Week 513

Sunday,2007-06-24: A Financially Successful Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum Meeting

Posted on 25 June 2007. Filed under: *Editorial*, Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

The financial results of the two days Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum meeting – pledges of assistance by the international community of more than $689 million for Cambodia in the coming year – is being welcomed by many voices, in the country and abroad. But many press reports about this event in many different countries, which can also be found on the Internet, mention prominently in their headlines that the pledges of financial assistance were combined with a lot of criticism about the scale of corruption in the country. Often it is also added in these international reports that the promise of the Cambodian government, repeatedly made during past years, to adopt an anti-corruption law, was again not kept. And while the report by Global Witness, with detailed allegations of illegal deforestation activities, committed by persons with high standing in society, has been banned from distribution in Cambodia, the media in many other countries reported part of its content, and especially also that it was banned.

The financial success of the meeting with donors, and the negative international image created by the banning of this report, together with other allegations, stand in sharp contrast to each other.

Recent reports about the huge discrepancy between the development aid given to Cambodia by Japan – from 1992 to 2006 approximately $1,177 million – and the amount of private investment from Japan – only $22 million – show that a negative image can have very real consequences; we presented details about the reasons for this gap on 23.6.2007.

To focus mainly on the financial aspects of international cooperation will not help to face the real problems that exist, which also the Prime Minister acknowledged. Two cases can serve as reference.

  • The NGO Forum of Cambodia had elaborated a statement with the intention to make a constructive contribution to the development of Cambodia, but it was rejected by the Cambodian People’s Party, saying that this NGO statement will not reduce international donor’s aid. The NGO paper had not recommended at all that the amount of aid should be reduced.
  • When a group of eight persons – why does it matter that they are foreigners from different countries? – peacefully drew the attention of the public to the fate of two people arrested and imprisoned under the accusation of having murdered a labor union leader, the President of the National Assembly is quoted to have said, “They do not want the donors to give money to develop the country” – but what they had actually appealed for was not a reduction of assistance, but a revision of the court decision which has widely been seen as having not been achieved as a result of taking account of many defense witnesses. Also the former King had, at other times, expressed his doubts whether justice has been done in this case.

We present here events from our neighboring country of Thailand from this week, where severe allegations of corruption are being investigated.

Allegations were made that senior judicial officials related to the Constitutional Tribunal, which recently had dealt with the accusation of electoral fraud against the two most important political parties, had been approached with bribery in order to influence the decisions of the Constitutional Tribunal. As could be expected, the judiciary reacted negatively to this accusation, which was worded vaguely and did not contain any elaborate documentation – as in the case of the prohibited report in Cambodia – neither mentioning the names of persons alleged to have offered, or of the persons alleged to have received bribes.

Instead of dismissing these generally worded allegations as a rumor, the President of the Supreme Court of Thailand established a high-power panel to investigate the allegations. And he declared that he too is prepared to be investigated, if the panel should find reason to suspect him also.

The Bangkok Post, a Thai newspaper, commented:

“Allegations have been whispered from time to time about judges taking bribes. Rarely do such allegations make it into print or are made public for fear of being slapped with contempt of court.
In light of the judiciary’s increased role and the widely held belief in the judiciary as the last resort for the public, it is essential that all its officials be seen as clean, honest, fair, and impartial.”

When representatives of rural communities come to Phnom Penh to appeal for justice, after the land on which they used to live or which they used to farm was taken away from them, they are mostly reported to try to present their case to the Prime Minister and not to the court. This reflects their assumption that their last resort is not the judiciary, but the head of the government. The fact that they believe in him as the last resort of justice is proven by the fact that they often carry pictures of the Prime Minister.

The Thai press comment continues:

“The new investigation will be beneficial to the judiciary as a whole and to the Constitutional Tribunal in particular. If the allegation is proven baseless, the probe will enhance their credibility and image. On the contrary, if it is proven true, then it would provide an opportunity for the judiciary to weed out any black sheep among them.”

Sooner or later, similar lines of argument – to investigate even vague accusations and not to suppress even those ones which come with detailed documentation – can hardly be avoided also in Cambodia.

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Saturday, 23.6.2007: Japanese Imperial Ambassador: This Is an Appropriate Time for Japanese Investors to Look at the Investment Market in Cambodia

Posted on 24 June 2007. Filed under: Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

“Phnom Penh: Mr. Shinohara Katsuhiro, the Japanese Imperial Ambassador to Cambodia, said that it is time that Japanese investors look at the investment market in Cambodia, because now everything in Cambodia is changing.

Mr. Katsuhiro said in a forum, organized by the Club of Cambodian Journalists on 22 June, ‘Now the Japanese investors start to pay attention to Cambodia, and next month a group of Japanese investors will come to study the investment market in Cambodia.’

“Officials of the Japanese Embassy said that a delegation of Japanese investors will come to Cambodia in mid July. Those companies are now registering for this visit.

“The trip to study the investment market in Cambodia by a group of Japanese investors is conducted after Cambodia signed an agreement on liberalization, encouragement, and protection of investment [from Japan], during Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen’s visit [to Japan] from 13 to 16 June 2007.

“According to the report of the Japanese Embassy, Japan is a big donor country to Cambodia. The statistics shows that from 1992 to 2006, Japan had provided aid of approximately $1,177 million to Cambodia, and recently the head of the Japanese Government pledged that Japan will maintain the policy of providing aid to Cambodia for three years with approximately $112 million per year. But so far, there are almost no big Japanese investors in Cambodia, compared to other countries.

“Mr. Katsuhiro said that aid is the government’s work and investments is an issue of private companies, but for Japanese companies to invest capital, first they do a lot of research on security, social politics, [land] mines, etc.

“He stated, ‘Providing aid is based on the government’s decisions, but decisions on other investments depend on the private sector; but this time I believe that the situation of the society and the conditions for investment in Cambodia have changed. This is a good time for Cambodia to receive more foreign investments.’

“He stated that Cambodia has much potential for development and for attracting investments, such as for the development of oil, bauxite mineral, and other resources.

“According to statistics of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, from 1994 to 2006, South Korea is the country which has made the biggest investments of approximately $2.36 billion, and China has invested $1.58 billion [including Hongkong/Macau/Taiwan?] – as for Japan there were investments of only $22 million. This figure is even smaller than the investment figures from the USA and the European Community, though Japan is leading in the investment markets in the ASEAN countries.

“Mr. Katsuhiro stated, ‘Japanese investments in Cambodia are very small; however, I hope there will be more investments.’” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4318, 23.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 23 June 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2691, 23.6.2007

  • In Mid July, [Yamamoto Kôzô] the Japanese Senior Vice Minister [of the Ministry of Economy] Will Lead Investors from Ten Companies to Cambodia
  • Illegal Constructions Mushroom in Meanchey District; With Money, Constructions Can Be Conducted Freely [Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1373, 23.6.2007

  • Nearly 100 People Holding Banners Enter Banteay Meanchey Administration Office to Ask for Help to Solve Issue of Rice Fields [grabbed by rich people]
  • Thai Rebels Try to Draw International Attention

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6073, 23-24.6.2007

  • Pakistan Provides a $10 Million Loan for the Construction of the Stung Ta Sal Dam [Oral, Kompong Speu]
  • Man Slashed from Behind and Then His Throat Was Slit [by another man who escaped] Allegedly for Sorcery [Baribour, Kompong Chhnang]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3192, 23-24.6.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Welcomes Much Aid That Cambodia Gets, but He Is Concerned over the Loss of Aid through Corruption
  • Mr. Yim Sovann [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Demands Ministry of Finance to Change Corrupt Customs Officers at Ports
  • Japan Wants to End Culture Corruption in [Cambodian] Government
  • Chan Sarun, [Minister of Agriculture], also Called Ngo Hong Srun, Protects Forest Crimes at Tum Ring in Order to Save Face of Kingwood Company of His Wife Sok Keo
  • Siam [Thailand] Is Still Ambitious to Take Khmer Preah Vihear Temple [it opposes Cambodian request for listing the temple as a UN World Heritage]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4318, 23.6.2007

  • Japanese Imperial Ambassador: This Is an Appropriate Time for Japanese Investors to Look at the Investment Market in Cambodia
  • Mines Used [by officials] to Destroy Mreah Prov [softwood tree] Oil Refinery Sites [Veal Veng, Pursat]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #434, 23.6.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Asks Hun Sen to Use Aid According to Its Target

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Friday, 22.6.2007: Amnesty International Questions Detention of Foreign Protesters

Posted on 23 June 2007. Filed under: Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

“Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the detention of eight foreigners on Tuesday, 19 June 2007, for demonstrating outside of the donors’ meeting in Phnom Penh, to draw attention to the conviction of two men accused of killing the trade union leader Mr. Chea Vichea in 2004, an accusation that many people believe is wrong.

“Ms. Brittis Edman, a researcher for the London-based human rights’ Southeast Asia team, wrote in an e-mail on Wednesday, 20 June 2007, ‘Amnesty International is deeply concerned that the Cambodian authorities held and questioned people who had done nothing but peacefully express an opinion.’

“She added, ‘We call on participants at the donors’ meeting to address the issue that the murder of Mr. Chea Vichea so painfully highlights: how the failings of the Cambodia’s judiciary perpetuate impunity.’

“Police said on Tuesday 19 June that they detained the Westerners after repeatedly warning them to take the signs down which attest to the innocence of Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun, who are serving 20 years each in prison for the killing of the union leader Chea Vichea, and not to block traffic when they halted their vehicles outside the Council for the Development of Cambodia where the donors meeting was in progress.

“Immigration police detained eight foreigners for more than nine hours, accusing them of causing a public disturbance:

  1. Steve Gourley, American
  2. Brian Mayer, American
  3. Lindsay Watson, Canadian
  4. Lee Robinson, Canadian
  5. Elija Penner, American
  6. Christian Cornelissen, Danish
  7. Sri Sten Jack, New Zealander
  8. Steve Haknett, Briton

“Mr. Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly and Honorary President of the Cambodian People’s Party, claimed that the protesters had abused Cambodia’s sovereignty, and that they were linked to the political opposition.

“Mr. Heng Samrin said, ‘The foreigners want us to respect human rights, but they do not respect Cambodian law.’

“He said, ‘They are opposition party people. They do not want the donor countries to give money to develop the country.’ However he did not name a specific political party.

“Mr. Steve Gourley, 40, from California, one of the detainees and a member of this nameless human rights coalition that organized the demonstration on Tuesday 19 June which made international news headlines following their detention, said that the group was politically independent.

“He said, ‘It is typical that the government tries to politicize this.’

“Ms. Mu Sochua, the Secretary-General of the Sam Rainsy Party, said that the detainees were not connected to the Sam Rainsy Party, but added that she supported their attempt to publicize Born Samnang’s and Sok Sam Oeun’s case.

“She said, ‘People must help each other across borders in upholding the declaration of human rights.’” Thngay Nis, Vol.13, #613, 22-23.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 22 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1372, 22.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Is Satisfied That He Is Elected President of the Cambodian Veterans’ Association
  • Riel 1,966,291,750 [approx. US$0500,000] Planned to Spend on Inauguration of National Assembly Building
  • Moung Russey District Forestry Officials Are Very Well Off, from Forest Crimes
  • Rainstorm and Lightning Injure 3 People, Kill 3 Cattle, and Destroy 16 Houses in Angk Snuol [Kandal]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #487, 22.6.2007

  • Appointment of So Many Advisors Will Make the Current Government Become an Indecent Hole-in-Basket Woman [Hun Sen proposed to the King the appointment of about 28 advisors to Funcinpec officials]
  • Oknha Lach Touch Becomes Influential Person and Transports Wood to Yuon [Vietnam]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6072, 22.6.2007

  • 15 Journalists’ Associations Meet [at World Vision meeting hall] for Cooperation [Phnom Penh]
  • Germany Provides Grant Aid of $8 Million for Power Supplies in Rural Areas in Southern Cambodia
  • Plenty of Trees Cut [by people who are paid by the rich and powerful] at Sites Prohibited by Forestry Officials in Samraong, Oddar Meanchey
  • [Three] Cars Transporting Luxury Wood Seized by Prosecutor [Pursat]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3191, 22.6.2007

  • Donor Countries Want to Meet [Deputy Prime Minister] Sok An to Discuss Draft Anti-Corruption Law and Public Administration Reforms
  • Demand that Foreign Donors Observe the Government Using Their Aid Transparently
  • Trees at Tum Ring Area Are Still Continually Felled, Sawn, and Transported Illegally [Kompong Thom]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #1193, 22.6.2007

  • Many Illegal Dredging Sites Operate in Prasat Bakong, Siem Reap

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4317, 22.6.2007

  • Thailand Opposes Request for Designating Preah Vihear Temple as World Heritage [for the reason that the temple is on a mountain at the border, and the temple entrance area, which is in Thailand, was not negotiated with Thailand to be also included]
  • Siem Reap Forestry Officials Transport Wood Illegally
  • Motorcycle Drivers Must Go to Driving Schools for Getting Driving Licenses [says Ing Chun Huor, Director-General of the Department of Transport]
  • Drunken Man Beats His Wife to Death [he is arrested – Smach Meanchey, Kok Kong]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3068, 22.6.2007

  • Seizure of Kranhoung Wood in Kompong Speu Indicates that Global Witness Report Is Correct
  • Journalists Concerned over Death Treat against Mr. Lem Piseth [Radio Free Asia reporter]
  • Activities of Yuon [Vietnamese] Companies Buying Rice Fields from Khmer People at Border Areas Cause More and More Concerns
  • Loose Conditions of International Community and Donor Countries Make Cambodian Government Become Professional Beggar [mocking]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #433, 22.6.2007

  • China Helps Hun Sen with More Than $90 Million [or the total amount of foreign aid for 2008 would be less than in previous years]

Thngay Nis, Vol.13, #613, 22-23.6.2007

  • Amnesty International Questions Detention of Foreign Protesters

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Thursday, 21.6.2007: Cambodia Receives Foreign Aid of More Than $689 Million for Development in 2008

Posted on 21 June 2007. Filed under: Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

“Mr. Keat Chhon, a Senior Minister, the Minister of Economy and Finance, the first Vice-President of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, and the President of the Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum, said in a press conference on the afternoon of 20 June 2007 in Phnom Penh after the Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum, that the donor countries will provide international financing for the development of Cambodia in 2008 of more than $689 million, because the international community supports the strategic plans for the development of Cambodia.

“Senior Minister Keat Chhon said that the Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum this time is successful, because both the Royal Government and the partners for the development of Cambodia agreed with each other to strengthen the development by implementing a strategic plan of the national development in Cambodia. The second success is that the donor countries did not promise to provide just financing – i.e. the financial support by the foreign donors this time implies the complete support for the strategic plan for national development.

“The Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum held on 19 and 20 June 2007 is to replace the former Consultative Group meetings that used to be led by the Royal Government and the World Bank, as a forum to discuss with each other the implementation of the strategic plan for national development, and now to indicate that the Royal Government of Cambodia takes complete leadership of the agenda for national development, also by maintaining and strengthening the partnership with the international community and with civil society.
“According to the press release on this Forum, the meeting agreed that the implementation of the strategic plan for the national development in Cambodia for the first year foreseess noticeable progress, such as sustainable economic growth, including in thew field of social affairs. In the meantime, with these positive results, the forum also stressed the importance to make continued efforts in order to reduce the rate of maternal deaths and the number of dropout students. Looking forwards to the future, the Royal Government and the development partners agreed with each other to continue to try to encourage more development in social affairs, and to speed up the implementation of important reforms, and to strengthen good governance.

“Mr. Keat Chhon said that in the Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum, the donor countries supported the financing for the implementation of the strategic plan of the development of Cambodia in 2008 by providing approximately more than $689 million.

“It should be remembered that in 2006, the donor countries provided financing for the development of Cambodia with US$601 million [for 2007].” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1371, 21.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 21 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1371, 21.6.2007

  • Cambodia Receives Foreign Aid of More Than $689 Million for Development in 2008
  • Man Loses His Wife One Night after Getting Married; He Accuses His Mother-in-Law of Taking His Wife to Sell Her to Someone Elso [authorities ignore his problem – Russey Keo, Phnom Penh]
  • Man Prepares to Marry a Second Wife; He Is not Successful as His Wife Discovered the Wedding Invitations [Pailin]
  • Kompong Speu Forestry Officials Seize about 60 Cubic Meters of Kranhoung [luxury] Wood [transported in containers on trucks – Kompong Speu]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6071, 21.6.2007

  • Mr. Kem Sokha [President of Human Rights Party and former President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights] Appears in Court to Explain Accusation [against him] of Defamation and Corruption
  • Thai Embassy in Cambodia Meets with Cambodian Journalists and Radio and Television Reporters
  • Municipal Police Official Shot and Robbed of Motorcycle at Night [he is hospitalized – Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3190, 21.6.2007

  • Mr. Yim Sovann [Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Demands Ministry of Finance Explain Issue That Customs Officers Steal Taxes on Export of Wood and Import of Beer

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4316, 21.6.2007

  • Club of Cambodian Journalists Asks for Investigation into Death Threat against [Radio Free Asia] Journalist [Lem Piseth]
  • National Election Committee to Clean Voter Lists
  • Mobile Customs Officers Seize Nearly 20,000 Liters of Smuggled Fuel Near an Island, Kep
  • US Ambassador Calls Smuggling into Cambodia Corruption
  • Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Elected as President of Cambodian Veterans’ Association

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3067, 21.6.2007

  • Donor Community Decides to Provide $689 Million to Cambodia under Criticism from Everywhere in the World
  • Illegal Logging in Ratanakiri Is Not Less Than in Kompong Thom and in Siem Reap

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #432, 21.6.2007

  • Foreign Countries Provide Hun Sen Additional $90 Million [more than last year] Because He Breaks Promises and Commits Corruption and Forest Crimes [ironic]
  • Specialists Say Section A Has More Than 500 Barrels of Oil

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Wednesday, 20.6.2007: Samdech Hun Sen: ‘Royal Government Has Firmly Vowed to Fight Corruption without Reluctance’

Posted on 21 June 2007. Filed under: Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

“Samdech Hun Sen, the head of the Royal Government of Cambodia, stated again, ‘The Royal Government of Cambodia has firmly vowed to fight corruption without reluctance.’

“In a statement to the first Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum on the morning of 19 June 2007 at the Council for the Development of Cambodia, with participants from about 28 donor countries and development partners, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen affirmed again, in front of many development partners who still doubt and are concerned about some uncertainty in the process of preparing the draft for an anti-corruption law, that ‘the Royal Government of Cambodia has firmly vowed to fight corruption without reluctance, because we have already many real achievements that can be counted towards this goal, including preparing a draft of an anti-corruption law.’

“Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘Though it is urgent, we should put this work into the context of other needs, and of the real situation of Cambodia. After overcoming the destruction caused by war and by outside influence, after having been through the cruel genocidal regime, after having had to suffer from imposed political and economic embargoes, and then recent internal disputes, Cambodia really faces many needs and priorities at the same time.’

“Samdech Prime Minister added, ‘In the effort of constructing its legal system and its judicial institutions, the Royal Government of Cambodia wants a judicial framework, which is really compatible in its context and effective, so that it corresponds to the needs of the nation and the people, in a process of sustainable development – at the present time and for a long future.’

“Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘In preparing the draft anti-corruption law, we also use the same policy as a basis. It is very important that we guarantee the compatibility between the anti-corruption law and relevant other laws, such as the criminal procedural code and the criminal code. While preparing the draft anti-corruption law, we found that it is an appropriate opportunity for us to use some time to prepare all draft laws orderly and correctly, so that they will guarantee to work smoothly, compatible with the context, and they must be effective in their implementation.’

“Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘Saying so does not mean that the Royal Government intends to withdraw itself from the responsibility for the work against corruption or to avoid it. But we find that the anti-corruption law alone is not a magic medicine to combat all diseases of corruption in the society immediately, especially if it would be adopted without the necessary compatibility with other important laws in the country; this condition has to be observed, otherwise the implementation of the laws would be inadequate and lead to controversy all the time.

“Samdech Hun Sen continued, ‘However, the Royal Government knows clearly that corruption is a serious cancer that we must always try to struggle to fight it all the time and in all circumstances without exception. Considering this, although the anti-corruption law does not yet exist, we have given priority to actions against corruption by setting up special measures, and we carried out some forceful actions in the framework of existing regulations, and we have achieved many real results, including the arrangement of new structures, the strengthening of anti-corruption systems, and administrative punishments by sending to court a number of officials. For instance, recently seven officials, who conducted illegal logging, were administratively punished, two officials were sentenced to jail on accusation of abuse of private unmovable property, one official was charged with receiving bribes and colluding in grabbing state land and forestry, and forgery, one official was accused by court of destroying natural resources and violating the environment, and other eleven officials were sentenced by court on the accusation of illegal logging at the Kantuy Neak area in Ratanakiri.’

“Prime Minister Samdech went on to say, ‘Nevertheless, we still agree with our development partners that the anti-corruption law is a key element for fighting against corruption effectively. On this basis, considering the important necessity to guarantee the compatibility among different laws in the making, which are relevant to each other as stated above, the Royal Government still stands to having firmly vowed to push the preparation of the draft anti-corruption law as soon as possible without hesitation. With this idea, the Royal Government will continue cooperation and consult closely with all relevant partners, in order to seek effective ways, committed to our position, and to push this work ahead, so that it progresses soon in response to the needs of Cambodia.’ Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4315, 20.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Angkor Cambodia, Vol.1, #1, 18.6.2007

  • Anti-Corruption Law Can Be Adopted if All Powerful People in Cambodia Become Millionaires [mocking]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1320, 20.6.2007

  • USAID and DFID [UK’s Department For International Development] Provide US$27 Million to Support Health and AIDS Sectors in Cambodia
  • National Police Trained to Protect Witnesses for Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6070, 20.6.2007

  • Government to Be Created with 50+1 Formula; There Won’t Be Bargains over Election Results Next Year [says Prime Minister Hun Sen]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3189, 20.6.2007

  • Mr. Yim Sovann [Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarian from Phnom Penh]: Donors to Cambodia Must Guarantee Real Effectiveness to the Poor
  • Foreigners Drop Leaflets Arguing Innocence of Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun [accused of murder of Chea Vichea, former leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] to Welcome the Start of the Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum Meeting [they were arrested]
  • Tep Sophorn, Chief of Forest Administration in Cheung Prey, Is Notorious for Receiving Bribes from Trucks Illegally Transporting Wood [Kompong Cham]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4315, 20.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen: ‘Samdech Hun Sen: ‘Royal Government Has Firmly Vowed to Fight Corruption without Reluctance’
  • Seeking Aid Money Forum: Government Announces Actions against Corruption and Poverty
  • Repeated Blames about the Delay in the Adoption of an Anti-Corruption Law Irritates Government’s Ears
  • Concerning Oil Issue: Samdech Hun Sen Says It Is Still a Fish in the Water
  • Number of Khmer Beggars Increases in Thailand

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3066, 20.6.2007

  • Listening to Prime Minister, There Is No Hope that Anti-Corruption Law Can Be Adopted Soon
  • Radio Free Asia Reporter [Lem Piseth who received a death threat] Hides Himself and Calls for Donors to Pressure Head of Khmer Government

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #431, 20.6.2007

  • Prince Ranariddh Asks Hun Sen to Change President and Secretary-General of Funcinpec [so he can enter Funcinpec again – according to a reliable source]
  • Hun Sen’s Obligation Is to Beg, Beg, and Beg [for foreign aid]

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Tuesday, 19.6.2007: Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum Meeting on 19/20 June 2007

Posted on 20 June 2007. Filed under: Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

Instead of the translation of one article from a Khmer newspapers on the important event of the present donors meeting, we share today a collection of references – in random order – to some sources on the Internet, related to this event.

It is interesting that not only the big international agencies report about the context of this meeting, but also the press in such far away countries as Mauritius and Turkey.

We include also a reference to the statement of the NGO Forum on Cambodia. This organization, in which a number of NGOs in Cambodia cooperate, has always used the opportunity of the normally annual international consultative group meetings to elaborate and to present an NGO perspective on the development of Cambodia in a substantive document.

Norbert Klein

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Cambodia asks foreign donors for more aid
Associated Press
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/19/asia/AS-GEN-Cambodia-Foreign-Aid.php

Donors push Cambodia to pass anti-corruption law
Reuters
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BKK101529.htm

Cambodia: Donors Must Hold Government Accountable – Banning of Forest Report Mocks Commitments to Human Rights
Human Rights Watch
http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2007/06/15/cambod16195.htm

Cambodia detains eight foreigners [over protest at donors meeting]
Bangkok Post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=119553

Cambodia pleases donor countries with anti-corruption oaths
People’s Daily Online
http://english.people.com.cn/200706/19/eng20070619_385726.html

Cambodia’s donors open aid talks focused on corruption
AFP / Mauritius and Turkey
http://servihoo.com/channels/kinews/afp_details.php?id=165342&CategoryID=47
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=181736

NGO Forum on Cambodia Statement to 2007 Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum Meeting
NGO Forum on Cambodia
http://www.ngoforum.org.kh/Development/Docs/doc.htm

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1368, 17-18.6.2007

  • Cambodians Issue Warning about Dengue Fever: Already 102 Children Died from This Disease
  • 30 Megawatts Shortage of Electricity Causes Phnom Penh to Have Often Blackouts

Khmer Amatak, Vol.8, #485, 18.6.2007

  • Donors Must Put Pressure and Stop Believing Anymore Hun Sen’s Empty Promises on 19-20 June 2007 [formerly “Consultative Group” meeting – now entitled “Cambodia Development Cooperation Forum”]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3187, 18.6.2007

  • Nuon Chea Is Seriously Ill and Unlikely to Be Alive until Trial Day; Duch’s Lawyer Urges Trial to Be Conducted Soon

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3188, 19.6.2007

  • Donors Should Not Be Blind and Deceived by Hole-in-Basket Government Again

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4314, 19.6.2007

  • National Pediatric Hospital Calls for Assistance to Save Children with Dengue Fever

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3064, 17-18.6.2007

  • Global Witness Says SGS [Société générale de surveillance] Works Badly, It Does Not Go to Visit the Sites, So It Cannot Find Officials and Businesspeople Who Conduct Logging [in Kompong Thom]

Sar Noeung Khmao, Vol.8, #204, 18-19.6.2007

  • Officials of Ministry of Information Are Careless when Writing, Using Khmer Orthography Incorrectly

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #429, 17-18.6.2007

  • Political Parties and Civil Society Organizations Supports Yash Ghai [in his report on human rights violation in Cambodia]
  • Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh Increases Visa Prices [from $25 to $35]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #430, 19.6.2007

  • Radio Free Asia Agent [Lem Pisith], Who Goes to Report on Forest Crimes at Prey Lang Area [Sandan, Kompong Thom], Receives Death Threat [from anonymous person, through public phone 012-1932494 – “You beware. You watch out, you could get killed. Don’t be too outspoken—you can die”]

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Monday, 18.06.2007: King Mother’s Birthday

Posted on 18 June 2007. Filed under: Week 513 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 513

Sorry, we had forgotten to inform our readers/visitors that 18 June is a public holiday: it is the King Mother’s Birthday.

So we will have the next translations only on Tuesday, 19 June 2007.

Norbert Klein

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