Friday, 20.6.2008: The National Assembly Might Not Take Action on the Request to Revoke Sam Rainsy’s Immunity

Posted on 21 June 2008. Filed under: Week 565 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 565

“Phnom Penh: A high-ranking officials of the Nation Assembly said on 19 June 2008 that the National Assembly received the proposal to revoke Mr. Sam Rainsy’s immunity, delivered from the Prosecution Office to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court through the Ministry of Justice on Thursday morning, but considering legal procedures and timing, the vice-president of the National Assembly, Mr. Nguon Nhel, said that the National Assembly might not work on this issue and might keep it unsolved for some time.

“In an interview via telephone with Rasmei Kampuchea on the afternoon of 19 June 2008, Mr. Nguon Nhel said that around 11:00 a.m. of 19 June 2008, the National Assembly received the proposal to suspend the immunity of the opposition party president Mr. Sam Rainsy, delivered from the Prosecution to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. He added that an immunity cannot be suspended unless there is a request to open an extraordinary meeting of the National Assembly by Samdech Prime Minister, or the King, or Samdech President of the National Assembly.

“Mr. Nguon Nhel also explained some legal procedures that make it difficult for the National Assembly to summon an Extraordinary Session or a meeting of its Permanent Committee. He said that Samdech Heng Samrin had announced already to close the National Assembly until after the 2008 election. According to the present real situation, the Permanent Committee might not be able to open a meeting. He continued that, based on procedures, the National Assembly needs at least two to three days to summon a meeting of the Permanent Committee, and if the Permanent Committee agrees to call an Extraordinary Session, at least 40 hours are needed before the meeting to inform the members of the National Assembly. Therefore, it will take more than one week, and then it will be already the time of 2008 election campaign. Another point is that the proposal to revoke the immunity of a member of the National Assembly needs at least two thirds of supporting voices, or 83 voices among the 123 members of the National Assembly.

“Article 80 of the Constitution states that indictment, arrest, or detention of a member of the National Assembly cannot be made unless there is agreement from the National Assembly or from the Permanent Committee of the National Assembly during the meeting, except for obvious offenses flagrante delicto.

“According to this article, the Permanent Committee of the National Assembly also has the right to suspend the immunity of a member of the Assembly to open the way for a legal investigation. However, Mr. Nguon Nhel explained that although the Constitution states so, still a meeting of the Permanent Committee to decide to suspend the immunity of a member of the National Assembly cannot be held. He added that a meeting of the Permanent Committee represents all members of the National Assembly which has 123 seats; but two members have left their positions as members of the National Assembly, so there are only 121 members, which do not form a complete National Assembly. ‘Therefore, this issue cannot be worked on.’

“He went on to say, ‘We received this proposal, but we keep it unsolved for a while.’

“Although Mr. Sam Rainsy’s immunity might not be revoked, Mr. Nguon Nhel explained that every draft law or big lawsuit will be sent from the outgoing National Assembly to the Council of Ministers when a new National Assembly is announced to be opened again after the election. Therefore, at that time, the Council of Ministers might send them back to the new National Assembly.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4620, 20.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 20 June 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1672, 20.6.2008

  • Cambodia and Thailand Signed a Joint Statement about the Preah Vihear Temple [18 June 2008, so that the Phnom Penh government can apply for the listing of the Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO]
  • Cambodia SDA and Twenty Trade Union Associations Showed that Employers Still Hold Discrimination [against trade unions
  • UN-HABITAT and ADB Help Develop the Clean Water Sector in Cambodia [now 60 percent of people in populated areas have access to clean water]
  • Cambodia Movement for Health Received Award in ‘World No Tobacco Day 2008’ [19 June 2008 – in the LINK see “In Cambodia, which has one of the highest rates of smoking in the world,…]
  • Vietnam Sells 60 Million Tonnes of Rice to the Philippines [for US$564 million]


Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #593, 20.6.2008

  • Many Local Human Rights Organizations Said that Recalling the Cambodian Freedom Fighters Case by Mr. Hun Sen Might Be a Political Threat


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6376, 20.6.2008

  • 1,261 Containers of Mraes Prov Phnom Oil [large softwood tree, its oil is an important substance to produce the drug Ecstasy] Will Be Burnt [by Pursat authorities]
  • European Election Observers Arrived Cambodia Gradually


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3491, 20.6.2008

  • US Embassy Strongly Reacted to the Attempt to Suspend the Immunity of the Opposition Party President Mr. Sam Rainsy
  • Mr. Sok Yoeun [a Sam Rainsy Party activist, who fled Cambodia in 1998 related to a rocket attack on Prime Minister Hun Sen and was jailed in Thailand more than four years and then received asylum through the UNHCR to Finland] Called the Investigation of the Rocket Attack in Siem Reap a Dead-End Road Game of Hun Sen [who used a former Sam Rainsy Party activist, Mr. Lek Bunnhean’s information, who had left to join the Cambodian People’s Party, to link Mr. Sam Rainsy to the Cambodian Freedom Fighters]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4620, 20.6.2008

  • The National Assembly Will Not Take Action on the Request to Revoke Sam Rainsy’s Immunity
  • The Garment Sector in Cambodia Is Facing a Shortage of Workers [because of the needs by newly created factories; around 200,000 additional workers are needed, the current number is approximately 400,000]
  • Some Areas in Cambodia Might Become Desertification Areas [because of inappropriate implementation of agricultural techniques, population growth, and deforestation – according to UNDP officials in Cambodia]
  • Tourism Development Absolutely Opposes Sexual Exploitation of Women and Children [said Mr. Klaeng Rim, coordinating official of ILO]


Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3338, 20.6.2008

  • All Political Parties Support the Face-to-Face Discussion Forum Created by the National Democratic Institute [NDI] for the 2008 Election

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Tuesday, 17.6.2008: Minister Ith Sam Heng and the Head of a Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Mr. Chea Son, Are Criticized to Be Partisan Officials

Posted on 17 June 2008. Filed under: Week 565 | Tags: , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 565

“Some civil service officials who are suffering and asked not to be mentioned by name reported that the head of a Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Mr. Chea Son, is a partisan official who appointed his partisans, children, and relatives to hold important positions, so that it is easy for them to commit corruption.

“They said that Mr. Chea Son had appointed his children to work in the Department of Social Affairs, who now use Chea Son’s influence to look down on others and to oppress staff, so that they can commit corruption, for example cutting salaries of officials marked to retire soon and of former veterans, and they are late to provide salaries, and they take other designated moneys.

“They added that the Minister of Social Affairs and Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation Mr. Ith Sam Heng can not take any action towards Mr. Chea Son, because Mr. Chea Son follows the model of other officials appointed by Royal Decree and officials appointed by Sub-Decree by the Royal Government.

“They went on to say that Mr. Khuon Ranin, who is a nephew of Her Excellency Nhep Rany Ith Sam Heng [Minister Ith Sam Heng’s wife], was appointed director-general of the Department of Administration and Finance by Royal Decree # NS/RKT/0205/106, dated on 26 February 2005. Mr. Bun Chandarvuth, H.E. Nhep Rany Ith Sam Heng’s nephew, had been appointed to be advisor to the Ministry of Social Affairs. Mr. Samheng Boros, Minister Ith Sam Heng’s nephew, had been appointed head of the Internal Audit Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs, and he was also appointed to be chief of cabinet. Mr. Sieng Sok Khundy, who is a nephew of H.E. Nhep Rany, and who is an older brother of Mr. Khuon Ranin, was appointed head of the Finance and Supply Section. Mr. Nhep Chana, a nephew of H.E. Nhep Rany and Khuon Ranin’s younger bother, was appointed head of the Department of International Relations of the Ministry of Social Affairs by Sub-Decree # 358 ANKr.TT, dated 6 April 2005. Ms. Nhep Sopheap, Her Excellency’s niece, had been appointed deputy-director of the Department of Finance and Supply. Mr. Hem Bora, Her Excellency’s nephew, had been appointed deputy-director of the Department of Finance and Supplies. Mr. Khun Ranich, Her Excellency’s nephew and Mr. Hem Bora’s younger brother, had been appointed head of the Staff of Administration Department [who is the holder of the seal of the Ministry of Social Affairs].

“Those officials said that if Mr. Ith Sam Heng would hold his position one more term, his relatives and partisans will be appointed to work all over in the Ministry of Social Affairs and will spread to other Social Affairs Departments in other cities and provinces.

Chakraval phoned Mr. Chea Son on 13 June 2008, but he answered that he was in a meeting; as for the Minister Ith Sam Heng, his phone could be reached and was ringing, but he did not pick it up.” Chakraval, Vol.16, #2786, 17.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 17 June 2008


Chakraval, Vol.16, #2786, 17.6.2008

  • Minister Ith Sam Heng and the Head of a Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Mr. Chea Son, Are Criticized to Be Partisan Officials
  • Again Diggings Up of Valuable Things from Ancient Graves [Banteay Meanchey]


Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #121, 17.6.2008

  • Chief of Mondolkiri Prison Ngin Nael Runs Wood Processing Shop in the Prison [and prisoners work as laborers, while the money goes into his pockets]
  • [Three] Trucks Donated by the United States Were Used by Military Officials to Load High Quality Wood to Yuon [Vietnam – but an official who asked not to be named said that the trucks were used to load car spare parts from Vietnam]
  • [Battambang governor] Prach Chan, Kang Sakhan [Battambang police chief], and Poa Vannak [Battambang military police commander] Are Incompetent and Do Not Dare to Curb Down on Rain Bettings at Yu Chanty Guesthouse


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1669, 17.6.2008

  • Kompong Thom Police Chief [Chea San] Is Accused of Benefiting from His Low Level Officials’ Salaries and of Extorting Money from Applicants Who Take Tests to Join the Police
  • Goods from Thailand Are Rushed Entering through Cham Sragam Border Crossing [Oddar Meanchey]
  • Step-Father Raped Two Step-Daughters in Just One Night [Kompong Speu]
  • Saudi Arabia Agreed to Step Up Oil Production by 200,000 Barrels of Oil per Day


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6373, 17.6.2008

  • According to the Civil Code, Lawyers without Borders from France Prepare to Help at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, without Getting Money
  • The Cambodian People’s Party Gets 20% of TV Time of the Equity Publication Program [created by the National Election Committee], and Other Competitive Parties Get from 3% to 13% [according to a joint announcement of the Ministry of Information and UNDP on 16 June 2008]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3488, 17.6.2008

  • Trees in the Phnom Kuleaen National Park Continue to Be Severely Destroyed


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4617, 17.6.2008

  • [Opposition party president] Mr. Sam Rainsy Might Face Accusation of Threatening National Security and of Terrorism [after Mr. Hun Sen ordered an inquiry about relations of the opposition party to an assassination attempt against him in Siem Reap in 1998, relating to the Cambodian Freedom Fighters [CFF] case – after a member of the Sam Rainsy Party, who left to join the Cambodian People’s Party, showed a picture of Sam Rainsy Party Secretary-General Eng Chhay Eang with members of the CFF]
  • [More than 100] Professors and Teachers from Four High Schools Approached the [Banteay Meanchey] Provincial Governor to Arrest an Unruly Student [who had injured a teacher seriously]
  • Two Bombs Exploded near the Office of Anti-Government Groups [16 June 2008 – Manager Newspaper of Mr. Sondhi Limthongkul]; Opposition Group [Thailand’s People’s Alliance for Democracy] Announced to Hold Demonstrations until the Numbers of Demonstrators Reach One Million

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Saturday, 29.3.2008: Municipality Thanks JICA for Improving Traffic in Phnom Penh

Posted on 29 March 2008. Filed under: Week 553 | Tags: , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 553

“Phnom Penh: In the afternoon of 27 March 2008, the Phnom Penh Municipality held a signing ceremony on the Study on Traffic Improvement in Phnom Penh between Phnom Penh City, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency [JICA]. The ceremony was held at the occasion of extending the project for one more year, starting from March 2009 until March 2010. According to the original plan, JICA was going to complete this project by March 2009. The project has been implemented by the Phnom Penh Municipality, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and JICA since March 2007.

“The signing ceremony was attended by Secretary of State Chom Iek, representing the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, by the Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuk Tema, who is also a direct advisor to Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen, and by Katsuta Hozumi, the leader of the study team of JICA in Tokyo, Japan, which is paying a visit to Phnom Penh, representing JICA. The director of the Phnom Penh Municipal Department of Public Works and Transport, governors and vice-governors from all of the seven districts, and other related institutions also participated in the meeting.

“An expert official from the the Phnom Penh municipality explained that the Study on Traffic Improvement in Phnom Penh, which has been and will be assisted by JICA, involves three important elements, such as providing education to drivers of the Phnom Penh Municipal Department of Public Works and Transport, engineering work to improve intersection roads such as roads with four traffic lights at Preah Kossomak Hospital and at the Stung Meanchey Bridge, and methods to enforce traffic laws for traffic police in Phnom Penh.

“At this occasion, Mr. Kep Chuk Tema thanked JICA for having helped to conduct the Study on Traffic Improvement in Phnom Penh and at the same time for having decided to extend it for another year, helping to improve the Phnom Penh traffic system. This is very good news for the residents of Phnom Penh.

“The city governor added, ‘Currently the traffic in Phnom Penh is getting busier and busier, because there has been a substantial increase in the number of people and the number of vehicles. Therefore, the Phnom Penh traffic system needs to be upgraded.’

“He continued that ‘after JICA has helped to improve the Phnom Penh traffic system, there are much less traffic congestions in Phnom Penh, and the city of Phnom Penh was successful in implementing this.’

“Mr. Katsuta Hozumi stressed that under the cooperation between the Phnom Penh Municipality and JICA during the last year, these efforts have led to improvements in the situation of the traffic in Phnom Penh.

“Mr. Chom Iek, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, stated that ‘the ministry and the municipality are building a bridge near the Monivong Bridge, along National Road No. 2, and we are also reconstructing the Stung Meanchey Bridge near the Preah Kossomak traffic light, in order to minimize traffic congestions in Phnom Penh.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4553, 29.3.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 29 March 2008


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1605, 29.3.2008

  • The Whole International Airport Phnom Penh Was Stunned by a Rumor that a Criminal Had Hijacked a Plane [28 March]
  • Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen Visits Laos
  • [Norodom Ranariddh Party spokesperson] Mut Chantha: Sam Rainsy Party Is Not in Good Health as It Was Before
  • World Wildlife Fund Officials Affirm Existence of Wildlife in Mondolkiri Forest Conservation Area
  • USA Helps with Conservation of Elephants in Cambodia
  • Dry Season Lightning Killed Man and His Wife, Leaving Their Children to Live Miserably [27 March – Kandieng, Pursat]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6309, 29-30.3.2008

  • For 500 Years, Cambodia Has Had Full Peace [says Minister Sok An]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4553, 29.3.2008

  • Municipality Thanks JICA for Improving Traffic in Phnom Penh
  • 14 Cambodian Officials Left [to USA on 27 March] to Participate in Trial of Chhun Yasith [allegedly head of Cambodian Freedom Fighters]

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