Prime Minister Hun Sen announces Jan 8 that he won't step down from his position
until he's 90 years old as long as he continues winning the electorate. The PM has
already ruled for 28 years. The pledge would give Hun Sen, 54, another 36 years for
a potential total of 64, far surpassing the current longest-ruling head of government
Fidel Castro's 48 years.
Foreigners working or owning businesses in Cambodia must apply for work permits,
costing $100 per year, and undergo mandatory medical checkups, Ministry of Labor
officials say Jan 9.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy files Jan 10 a complaint against Provincial Election
Committee officials in Ratankkiri province to the National Election Committee. The
complaint alleges irregularities in registering candidates from the ruling CPP.
Software giant Microsoft becomes the first private donor to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
Microsoft Singapore donates $100,000 to the United Nations side of the ECCC for its
general operations budget Jan 11.
Rochom P'nhieng, 27, captures the attention of the world when she emerges naked from
the Ratanakkiri jungles Jan 13 after apparently living alone there for 18 years.
Sihanoukville Airport reopens Jan 13 after being closed since the early 1980s.
Rampant illegal logging in their community drives the residents of Kachon village,
in Ratanakkiri's Veun Sai district, to extreme measures. On Jan 17, the Kachon community,
frustrated by a string of broken promises from a series of different logging companies,
blocks access routes to the local sawmill, confiscates sawn timber, and demands that
the current company make good on the promises of its predecessors to build a new
Cambodia's neighbor Vietnam becomes the 150th member of the World Trade Organization
(WTO) Jan 18.
Foreign investment in Cambodia hit $3.97 billion in 2006, nearly quadrupling the
2005 figures, the Council for the Development of Cambodia announces Jan 23.
Some of the international judges in the Khmer Rouge Trial may walk if they feel the
trial is failing to meet international standards, according to a Jan 24 press release
from the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, a coalition of 23 local rights
National Assembly President Heng Samrin asks Russia to cancel the $1.5 billion Cambodian
debt owed since the Cold War period during the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific
Parliament Forum in Russia, which ended Jan 28.
Former children's NGO worker Oeu Yoeum, 55, is handed a 15 year prison sentence Jan
30 for raping four girls in Pursat province. One of the girls was 6 years old when
she was first assaulted.
Khmer-language newspaper Voice of Khmer Youth prints Jan 31 a story alleging that
Cambodian ECCC officials, including judges, are paying 30% of their salaries to government
officials to secure their positions. Recent kick-back allegations highlight the difficulties
of introducing international legal standards to a country widely considered to be
A January audit of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) audit
lashes out at the entire hiring procedure of the court and recommends that "taking
unto account the series of lapses in the recruitment process to-date, all recruitments
of staff made by ECCC to-date should be nullified and a new recruitment process exercise
The 50,000 members of the Cambodian Labor Confederation threaten to strike if the
government fails to send the anti-corruption law to the National Assembly before
The CPP hails the National Election Committee's newly-completed registration process
for the commune council election as a great success, while the opposition Sam Rainsy
Party (SRP) and smaller parties such as Prince Thomico's Sangkum Jatiniyum Front
Party make heated public allegations of misconduct.
Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema signs Feb 6 a 99-year lease for a 133 hectare area
around and including Boeung Kak Lake to a little-known private firm, creating the
prospect of evictions for thousands of local residents.
Swiss president Calmy-Rey arrives in the Kingdom Feb 6 and meets with King Norodom
Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The number of tourists visiting Cambodia jumped nearly 20% to 1.7 million in 2006,
the Ministry of Tourism says in its Feb 7 Tourism Statistics Annual Report.
The Cambodian government must do more to help the more than 1.4 million children
estimated to be working, many for 50 cents a day or less, the World Bank says in
a Feb 7 report.
Two Chinese companies and the RGC sign agreements Feb 16 to build a $190 million
hydroelectric plant in Battambang province.
The Council of Ministers approves a draft law Feb 16 allowing private companies to
sell bonds, laying the foundation for a long anticipated stock market. After creating
a bond market, the next step toward a stock market would be for firms to begin issuing
Pop singer Pov Panhapich, 23, is shot in the neck and waist Feb 23 on her way to
school, leaving her paralyzed and breathing with the aid of a respirator at a hospital.
Free Trade Union President Hy Vuthy is murdered Feb 24 at the Suntex Garment Factory.
Cambodia's foreign currency reserves have exceeded $1 billion - a nine-times increase
since 1994 - because of sustained economic growth, PM Hun Sen says Feb 27.
Prime Minister Hun Sen announces that the ruling CPP and coalition partner Funcinpec
are supporting an initiative put forth by retired King Father Norodom Sihanouk to
keep the Royal family out of politics.
Life gets worse for city's eviction victims. As families at the Andong relocation
area await their promised land, living conditions at the site continue to deteriorate.
In May 2006 thousands of families were evicted from Phnom Penh's Sambok Chab village
near the Tonle Sap and forcibly resettled to this underdeveloped paddy field 22km
outside Phnom Penh.
Local newspapers report that Lon Nol's son, Lon Rithi, currently a resident of Long
Beach, California, announced he would return to the Cambodian political arena.
Government officials report an increase in applications from oil companies to tap
the country's energy reserves. Cambodia's oil reserves are attracting companies from
Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Kuwait, Australia and France.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) says Cambodia, as a WTO member, needs
to toughen its trademark infringement laws.
The Australian gold and base metals company Southern Gold sign a joint venture agreement
over two exploration areas owned by the Cambodian company Greystroke.
The Asian Development Bank grants Mar 5 a $42 million loan to the Cambodian government
for restoration the railway's two main lines: Phnom Penh-Poipet and Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville.
Kem Sokha, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, announces Mar 11 he
will form his own political party to compete in the 2008 national election.
Cambodia's legendary Buddhist peacemaker, Samdech Preah Maha Ghosananda, 81, dies
Mar 13 in a hospital in North Hampton, Massachusetts, USA from complications following
Prince Norodom Ranariddh is sentenced Mar 13 in absentia to 18 months in prison plus
$150,000 in compensation for allegedly pocketing funds during the sale of the former
Funcinpec headquarters while serving as the party's president.
On Mar 16, after a 16-day, 315-km walk from Phnom Penh, about 300 marchers circle
the Bayon at Angkor Thom before performing a ceremony for non-violence, political
tolerance and freedom of expression.
The Pope's Ambassador Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio visits PM Hun Sen in his home
and thanks him for religious tolerance in Cambodia ahead of the opening of a new
children's hospital set up by a US-based Catholic mission in Takeo province.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentences Mar 23 former Phnom Penh Police Chief Heng
Pov to seven years jail for locking a woman in a cage for more than two months. Heng
Pov is already serving an 18-year sentence for the 2003 murder of municipal court
judge Sok Sethamony.
Prince Norodom Chakrapong, the acting president of the Norodom Ranariddh Party, tells
local media he will return to Cambodia from Bangkok and appear in the Phnom Penh
municipal court on Mar 23 to answer charges about the $1.36 million debt owed by
his airline company to the government.
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong says Mar 23 Cambodia will sign the protocol
on the prevention of nuclear terrorism initiated by US President George Bush and
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Teachers of bilingual French-Khmer classes across Cambodia halt work Mar 30, after
the government fails to pay them their promised salaries.
More than 150 tourism authorities from the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion
- Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Yunnan Province (China) - meet in
Ho Chi Minh City Mar 30 to dis-cuss strategies to develop tourism and encourage investment
in the region.
The first-ever government raid of a large-scale illegal drug laboratory Mar 31 has
narcotics experts concerned that Cambodia may be evolving from a major transit point
of methamphetamines into a manufacturer and regional exporter of the drug.
United States aid to Cambodia is slated to drop 25 percent in fiscal year 2008, with
the cut attributed to a tight budgetary environment in Washington and a realignment
of global development priorities.
Commune elections are held on April 1. Voter turnout in the nation's 1,621 communes
is only 65.4 percent, the lowest in any election since 1993. The ruling CPP captured
61 percent of the popular vote and ends up with control of 98.2 percent of the commune
On Apr 3, the international judges of the ECCC cancel the court's scheduled plenary
session due to the Cambodian Bar Association's insistence that foreign lawyers each
pay $4,900 per year in bar fees.
In the Mekong near Phnom Penh Port, government ministers, foreign ambassadors and
the Mekong River Commission launch Apr 5 the first-ever 24-hour navigational buoy
in Cambodian waters.
In an Apr 9 letter, Ly Tuch, senior minister and member of the permanent committee
of Funcinpec, announces his resignation from his party, writing that he is too busy
with his government job as the second deputy president of the National Committee
for Disaster Management to continue serving Funcinpec.
In Phnom Penh Municipal Court April 12 to respond to libel charges, the editor of
the Sralanh Khmer says he sent a letter to the Royal Palace Apr 7 to apologize to
the King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Mother Monineath Sihanouk for causing
offense by publishing an article that attacked the royal family and PM Hun Sen.
The Appeals Court upholds Apr 12 the prison sentences of two men accused of killing
labor leader Chea Vichea. The decision is met with condemnation from local and international
rights groups, which consider the criminal investigation and trial flawed and politically
On Apr 17, more than 300 people mark the 32nd anniversary of the Khmer Rouge's march
into Phnom Penh with a memorial service for victims of the regime. Participants in
the event, which was organized by the Sam Rainsy Party, demand an end to the delay
in the start of the UN-backed trials of top KR officials.
More than 20,000 of Cambodia's Muslims and around 200 foreign Muslim scholars gather
for the annual Tablighi conclave in Trea village, Kampong Cham province on April
Police Commander Hok Lundy leads a police delegation to the US to attend an anti-terrorism
conference in Las Vegas on Apr 19 and 20. Human Rights Watch strongly opposes the
decision by the US Statement Department to grant a visa to Lundy, who in 2006 was
denied a visa on the basis of reports concerning his alleged role in human trafficking.
Khmer Krom monk Ly Yut is injured Apr 20 during a fight with Cambodian monks outside
Wat Ounalom. The incident sparks allegations from Khmer Krom organizations that the
dispute was politically motivated.
The so-called "last remaining barrier" to adopting the internal rules of
the ECCC is removed Apr 27 when the Cambodian Bar Association reduces the annual
fees charged to foreign lawyers from $4,900 to $500.
Local media report that KMTL Co Ltd, the company contracted to supply the Cambodian
army with rice, is failing to provide a sufficient supply to military bases through
the country. According to RCAF officials, the company had delivered only 2% of the
7,000 tons stipulated in the contract for the second trimester.
Irish rocker Ron Keating performs at Olympic Stadium May 9 in what is billed as the
first performance in Cambodia by an international pop star.
Foreign correspondent Kate Webb, who covered many of the key events that shaped modern
Asia over the last four decades - including the Vietnam War and the escalation of
the conflict in Cambodia - dies May 13 in Sydney at the age of 64.
Wildlife experts near Kratie find May 16 a family of super-sized, soft-shelled turtles
previously believed vanished from Cambodia since 2003.
The National Assembly makes official May 17 the highly-publicized sacking of the
ex-Minister of Tourism Lay Prohas and votes to appoint CPP stalwart Thong Khon, a
one-time Deputy Chairman of the municipal People's Revolutionary Party of Kampuchea,
in his place.
Prince Norodom Charuchak, the son of Prince Norodom Chakrapong and grandson of retired
King Father Norodom Sihanouk, is arrested May 28 along with eight other male suspects
and a young woman in 7 Makara District, Beung Pralet commune for allegedly participating
in organized crime and gang violence.
The visit of UN human rights envoy Yash Ghai ends May 31, with the Kenyan lawyer
unable to gain an audience with his most vociferous Cambodian critic, Hun Sen.
Cambodian lawmakers approve new legislation to combat money laundering amid fears
that the banking sector could be used to fund terror groups. The legislation aims
to tighten bank reporting procedures and staff accountability, and is designed to
attract foreign investors who in the past have been wary of the kingdom's reputation
for lawlessness and corruption.
The New Zealand government pledges to commit $1 million each year for the next five
years in aid to 190,000 people living around Angkor temples.
The US-ASEAN Business Council, which lobbies on behalf of some of the biggest multinational
corporations with interests in Southeast Asia - including Conoco-Phillips, General
Electric Company, Federal Express, ITT Defense and Oracle - sends a delegation to
Cambodia to seek new investment opportunities.
With the ECCC preparing to adopt its internal rules, two experts in international
court procedure, Robin Vincent, the former registrar for the Sierra Leone Court,
and Kevin St Lewis, chief of administration for the Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia,
arrive in Phnom Penh to conduct an audit of the administration of the court,.
In Cambodia's first sovereign debt rating, Moody's ranks Cambodia grade B2, on par
with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Venezuela, putting the Kingdom one notch lower than Indonesia
and the Philippines, two lower than Vietnam and seven lower than Thailand. Standard
and Poor's ranks Cambodia B-plus, equivalent to that of Mongolia and Pakistan, but
again lower than Vietnam and Thailand. The ratings function as indicators of risk
for foreign investment.
The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announces it will support
a new $11.5 million development project in Cambodia - the provinces of Kratie, Preah
Vihear and Ratanakkiri in particular - aimed at helping the rural poor.
UK-based NGO Global Witness releases Jun 1 "Cambodia's Family Trees," a
report outlining allegations of extensive involvement by government officials in
illegal logging in Cambodia.
In the fallout of the Global Witness report on involvement by government officials
in illegal logging in Cambodia and subsequent banishment of the NGO by the government,
Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith says Jun 7 he government will commission
an investigation into the report's finding, with the former independent forest crime
monitor, Swiss-based Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS), charged with heading
Cambodia's new Criminal Procedural Code, which determines police and judicial protocol,
is approved by a unanimous Jun 7 vote of the National Assembly
Infighting at the ECCC comes to an end Jun 12, when a panel of Cambodia and international
judges approves rules that could clear the way for the court to finally put suspects
UN special envoy Yash Ghai releases Jun 12 a damning assessment of the human rights
situation in the Kingdom.
PM Hun Sen begins an official three-day visit to Japan Jun 13 to meet his counterpart
PM Shinzo Abe for bilateral talks focusing on a range of issues, including increased
aid for infrastructural development.
The government announces Jun 24 a decree prohibiting Buddhist monks from participating
in peaceful demonstrations.
Wreckage of PMT Air's Jun 25 flight U4 241, Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, carrying
22 passengers and crew is discovered in the dense jungle on the northeast side of
Kampot province's Bokor Mountain in the early hours of June 27, ending an exhaustive
3-day search that found no survivors.
More than 10,000 CPP faithful gather at party headquarters Jun 28 to celebrate the
ruling party's 56th anniversary and assent as the "center of harmonization"
Khmer Krom Tim Sakhorn, Buddhist abbot of Wat Phnom Den, in Takeo Province, is expelled
Jun 30 from the clergy by Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong, the Kingdom's highest
religious leader, for allegedly undermining relations between Phnom Penh and Hanoi.
Sakhorn disappears the same day, with some reports claiming he was kidnapped.
Turmoil reigns for several days in early July amongst the ranks of garment workers
in Phnom Penh's Dangkor district as word spreads of a black sedan with mirrored windows
that is abducting nighttime workers as they leave their factories.
In early July, lawmakers call for increased regulation, transparency and accountability
in domestic aviation. Meanwhile, an international oversight body, the International
Civil Aviation Organization, announces it is about to undertake a comprehensive audit
of civil aviation in Cambodia.
His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni inaugurates the new $30 million National Assembly
building on July 7.
Mergers within the splintered royalist movement, and a flurry of high-profile party
defections, have left the competitors of the ruling CPP cluttered and divided ahead
of next year's national elections.
The Cambodian Court of Appeal upholds Graham Cleghorn's conviction for rape Jul 10.
The 60-year-old New Zealander was tried and convicted for the rape of five teenage
girls employed at his Siem Reap home in Feb 2004.
The editorial staff and translators of French-language newspaper Cambodge Soir resign
Jul 11 in order to end the ongoing dispute with the paper's directors. The dispute
was allegedly sparked after a reporter was fired for filing a story on the investigation
into illegal logging by NGO Global Witness, which has been banned by the Cambodian
Corporate colossus General Electric launches its new Phnom Penh branch office Jul
23, another indication of growing international business confidence in Cambodian
English football legend Sir Bobby Charlton and California's skateboard king Tony
Hawk arrive in Cambodia Jul 24 as guests of the Spirit of Soccer program, which aims
to educate children about the dangers of landmines via professional soccer training.
The defrocking and subsequent disappearance of Buddhist abbot Tim Sakhorn ignites
a furious backlash from rights activists, opposition lawmakers and the Kampuchea
Krom community, some of whom blast the government for indifference and use of "big
There is an attempted bombing of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument in Phnom
Penh Jul 29.
Kaing Khek Iev, aka Duch, 62, the self-confessed teacher turned torturer who headed
the Khmer Rouge prison S-21, is charged Jul 31 with crimes against humanity by the
co-investigating judges of the ECCC.
Five people are identified as potential suspects in the ECCC's introductory submission,
although their names are not revealed.
A surprise Aug 9 Royal Decree appointed ECCC co-investigating judge You Bunleng president
of the Appeals Court. The UN has called his dual-appointment unconstitutional and
requested he stay at the hybrid tribunal until his duties have been discharged.
Thousands of Christian worshippers sang hymns, chanted and waved interlocked hands
Aug 10 in a rally outside Chenla theatre organized by TV evangelist Joyce Meyers,
who warned Cambodia "is in desperate need of a savior."
Cambodia could earn $174 million from oil production in 2011, with the windfall rising
to $1.7 billion after 10 years, according to an Aug 20 International Monetary Fund
study in the wake of recent oil discoveries by Chevron off Cambodia's coast.
On Aug 30, King Father Norodom Sihanouk sent an invitation to KRT spokesman Peter
Foster, asking Foster and anyone else interested at the UN to come to the Royal Palace
for a "conversation" on "the affairs of the Khmer Rouge and Sihanouk."
The invitation came amidst increasing speculation as to whether the King Father would
be called to testify at the ECCC.
At the first ever Cloggers Summit Aug 30 and 31, Khmer bloggers network and discuss
concerns related to blogging in Cambodia, including limited access to internet and
the tendency of Khmer bloggers to write in English.
The death knell sounded for the crumbling Bassac Theatre - an architectural gem of
Cambodia's Golden Era of the '60s. The 315 musicians, dancers and singers who use
the shell of the theatre and who live in the nearby Dey Krahorm squatters community,
were told by the Ministry of Culture officials to leave by the end of the month.
Nearly 400 poor families facing eviction from the Dey Krahom community in Tonle Bassac
end their angry protests and take a different approach Sep 1, heading to court with
complaints against the land developer 7NG.
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia raises concerns about the increasing
strength of unions and illegal strikes, which it says disturb the process of garment
production, at the 12th Government-Private Sector Forum Sep 4.
The Sep 5 decision by PM Hun Sen to shuffle his cabinet increased the number of deputy
prime ministers form seven to eight. The new seat went to Ben Chhin, a leading CPP
member and president of the nine-member Constitutional Council.
The Sep 8 re-election and return of Eng Chhay Eang as secretary general of the Sam
Rainsy Party created a rift with party supporters who said the former gambling addict
would not lend the right image to the party leadership.
Nuon Chea, second in line to Pol Pot, was plucked from a quiet retirement near the
former Khmer Rouge stronghold Pailin shortly after 6am on Sep 19 and flown to a special
criminal tribunal center in Phnom Penh.
Faced with mounting pressure, uncontrollable leaks and a growing PR nightmare, the
UNDP and the war crimes tribunal released a series of critical audit reports which
portrayed the Cambodian side of the ECCC as an administrative failure.
Cambodia holds the 145th spot out of a total of 178 countries for the second consecutive
year in the annual "Ease of doing business" World Bank-International Finance
Corporation rankings released Sep 26, which gauge the time and cost to meet government
requirements in running a business.
As plans for a Cambodian stock exchange begin to unfold, big name companies are divided
over the prospect of tapping the new capital market themselves, or waiting and letting
others dip in first.
An Oct 2 release of an UNDP audit report of the ECCC finds monthly salaries starting
at $2,300 and as high as $5,300 are being paid to Cambodians working at the war crimes
tribunal. The report cites a translator who has part-time previous experience and
is still studying for his degree being paid $3,500 a month and a press officer receiving
$31,900 in the court's first year.
Cambodia officially established an Intelligence Department on Oct 2 for collecting
information from abroad for purposes of national security.
The Appeals Court on October 3 upheld a Municipal Court Conviction for Prince Norodom
Ranariddh, former president of Funcinpec and the National Assembly, for breach of
On Oct 11, the AN-12 XU365 cargo plane became the second decades-old Russian made
Antonov plane to crash in Cambodia in four months. According to government officials,
the plane's engines were struck by lighting, downing the plane near Takuch village,
Deum Roeus Commune, in Kandal Steung district of Kandal province. All five crew members
An Oct 12 Royal Decree elevated the royal title of PM Hun Sen from "Samdech"
to "Samdech Akkak Mahasenapadei Dechor."
Russian businessman Alexander Trofimov, who had plans to develop a resort off the
coast of Sihanoukville, was arrested at his home on Oct 17 and charged with debauchery
(sex crimes with a minor) following a three-month investigation into a complaint
by the parents of 14-year-old Cambodian girl.
The Funcinpec party congress on Oct 18 nominated Princess Norodom Arun Rasmey, 52
- the youngest daughter of the King Father and younger sister of Prince Norodom Ranariddh,
former head of Funcinpec - to be its party's candidate for prime minister in the
Cambodia's State Secretariat of Civil Aviation grounded the aging Russian-made fleets
of PMT Air and Imtrec Aviation Ltd on Oct 23 pending results from the investigations
into both airlines recent crashes in Cambodia.
During a speech to graduating students at the National Institute of Education Oct
30, PM Hun Sen says he's legally disowning his adopted daughter since her lesbian
relationship with another woman makes her untrustworthy.
The National Election Committee says it will not extend the voter registration period,
although three voter watchdog groups are complaining about problems with deleting
voters from the lists.
In an about face, senior politicians in Funcinpec say they are looking for a way
to clear the slate with Prince Norodom Ranariddh and with PM Hun Sen so the prince
can return to the party he headed for 14 years.
North Korean PM Kim Yung Il arrives in Phnom Penh Nov 1 for a four-day official visit
to Cambodia to sign trade agreements between the long-time Asian allies. Phnom Penh
officials pulled out all the stops for the Yung Il, who was escorted from his jet
to a waiting Mercedes Benz by no less than PM Hun Sen and five deputy PMs. No western
diplomats attend the airport ceremony. Earlier, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said
Cambodia will sign an investment agreement with North Korea, adding that the isolated
Communist country is seeking access to world markets through investing in Cambodia.
After a course of physical examinations spanning the last few weeks, Brother Number
2, Nuon Chea, 82, was judged mentally and physically fit to stand trial for Khmer
Rouge war crimes, the tribunal announced on Nov 1.
The adopted son of retired King Norodom Sihanouk, Prince Sisowath Thomico, is expelled
Nov 8 from Funcinpec for expressing his personal opinion against leaders of the party
and the government.
Disappeared Khmer Krom monk Tim Sahkorn is discovered to be incarcerated in Vietnam,
following with the release of a picture of him on trial in an An Giang court Nov
Bauxite in Mondulkiri where exploratory drilling began a few months ago could result
in an investment worth "billion of U.S. dollars," Deputy PM Sok An announces
to 600 business people attending a two-day investment conference Nov 9.
Former KR foreign minister Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith, the highest ranking
woman in the KR leadership are arrested Nov 12.
Former KR head of state Khieu Samphan, the last remaining of the first-round suspects
in the KRT, allegedly suffers a stroke in his home in Pailin Nov 13 and is brought
by helicopter to Calmette Hospital. PM Hun Sen says the government provided the helicopter
to fly Samphan to Phnom Penh because of the importance of protecting the health of
the aging, potential war crimes defendant and since otherwise "the international
community will hold us responsible."
With the arrest of Khieu Samphan at Calmette hospital Nov 19, the five highest-ranking
Khmer Rouge leaders still alive are reunited as fellow inmates at the jail beside
the war crimes tribunal's chambers.
Kaing Kek Iev, alias Duch, the former head of the Khmer Rouge's S-21 detention and
torture center, sits in the dock on Nov. 20, for a hearing on his case at the Khmer
Rouge Tribunal, marking the first open hearing that the court held.
The USS Essex, a 44,000-ton, 844-foot long multipurpose amphibious assault ship makes
a port call at Sihanoukville on Nov. 26. US Marine and Navy doctors, medics and dentists
treat 4,800 Cambodians in rural areas for various medical problems.
Five Singaporean men drown Nov 23 during the annual Water Festival boat races in
Phnom Penh - which debuted as a all-Asean event this year - when their 22-man dragon
boat capsizes. Police boats save the 17 the boat's 17 other racers. An unidentified
Cambodia racer drowns the same day.
The USS Essex made a port stop in Sihanoukville from Nov 26-Dec 2 bearing 1,000 American
marines to assist in local health programs and engineering projects.
Medco International Petroleum Ltd., of Indonesia, reports it has made a $4.5 million
payment to the Cambodian government in order to obtain its contract for one of the
six oil blocks now licenses for exploration off Sihanoukville.
Since Alexander Trofimov's Oct 16 arrest on charges of debauchery, 10 girls have
come forward with official complaints against the Russian businessman, making it
the biggest debauchery case in Cambodian history,
The government unveils a comprehensive draft decentralization plan Dec. 3 at a conference
in Sihanoukville attended by over 400 government officials, NGO representatives and
The municipality blocks off parts of Phnom Penh's riverfront as part of a three-year,
$20 million flood protection and drainage rehabilitation project funded by the Japanese
The World Bank launches the Program to Enhance Capacity in Social Accountability
(PESCA) on Dec. 3 which is designed to enhance the Kingdom's performance in governance.
Transparency International releases the results of its 2007 Global Corruption Barometer
survey on Dec. 6. Seventy-two percent of the 1,016 Cambodians interviewed said they
paid a bribe to receive a service in the previous 12 months. Cambodia finishes second-to-last
out of 60 countries.
Prime Minister Hun Sen visits India Dec. 7-10 where he meets with Indian President
Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Bilateral
agreements were signed dealing with water resources, defense cooperation, technical
assistance and credit.