Friday, 8.2.2008: European Union Funds of US$900,000 to Support Projects of Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on 8 February 2008. Filed under: Week 546 |


We are very happy to announce two new features:

1) A Khmer version of The Mirror, called Kanhchok Sangkum, available at:

This was formerly provided in print to individual subscribers and to Cambodian decision makers and provincial institutions. We had to discontinue due to financial problems, and now we are thrilled that we can make it available again, on the Internet. It will be updated daily, and over time the entire archive of back issues since 1997 will uploaded. We will greatly appreciate anything you can do to inform all your Khmer-reading friends and colleagues about the Kanhchok Sangkum!

2) A “Make a Donation” button, which is on the right side of this page. All donations will be used to produce and to distribute The Mirror and the Kanhchok Sangkum. (Starting soon, we will share information about our costs and the donations received.) Clicking the button allows you to donate any amount safely through PayPal, by credit card, or by bank transfer.

If you have any questions or comments about either of these features, or anything else, please write to me at: or

Norbert Klein, Editor

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 546 – For the Khmer version, the Kanhchok Sangkum, click here.

“Phnom Penh: Cambodian Non-Governmental Organizations that have suitable qualifications are invited to submit small grant proposals on human rights and democracy to receive funds from the ‘European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights’ [EIDHR] program of the European Union. The fund, from which such support can be call for Cambodia has a total volume of Euro 600,000 (around US$900,000). The common purpose of this initiative is to strengthen the role of civil society in promoting reforms on human rights and democracy, supporting peaceful reconciliation processes among different interest groups, and strengthening the participation in and the representativeness of political processes.

“This fund was prepared to support projects which have the goal to promote discussion between civil society and political circles, concerning the independence of the courts, the right to justice, professional and impartial information dissemination by independent, professional and accountable media, advocacy for awareness raising, and training on children’s and women’s rights, promoting participation and strengthening the rights and the power of local actors related to policy development, as well as improving and strengthening the rights and the power of minorities so that they can protect their own rights. The applicants for EIDHR program support shall be non-profit institutions. The grant for each project is between Euro 10,000 and Euro 600,000. The European Union grant can cover between 50 to 80% of the total costs for each project.

“Further information is available at

Detailed information on the call for proposals is posted in the guidelines for applications, which can be retrieved from [[information in the newspaper sees to be deficient – if we can clarify, it will be provided at a later date – from the editor]]. The deadline for applications is 6 May 2008, at 17:00 local time in Phnom Penh.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6266, 8.2.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 8 February 2008

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6266, 8.2.2008

  • European Union Funds of US$900,000 to Support Projects of Human Rights and Democracy
  • First Day Hearing at the Tribunal: Co-Prosecutors Push Continuation of Detention of Nuon Chea because of Concerns for His Safety
  • Plan for Maintaining Security, Safety, and [social] Order during Elections [Sihanoukville]
  • 181 New Military Police Members Prepare for [security] Maintenance during Elections [Koh Kong]
  • Statues of Samdech Chuon Nat and Neak Phirum Piasa Eou [better known as Krom Ngoy who was considered as the father of Khmer poetry] Planned to Be Inaugurated on 21 February [Phnom Penh]
  • Previously, Commercial Sex Workers Beckoned… Now, Karaoke Women Also Beckon [for customers – Phnom Penh]
  • On the Occasion of the Chinese New Year, a Khmer Man Got Drunk; He Challenged His Opponent to Fighting with Each Other; Not Seeing Clearly, He Beat the Opponent’s [six-year-old] Son [6 February – he is arrested – Oral, Kompong Speu]
  • Knowing Each Other Only for Five Days, [27-year-old] Man Persuaded [22-year-old] Women to Drink Red Wine – Then He Took Her Virginity; He Was Arrested during the Night [6 February – Dangkao, Phnom Penh]
  • Children Looking After Cattle Found Unexploded Grenades and Bullets on a Small Hill Surrounded with Bushy Thorns [6 February – Sampov Meas, Pursat]
  • Grenade Thrown [by unknown person] Beneath a House Exploded Wounding [22-year-old] Man Who Was Sleeping in the House [6 February – reason not known – Svay Chrum, Svay Rieng]
    Ms. Hilary Clinton Borrows $5 Million for Her Election Campaign

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4510, 8.2.2008

  • Khmer Rouge Big Brother Number 2 Challenges the Tribunal in Order to Be Bailed Out
  • Samdech Dekchor [Hun Sen] Will Participate in Inauguration of South Korean President [Lee Myung-Bak on 24 February]
  • Japan Continues to Provide Technical Cooperation with Cambodian Customs
  • Opening of Federal Bureau of Investigation Office in Cambodia Is a Slap in Mr. Sam Rainsy’s Face [says Rasmei Kampuchea editorial]
  • 18 Khmer Laborers Take Legal Action against [two] Agents of Malaysian Company [GSM Group] on Accusation of Human Trafficking [Chamkar Leu, Kompong Cham]


Because of Chinese New Year celebrations, there are not many newspapers published during these days.

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