Week 562

Monday, 4.8.2008: Mr. Rong Chhun: It Is Said that There Are Many Irregularities during the High School Diploma Examinations This Year

Posted on 5 August 2008. Filed under: Week 562 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 572

“Phnom Penh: The President of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, Mr. Rong Chhun, said that the High School Diploma examination will start on Monday and continue until Wednesday. During these examinations, some high school teachers are not allowed to be examination supervisors, but they were replaced by lower secondary school teachers; and some teachers, like in Sihanoukville, did not get their allowances paid before the examination days.

“Regarding these irregularities, Mr. Rong Chhun wrote to the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport on Friday last week, asking the Ministry to take action to prevent irregularities during the 2008 high school diploma examinations. In addition to the letter, Mr. Rong Chhun said that money was collected for teachers working in specific examination rooms, so that students in those rooms could cheat freely. Besides, some test documents leaked ahead of the examinations, and there are bribes paid after the examinations in order to pass. Related to such irregularities as raised by Mr. Rong Chhun, the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport has never curbed down or imposed penalties on those who have committed such wrongdoings – the Ministry is not useful at all. Mr. Rong Chhun is afraid that there might be more serious corrupt irregularities during this year’s examinations, because during this time, Cambodia is waiting for a new government. Therefore some people consider this as a good opportunity to commit even more corruption. Mr. Rong Chhun noticed that previously, the Ministry of Education has imposed penalties only on small teachers who had done wrong by not allowing them to be examination supervisors in the following years. However, high-level officials at the departments or the Ministry of Education – who has committed very serious mistakes, like leaking test documents to receive bribes – have not been punished by the Ministry of Education (sic).

Khmer Sthapana was not able to receive comments from officials of the Ministry of Education by phone, regarding the concerns of the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association. However, the Ministry of Education announced that every year, there are rumors about leaked test documents – but actually wicked people create these rumors in order to sell their own copied test documents as much as possible. Also, the announcement by the Ministry of Education called on all parents of students not to believe such fraudulent rumors created by opportunists who benefit from them during the high school diploma examinations.

“For this year’s examinations in Phnom Penh, Mr. Touch Naruth, the Phnom Penh police chief, said that his police are prepared for the examination days to suppress irregularities. Mr. Touch Naruth mentioned that at each examination center, police will not allow any irregularities, like throwing little paper notes to students with information for cheating, or the sale of test result documents. As for those who run photocopy shops near examination centers, they will be ordered to close their shops during the examination days. If they do not comply, they will be punished.


Copy shops near two schools visited at random did operate – we are not aware that they had been ordered to close temporarily during examination days, nor that they were targeted for punishment.

“According to an announcement of the Ministry of Education, there are 79,549 candidates and 139 examination centers for the 2008 high school diploma examination.

“IThere is a rumor that for this year’s high school diploma examinations in Phnom Penh, in order to pass, some people paid bribes between US$500 and US$800.” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #64, 3-4.8.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 4 August 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1710, 3-4.8.2008

  • Thai-Black-Clad Soldiers [the special border protection units] Started to Invade Ta Moan Temple [prohibiting Khmer troops to enter the temple – Oddar Meanchey]
  • The Cambodian Constitutional Council Rejected the Complaint by the Sam Rainsy Party [against the National Election Committee, on violating voters’ rights, because this complaint is not in the field of competency of the Constitutional Council]
  • Thailand Cancels the Made in Thailand Fair in Phnom Penh [as there are reports about strong feelings of Khmer citizens to boycott Thai goods, because of the dispute between both countries at the Preah Temple Region]
    Chinese President [Hu Jintao] Warns about the Use of the Olympic Games for Politics

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #214, 3-5.8.2008

  • Siamese [Thai] Newspaper [The Nation] Looks Down on Khmers by Saying, “When Cambodia Cries Wolf” – regarding the Preah Vihear Temple [on 1 August 2008]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #64, 3-4.8.2008

  • Mr. Rong Chhun: It Is Said that There Are Many Irregularities during the High School Diploma Examinations This Year

Meatophum, Vol.52, #699, 4-9.8.2008

  • Ms. Chea Ratha [involved in an acid attack on TV presenter Ms. In Soklida’s aunt] Is Free [from being searched] because Thailand and Cambodia Are Having Disputes

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3529, 4.8.2008

  • Siam [Thailand] Still Wants to Control a 4.6 Square Kilometer of the Preah Vihear Temple Area; a Siamese Soldier Died from Malaria
  • Officials of the Cambodian People’s Party Said that the New Government Might Not Change [old] Structures Much
    The Number of People Arrested Relating to Drugs in Early 2008 [six months] Increased Compared to Early 2007 [in the first six months of 2008, 194 people were arrested, while in the same period of 2007 there were 166 people arrested]

Raksmei Angkor, Vol.11, #1343, 4.8.2008

  • Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh Intends to Leave Politics [he told foreign journalists in France on 2 August 2008]
  • Siem Reap Customs Officers Seized Red Pigs [not yet checked for diseases] from Thailand, then They Released Them after Being Bribed with Riel 5 Million [approx. US$1,250]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4658, 3-4.8.2008

  • Cambodia Asked FBI [Phnom Penh office] to Help to Investigate to Find Murderers Who Killed a Journalist [Mr. Khim Sambo, and his 21-year old son – according to a request from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Mr. Sar Kheng, to the US Ambassador in Cambodia]
  • A Russian Released from the Prison [on 23 July 2008] Is Not the Russian Millionaire Who Has Raped Cambodian Young Girls [the released Russian is Nikita Belov, 26, who had been accused of committing obscene acts with three 15-year old boys]

Click here to have a look at the last editorial – where we try to provide our readers with important information which all publications in Cambodia – as far as we can see – are not providing; but the international community knows more – we wonder how long the Cambodian public can be held uninformed.

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Week 562 – 2008-06-01: Setting Priorities and Concentrating on Their Realistic Implementation

Posted on 2 June 2008. Filed under: *Editorial*, Week 562 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 562

By now, it is fairly widely know that there are several extraordinarily huge investment projects with Korean background going on – like the CamKo City plan, or the first really high rise 42 story Double Gold Tower 42 in Phnom Penh. In Siem Reap it is surely well known that, since four years already, the largest number of foreign tourists come from South Korea. But it is probably not so widely known that there is also a substantial number of volunteers from Korea – almost 150 – working in a variety of development related fields. It is a long list where they work: agriculture, arts, electricity, health, health education, information technology, Korean language, rural development, sports, and of course also tourism.

The wide variety of fields in this list is not only impressive, it shows also another aspect: it is obviously difficult to set priorities: there are so many real needs to be met. Every volunteer was called to, and is meeting a felt need.

But when it comes to overall planning, it is often said: if everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. Over the years, policy planning in Cambodia was frequently even spoken about ‘life and death’ priorities – the highlighting in the next paragraphs quoted is not in the original, but added only here – but considering such past statements, it is not clear how to understand them, when looking back. That we, as individuals and as a society, are still alive – does it mean that the problems were solved, the deadly threat which had been seen is no more?

Just some statements to remember – and the times they were made:

“The RGC has actively implemented actions to strengthen governance as specified in the Governance Action Plan, as it strongly believes that good governance is the prerequisite to sustainable socio-economic development and social justice… Today’s program … is a testimony to the fact that we own our reforms, which are a life and death issue for Cambodia.” – Prime Minister Hun Sen, addressing the Forum for Dissemination of Governance Action Plan and Public Administration Reform, 11 December 2001

“Through a vigorous and diligent implementation of the Rectangular Strategy, the Royal Government’s efforts will be focused on deepening reform programs which are a life and death issue for Cambodia. Thus, the Royal Government of Cambodia in the Third Legislature of the National Assembly shall be the ‘Government of Growth, Employment, Equity, and Efficiency’.” – From the Position Paper of the Government for the 7th Consultative Group meeting in 2004

In the process of human resources development, poverty and the lack of general resources are the main obstacles preventing improvement in the results of education in Cambodia, especially in rural areas, and the promotion, the achievement, and the quality control of education on all levels, which are life or death factors for the future development of Cambodia. – Prime Minister Hun Sen was reported to have made such comments during a ceremony commemorating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 4 October 2007.

‘Reforms Are Crucial to Make the Royal Government to Die or to Live’ – said the Prime Minister on 28 May 2008 during the annual review meeting on financial reform – Rasmei Kampuchea on 29 May 2008

We are not trying now to go deeper into the question what happened with these stated high general priorities. Everybody is aware that there are really so many pressing ones in the country: food security and the rising prices for food – sustainable energy in view of the rising prices for non-renewable energy, especially oil – almost regular reports about violence against women and children – the appalling situation in many prison – the dramatic increase in drug related crimes – and surely many more.

Reflecting about events of the past week, we want to focus on a life and death questions of a different, very practical nature: on accidents on the roads. Already on 26 August 2007, the Mirror editorial had stated: “In Three Days, 9 People Died and 17 Were Injured in Traffic Accidents in Phnom Penh” – it had been reported repeatedly that the number of road accidents in Cambodia has been always fairly high, considering the number of vehicles in the country compared to the total number of the population. The new traffic law, adopted by the National Assembly in mid 2006, to be implemented only six months after it was signed by the King, should have started to have a visible impact by now – two years later.

The donation by Handicap International Belgium of GPS receivers to the Cambodian police is integrated with training for traffic police countrywide on how to use the instruments, and there will also be training courses in emergency life saving skills for traffic police so that they can help traffic accident victims before they are referred to hospitals. It is very positive that the latter component is also receiving the same attention as the provision of technical instruments. But it was also reported “that traffic accidents increase in Cambodia:” during the period of the first four months of 2008, there were already 2,249 accidents, and 560 people have lost their lives.

Is this another indication that the challenge is too wide, so that the manifold goals of the new Land Traffic Law can hardly be seen to be achieved? Or is it just a reflection of the fact that the beginning implementation is not happening according to realistic priorities, and therefore not so much could be achieved?
During the recent seminar of the Senate, held in cooperation with international partners, on ‘Legal and Judicial Reform for the Modernization of the Kingdom of Cambodia’ – a Senior Legal Advisor to the Senate seems to have addressed the same problem of setting realistic operational priorities. He said that one should look and focus on minor points and start from there. And as an example he raised the problem that when traveling at night and the traffic light is red, still some vehicles continue to proceed.

But does the political will to enforce the law really exist? On 26 August and on 2 September 2007 I described that I had almost an accident – it was with a car without a license plate which almost hit the moto-taxi I was on. It is a major – non-technical – risk, that so many cars are on the road without displaying even a temporary license plate to identify themselves. This shows a basic flaw in the effort to enforce the law. It might not be too difficult to set it as a priority for some time, to stop, and to fine all cars without a license plate. It would also be an effective way to ensure that violators of trafic rules can be identified – and victims of accidents will not stay without knowing who hurt them.

Nowadays, police are obviously reluctant to report “powerful vehicles” belonging to “powerful institutions.” At that time last year, the Prime Minister had said that action against corruption can be conducted “if we are willing” even without an anti-corruption law. Are the law enforcement agencies willing?

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Saturday, 31.5.2008: The Condition of Prisons in Cambodia Remains Difficult

Posted on 1 June 2008. Filed under: Week 562 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 562

“Phnom Penh: Cambodia has twenty four provinces and municipalities, but there are twenty five prisons countrywide. According to observations and research conducted by the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO – on prisoners of eighteen prisons in 2008, prisoners in Cambodia still face many difficulties, and the prisons have not yet reached the standards set.

“The director of LICADHO, Ms. Pong Chiv Kek [Dr. Kek Galabru] told Khmer Sthapana that, according to their research, conducted four times a month on prisoners in eighteen prisons from among the 20 prisons, the conditions of prisons in Cambodia are still very difficult.

“Difficulties exist because prisons are very narrow and old, the roofs leak, such as in the prisons in Takeo and in Kompong Thom. The number of prisoners increased, but the prisons have not been increased, so that in some rooms up to thirty or forty prisoners are together, making each room very crowded and hot, and the electricity is often cut; this affects their health – if any of them has a disease, the others are infected, and sometimes there was violence among them.

“Another major problem is food; the state provided only Riel 1,000 [approx. US$0.26] per prisoner per day, which is now increased to Riel 1,500 [approx. US$0.39]. Still, this is not enough to cover the expenses, because the prices of all goods increased, and food is also expensive, making food supplies in prisons to be a problem.

“Another important issue is the shortage of medicines; sometimes there were not enough medicines and sometimes prisons lack medicines and doctors, because there is no money; and when a prisoner fell seriously ill and needed to be referred to a hospital, sometimes, there was no fuel to run the car. The basic problem is funding.

“According to the Prison Conditions in Cambodia 2007 report of LICADHO, observing eighteen prisons from 1999 to 2006, the number of prisoners continually increased. In 1999, there were 3,282 prisoners; in 2002 there were 5,302 prisoners; in 2003 there were 5,711 prisoners; in 2004, there were 6,296 prisoners; in 2005, there were 8,238 prisoners; and in 2006, there were 8,835 prisoners.

“Separately, by April 2008, the number of prisoners had climbed up to 9,315 in total, among them there were 579 minors – among them were fourteen little girls – and 8,736 adult prisoners, of whom 546 were women (this is the figure of the prisoners of the eighteen prisons observed and researched by LICADHO).

“Dr. Pong Chiv Kek continued that the numbers of prisoners steadily grows, but we do not know whether this is because the actions of the police become more efficient, or because the number of crimes increases. She said she does not have statistic about the prisoners who had been released and those who had entered the prisons, or of those who had been caught and then been released.

“However, some penalties are reduced three times per year, based on proposals by prison officials, after they have established that prisoners have corrected themselves. The first reduction of penalties is conducted on Khmer New Year, the second on Visakh Bochea Day, and the third at the Water Festival. On the other hand, according to Article 27 of the Constitution, the King has the right to grant amnesty.

“Regarding information that there were bribes paid by some prisoners’ families to prison officials in order that the officials include their children’s or relatives’ names into the list proposing to reduce heir penalty, Dr. Pong Chiv Kek said that LICADHO is not sure, because there is no concrete evidence. However, she acknowledged that she has heard such information, but there is no proof.

“A prison official said that the prison conditions are being improved and they are moving to more improvements, like now, a new prison is being constructed in Takhmao [Kandal]; though the government does not have enough funds, there are countries cooperating like Australia that helps repairing some buildings. Related to health care and the improvement of the prisons’ environment, prisoners are allowed to go out of their cells for one to two hours, and there is also education and short term skill training, such as sewing and reading books. Some prisons have been converted to become rehabilitation centers.

“Dr. Pong Chiv Kek supports the educational plans at the rehabilitation centers, for example, facilitating prisoners to go out of their cells to read books, to learn something in short training courses, or to sew something so that they do not feel bored, in order to improve their mental attitude to get rid of violence and other bad habits. She went on to say that the use of soft methods in guidance and education is better than using strong methods like hitting people, because violence will make them feel angry and they will want to take revenge after they are released, and will be worse than before.” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #24, 31-3.5-6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 31 May 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1655, 31.5.2008

  • The Government Considers Corruption as a Social Disease [says Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin, in charge of preventing corruption]
  • The US Will Provide Thirty One Big Trucks to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces
  • Prices of Food in the World Will Continue to Increase until next Year [according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #166, 31.5.2008

  • Chea Ratha Admitted to have Been Ms. In Soklida’s Lesbian Partner for Three Years, but She Denied that She Was Related to the Violent Crime [of an acid attack on Ms. In Soklida’s aunt – she told a local FM radio station in Phnom Penh on 30 May 2008 from Thailand]
  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Pushes the National Assembly to Summon [Prime Minister] Hun Sen to Be Questioned over the Nominations of Countless Advisors Which Wastes National Funds

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #24, 31.5.2008

  • Investment Rate in Cambodia Declines to Nearly 50% Early 2008 [according to a report of the Council for the Development of Cambodia]
  • The Condition of Prisons in Cambodia Remains Difficult
  • Child Sex Abuse Threatens Cambodian Children [according to reports from LICADHO]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3474, 31-1.5-6.2008

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC] Finds that All Kinds of Drug Crimes Dramatically Increase in Cambodia [link undated – probably August 2007]
  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Soldiers in Uniform Could Enter Khmer Territory Easily [on 25 May 2008 at Bavet international market, Svay Rieng]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4603, 31.5.2008

  • The National Election Committee Announced the Result of Numbering the Parties on the Ballots

    1. Norodom Ranariddh Party
    2. Khmer Democratic Party
    3. League for Democracy Party
    4. Cambodian People’s Party
    5. Khmer Anti-Poverty Party
    6. Khmer Republican Party
    7. Sangkum Yutethor Party (the Just Society Party)
    8. Funcinpec
    9. Sam Rainsy Party
    10. Hang Dara Democratic Movement Party
    11. Human Rights Party]

  • There Are More Than 10,000 People Who Have AIDS in Cambodia [according to an announcement by officials of the National AIDS Authority of Cambodia]
  • Domestic Violence Reduces the Income of a Victimized Family by One Firth [Minister of Women’s Affairs Ms. Ing Kantha Phavi said in a press conference]
  • An Aid Donor from Japan Checked the Clearing of Mines to Restore Roads and Canals [in a region of Battambang – to open the way for the organization Good-Earth-Japan to implement their plan to help prevent flooding during the coming rainy season – pictures and Japanese text]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: The oil price spiral – special investments – and a comparison of the activities in Myanmar and in China

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Friday, 30.5.2008: Handicap International Belgium Provided 215 GPS Receivers to the Commissioner General of the National Police

Posted on 30 May 2008. Filed under: Week 562 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 562

“Phnom Penh: On the morning of 29 May 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by H.E Ouk Kim Lek and Mr. Bruno Leclercq, the Country Director of Handicap International Belgium for Cambodia, according to which 215 GPS receivers [satellite supported Global Positioning Systems] and other emergency equipment for road traffic safety were provided by Handicap International Belgium to the National Police at the Ministry of Interior.

“The Deputy Director of the National Police, H.E. Ouk Kim Lek, said that the aid now provided by Handicap International Belgium to the National Police is most important, because it is urgently needed by Cambodian people to reduce traffic accidents which are continually increasing.

“His Excellency continued, ‘Cambodia is developing, and at the same time, also traffic accidents increase. The aid provided today will contribute a lot to reduce traffic accidents in the future. Now, we are improving the traffic police to be much better than before to help reduce traffic accidents.’

“Mr. Bruno Leclercq stated that the equipment delivered will contribute to reduce traffic accidents. It is observed that traffic accidents increase in Cambodia, and he hopes that the number will decline after the new traffic law have been implemented.

“The manager of the Cambodia Road Traffic Accident and Victim Information System of Handicap International Belgium, Mr. Sem Panhavuth, said that the Memorandum of Understanding covers approximately US$100,000 for a period of two years from 2008 to 2009, which includes the 215 emergency GPS receivers, the training for traffic police countrywide on how to use the GPS receivers, and the training courses in emergency life saving skills for traffic police so that they can help traffic accident victims before they are referred to hospitals.

“Mr. Sem Panhavuth went on to say that these GPS receivers are used for road traffic safety work to find and to identify the locations where traffic accidents occur very often on some important roads. The locations which are noted as places that often have traffic accidents will be changed to avoid hazards and will be marked with warning signs to lessen traffic accidents.

“It should be known that during the period of the first four months of 2008, there were 2,249 accidents which caused 560 deaths, injured seriously 1,792 people, and injured 2,088 people lightly. The accidents which had happened involved 217 heavy trucks, 755 cars, and 186 other vehicles, 217 pedestrians, and 2,262 motorbikes. As for 2007, there were 9,449 accidents in which 1,545 people died, 7,150 people were badly injured, and 17,655 people were lightly injured.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4602, 30.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 30 May 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1654, 30.5.2008

  • US Embassy Supports Survey Result of the [US based] International Republican Institute Inquiry
  • The 240 Years History of the Monarchy of Nepal Came to a Complete End [Nepal becoming a republic on Wednesday, 28 May 2008; the King is expected to leave the palace in 15 days]
  • The Government Gives Opportunity to Teachers Who Have Bachelor Degrees to Take Another Examination to Get the BAC II Certificate [according to Prime Minister Hun Sen]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #585, 30.5.2008

  • [Prime Minister] Hun Sen Forces People, the Voters, to Accept the Result [that the Cambodian People’s Party will win the election and will lead the next government] before the 2008 Election
  • Man Chhoeun Colludes with [Tuol Kork governor] Khlaing Huot and [Phnom Penh Thmey governor] Chum Saray to Take Citizens’ Land from 250 Families [citizens’ representatives said the Phnom Penh Municipality had decided to give the land to the 205 families, but Chum Saray, who got the authorization from the municipality, created ghost names and his group’s people’s names to get that land]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #165, 30.5.2008

  • [Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Ministry] Sar Kheng Was Very Upset and Announced He Might Cancel the Ceremony to Accept Members from the Sam Rainsy Party That Were Only Names on Paper [there were names, but the holders of the name did not show up]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3473, 30.5.2008

  • The Editor-in-Chief of Moneaksekar Khmer Was Charged [on 29 May by the Minister of Foreign Affairs], Accused of Publishing False Information
  • [Prime Minister] Hun Sen Declared that He Cannot Guarantee Ministers’ Seats of [Minister of Health] Nuth Sokhom and [Minister of Education] Kol Pheng [both from Funcinpec]
  • The [US based] International Republican Institute Shows that 58 Percent of the Citizens Want Serious Penalties to Be Put on Corrupt People
  • New Deputy Director of the Office of Administration of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal [Mr. Knut Rosandhaug – until now Executive Director of the Kosovo Property Agency and the Kosovo Property Claims Commission of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] Will Get the Position Tomorrow [after the former Deputy Director Ms. Michelle Lee retired]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4602, 30.5.2008

  • Angkor Ratha Radio in Kratie [which criticized the government] Was Closed [on 29 May 2008 by the Ministry of Information] because Its Broadcasts Were Against the Terms of License
  • British Newspaper [The Sun]: The Explosion in the Sky over Kampot Can Have Been the Explosion of an UFO
  • Handicap International Belgium Provided 215 GPS Receivers to the Commissioner General of the National Police

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3321, 30.5.2008

  • Chargé d’Affairs of US Embassy to Cambodia [Ms. Piper Cambel]: Cambodia Should Not Use the Judicial System to Shut Up Politicians
  • US Troops and Troops of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Cooperated to Give Medical Treatment to People In Kompong Chhnang and Kompong Cham [29 May 2008]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #667, 30.5.2008

  • International Police Surrounded the Hiding Place of [former police general] Ms. Chea Ratha in Thailand [who is implicated in an acid attack on Ms. In Soklida’s aunt, according to information from the Ministry of Interior]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: The oil price spiral – special investments – and a comparison of the activities in Myanmar and in China

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Thursday, 29.5.2008: Legal and Judicial Reform Remain Main Problems for Cambodia

Posted on 30 May 2008. Filed under: Week 562 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 562

“Phnom Penh: The Senate of Cambodia, in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Center for International Migration and Development, held a conference about ‘Legal and Judicial Reform for the Modernization of the Kingdom of Cambodia’ on 27 May 2008.

The chairperson of the Commission on Legislation and the Judiciary of the Senate, Mr. Ouk Bunchhoeun, stated, ‘The main problems for our commission to deal with are the legal and judicial reforms towards modernization.’

“Mr. Ouk Bunchhoeun said that strategies for reforms in the fields of legislation and of the judiciary were adopted by the Royal Government in June 2003, to consider four basic areas: individual rights, democracy, the separation of powers, and legislation [cf. the address on ‘Doctrine of Precedents, Separation of Powers, Checks and Balances‘ by Minister Sok An at a ‘Workshop on National Vision and Priorities on the Rule of Law and Judicial Reform,’ 10-11 June 2002].

“Mr. Ouk Bunchhoeun hopes that the Royal Government will speed up the reforms on legislation and the judiciary, and also push to take policy initiatives to promote the wider provision of legal and judicial services, which are key conditions for a continuous development of social justice and for poverty alleviation.

“Mr. Kong Phaleak, a professor of law and a member of the Arbitration Council, mentioned that the legal and judicial reform process in Cambodia, from the past until now, has four main concerns: the general view of the legal and of the judiciary reforms, strategies for organizing the reforms, the implementation of the reforms, and the results of the implementation of the legal and judiciary reforms.

“The professor said that the general view of the legal and judiciary reforms is related to the political will of the Royal Government of Cambodia, where a Council for Legal and Judicial Reform was created in 2002. A permanent coordinating unit was created in 2002, and a project management unit was also created in 2002.

“Mr. Kong Phaleak stressed that the goal of the legal and judicial reforms is to create a state of law and a court system which can be trusted and which have the necessary stability to support the policies of individual rights, the separation of powers, and of the legislative process.

“The professor raised the question, ‘What should be done to achieve the goal of the legal and judicial reforms?’ Strategies for organizing the legal and judicial reforms have to consider basic values when organizing related documents, and these involve the four basic considerations of the Constitution of 1993: those views are individual rights, democracy, the separation of powers, and the constitution itself.

“The President of the Royal Academy for the Legal Professions, Mr. Tep Darong, intervened by pointing to the fact that the law is a tool which plays a most important role to guarantee economic growth, the progress of politics, of the culture, and of many other sectors.

“Mr. Tep Darong stated that a large number of judges and prosecutors working in the courts countrywide were not educated in professional legal educational institutions. Their basic capacity is low, which makes it difficult to implement important laws which will be adopted soon.

“Dr. Jörg Menzel, a Senior Legal Advisor to the Senate, said that in the process of the legal and judicial reforms in Cambodia, one should look and focus on minor points and start from there.

“Dr. Menzel raised as an example that now, when traveling at night and the traffic light is red, still there are vehicles crossing. At this point it is necessary to think what people should do when there are traffic lights, but people do not obey them.

“A Senate member from the Sam Rainsy Party, Mr. Kong Korm, said that so far, legal and judicial reforms have not yet clearly focused on the separation of the legislative, the executive, and the judicial powers, as well as on the decentralization policy – all this is very difficult.

“Mr. Tep Darong explained that so far, the separation of the three powers has not yet been clearly established, i.e. the separation is still weak.

The Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia:

Article 128:
The Judicial power shall be an independent power…

Article 130:
Judicial power shall not be granted to the legislative or executive branches.

“He affirmed that if we want to achieve the separation of powers, we have to wait until an elected party fully adopt that absolute principle of law. Talking about decentralization, a part of the [executive] power is transferred to the communes, but this is not the whole power.

“He added that the reason why the Royal Government proceeds step by step is that the capacity for training for commune councilors is limited, and most of the commune councilors have a low level of knowledge.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4601, 29.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 29 May 2008

Cambodge Soir, Vol.1, #27, 29-4.5-6.2008

  • ‘If We Can Reduce Domestic Violence, the Number of Divorces Will Also Decline’ [says Director of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights – LICADHO – Dr. Kek Galabru]

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #108, 29.5.2008

  • [Municipal Governor] Kep Chuktema Is Successful in Moving Citizens from Expensive Areas to Suburbs [where there is no development, and the very poor infrastructure makes it difficult for them to live there]

Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #18, 29-30.5.2008

  • Minister of Social Affairs and Labor H.E. Ith Sam Heng and the Director of a Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Mr. Chea Son Have Been Criticized over Their Partisanship [nepotism in employment]
  • Rubbish Piles of the CINTRI Company [rubbish collection] Destroy the Beauty and Reputation of Phnom Penh, the Heart of the Country

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1653, 29.5.2008

  • There Are Some Reactions [from the Sam Rainsy Party, the Norodom Ranariddh Party, and Funcinpec] Related to the Survey Results of the [US bases] International Republican Institute [which show that 77% of citizens think that the government walks in the right direction]
  • [Human Rights Party president] Kem Sokha Will Hold a Farmers Congress on 30 May, but Some in Civil Society Said It Is Political Trick

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #164, 29.5.2008

  • Former Yuon [Vietnamese] Expert [Mr. Uy Tin] Talked about the Invasion by Yuon Soldiers into Cambodia [in 1979 – he said that the war in Cambodia by Vietnam was caused by China, he accused China to have urged the Khmer Rouge to fight against Vietnam in order to weaken Vietnam, which had just been united after the war against the US]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6357, 29.5.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor [Hun Sen]: Some Developing Partners Are not Qualified because They Believe Other Reports and Do Not Ask the Government
  • The House Arrest of [Burmese elected democracy leader] Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi Was Extended for One More Year [on Tuesday, 27 May 2008]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3472, 29.5.2008

  • The US Checks the Possibility to Provide Funds to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4601, 29.5.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor: ‘Reforms Are Crucial to Make the Royal Government to Die or to Live’ [he said so on 28 May 2008 in the annual review meeting on financial reform]
  • Legal and Judicial Reform Remain Main Problems for Cambodia
  • The Ministry of Public Works and Transport Called the Sou Guon [phonetic] Company to Evaluate the Use of Old Trucks [which cause many problems on the roads]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3320, 29.5.2008

  • Samdech Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh]: Hun Sen Wants to Take Me to Prey Sar Prison, so Why Not they Arrest Murderers Murdering Film Stars, Singers, and Politicians?

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #666, 29.5.2008

  • Poipet Immigration Police Cause Damage to Khmer Laborers [by extorting money from Khmer poor laborers]

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Wednesday, 28.5.2008: The Japan International Cooperation Agency Helps to Develop a Core Project on Khmer Minerals

Posted on 29 May 2008. Filed under: Week 562 | Tags: , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 562

“Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy of Cambodia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA] signed an agreement on the implementation of a core project to improve mineral exploitation and the mineral industries in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“The signatures were made by the Minister of Industry, Mines, and Energy Mr. Suy Sem and by the Resident Representative of JICA, Mr. Yoneda Kazuhiro [米田一弘JICA事務所長], on the evening of 26 May at this ministry.

“The Director General of a department of the Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy, Mr. Sok Leng mentioned that the study focuses on a clear joint overview to improve the exploitation and the development of mineral resources, which includes the creation of strategies for the exploitation and for the development of minerals, mineral exploitation taxes, the transfers of techniques, and the development of human resources. The study will start in late 2008 and will finish in early 2011 – it will take thirty months.

“Mr. Sok Leng said that work to be implemented is first, to check the current situation of the mineral sector; second, to improve the information data on mineral geology which exist on 1:200,000 and 1:100,000 maps; third, to increase investment in the mineral sector; fourth, to create a storage for GIS data [Geographic Information System”] of the information on the geology and on the areas where minerals exist; fifth, to create a website for making the information available publicly; sixth, to send officials to be trained inside and outside of the country, and seventh, to transfer this knowledge to Cambodian officials through the implementation of this project.

“Mr. Yoneda Kazuhiro said that the JICA sees the the development of the private sector as a priority to develop, in order to improve investment. Recently, the international need for minerals is growing; and Cambodia is known as a country with a potential of minerals which attracts other countries. He added that the study does not only focus on action plans to improve investment, institutional reforms, the development of human resources, and the preservation of the environment in mineral exploitation, but it also focuses on the creation of a GIS system and the development of basic guide and introductory books on minerals. JICA hopes that after the project has been implemented, the Ministry will develop its capability and then can strengthen its own work in developing mineral exploitation.

“The Minister of Industry, Mines, and Energy Mr. Suy Sem said that now, through signing this agreement, Japan starts to provide Cambodia with grant aid and a new cooperation in the field of mineral management and mineral development in Cambodian. It is the first time for Cambodia that the mineral field receives technical assistance from Japan through JICA..

“The Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr. Shinohara Katsuhiro [篠原勝弘 駐カンボジア日本国特命全権大使] also attended the signing ceremony.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4600, 28.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #108, 28.5.2008

  • Survey of the [US based] International Republican Institute: 75% of Khmer Citizens Will Go to Vote to Change Leader

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #70, 28-3.5-6.2008

  • [There was surprise about a report that Sam Rainsy Party deputy secretary-general] Mu Sochua Has Left the Sam Rainsy Party to Join with Kem Sokha [of the Human Rights Party], but She Denied This Report
  • International Police Issued of Red Warrant [a warrant issued internationally to arrest a criminal] to Arrest Ms. Chea Ratha; She Had Been Removed from the Position of Advisor and It Has Been Requested [by the Ministry of Defense] to Revoke Her Rank [as deputy head of the general staff of the Military Police – related to an acid attack]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1652, 28.5.2008

  • Cambodia-Japan Bilateral Meeting of Joint-Cooperation Committee on Drug Control Was Held
  • Areas Attacked by the Tropical Cyclone in Myanmar Are Facing Infectious Diseases

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #163, 28.5.2008

  • [Finance Committee of the National Assembly and the Cambodian People’s Party parliamentarian] Cheam Yeap Pretends to Close His Eyes to Reject the Publication of a British Newspaper [The Guardian] Which Had Published an Article “Cambodia, a Country for Sale” [Mr. Cheam Yeap said that there is no sale of land, but it is the investments which covered almost 45% of the land]
  • People from Legal Professions Said that [the National Election Committee President] Im Soursdey and Secretary General Mr. Tep Nitha Will Not Be Able to Escape from Penalties in the Future [because they have created tricks to prevent people who do not support the Cambodian People’s Party to vote, and allow Vietnamese to vote to define the Khmer future]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #23, 28-30.5.2008

  • The National Election Committee Requires Political Parties to Report Their Equipment for the Campaign
  • The Phnom Penh Municipality Plans to Relocate a Garbage Dump to a New Garbage Site in Early 2009 [from Stung Meanchey District to Baku Village, Dangkao Commune, Dangkao District, Phnom Penh, an area of 39 hectares]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6356, 28.5.2008

  • Cambodia Adds US$250,000 to Fill [Myanmar assistance] Up to US$300,000
  • Chinese Investment Company [Tianjin – 天津 – Union Investment and Development Group] Invests US$300 Million in the First Step to Develop Koh Kong [after the executive director of this Company Mr. Li Zhi Qiang discussed reportedly the project with Mr. Hun Sen on 27 May 2008]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3471, 28.5.2008

  • [Sam Rainsy Party president] Mr. Sam Rainsy: The Party that Wins the Election Has the Right to Organize the Government, but It Cannot Alone Control Committee of the National Assembly
  • Rice Price Might Dramatically Increase Soon if the Government Does Not Release Rice of Nearly Two Million Tonnes from Storehouses [according to observers]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4600, 28.5.2008

  • The Japan International Cooperation Agency Helps to Develop a Core Project on Khmer Minerals
  • The Court Requires Mr. Sam Rainsy to Appear to Give Explanations to the Court in Early June
  • Malaysian King [Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIII of Malaysia] Will Visit Cambodia Today

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Tuesday, 27.5.2008: Hun Sen Announced to Give Golden Handcuffs to Prince Norodom Ranariddh and to Invite Him to Prey Sar Prison

Posted on 28 May 2008. Filed under: Week 562 | Tags: , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 562

“According to Article 46 of the Criminal Code, the lawsuit between Prince Ranariddh and the Funcinpec Secretary-General Mr. Nhek Bun Chhay, accusing the Prince of abusing the confidence, motivated Prince Ranariddh to flee the country to stay with the ‘phantom fox’ [his partner Uk Phalla, whom the Prime Minister calls so] with no courage to face the law.

“Although Mr. Hun Sen indirectly insulted a president of a party who is outside the country, without mentioning the name of Prince Ranariddh, Khmer citizens understand well that when Mr. Hun Sen talked about Princess Marie Ranariddh, Prince Ranariddh’s former wife, and when he warned to offer royal golden handcuffs, it was clearly understood that Mr. Hun Sen directly warned Prince Ranariddh, who escaped and is living in Malaysia with the ‘phantom fox,’ and he does not dare to return to the country. He and his followers accused Prime Minister Mr. Hun Sen of abusing the King’s right to grant a pardon to Prince Ranariddh.

“On the Morning of 26 May 2008, Mr. Hun Sen expressed his strong and direct reactions against Prince Ranariddh, who is the president of the Norodom Ranariddh Party, and who is living outside the country, ‘If you, all the Norodom Ranariddh Party officials, wonder, you can go to the Royal Palace to ask the King in which respect Hun Sen abused the King’s rights.’

“Mr. Hun Sen added that there is no one who rejects the King’s rights, but the King’s procedure must have their qualifications. Without mentioning any name, Mr. Hun Sen continued that previously they accused him of setting this or that condition in order that the Prince can return to the country.

“Mr. Hun Sen went on to say that previously, Prince Ranariddh had wanted the King to pardon him, because he has guilt – but now he announced also that he has no guilt. Mr. Hun Sen continued, ‘When did you have a guilt? When the court issued the verdict, you appealed – and because you appealed, the judgment did not became valid. Now the Appeals Court sentenced you and you appealed to the Supreme Court. So you claim that you are not guilty, but if you are not guilty, why did you ask the King to pardon you? Unless the Supreme Court has sentenced you… – but if you are guilty, you will be punished.’

“Mr. Hun Sen said that previously, when the Prince was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment over having a contract to import guns and dealing with the Khmer Rouge, ‘Hun Sen could spare him because it was my own case, but now this is not my case, I want to make this clear.’ Mr. Hun Sen said, ‘That party president and his officials, who accused Hun Sen of not recognizing the King’s rights, please tell me which points you refer to?’

“Mr. Hun Sen said, ‘This case has been delayed for a long time, because if I hit the older brother [Prince Ranariddh], it hurts his younger brother [the King], and if I hit the child [Prince Ranariddh], it hurts his father [the former King]. Some observers said that Mr. Hun Sen indirectly insulted and looked down on the Royal Family.

“Mr. Hun Sen added that arrangements for an amnesty were always made to be announced at the Khmer New Year, on Pchum Ben Day, or on the King’s Birthday, or the Father King’s, or the King’s Mother’s Birthdays; and the procedures for amnesties had been prepared by the Minister of Justice, together with clarifications by the heads of the prisons, to clarify that the prisoners had promised not to commit any crime again. Then they brought requests to the Ministry of Justice, the Minister will bring the clarifications about the prisoner’s promise to the Prime Minister. Finally, the Prime Minister will bring it to the King to be signed to grant an amnesty.

Article 27 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia says:
“The King shall have the right to grant partial or complete amnesty.”

“Mr. Hun Sen went on to say that the Prince claims that he has not any guilt; but then he said that I abused the King’s rights. Once he said it like this, once he said it like that – how can he be a person from the legal profession?

“Mr. Hun Sen warned, ‘I have asked [the Director General of the National Police] Mr. Hok Lundy to make handcuffs painted with golden color. If you are not guilty, why do you not return to the country? Nobody prohibits you. When you left, we did not force you, and if you come back, we will not care about you, so why do you not come when actually you are not guilty?’

“Mr. Hun Sen was very angry with the president of a certain party whose name was not mentioned, and he said that that party’s president’s officials in the country had also accused him of abusing the King’s rights…

“The US Ambassador, Mr. Joseph A. Mussomeli, had told journalists in Kompong Thom some days ago that Prince Ranariddh should return to the country to address and to finish his case legally at the court.

“However, people from the legal profession said that Prince Ranariddh has no courage to return and to face the court in Cambodia, because if he returns, the court will issue a warrant to detain him temporarily, to continue the inquest and to prevent him from escaping abroad again, even though the Supreme Court has not yet opened a hearing to decide whether Prince Ranariddh is guilty or not.

“Prince Ranariddh had been sued by Funcinpec Secretary-General Nhek Bun Chhay on the accusation of having abused the confidence over the sale of the Funcinpec headquarters at the base of the Chroy Chongva Bridge, and over putting of his name, to be the owner of the new headquarters at a Phnom Penh suburb.

“The Phnom Penh court had opened a hearing of Prince Ranariddh in absentia to serve eighteen months in prison, and ordered him to pay US$150,000 to Funcinpec, with Mr. Nhek Bun Chhay being the Funcinpec representative.

“Analysts said that if Prince Ranariddh does not dare to return to the country and to face the court, his party will lose the confidence and the supports from the citizens. And now, some officials who had followed him for many years, leave him.” Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #107, 27.5.2008

[Note: The translation of this article is slightly abbreviated while keeping the basic content intact]

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2780, 27.5.2008

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen Ordered the Kandal Provincial Governor [Chhun Sirun on 23 May 2008] to Cancel a Land Title of the Phanimex Company in the Veal Sbov Commune [Kien Svay District – over a land dispute]

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #107, 27.5.2008

  • Hun Sen Announced to Give Golden Handcuffs to Prince Norodom Ranariddh and to Invite Him to Prey Sar Prison

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1651, 27.5.2008

  • Cambodia Canceled the Prohibitory Notice against Exporting Rice and Paddy Rice
  • Donor Countries Promise to Provide Aid of US$50 Million to Burma

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6355, 27.5.2008

  • Regarding an Attempt for “Change”, Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen Said: You Only Have the Right to Change through Voting [he said on 26 May 2008]
  • It Is about One Million Tonnes of Paddy Rice that Our Farmers Need to Export [says Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • Land Disputes: Two Groups of People Protesting: One Group Is Walking towards Phnom Penh to Arrive at the Residence [of Prime Minister Hun Sen] in Takhmao, the Other Group Protests in Front of the Battambang Provincial Office
  • Workshop on How to Create Draft Laws for Drafters of Laws Held [on 22 May 2008 at Phnom Penh Hotel, sponsored by USAID]

Meatophum, Vol.52, #690, 26-31.5.2008

  • The Cambodian People’s Party Will Not Lead the Government together with the Sam Rainsy Party! [said the Prime Minister on 21 May 2008]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3470, 27.5.2008

  • Siem [Thailand] Is Happy that Deputy Prime Minister and Senior Minister in Charge of the Council of Ministers Sok An Agreed to Only Include the Body of the Preah Vihear Temple [not the not yet demarkated area around the temple] to Be Listed as a World Heritage Site [after a three-sided meeting in Paris last week]
  • [Sam Rainsy Party president] Sam Rainsy: [Prime Minister] Hun Sen Is Wasting National Funds by Increasing the Number of Members of the National Assembly
  • Development Projects of Foreign Companies along Borders Might Affect Khmer Territory

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4599, 27.5.2008

  • Seven Parliamentarians from the Sam Rainsy Party [Mr. Mei Bunvithyea, Mr. Chab Rithy, Mr. Bean Thul, Mr. Heang Soriyak and Mr. Iem Chantha, six of them are from Kandal, and Mr. Nou Sovath, Phnom Penh parliamentarian] Left the Party While the President Mr. Sam Rainsy Returned [on 26 May 2008]
  • UN Secretary-General Hopes that Myanmar Will Keep Its Promise [to allow foreign relief groups to work in the destroyed areas]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3319, 27.5.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Continues to Call Those Who Had Left the Party to be Garbage and Calls the Cambodian People’s Party to Accept That Garbage

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Monday, 26.5.2008: More Korean Volunteers Have Arrived in Cambodia

Posted on 27 May 2008. Filed under: Week 562 | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 562

“Phnom Penh: Fourteen new Korean volunteers, among them seven women, were sent to work in Cambodia. Nine of the fourteen volunteers arrived Cambodia on 21 May 2008, and five more volunteers will arrive on 26 May 2008. They will actively function assisting in the fields of human resources development in different institutions of the Royal Government of Cambodia for a period of two years from 2008 to 2010.

“According to an announcement by the Korea International Cooperation Agency [KOICA] for the year 2008, the group of these fourteen volunteers is the first new group to be sent to Cambodia to fulfill duties in various fields – such as health, arts, Korean language, tourism, sports, electricity, and information technology. The institutions, which have asked for volunteers, are the Calmette Hospital and the Institute of Foreign Languages in Phnom Penh, primary schools in Kratie and Pursat, professional training centers in Kompong Cham and Siem Reap, the National University of Management in Battambang, the Kompong Chhnang Referral Hospital, and the National Institutes of Education of Kompong Cham and Siem Reap.

“The Korean Volunteer Program is a program of the Republic of Korea to send Korean volunteers for cooperation in other countries to share and exchange different experiences for social and economic development. Since the creation of the Korean Volunteer Program in Cambodia in 2003, the total number of Korean volunteers has been 144, and they have been sent to Cambodia to work in various fields, such as health education, rural development, and the development of information technology, arts, agriculture, and tourism. With their skills and their commitment, all the fourteen new volunteers, as well as other volunteers who are already actively working in Cambodia [click for an example from 2007], are playing very important roles in contributing in programs and in assistance from the Republic of Korea to develop the Cambodian economy and society through the exchange and the improvement of human resources and other assistance from the Republic of Korea. This will strengthens the relations between both countries.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4598, 25-26.5.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 26 May 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #106, 25.5.2008

  • The Government, Students, and Civil Society React against Siem [Thailand] Which Wants to Take the Preah Vihear Temple [after the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on 23 May 2008 suggesting to jointly administer the Preah Vihear temple with Cambodia]
  • Director of Human Rights Watch Mr. Brad Adams Considers the Confiscation of The Burma Daily by the Government to Be a Shame
  • Dispute in the Center for Social Development [with Ms. Seng Theary as director] and the Corruption in the Cambodia Defenders Project [with Mr. Sok Samoeun as director] Is Like Giving a Sword to Officials of the Cambodians People’s Party to Use It as Their Tool

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1650, 25-26.5.2008

  • Burma Allows Foreign Relief Groups to Help the Tropical Cyclone Victims [on Friday]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #583, 26.5.2008

  • [Norodom Ranariddh Party president] Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh: It Is Dishonest Politics that Hun Sen Uses 39 Radio Stations Alone to Attack Other Parties

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6354, 26.5.2008

  • Khiev Samphan [the former Khmer Rouge leader] Is in an Unclear Health Condition Which Doctors Monitor Carefully
  • Guard [Mr. Van Vin, 43] of the ‘Land of the Disabled’ Was Attacked at Night with a Grenade in Veal Thom Village [wounding a man staying in his house – Phnom Sruoch, Kompong Speu]
  • Details of the Construction of the Satellite City “Grand Phnom Penh” Show that Two Companies [the YLP Group of Cambodia and the Ciputra Group of Indonesia] Cooperate to Provide Luxury Living in Cambodia

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3469, 26.5.2008

  • More Than 40,000 Minority Tribespeople Made Thumbprints to Ask for the Removal of Lay Sokha and Keo Horn from the Positions of Mondolkiri Governor and Deputy Governor

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4598, 25-26.5.2008

  • More Korean Volunteers Have Arrived in Cambodia
  • [Former Thai prime minister] Thaksin Met Samdech Hun Sen and Suggested [on 23 May 2008] a New City Construction Project Worth Thousands of Millions of Dollars in Koh Kong [according to Mr. Hun Sen’s advisor Mr. Ieng Sophalet who informed Raksmei Kampuchea]
  • The Documentation Center of Cambodia Cooperates [with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center] to Create a New Website – http://www.cambodiatribunal.org – for Observing the Progress of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • Children of a Chinese Man Are Not Very Happy, because the Director of the Department of Education, Youth, and Sport of Kompong Thom [Mr. Su Kimtry, who is now 59 years old – and teachers are required to normally retire at the age of 60] Postpones His Retirement for Five Years [on his own request]

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