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People participate in a Black Monday protest last year during which then-STT Director Ee Sarom was briefly detained. The group was accused yesterday of conspiring to foment ‘colour revolution’.
Fri, 20 October 2017

NGO accused of plotting revolution

A senior Ministry of Defence official yesterday claimed that housing rights group Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) had received close to half a million dollars a year from the United States to foment “colour revolution” among the land dis

Annika Ben David (right), Sweden’s ambassador for human rights, attends a meeting with Keo Remy, head of the government’s Cambodian Human Rights Committee, on Wednesday in Phnom Penh.
Fri, 20 October 2017

Sweden worried over CNRP’s dissolution

A Swedish diplomat yesterday warned that the potential dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party could lead the Scandinavian country to rethink its relationship with the Kingdom, though she didn’t detail which actions were on the table. Annika Ben David, Sweden’s ambassador for human rights, yesterday concluded a visit to Cambodia that included a bilateral dialogue with the government, where she expressed deep concern at the unfolding political events in the country. “I have stressed to the representatives of the government of Cambodia that should Cambodia National Rescue Party be dissolved, this will force my government to rethink our engagement in Cambodia,” she said, meeting journalists in Phnom Penh.

Fri, 20 October 2017

Plans for satellite in the works yet again

One of Cambodia’s largest conglomerates is reviving plans for the Kingdom’s first communications satellite, with hopes of launching by 2021 with assistance from China. Im Vutha, spokesman for the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia, said tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group will spend a year conducting a feasibility study before beginning work on the satellite. Royal Group has partnered with state-owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation, which helped Laos launch its first satellite in 2015. “It will take a lot of time – seven years by international standards,” Vutha said. “But this company said they may take three years only because they have experience with Laos already.” Prime Minister Hun Sen has pushed for a Cambodian-owned satellite for years.

Defence Minister Tea Banh (centre) attends a meeting of military officials on Monday where he lashed out at ex-opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
Fri, 20 October 2017

Rainsy targeted for ‘incitement’

Prominent members of Cambodia’s military came out in force yesterday to condemn former opposition leader Sam Rainsy as a traitor, with the Ministry of Defence preparing to file a lawsuit against the dissident in exile. Rainsy yesterday said his words from a 2011 speech – characterised on Wednesday by Prime Minister Hun Sen as a call for the army to turn their guns on the government – had “been distorted and taken out of their context”. In a video clip of the speech posted on government mouthpiece Fresh News, Rainsy describes how the situation is ripe for “rebellion to break out”, adding that “most of the armed forces are from poor Cambodians and they received less salary and cannot live with that”. “It is the appeal of the Sam Rainsy Party. I, Sam Rainsy, call for Cambodians, armed forces, to jointly overthrow Hun Sen from the traitor’s regime. We need to end it right now.”

Cambodian Mine Action Centre officials remove a US chemical bomb in Svay Rieng’s Koki commune.
Fri, 20 October 2017

US claims government knew about chemical bombs

The US Embassy in Phnom Penh denounced “efforts to politicise” the recent discovery of several tear gas bombs in Svay Rieng province in a statement yesterday, claiming that Cambodian authorities knew about the bombs “for many years”

Fri, 20 October 2017

Ministry asks Japan to help map out forests

The Ministry of Environment is asking Japan for help mapping Cambodia’s forests using satellite imagery, one week after it vehemently refuted a report of such imagery showing accelerating forest loss in the Kingdom.

Workers from the Pou Yuen Cambodia garment factory protest for long-term contracts in Phnom Penh yesterday.
Fri, 20 October 2017

Factory workers protest against contract offers

Workers from the Pou Yuen Cambodia garment factory in Sen Sok district yesterday protested outside the premises after the management decided to offer them only three-month contract extensions.

Patients sit on beds at the National Centre for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district in 2013.
Fri, 20 October 2017

Report shows more TB research needed

A recently published report has found that despite years of high incidence rates of tuberculosis in the Kingdom, research priorities for halting the deadly disease are still being neglected.

Fri, 20 October 2017

Gambling photos: Journalist sues after detention

A journalist is suing a high-ranking police official, alleging he was handcuffed and detained for taking photos of illegal cockfighting and dice games in an O’Smach commune transport station in Oddar Meanchey.