Disagreement among Co-Investigating Judges at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal – Thursday, 10.6.2010

Posted on 11 June 2010. Filed under: Week 668 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 668

“Phnom Penh: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia [ECCC], called the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, announced
that there is disagreement among co-investigating judges after there had been some misinformation, and an international co-investigating judge considers it as disagreement.

“According to the announcement by the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges, released on 9 June 2010, the co-investigating judges of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal want to correct some information that led to a misunderstanding in a publication on 8 June 2010 of The Cambodia Daily, with the headline, ‘Khmer Rouge Tribunal Begins Investigations of Five New Regime Suspects’ and on 9 June 2010 ‘Khmer Rouge Judge Does Not Sign On to New Investigations.’

“The same announcement says that to ensure clarity, the co-investigating judges decided to make a public announcement on the above case, and declared on 9 June 2010 that the international co-investigating judge considers that there is disagreement between two investigating judges (a national judge, Mr. You Bunleng, and an international judge, Mr. Marcel Lemonde) over the appropriate time to begin inquiries.

“The announcement adds that relating to the plan for investigations on Case 003 and 004 to be organized before the end of this year, the international co-investigating judge will continue this work alone in accordance with the regulations of Procedure 27 of the internal procedures of the ECCC.

“Regarding the background of the disagreement, an international co-investigating judge, Mr. Marcel Lemonde, wrote a letter dated 2 June 2010 to Judge You Bunleng, saying, as the investigations on Case 002 have been completely finished, the investigators should not be kept to get their salaries paid without having work to do. He added that he cannot wait longer without a clear result. Therefore, if a warrant to begin new investigations would not be signed by Friday, 4 June 2010 at noon, he would have to write a note about the disagreement, because it could possibly lead to various negative consequences.

“The Khmer Rouge Tribunal asked The Cambodia Daily to correct the information published on 8 June 2010 with the headline “Khmer Rouge Tribunal Begins Investigations of Five New Regime Suspects” on page 26, claiming that the press quoted information that was ‘non-basis information’ and was not from the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.9, #2271, 10.6.2010


The Cambodia Daily added on 10 June 2010 that Mr. Marcel Lemonde stated that the letter to start further investigations waited for three weeks to be signed. Then Mr. You Bonleng signed it.

The Cambodia Daily then quotes Mr. You Bonmleng’s letter from 8 June 2010:

“Throughout the process of reflection on your proposal and the ultimatum you imposed on me, I had thought that it seemed time to take action as part of cases 003 and 004; I therefore signed the draft rotatory letters on Friday, June 4, 2010.

However, upon more attentive and deeper consideration of the question, I think that it is not yet opportune to take action in cases 003 and 004.

So I permit myself to return to you the draft rogatory letters containing your signature, mine being crossed out, and we shall contemplate discussion on any measures concerning cases 003 and 004 in the month of September 2010.”

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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Areyathor, Vol.17, #1443, 10-11.6.2010

  • 250 Children Scavengers [at the major garbage dump of Phnom Penh] in Stung Meanchey Received Learning Materials from the Minister of Social Affairs [Mr. Ith Sam Heng]

Deum Ampil, Vol.4, #500, 10.6.2010

  • The Prime Minister Considers the Armed Clash [between Cambodian and Thai soldiers] at Chambok Koang as a Minor Incident

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.9, #2271, 10.6.2010

  • Disagreement among Co-Investigating Judges at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
  • The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association [ADHOC] Is Disappointed with the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur [who plans to focus only on judicial reforms in Cambodia, while ADHOC wants him to pay attention also to the land issues that result from the provisions of economic concession land to companies and the removal of people from the land]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.4, #678, 10.6.2010

  • [Prime Minister] Hun Sen Called on Officials under His Administration to Conduct Reforms Using the Aid Received
  • [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian] Mu Sochua: The Documentary Film “Who Killed Chea Vichea” [the murdered head of the Cambodian Free Trade Union of Workers] Will Be Shown Soon [though the authorities did not allow it]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.43, #6978, 10.6.2010

  • The Border Marker Number 241 at the K’om Samnor-Vinh Soeung International Border Crossing Was Inaugurated; the Provinces of Kandal and of An Giang [of Vietnam] Have Land and Water Borders of 29.5 Kilometer
  • Bill Gates Donates US$1.5 Billion to Impoverished Countries for the Care for Women and Children

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.17, #3902, 10.6.2010

  • [Opposition party president] Sam Rainsy Does Not Believe that Foreign Aid Can Be Used for the Right Targets and with Transparency, though [Prime Minister] Hun Sen Promised to Carry Out Reforms

Phnom Penh Post [Khmer Edition], Vol.1, #190, 10.6.2010

  • Thirty Border Crossings in Banteay Meanchey Were Closed [in order to stop the illegal import of pigs, petroleum, gas, fruit, and no-quality foods from Thailand to Cambodia]
  • Cambodia Sugar [produced by a sugar factory in Koh Kong] Can Be Exported for the First Time [10,000 tonnes of sugar are exported to London]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.18, #5220, 10.6.2010

  • Samdech Dekchor Called on Citizens Not to Do Football Betting during the FIFA World Cup [which will start on 11 June 2010, and he asked the authorities to suppress betting]
  • An Old French Man Received Two Years Imprisonment for Buying Child Debauchery, but His Imprisonment Will Be Implemented for Seven Months Only [Phnom Penh]

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Thai Goods Are Imported through the Cham Yeam Border Crossing without Checking – Wednesday, 26.5.2010

Posted on 27 May 2010. Filed under: Week 666 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 666

“Koh Kong: At present, during the season to import fruits, hundreds of tonnes of Thai goods are imported at the Cham Yeam border crossing on cars, trucks, and carts each day, to be distributed in Koh Kong and other provinces and in Phnom Penh without proper checking on the quality of those goods by CamControl officials.

“According to information from the Cham Yeam border crossing, CamControl officials at the crossing do not care to check the quality of imported goods nowadays, but they just wait to collect money from the owners of the goods.

“A trader who imports goods on carts said that he has to pay CamControl officials stationed at the crossing Riel 10,000 to Riel 30,000 [approx. US$2.40 to US$7.10] per cart instead of checking, and there are no receipts for the payments. The above trader complained that he cannot protest against the requirement to pay money, otherwise they would block the goods from being imported by declaring that those goods are of no quality and that no tax had been paid. He added that besides goods loaded on carts, other goods are imported on cars and trucks without any checking, like the cars of traders that transport all types of sausages, and cars and trucks carrying small fish, drinks, and other goods.

“The above source added that on every single day, there are at least 100 to 150 carts that import Thai goods across the Cham Yeam border crossing. Because there is no proper checking, every day some prohibited and no-quality goods such as pork, chicken, eggs, vegetables, and fruits, that are considered to be garbage in Thailand, are now acquired by traders and imported for distribution at the markets anarchically.

“A CamControl official, Mr. Chea Ny, told Rasmei Kampuchea that recently, imported goods had been checked for their quality occasionally, and no chemicals [applied on those goods] were found.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.18, #5207, 26.5.2010

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Deum Ampil, Vol.4, #487, 26.5.2010

  • ASEAN Police Will Step Up Cooperation and Strengthen Security and Economy in the Region
  • [The Minister of the Council of Ministers] Mr. Sok An Asked the Asian Development Bank to Continue to Cooperate with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [ESCAP – according to a meeting with an ADB delegation]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.9, #2258, 26.5.2010

  • There Will Be a Vote [in the National Assembly] to Promote Eleven Officials [to positions of secretary of state and minister] on 27 May 2010 [but their names are not yet mentioned]
  • French Officials Plan to Come to Cambodia to Help Improve the Procedures for Exporting Products to International Markets [according to a Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Mao Thora]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.11, #771, 26.5.2010

  • The Director of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights [LICADHO], Naly Pilorge, Uses the Influence of Foreign Funds to Dismiss Staff [not respecting contracts and the labor law]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.4, #665, 26.5.2010

  • The Sam Rainsy Party Asked [Minister of Interior] Sar Kheng for Permission to Visit Ms. Meas Srey and Mr. Prum Chea [being jailed for uprooting Cambodian-Vietnamese border markers in Svay Rieng]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.43, #6965, 26.5.2010

  • Three Persons, a Man and His Two Children, Died in the Forest [of diarrhea]; Diarrhea Killed Sixteen People among 543 Patients in Ratanakiri [Yesterday, Dr. Beat Richner announced in a full page ad in The Cambodia Daily that the hospitals to which he relates have diagnosed 290 cases with the germ “Vibrio cholerae” – Cholera – among 1300 patients treated, and informed the Cambodian authorities since several months, but the Cambodian authorities continue to deny that it is Cholera and wrongly claim that the treatment for Cholera and for diarrhea is the same]
  • Thma Koul Police Intercepted 22 Pieces of Luxury Grade Wood to Be Transported to Siam [Thailand – Battambang]

Phnom Penh Post [Khmer Edition], Vol.1, #179, 26.5.2010

  • Brick Producers: The Price of Bricks Doubles because of the Increase of Demand for Construction Materials [at present, 10,000 bricks cost US$400]
  • Thai Court Released Warrant to Arrest [ousted and fugitive prime minister] Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra as Terrorist

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.18, #5207, 26.5.2010

  • Thai Goods Are Imported through the Cham Yeam Border Crossing without Checking
  • New Ambassadors of Malaysia and of Laos Met and Greeted Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen

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Experts: Cambodia Has Not Enough Space for Garbage Disposal, while the Need Is Still Growing – Monday, 28.12.2009

Posted on 29 December 2009. Filed under: Week 645 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 645

“Phnom Penh: Cambodia needs millions of dollars for the control of garbage, while there is a forecast that the amount of garbage will increase by many more tonnes per day in Phnom Penh, in Siem Reap, and in Sihanoukville.

“According to a study by the Korean International Cooperation Agency on environmental problems in three big cities in Cambodia, garbage is a major problem at present and in the future.

“The same source added that by now, in Phnom Penh there are about 1,100 tonnes of garbage discarded each day; in Siem Reap 88 tonnes; but there is no figure of the amount of garbage in Sihanoukville. Anyway, the amount is probably not much less than that in Siem Reap.

“According to these figures, it is forecast that in the future, because the three cities are centers of the economy and of tourism, except for Phnom Penh, which is also the center of administration, politics, and culture; garbage will heavily increase, while even the current garbage sites cannot handle the present situation.

“The current garbage site in Phnom Penh is located in the Choeung Ek area, after the [previous] Stung Meanchey garbage site was full and then had to be closed. However, the new garbage site cannot take in the increasing amount of garbage in the city.

“In Siem Reap, the garbage site is at the Trapeang Thom area, and in Sihanoukville at the Koh Ta Thon area.

“Relating to garbage issues, the South Korean experts who conducted the study, said that to ensure the depositing technically and to control the processing of the garbage, the three cities need to enlarge their garbage sites.

“A South Korean expert, Mr. Yun Hee Kim, said in Phnom Penh in an interview in mid December 2009, that in Siem Reap, in Sihanoukville, and in Phnom Penh, the amount of garbage will increase, and it is necessary to seek new garbage sites. He added, ‘The garbage site of 30 hectares in Dangkao can serve only until 2013.’

“He added that in Siem Reap, a larger area has to be sought for the Trapeang Thom area. He went on to say that at present, the area, of about 2 hectares, can accommodate only 130 to 150 tonnes of garbage per day, while the amount might rise up to 1,048 tonnes per day.

“As for Sihanoukville, it is not much different from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

“He continued to say that the Koh Ta Thon garbage site covers only 8 hectares of land and has been operated since 1995. In 2010, the province needs a new garbage site of at least 18 hectares to prepare to deposit an increasing amount of garbage.

“Regarding the problem of garbage, an environmental official, who asked not to be named, said that garbage is a major problem that Cambodia is facing at present.

“He went to say that garbage control encounters many kinds of problems because of lack of funding, adding, ‘We are concerned about garbage bins, citizens’ knowledge, garbage sites, beautification [of the city], and about sanitation.’

“He said, ‘We can just voice our concerns, but if there are no funds, nothing can be done.’

“He continued to say that nowadays, also, there are many projects on garbage, including the plan to create garbage classifying bins to ease the work to recycle garbage. ‘We are seeking investors to recycle garbage, but no ones come yet.’

“He stressed, ‘Many foreigners are interested in garbage processing in Cambodia, but most can only promise something; like at the Stung Meanchey garbage site, there was a plan to build an electricity plant [doing garbage incineration], but now it is quiet.’

“According to the same official, so far, most of the garbage in Cambodia is not recycled, but he does not have figures.

“He added, ‘Talking about garbage in Cambodia, almost 99% is not recycled, because it is disposed in a mix. We recycle some types of garbage, but it is only when it is selected for compost or for scrap objects [of plastic or metal] scavenged for selling.’

“Concerning the recycling of garbage, the report of the Korean International Cooperation Agency said that as much as 93.5% of garbage is discarded at the garbage site, 0.10% is burnt, only about 0.30% is recycled, and 6.10% is thrown away disorderly [not at the garbage site].

“In Siem Reap, 67% of the garbage is disposed of at the garbage site, recycled garbage is 11%, and 22% of the garbage is discarded illegally. For Sihanoukville, there are no figures given.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #5084, 27-28.12.2009

Garbage Separation Singapore

Garbage Separation Singapore

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Prepared for recycling - in Germany

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 28 December 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #372, 27-28.12.2009

  • Vietnam Will Invest Billions in Cambodia
  • Government Officials Announced to Provide Legal Shelters to the 24 Khmer Kampuchea Krom People

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2135, 28.12.2009

  • Thailand Intends to Sue Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen at the United Nations [if his remarks affects the Thai government]
  • Samdech Euv [the retired Father King] Sent Letters to Welcome the Three Samdechs [the Prime Minister, the President of the National Assembly, and the President of the Senate] after They Were Promoted to Five-Star-Generals
  • Within One Year 210 People Died in Traffic Accidents in Phnom Penh and 1,003 People Were Injured [compared to 2008, 266 people died]
  • Phnom Penh Residents Complain that There Are Lots of Mosquitoes

Khmer Amatak, Vol.10, #705, 28.12.2009

  • The 6th Cambodian Editor’s Forum Called [on the Prime Minister to write to] the King to Pardon All Journalists in Detention [asking also that courts should not issue detention orders for journalists before court hearings]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #565, 27-28.12.2009

  • [Opposition party president] Mr. Sam Rainsy: The Cambodian People’s Party Is Afraid of Protests of People Who Lost Their Rice Fields at the Border, and Uses the Courts to Intimidate Them
  • Civil Society [the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)] Criticized Cambodia for a Development Path That Leads Workers to Work Abroad

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6842, 28.12.2009

  • Japan Grants More Than US$2 Million to Build a Center for Storing [Khmer Rouge] Tribunal Document with a Building at the Council of Ministers
  • Khmer and Siamese [Thai] Military Officials and Other Representatives of the Authorities Celebrated Together to Welcome the Year 2010 [at the border]

Phnom Penh Post [Khmer Edition], Vol.1, #76, 28.12.2009

  • Cambodia Will Receive Investments of US$6 Billion from Vietnam [to invest in power generation, food processing, fertilizer production, rubber plantations, and health care in Cambodia]
  • Two Soldiers in Preah Vihear Died from an [accidental] Grenade Explosion
  • Cambodia Angkor Air Achieves Profits [but no figures are given]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #5084, 27-28.12.2009

    Experts: Cambodia Has Not Enough Space for Garbage Disposal, while the Need Is Still Growing

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1842, 28.12.2009

  • The Defense Lawyer of Mr. Sam Rainsy Asked the [Svay Rieng] Court to Delay the Hearing in Court [over the removal of temporary Cambodian-Vietnamese border markers]

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Wednesday, 18.6.2008: Prosecutors Asked for Suspension of Sam Rainsy’s Immunity

Posted on 18 June 2008. Filed under: Week 565 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 565

“The Phnom Penh Court sent a letter to the National Assembly president Samdech Heng Samrin through the Minister of Justice asking to suspend the immunity of the opposition party president Mr. Sam Rainsy over a case, numbered 693, dated 22 April 2008, from the Prosecution Office to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“A letter numbered 110 from the Prosecution Office to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court was sent, asking the National Assembly president Samdech Heng Samrin to suspend the immunity of the parliamentarian Sam Rainsy, a parliamentarian from Phnom Penh, over the lawsuit of Mr. Hor Namhong, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on 22 April 2008, regarding Mr. Sam Rainsy, on the accusation of defamation and disinformation, which is a crime stated in the new Article 63 of the amendment of Article 63, and of Article 62 of the criminal law.

“It should be remembered that on 17 April 2008, at the Choeung Ek genocidal memorial site at Meanchey District, Phnom Penh, Mr. Sam Rainsy said publicly that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hor Namhong, was the chief of the Boeng Trabaek Prison during the Khmer Rouge Regime. He said that being the chief of the Boeng Trabaek Prison was not by chance; unless Khmer Rouge leaders ordered that he could be the prison chief, and that the prison chief was very powerful, that is why they do not want to try all of those [former] Khmer Rouge leaders.

“The same letter shows that after the opposition party leader Mr. Sam Rainsy said these words, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hor Namhong, submitted the lawsuit through Mr. Kar Savuth as his lawyer on 22 April 2008, accusing Mr. Sam Rainsy of defamation and disinformation. After an initial investigation, the Prosecution Office to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court checked and has collected evidence that Sam Rainsy is suspected of defamation and disinformation, and a proposal to suspend his immunity as parliamentarian from Phnom Penh was sent to the National Assembly. This letter was issued by the prosecutor Uk Savuth, but so far, the the National Assembly has not yet decided to suspend his immunity. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Hor Namhong, has won a court case in France against the Great Heroic King Norodom Sihanouk over the same issue; therefore he will continue to sue anyone who accuses him that he was related to the Khmer Rouge killing field regime.” Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #29, 18-20.6.2008

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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #73, 18.6.2008

  • [Minister of Information] Khieu Kanharith: If Thailand Would Still Prevent Cambodia to List the Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site, Cambodia Will Block the Entry of Tourists Coming from Thailand

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1670, 18.6.2008

  • There Is Disagreement after the Press Council of Cambodia Announced to Hold a Demonstration [in front of the court and the Ministry of Justice on 22 June 2008, in order to find justice for journalists and innocent people who have been unjustly arrested, but some newspaper editors-in-chief disagree with this plan]
  • A Cambodian Delegation Will Attend a Meeting about Drug Control Cooperation in Laos [with the attendance of Laos, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the UN Office for Drug Control]
  • A Korean Delegation Came to Study the Customs Situation in Cambodia [16 June 2008 – there was an exchange of methods on the modality to release goods from customs by using an electronic system, an Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), and methods for the selection of goods to be imported, based on hazard management and taxation systems]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #592, 18.6.2008

  • The Government Should Take Action to Prevent Political Murders during the Election Period [especially during the campaign days and the election day]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #179, 18.6.2008

  • [Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association president] Rong Chhun Accused the Kandal Authorities of Threatening the Owner of Punleu Chob Chet Restaurant [not to rent his restaurant to the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association, to hold a workshop about “Rights and duties of teachers” on 16 June 2008]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #29, 18-20.6.2008

  • Prosecutors Asked for Suspension of Sam Rainsy’s Immunity
  • 93% of Cambodian Children Receive Education [according to a UNESCO report, but the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association president Mr. Rong Chhun said that the rate of children receiving education in Cambodia is not high because of child labor]
  • Mukh Kampul Military Sub-Operational Region Commanding Post Is Turned into a Place for Gambling [Kandal]
  • All Kinds of Animals in Chi Kraeng District [Siem Reap] Are Close to Extinction [because there are two places backed by the district governor to store animals for trafficking]
  • Garbage Dump in Phnom Penh Is Threatening Citizens’ Health [who live near it, because of its odious smell and of many flies]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3489, 18.6.2008

  • The Presence of Foreign Lawyers to Defend Civil Parties Might Provide Justice to Victims [of the Pol Pot regime] to Some Extent [this lawyers group of ten French and eight Cambodian lawyers created by Avocats Sans Frontières of France will assist in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal without charging money]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.15, #1324, 18.6.2008

  • Kem Sokha Prepared US$600,000 for the One-Month Election Campaign [according to a broadcast in Khmer by Radio France International on 16 June 2008]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4618, 18.6.2008

  • Crude Oil Slightly Declines [to US$134.60] after Rising to Nearly US$140 per Barrel

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3336, 18.6.2008

  • The United Sates of America Will Sends 80 Election Observers to Cambodia

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Thursday, 12.6.2008: In 2009, ILO Will Assist Child Scavengers with Health Problems

Posted on 12 June 2008. Filed under: Week 564 | Tags: , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 564

“Phnom Penh: A technical advisor to the International Labor Organization [ILO], Mr. M.P. Joseph, said that from 2009 to 2020, ILO will implement a project assisting child scavengers with heath problems who are in the worst forms of child labor.

“Some years ago, ILO focused on children who were in the worst forms of child labor by assisting them to attend school, so that they can be free from this serious labor. In this project, ILO cooperates with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.

“The Secretary of State of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, Ms. Prak Chantha, said that in Cambodia, 1.5 million children are child laborers, among whom 250,000 children are in the worst forms of child labor. She added that in the first step from 2001 to 2004, more than 4,000 children were taken out from the worst forms of child labor. In the second step from 2004 t0 2008, 18,000, children were taken out from the worst forms of child labor, which was more than the goal set by ILO to assist 16,000 children.

“Mr. M.P. Joseph said that in the third step from 2009 to 2012, ILO will assist in helping child scavengers with their health problems, because previously, ILO has assisted children who are in the worst forms of child labor by helping them to attend school, but ILO had not implemented any heath project for those children yet. Children who are in the worst forms of child labor are those who work at brick kilns, those who are house servants, those children working at salt fields [see an old, 13 May 2005, related report here], at rubber plantations, and those who are child scavengers.

“The elimination of child labor is complicated and it relates to the children’s education. However, in many countries, including in Cambodia, children who are not cared for regularly have no access to go to school. Many poor families do not have the possibility to pay for school fees and for other learning materials at schools. Those families depend on children to help find income for the whole family; and such work is more important for them than the children’s education.

“If those families can send their sons or daughters to school, they choose their sons, while daughters mostly lose the opportunity to go to school.

“Mr. M.P. Joseph said that the removal of children from all forms of child labor is very important in developing the country, because children are very important resources, and if children cannot attend school, the country will not develop.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1665, 12.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 12 June 2008

Cambodge Soir, Vol.1, #36, 12-19.6.2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #72, 11-17.6.2008

  • Phanimex Company Is Accused of Using Armed Forces to Remove Land Markers of Ou Andoung, where Villagers Having a Dispute with Sok Kong Company [Prek Pra Commune, Meanchey District, Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1665, 12.6.2008

  • In 2009, ILO Will Assist Child Scavengers with Health Problems
  • During nearly Four Months, Almost 200 Girls and Women Were Sexually Abused [according to ADHOC]
  • [Mr. Dam Sith’s] Lawyer Chuong Chougy: Warrant to Detain [the editor-in-chief of Moneaksekar Khmer] Mr. Dam Sith Did Not Have His Name
  • In 2010, Cambodia Will Host Military Exercise of the UN and of Cambodia [said Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • 120 People Died and 97 Survived in a Plane Crash While Landing in Sudan

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6369, 12.6.2008

  • Those Who Have Degrees Have No Jobs while Some Institutions Lack Human Resources [this is a topic raised in a meeting at the Council of Ministers on 10 June 2008]
  • Khmer Children in the United States Gather to Lean to Read and Write Khmer
  • Nepalese King Left the Royal Palace and the Monarchy Came to an End [11 June 2008]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3484, 12.6.2008

  • Embassies of Important Countries [the United States, Germany, France] Are Worried about Political Situation in Cambodia before the Election [and warn they will not send their election observers to Cambodia if Mr. Dam Sith is not released]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4613, 12.6.2008

  • Methane Company [phonetic] Plans to Create Bio-Energy in Cambodian Rural Areas [to get electricity for citizens]
  • Sam Rainsy and Dam Sith’s Wife Visited Dam Sith at Prey Sar Prison
  • Mangrove Forest in Chranouk Commune Is Being Destroyed [to get land for rice farming – Kompong Chhnang]

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Wednesday, 11.6.2008: Sam Rainsy Is Prepared to Let Himself Be Imprisoned in Exchange, so that Dam Sith Would Be Released

Posted on 11 June 2008. Filed under: Week 564 | Tags: , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 564

Sam Rainsy Prepares to Sue Hor Namhong, with [the former Khmer Rouge Leader] Ieng Sary as His Witness

“Phnom Penh: ‘The editor-in-chief of Moneaksekar Khmer Dam Sith should not be arrested, it is better to arrest me because this editor-in-chief just wrote repeating my words, saying that Hor Namhong was involved in the Khmer Rouge regime.’ This said the president of the opposition party, Mr. Sam Rainsy, to journalists at his party headquarters.

“Stating this in a press conference which lasted nearly an hour, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. yesterday 10 June 2008, Mr. Sam Rainsy asked to arrest him in exchange for the release of Mr. Dam Sith, who has no guilt.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy said the arrest of Mr. Dam Sith is a totally political issue, and it might affect the upcoming election. ‘I consider it to be political war, or the failure to buy Mr. Dam Sith and arresting him, in order to intimidate the Sam Rainsy Party before the election.’ Mr. Sam Rainsy said, ‘Mr. Dam Sith just reported the words I had said in his newspaper, related to Hor Namhong’ case. So, if they want an arrest, they should arrest me, because I said these words. Mr. Sam Rainsy stressed, ‘I talked about Hor Namhong by relating him to the Khmer Rouge regime, but I just repeated the words of Samdech Euv [the Father King] Norodom Sihanouk. Therefore, if they want to arrest Sam Rainsy, they must firstly arrest Samdech Euv.’

“He said, ‘I consider the arrest of Mr. Dam Sith to be illegal, also because he was arrested on a Sunday, which is a day when the [court] administration is normally not operating.’

“Mr. Sam Rainsy added that they should release Mr. Dam Sith soon. Now, there are already reactions from everywhere over this arrest. There are international observers who prepare to join as election observers in Cambodia soon, but now consider to cancel their travel to Cambodia, as long as this journalist is not released.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy referred to some documents, showing that Mr. Hor Namhong was formerly head of the Boeng Trabaek prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. Mr. Sam Rainsy also instructs two lawyers, Mr. Chuong Choungy and Mr. Kong Sam On, to sue Mr. Hor Namhong. Mr. Sam Rainsy requests Ieng Sary to be his witness in this lawsuit. However, he must first sue him at the Phnom Penh court, in order to clarify the procedures, whether the Khmer Rouge Tribunal allows Ieng Sary to be his witness or not. Previously, Mr. Hor Namhong sued at the Phnom Penh court, suggesting to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to let Kang Kek Iev, alias Duch, to be his witness, but this request has been rejected by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy uses a document from Rasmei Kampuchea when they had interviewed Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, now using this document to accuse Mr. Hor Namhong, saying that he was loyal to Ieng Sary during that period. Mr. Sam Rainsy also said that during the period of Democratic Kampuchea, Mr. Van Piny had been the chief of the Boeng Trabaek prison – called the ‘K17 Prison, – and when he resigned, Mr. Hor Namhong replaced him in this position; his wife was head of the women’s unit, and one of his sons was head of the children’s unit.

“This is the explanation of Mr. Sam Rainsy with some documents as reference to link Mr. Hor Namhong to the Khmer Rouge regime.

“Mr. Hor Namhong has rejected the accusation, saying that in the Khmer Rouge regime he was not the chief of Boeng Trabaek Prison, but he said he was also a victim. With a similar accusation, Mr. Hor Namhong had sued and won against Samdech Euv already – so why does Mr. Sam Rainsy want to dig up this old story? What Mr. Sam Rainsy raised by repeating Samdech Euv’s words means that he had already made a mistake, because a court has already decided that Mr. Hor Namhong was the winner in that court case.

“In this press conference, Mr. Sam Rainsy expressed also concerns that the monarchy might be dissolved. Now, some politicians claim the monarchy to belong be their own party, which might bring problems in view of the constitution, and also result in problems for the throne. Mr. Sam Rainsy considers that there may be an aim to eliminate the opposition party, then to send the King into exile abroad, and change Cambodia into a country under a dictatorship.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1664, 11.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #118, 11.6.2008

  • [Father King] Samdech Euv: The King Norodom Sihamoni Does Not Abdicate, but the King Might Be Exiled Abroad [according to his letter on 9 June 2008]
  • The Power of the Criminal Chea Ratha’s Money Might Free Her from the Net of the Law [she has millions of dollars and knows many high-ranking officials, so she could bribe corrupt officials of the court]
  • The Number of Tourists Increases, but Their Money Is Collected by a Foreign Merchant [referring to Oknha Sok Kong]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1664, 11.6.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Is Prepared to Let Himself Be Imprisoned in Exchange, so that Dam Sith Would Be Released
  • Cambodia Will Eliminate Serious Child Labor Entirely by 2016
  • Meeting with Movie Producers to Find Solutions for Crimes of Producing Illegal Videos [on 10 June 2008]
  • Man Failed to Rape a Woman, But then Hit and Killed Her with a Hoe [Preah Vihear]
  • Entire Cabinet of South Korea Offers Resignation from Their Positions because of Public Anger about Beef Imports [on 10 June 2008, after demonstrations against the government’s agreement to open the markets to US beef imports]

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #590, 11.6.2008

  • The Government Should Not Be Indifferent about the Dramatic Flow of Yuon [Vietnamese] Immigrants to Cambodia [no specific information about a ‘dramatic flow’ provided in the article]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6368, 11.6.2008

  • One [of two] Youth Was Seriously Hit by a Crocodile when They Were Trying to Catch It in a Pond [Kompong Chhnang]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4612, 11.6.2008

  • Civil Society Organizations Urge the Cambodian Government to Focus on the Effects that Might Be Created by the Construction of a Hydro-Electricity Plant in Laos
  • [Chea Sovannareach,] A Cambodian Student Wins the World Mathematics Gold Medal in an Internet Based Test
  • Thai Opposition Party Urges to Claim the Preah Vihear Temple, but [Thai Foreign Minister] Nophadon Patama Said It Is Too Late

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3330, 11.6.2008

  • Garbage Is a Hot Issue in Phnom Penh Which Has Not Been Solved by the Authorities

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #677, 11.6.2008

  • Seventeen Cambodian Graduates Prepare to Travel to Study in the United States under the Fulbright Program

Have a look at last week’s editorial: Realizing that energy problems are not simply oil problems – so what shall we do?

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Monday, 9.6.2008: Memorandum of Understanding between UNODC and the Ministry of Health on Drug Issues Follow-Up

Posted on 10 June 2008. Filed under: Week 564 | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 564

Development of Community-Based Drug Abuse Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Cambodia

“Phnom Penh: The workshop based on the Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC] in the Asia Pacific region and the Ministry of Health on Development of Community-Based Drug Abuse, Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Cambodia for five cities and provinces seriously affected by drug use is very important. This was stated by Lieutenant-General Lour Ramin, the secretary-general of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, during the workshop at the Cambodiana Hotel on the morning of 6 June 2008.

“The secretary-general added that the Project TD/CMB/04/H83 “Development of Community-Based Drug Abuse Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Cambodia” [as part of the Asia & Pacific Amphetamine-Type Stimulants Information Center] had been implemented in the 2005 to 2010 national planning of the National Authority for Combating Drugs. The H83 project agreement had been signed by Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, head of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, and UNODC, and its implementation is administered and monitored by the general-secretariat of the National Authority for Combating Drugs. This project has started to create groups engaged in counseling, treatment and rehabilitation services, and the members of these groups come from government institutions and non-government organizations that support these polices and anti-drug programs, including concerns for health, HIV, AIDS, education, social affairs, human rights, justice, and good governance. Based on the results of the survey on drug addicts in 60 communes of twelve cities and towns badly affected by drugs, there is hope that state institutions and non-government organizations, that have the ability and have the necessary human resources, will initiate community based counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation services for drug addicts. At the same time while the program is implemented in selected places, there will also be training about treatment and rehabilitation services, and methods to protect persons who get easily involved in drug use.

“At the workshop following from the Memorandum of Understanding of 29 May 2008, members from twelve cities and provinces which are seriously affected by drugs, formulated the following recommendations: 1. Publish the results of the surveys in the cities and provinces. 2. Evaluate the needs for training and for the strengthening of the capacities on the provincial and city levels, in order to intervene at the communities. 3. Plan training and strengthen capacities based on the evaluation of the needs. 4. Link health centers, referral hospitals, and drug addicts’ treating centers to reduce the need for many drug related actions on the commune level; and 5. Collect and organize documents providing multi-sector solutions for counseling and community based treatment for drug addicts, which include drug addicts’ treating centers at the localities of the rehabilitation services, including education, preventive education, creation of supporting groups, the control of problems etc.

“Lieutenant-General Lour Ramin pointed out that documents of the project, signed by Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, president of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, on behalf of the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, agreed to the following points:

The funds will be managed on an annual basis by the Ministry of Health for expenses of salaries and of other expenses related to medicines for the centers selected, and for centers created by the royal government countrywide in the future.

Staff of the Ministry of Health will continue to train different skills such as psychology to doctors and medics through the International Organization for Migration [IOM] and other relevant programs.
Asia & Pacific Amphetamine-Type Stimulants Information Center]

Continue training of different skills for staff of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, regarding rehabilitation and other relevant programs. Be prepared to accept new good methods when projects finish, and include new methods to the learning programs of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation.
Train law enforcement officials to use drug control laws which consider the situation of drug users who are victims, and allow those who voluntarily receive treatment, to have the right to get treatment. Create more centers for counseling on treatment and on rehabilitation at cities and provinces, such as Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, and Kompong Cham.

“This program provides very important solutions to reduce drug use in Cambodia, and it is expected to be highly efficient for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in different localities, with the involvement of the National Authority for Combating Drugs to fight drugs as well as the Royal Government, to prevent drug use and to reduce different problems which might happen because of the spread of illegal drug use.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6366, 9.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 9 June 2008

Chouy Khmer, Vol.2, #116, 9.6.2008

  • Police Took Editor-in-Chief of Moneaksekar Khmer, Mr. Dam Sith, to Prey Sar Prison on the Accusations of Defamation and Disinformation [8 June 2008 – for quoting what Mr. Sam Rainsy had said. – Even the Minister of Information is said in the Cambodia Daily to propose a release on bail]
  • [President of a nongovernmental border commission based in Paris] Sean Peng Se Criticizes the Government over the New Border Demarcation of Preah Vihear Temple Affecting Khmer Territory

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1662, 8-9.6.2008

  • Political Parties [and Civil Society Organizations] Support the Letter of the Great Heroic King [the former King Norodom Sihanouk, asking political parties to stop using the monarchy for election propaganda]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #172, 8-10.6.2008

  • Election Observers Request the Presence of Independent Organizations to Observe the Printing of Ballots
  • Civil Society Organizations Ask the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to Comment on the Serious Illness of [former Khmer Rouge leader] Khiev Samphan
  • Khieu Kanharith Rejects the Call [by the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – LICADHO] for the Government to Reopen the Angkor Ratha Radio Station in Kratie

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #589, 9.6.2008

  • Hun Sen Said if He Were Really Addicted to Drugs [as accused by opponents], He Would Order Soldiers and Tanks to Kill All Opposition [he said on 7 June 2008]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6366, 9.6.2008

  • 139 Cambodian Troops Left to Fulfill Mine Clearing Duty in Sudan [8 June 2008]
  • Memorandum of Understanding between UNODC and the Ministry of Health on Drug Issues Follow-Up
  • A Surprise in Thailand: Father Chained His Daughter for More than Twenty Years [she is supposed to be mentally ill]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3481, 9.6.2008

  • It Is Time that the Government Should Release Rice Stocks of Nearly Two Million Tonnes to Be Sold for Citizens at a Cheap Price

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4610, 9.6.2008

  • [900 meters] Bridge Construction Connecting Koh Puos [island off Sihanoukville beach] Began Under an Investment Project of Euro 300 Million
  • [US based] International Republican Institute: Knowledge about the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Becomes More Widespread

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3328, 8-9.6.2008

  • National Authority for Solving Land Disputes Plans to Reclaim Illegally Taken Land of 300,000 Hectares during 2008
  • Phnom Penh Authority Remains Unable to Motivate CINTRI Company [garbage collecting] to Collect Garbage More Efficiently

Have a look at last week’s editorial: Realizing that energy problems are not simply oil problems – so what shall we do?

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Saturday, 7.6.2008: German Government Offers Scholarships to Young Cambodian Entrepreneurs to Bridge Digital Divide

Posted on 8 June 2008. Filed under: Week 563 | Tags: , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 563

“With the aim to support developing countries in their efforts not to be excluded from important global processes and not to be hampered in the use of new and resource-saving technologies and products the German Government has decided to offer scholarships to bridge this digital divide.

“One of the possible negative results of the lack of information technology related knowledge is that productivity in developing countries is by international standards declining and the achievements of the UN Millennium Development Goals may be jeopardized.

“The programme is intended to enable young entrepreneurs from developing countries to successfully start up an information and communications technology (ICT) business in their home countries.

Konrad Zuse scholarships [named after the inventor of the world’s first functional program-controlled computer in 1941] are worth Euro 1.200 per month and granted for up to one year. This sum is intended to cover all expenses incurred in Germany for medical insurance, accommodation, food etc. In addition the German Government meets the cost of air travel for one return trip to Germany per beneficiary.

“For all beneficiaries individual training plans are drawn up tailored to their specific requirements as well as the sector in which they intend to start up their business.

“The training includes an academic component as well as internships in German companies active in the same sector as the prospective start-up.

“Further information is to be obtained on the website of the German Embassy Phnom Penh.

“Deadline for applications is 25 July 2008.”

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6365, 7-8.6.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 7 June 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1661, 7.6.2008

  • Samdech Euv [the Father King Norodom Sihanouk] Predicted the Fate of the Khmer Monarchy [that it will be dissolved again]
  • Children Living at Garbage Dump Site Face Health Problems and Illiteracy

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #171, 7.6.2008

  • LICADHO Asks the Ministry of Information to Allow the FM-105.25 Radio Station in Kratie to Be Reopened
  • Observers and Opinion Leaders of Cambodia [such as the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association] Voice Concerns over the Issue of the Preah Vihear Temple [with Thailand]

Khmer Sthapana, Vol.1, #26, 7-10.6.2008

  • Forrest Land in the National Angkor Park Has Been Enclosed by Merchants to Be Claimed and Owned

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6365, 7-8.6.2008

  • Cambodia Benefits from the Rice Price Increase; the IMF said the Cambodian Economy Remains Strong [6 June 2008]
  • Russey Keo Authorities Arranges Places to Build Prek Pnov Bridge Crossing the Tonle Sap River
  • German Government offers scholarships to young Cambodian entrepreneurs to bridge digital divide

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3480, 7-8.6.2008

  • The Khmer Rouge Tribunal Does Not Allow Ms. So Socheat to Take [her husband] Khiev Samphan to Their Home in Pailin

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4609, 7.6.2008

Samleng Kamkor, Vol.1, #4, 7.6.2008

  • US$300 Million Planned to Be Spent to Subsidize Fuel Price in Cambodia in 2008 [according to a government estimate]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3327, 7.6.2008

  • During One Whole Term, Prime Minister Hun Sen Never Answered Any Question Orally in the National Assembly

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #674, 7-8.6.2008

  • The US and Vietnam Discussed Human Rights Problems [Vietnam promised to respect human rights and religious rights]

Have a look at last week’s editorial: Setting priorities – what to do to remove some dangerous obstacles, to get safer roads

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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

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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Saturday, 22.3.2008: The Government Approves Sub-Decree Draft That Regulates Civilians’ Use of Guns

Posted on 23 March 2008. Filed under: Week 552 | Tags: , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 552

“Phnom Penh: The meeting of the Council of Ministers on 21 March 2008, presided over by Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, approved the sub-decree draft on the conditions and procedures for allowing civilians to use and manage guns, bullets, and explosive devices. The sub-decree, drafted by the Ministry of Interior, covers the owning, using, purchasing, selling, trading, distributing, lending, renting, producing, modifying, assembling, transporting, importing, exporting, transiting, and storing guns, bullets, and explosive devices.

“Guns, bullets and explosive devices, which civilians are allowed to use, are laser guns, sporting pistols, artistic guns, fireworks, staple guns, ammunitions, explosives, and all kinds of explosive substances, no matter what their origin. These are only to serve public services and civil engineering, or in the construction of buildings.

“The meeting of the Council of Ministers also agreed on and approved a request that seeks the ratification by legislative institutions on the ‘agreement between the Cambodian and North Korean governments on the promotion and protection of investment.’

“During the meeting, Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen also gave recommendations to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, to conduct a joint feasibility study on a 40-kilometer road construction from Koh Kong to a hydropower site located in Stung Russey Chrum Krom as soon as possible. Samdech Dekchor also told the Phnom Penh governor as well as other authorities to pay close attention to keeping good security and social order. All efforts should be made to ensure security for the Cambodian people throughout the country during this coming Khmer New Year. All people should be educated to avoid using guns, not to ignite firecrackers, and not to splash water on travelers.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4547, 22.3.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 22 March 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1599, 22.3.2008

  • Phnom Penh Residents Stunned About a Rumor that the City Will Have Not Water for Three Days; Municipality Denies
  • Leaders of Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will Go to New York to Report on the Progress of the Tribunal
  • Dragon Displayed above Siem Reap River [made of plastic wastes] in Order to Promote the Idea of Cleaning Up Garbage along the River
  • A Man Walked with His Wife along a Street, Beating and Kicked Her until She Was Unconscious [21 March – Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh]; He Escaped

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6303, 22-23.3.2008

  • So Far, the Cambodian People’s Party Has Nearly 5 Million Members [and if all of them vote for the CPP, the CPP will be able to create a government alone – says Madame Bun Rany Hun Sen]
  • 18-Year-Old Girl Raped by Two Men [ [unknown, who escaped ] She Is Now Three Months Pregnant [Prey Chhor, Kompong Cham]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3419, .3.2008

  • [Secretary-general of Sam Rainsy Party] Eng Chhay Ieng : We Continue to Struggle so that Cambodia Has Proper Laws

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4547, 22.3.2008

  • The Government Approves Sub-Decree Draft That Regulates Civilians’ Use of Guns
  • Prices of Rice in Siem Reap Skyrocket; Citizens Rush to Buy Rice to Stock
  • Former Japanese Prime Minister [Abe Shinzo] Happy While Meeting Cambodian Students [during inauguration of a school building in Thnal Totueng, Kompong Tralach, Kompong Chhnang]
  • H.E. Bun Rany Hun Sen Reacts against the Garage Owner Who Cut Off Thumbs and Toes of a Worker [who had borrowed a motorcycle and then returned it too late – Kompong Cham – she requests authorities of all levels to arrest the perpetrator to have him punished – she gives gifts to the victim]
  • Mr. Eng Chhay Ieng’s Intimate [Prak Chanthy] Joins the Cambodian People’s Party
  • Women Commune and Subdistrict Council Members Needs Motivation
  • Fake [Lady] Excellency and a Village Chief Detained on Accusation of Cutting Trees to Get Land to Sell in Preah Vihear

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3276, 22.3.2008

  • Government Armed Forces, Paid by Thai Bun Roong Company [to protect land], Hunt the Victim [who was wounded with bullets in land disputes in Sihanoukville] in Hospital

Have a look at last week’s editorial

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