូវ​ជើង​ត្រូវ​ដៃ​គ្នា ហើយ​អត់​មាន​ដោះស្រាយ​ទេ បើ​យើង​និយាយ​បញ្ហា​ហ្នឹង គេ​ជំទាស់​ជាមួយ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ ប៉ុន្តែ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ភាគ​ច្រើន គេ​ចង់​បាន​តវ៉ា​គគ្រឹកគគ្រេង​អត់​មាន​ស្រាកស្រាន្ត»

Phay Siphan: Cambodia stands firms in relations with Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – With its fraternity, Vietnam is not a threat to security of Cambodia, said spokesperson for the Royal Government of Cambodia Phay Siphan.
Cambodia, firms, Cambodia-Vietnam border, Cambodian leaders, peaceful solutions
Spokesperson for the Royal Government of Cambodia Phay Siphan. – File photo
 "The Government and people of Cambodia has always advocated the protection and development of relations with Vietnam as a result of great efforts in their long struggle for national independence through many historical periods. Cambodia resolutely prevents any hostile force from undermining the special solidarity ", Phay Siphan confirmed in a recent interview with a Phnom Penh-based Radio Voice of Vietnam correspondent.
Could you please tell us about the Cambodian Government’s view on pertubative protests before the Vietnam Embassy in Cambodia, and provocative acts cooking up Vietnamese history and relations between Vietnam and Cambodia?
We are resolved not to let a small group of extremists who have no or little understanding of history incite divisive relations between the two nations. We hold the historical legacy that nothing can be separated.
For example, in the Declaration on the Cambodia-Vietnam border, Cambodian leaders, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, National Assembly Chairman Heng and Senate President CheaSim expressed their desire to resolve all issues between the two countries by peaceful solutions on the basis of mutual respect.
Security, peace and fine cooperation is lofty goals of both peoples. It is impossible to let a small group of extremists sabotage our sound relations. The Cambodian Government and its people do not support such wrongful acts.
What is your opinion about public opinion that is very interested in what hostile forces are backing the provocative acts?

Cambodia, Vietnam Team Up Over Missing Border Marker

BY  | OCTOBER 24, 2014
Cambodia and Vietnam have launched a joint investigation over a temporary border marker found to have gone missing during a routine patrol of the area on Tuesday in Tbong Khmum province, according to a local official.
Provincial police chief Mao Pov said on Thursday that border police noticed that the roughly 70-cm-tall concrete marker, which had been rooted in the middle of a rice paddy, was missing while patrolling Cambodia’s border with Vietnam in Memot district’s Chan Moul commune. 
“After our border police found that the temporary marker was gone, we contacted the Vietnamese border police to inform them,” he said. “Now we are launching a joint investigation with Vietnam to find out whether the temporary border marker was uprooted with ill intent or what the motive was.”
He said border police had patrolled the same stretch the day before the marker went missing.
Much of Cambodia’s border with Vietnam remains contested and has yet to be officially demarcated. The placement of border markers remains a contentious issue for those Cambodians who accuse their eastern neighbor of encroachment.

Washington State Senator Sees Business Potential in Cambodia

Sen. Don Benton, from Washington state, told VOA Khmer that Cambodia has many business opportunities, compared to other Asean countries, file photo.
Sen. Don Benton, from Washington state, told VOA Khmer that Cambodia has many business opportunities, compared to other Asean countries, file photo.
Sok Khemara, VOA Khmer 24 October 2014 

WASHINGTON DC—A US state senator has wrapped up a trip to Cambodia, where he was looking to improve trade ties.
Sen. Don Benton, from Washington state, told VOA Khmer that Cambodia has many business opportunities, compared to other Asean countries.
“American businesses should be looking at their presence in the Asean community,” he said. Cambodia’s physical location, geographically, is “right in the center of that economic community.”
Critics of Cambodia’s business climate say it is mired in corruption and inefficiencies that can make it problematic to invest in.
But Benton pointed to tax and duty benefits, widespread high-tech communication and other benefits that make Cambodia worthy of consideration for investors. And he said corruption is becoming less prevalent.
“They are cleaning it up, and you can do business there in the open, without having to get involved in unethical practices,” he said. “That’s a big message the American government can help relay to American businesses, that the [Cambodian] government is very serious about corruption and cleaning it up.”

Cambodian troops leave for Africa

More than 200 Cambodian troops took off yesterday on a UN peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic.
Dressed in military regalia, the peacekeepers gathered before their departure yesterday morning for a send-off at the Military Airbase in Phnom Penh, presided over by Minister of Defence Tea Banh, and Roger Carter, the security adviser of the UN Development Program to Cambodia.
Monks and senior Royal Cambodian Armed Forces officials were also in attendance.
“As is widely known, today’s ceremony is another historical achievement, among the greatest ones accomplished by our RCAF,” Banh said.
The 216 military personnel will conduct their one-year mission in Bria, about 600 kilometres east of CAR’s capital Bangui, constructing roads, demining and digging wells, among other tasks.

CAMBODIA - 200 Koh Kong Families Need to Talk, to Resolve the Land Dispute

Dear all,

A London based law firm and the Cambodian Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC), who are representing 200 Koh Kong families involved in a legal dispute with the Koh Kong Sugar Industry Company, Koh Kong Plantation Company and UK sugar giant Tate & Lyle, have written to both Koh Kong companies inviting them to talks to try to resolve the dispute.

The families accuse the Koh Kong based companies of unlawfully dispossessing them of their land and accuse Tate & Lyle of subsequently profiting from the unlawful dispossession of their land. Leigh Day are representing the families in their UK proceedings against Tate & Lyle and T&L Sugars Ltd, and the Cambodian Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC) represents the families in proceedings in Cambodia against the Koh Kong based companies.

The letter sent this week asks the companies to participate in a formal mediation process, to be held in Cambodia before the end of the year, to explore whether a settlement can be reached. The letter was sent in response to one sent by the Koh Kong companies to other prominent Cambodian NGOs inviting them to witness their own “settlement and compensation session” in Koh Kong on 25th October. The letter, which was not sent to the lawyers representing the families, said that an unspecified amount of compensation would be offered at the meeting to villagers who could show a legitimate claim to the land on which the Koh Kong sugar plantation is based.