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Beat Richner quits as head of Kantha Bopha Hospitals

Dr Beat Richner speaks to the press at the inauguration of Kantha Bopha 1 hospital in September 1992. Photo supplied

Doctor Beat Richner, the prominent Swiss-born doctor credited with resurrecting the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals – which have treated millions of patients free of charge since 1992 – stepped down from his more than two-decade role of managing the hospitals, citing a serious illness. The board of the Kantha Bopha Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, on Tuesday announced that Richner, 70, was being treated at a hospital in Switzerland.

ASEAN talks South China Sea in Siem Reap

A vendor in Beijing stands behind a map of China that includes an insert showing China’s so-called ‘Nine-Dash Line’, which defines its claims in the South China Sea.  AFP

Chinese and ASEAN representatives are meeting in Siem Reap to begin hammering out a code of conduct for the highly contested South China Sea. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Chum Sounry said Cambodia was hosting the director-general-level meeting yesterday and today. The Kingdom has a habit of derailing any attempt by ASEAN, which relies on consensus, to condemn China for its activities in the disputed waters.

Party Law breaches international human rights standards, according to UN

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng vote to ammend the Political Party Law at the National Assembly last month in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

The United Nation’s human rights office in Cambodia yesterday jumped into the political fray, deeming controversial amendments to the Law on Political Parties in breach of the Kingdom’s constitution and international human rights law. In a 32-page legal analysis, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights stated the legislative changes, hastily drafted by the Cambodian People’s Party and swiftly approved by parliament in February, included “vague” language and “excessive” restrictions.

Oil firm ready to ink production-sharing agreement

KrisEnergy employees attach a rock bit to a drilling shaft at an oil platform. RANDOLPH YOST

Executives at Singapore-listed energy firm KrisEnergy Ltd say they have settled terms with the Cambodian government and are ready to sign a long-awaited production-sharing agreement that would pave the way for the first-ever extraction of petroleum from Cambodian territorial waters. Kelvin Tang, KrisEnergy’s chief operating officer, said yesterday that a contract has been finalised that will govern the extraction of offshore oil and gas from the Block A oil field in the Gulf of Thailand.

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