Archive for August 11th, 2009

In the First Six Months of 2009, Most Investment Was in Tourism – Tuesday, 11.8.2009

Posted on 11 August 2009. Filed under: Week 625 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 625

“Phnom Penh: According to figures form the Council for the Development of Cambodia announced recently, in the first six months of 2009, tourism was the sector that absorbed the most investment of more than US$300 million.

“The announcement said that among the investment projects that the Council for the Development of Cambodia agreed upon with private companies of approx. US$1,222 million, investment projects in tourism constitute approx. US$354 million.

“Based on the same figure, the projects that follow are investments in agriculture with approx. US$323 million, in industry approx. US$303 million, and in services such as investments in telecommunication and water supply worth approx. US$241 million.

“The same source continued to say that within the first six months of 2009, there were 53 investment projects, where 7 projects were in tourism, 12 projects in the agro-industry, 14 projects in the garment industry, 3 projects in the energy sector, 5 projects in the sector of mining, 2 projects in shoes producing, 8 other industrial projects, 1 project in telecommunication, and 1 project in water supply.

“Within the first six months of 2009, there were four more projects than in the same period in 2008, but looking at the total amount of money to be invested, there was a decline by US$3,205 million.

“The same source added that in the first six months of 2008, Cambodia received 49 projects with a total worth of US$4.427 million.”Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4949, 11.8.2009

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Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #259, 11.8.2009

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Plans to Issue a Diplomatic Note about an Airspace Invasion by Siamese [Thai] Aircraft
  • Japan Will Provide a Loan of US$72 Million for [the development of] Preah Sihanouk Port

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2019, 11.8.2009

  • Samdech Euv [the former King]: To Become 100 Years Old Is Enough for Him
  • The Chi Kraeng Forestry Chief [Mr. Ing Vutheara] Released Two Trucks Loaded with Kronhoung Wood [a type of luxury wood] in Exchange for US$1,000 [Siem Reap]
  • A Siamese [Thai] Man Looking Down on the Khmer Cultural Heritage Was Arrested [he drew a picture of the Angkor Wat Temple onto the threshold on the way to his toilet, being stepped upon – Poipet]
  • More Weapons Are Supplied to the Troops Positioned at the [Khmer-Thai] Border
  • Citizens Are Waiting to See what the Authorities Will Do against the Merchant Who Imported Nearly Seven Tonnes of [no-quality] Chicken Meat

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6725, 11.8.2009

  • Director General of the National Police Announced Special that the Phone Numbers 117 and 118 Accept Calls [from citizens] 24 Hours Every Day
  • An Old American Man Was Arrested for Child Debauchery; American Newspapers Also Hunt for This Man [Phnom Penh]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4949, 11.8.2009

  • The President of the National Assembly of Cambodia [Mr. Heng Samrin] Asks ASEAN to Help Solve the Preah Vihear Border Dispute
  • The Son of a Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarian [of Mr. Yun Tharo] Was Shot Dead during a Traffic Accident Quarrel; Three Others Were Injured [the perpetrator escaped – Phnom Penh]
  • Five Vietnamese People and a Khmer National Who Had Committed Fishery Crimes Were Sentenced to Serve Three Years in Prison and Each Was Ordered to Pay a Fine of Riel 15 Million [approx. US$3,700 each – Kompong Chhnang]
  • Samdech Dekchor [Hun Sen] Encourages to Expand the Cooperation with the Vietnamese Communist Party [after a meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen and Mr. Hoàng Bình Quân [Hoang Binh Quan], a member of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party, on 19 Agust 2009 at the National Assembly, both sides agreed to promote friendship, especially by exchanging experience and by frequent visits, and by developing human resources among both parties – the Cambodia People’s Party and the Vietnamese Communist Party]
  • In the First Six Months of 2009, Most Investment Was in Tourism

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1769, 11.8.2009

  • Opposition Party Parliamentarian [Mr. Yun Tharo] Demands for the Seeking of Justice for His Dead Son [killed in a traffic accident quarrel by a gunman]

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The Blood Vessels and the Spine to Sustain Democratic Development in Cambodia Are Almost Totally Cut Off – Monday, 10.8.2009

Posted on 11 August 2009. Filed under: Week 625 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 625

“In 2009, major donor countries seem to be disappointed with their efforts in which they have donated almost US$4 billion since 1993 to support the development of the economic and social infrastructure, of democracy, and of the rule of law in Cambodia – but there is little progress.

“Major donor countries such as the United States of America, Canada, Germany, Australia, and the European Union, have cut down their financial aid to non-government organizations that act to strengthen and to expand democracy and the rule of law in Cambodia. Due to financial problems, some international organizations had announced to reduce their activities and their personnel in Cambodia. Some non-government organizations were forced to reduce staff and to close down some of their branches at some provinces.

“These donor countries have changed their attitude, keeping quiet about democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, in contrast to their previous attitude more than 10 years ago, when they frequently openly criticized. Moreover, aid for the Royal Government was no longer linked with conditions about human rights and democracy.

“Observers in Cambodia said that democracy in Cambodia did significantly progress between 1993 and 1997, when Cambodia was ruled by a government with two prime ministers: the first prime minister, Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh, and the second prime minister, Mr. Hun Sen. After the bloodshed of the coup in July 1997, the progress of democracy slowed down.

“Since 2004, Cambodia has been entirely controlled by the Cambodian People’s Party government, where the democratic space was becoming narrower. The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) said in its report on human rights for 2008, ‘The space for democracy and politics is becoming narrower.’

“Civil society officials said that the blood vessels and the spine supporting democratic developments are almost entirely cut off, because the court system is corrupt and not independent, the role of the opposition party in the National Assembly is restricted by muzzling their freedom of expression, and by not including opposition parliamentarians into the commissions of the National Assembly; press freedom and the freedom of expression are limited and under threat, and the roles of non-government organizations are limited etc…

“The Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Cambodia released a report on 15 June 2009 with the title ‘A briefing note on freedom of expression, defamation and disinformation,’ expressing their concern, ‘The use and abuse of defamation and disinformation lawsuits dangerously undermine constitutional freedoms of opinion and expression and democratic development.’ The United Nations warned that these restrictions can cause the fragile development of democracy in Cambodia to derail.

“[The US based NGO] Human Rights Watch condemned the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict released on 4 July 2009 finding Ms. Mu Sochua guilty and ordering her to pay Riel 16.5 million [approx. US$4,100] for defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen. This organization considers this verdict as a serious threat against the freedom of expression and democracy in Cambodia.

“On 6 July 2009, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that he will file an accusation with the court against anybody who calls the present regime, which is a ‘constitutional monarchy’ a ‘dictatorial regime.’ Mr. Hun Sen said that if ones call an individual or the Royal Government a dictator or a dictatorship, that is alright. The Prime Minister had previously said publicly that there had been accusation that he gathers power for himself alone, and he had agreed with it, because many fellow officials do not act according to their roles and just wait, until there is an order from the Prime Minister.

“Civil Society organizations had voiced their concern about the change of the attitude and of the politics of donor countries, and this can lead to serious impacts and threats against the progress of democracy in Cambodia, and can make billions of dollars of aid provided to build democracy and the rule of law in Cambodia since 1993 a failed investment.

“Civil society organizations reminded the 18 signatory countries of the Paris Peace Agreement of 23 October 1991 that they have the international legal obligation to guarantee the progress of democracy and the respect of human rights, specifically to help to guarantee and to protect the integrity of the territory of Cambodia. Democracy, human rights, integrity, and territorial integrity are still major delicate issues.” Khmer Amatak, Vol.17, #635, 10.8.2009

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Monday, 10 August 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #258, 10.8.2009

  • The Ministry of Interior Said that [former Phnom Penh police chief] Heng Pov Does Not Have the Right to Be Witness [saying that after he was imprisoned, all of his rights had been withdrawn, and he only has the right to live, to eat, to do exercise, and to do physical labor]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2018, 9-10.8.2009

  • One Hundred and Seventy Disabled People [including veterans] Ask Samdech Hun Sen and the Provincial Governor to Remove the Head of the Department of Social Affairs [Mr. Heng Chamroen, for fraud, and for corruption because he takes the pension of disabled and retired veterans – Banteay Meanchey]
  • It is Planned to Request that the Banteay Meanchey Chhmar Temple Will Be Listed as a World Heritage Site
  • The Police Raided a House and Detained People for Sexual Exploitation and Liberated 24 [Vietnamese] Women Victims [the house owner escaped – Phnom Penh]
  • Children Scavengers: We Want to Go to School Too, but Our Parents Do Not Have Money [to afford it – Siem Reap]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.17, #635, 10.8.2009

  • The Blood Vessels and the Spine to Sustain Democratic Development in Cambodia Are Almost Totally Cut Off

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #465, 9-11.8.2009

  • The European Union Reacts against Cambodian Leaders for Using Their Power to Suppress Democratic Forces

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6724, 10.8.2009

  • The Russian Embassy Held a Press Conference to Mark the First Anniversary of the War in South Ossetia [the event was announced as ‘One Year Anniversary of the Invasion by Georgia in South Ossetia’ – Phnom Penh]
  • Weather Forecast Says There Will Be Heavy Rain at Upper Regions and One Meter Heigh Waves at the Sea

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4968, 9-10.8.2009

  • The Thai Air Force Violated Cambodian Airspace after They Agreed to Remove the Razor Wire and Concrete Posts [from disputed areas]
  • The Taxation Department Collected US$51 Million in July [a decline by 13.6% compared to last year]
  • Sen Sok District Authorities Have Not Taken Action against the Owner Who Stores and Distributes Illegal No-Quality Chicken Meat [Phnom Penh]
  • A Cambodia-ASEAN Civil Society Organization Was Inaugurated [Phnom Penh]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.16, #3493, 9.8.2009

  • The National Airline Cambodia Air Angkor Uses an Airbus to Start International Flights on 3 September 2009

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1768, 10.8.2009

  • [Sam Rainsy Party president] Sam Rainsy: Those Taking a Position against the Government Are in a Tense Situation

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