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A group of villagers and activists in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district are alleging that 30 to 40 hectares of protected forest have been cleared in the past month, even after a suit was filed in July against local officials accused of turning a blind eye to logging in the area. Another group of villagers, meanwhile, protested the activists over the weekend, accusing them of working on behalf of the opposition. Thirty ethnic Tumpoun villagers said they observed mass clearing at Art Mountain, within the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, on August 11. They were accompanied by Din Khanny, a provincial coordinator for human rights group Adhoc, who confirmed yesterday that a swathe of land had been cleared in the last month.

Logs are smuggled into Vietnam via a clandestine crossing in O’Tabok, in the Virachey National Park, in February this year.
Tue, 22 August 2017

Ministry disputes Vietnamese data on timber

The Environment Ministry has contested Vietnamese customs data suggesting the trade in illegal timber remains vast, though Cambodian authorities will not release their own export records to show how much wood is flowing to the Kingd

Students seated in line to appear in the Grade 12 examination at a school yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Tue, 22 August 2017

Grade-12 exams start smoothly

The Kingdom’s high-stakes grade-12 examinations kicked off yesterday, with Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron saying the administration of the test was getting “better and better” after a major anti-corruption overhaul four years ago, though students yesterday reported that their confidence in their abilities still remains low. The two-day nationwide exams saw a total of 101,410 students register, though 1,497 were absent yesterday. By comparison, 93,752 students registered for the exam last year, with 1,282 missing the first day. Fewer students were caught cheating and bringing prohibited materials to the exam than last year, though there were hiccups: close to two dozen students experienced health ...

Tue, 22 August 2017

No progress in Takeo drug shooting

The family of a suspected drug dealer shot to death by police has spoken out about the lack of progress in the case, saying the shooter’s family has sought to settle the case out of court while the alleged shooter hadn’t even been c

Community members from the area surrounding Wat Samaki Rainsy pagoda gather to call for a solution to a land dispute yesterday in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district.
Tue, 22 August 2017

Verdict delayed over decades-old land dispute

Villagers in a land dispute in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district that has dragged on for 20 years were dealt another setback yesterday after the judge delayed a verdict due to missing documents.

Tue, 22 August 2017

Three charged for heroin trafficking

Phnom Penh Municipal Police provisionally charged three people with drug trafficking and possession after confiscating 2 kilograms of heroin from them in an arrest last week.

Senate members stand in queue to cast their votes on changes to the body's internal rules yesterday in Phnom Penh
Tue, 22 August 2017

Senate passes rule to punish absenteeism

The Senate amended its internal rules yesterday to punish senators who miss sessions by docking their salaries, while also voting down a measure to appoint the wife of Hong Sok Hour to fill his former seat on the body’s anti-corrupt

Agape International Missions CEO Don Brewster speaks to the press at the organisation’s headquarters yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Tue, 22 August 2017

Hun Sen gives AIM a reprieve after CEO apologises for ‘hurt’ caused by CNN report

Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided not to shut down a Christian anti-trafficking charity after its founder issued a “heartfelt apology” yesterday.

Officials release endangered Mekong giant catfish into the Kbal Chhay basin on Sunday in Preah Sihanouk province
Tue, 22 August 2017

Hundreds of Mekong giant catfish released

Two hundred juvenile specimens of the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish were released by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Fisheries Administration into freshwater reservoirs on Sunday evening in an effort to help preserve the species – which can grow up to 350 kilograms. The rare behemoths are believed to be the largest freshwater fish species in the world – a 220-kilogram specimen was caught near Phnom Penh in 2012 – but are threatened by, among other things, the development of dams on the Mekong mainstream that could block their migration. “The Mekong giant catfish is considered to be a rare and endangered species. The release of those young fish into the natural lake is to preserve the fish,” ...

Mon, 21 August 2017

Maid stuck in Saudi Arabia for 12 years set to return

A domestic worker who said she laboured in Saudi Arabia for 12 years without pay is due to return to Cambodia within a fortnight, a Ministry of Labour official said yesterday.