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In Review

Dec 1: Kenneth Roth, Director of Human Rights Watch, sent a letter to the

Co-Prime Ministers stating that Human Rights Watch "is deeply concerned by the

circumstances surrounding the arrest on November 17 of Prince Sirivudh and his continued

detention without order of a court."

Dec 4: Delaney and Co. Indochine Ltd. announced that it had received a

license from the Cambodian Investment Board to open a law firm in Cambodia as of

July 1, l995.

Dec 5: The Royal Group of Companies and Canon Singapore Pte announced the

donation of two color laser copiers to the office of Second Prime Minister Samdech

Hun Sen. A press statement said: "The donation worth $50,000 is a humble contribution

of Canon Singapore and the Royal Group of companies in its committment to support

the government in the economic development and rehabilitation of the Country."

Mr. Meng Kith, chairman of the Royal Group made the presentation.

Dec 5: The volunteer-sending organizations in Cambodia celebrated International

Volunteer Day. More than 200 volunteers are working in Cambodia, including those

from VSO (United Kingdom), APSO (Ireland), OSB (Australia), Forum Syd (Sweden), JOVC

(Japan), VSA (New Zealand), UNV (United Nations) and CANDO, a United States/Khmer

organisation which sends American Khmers back to Cambodia.

Dec 6: Reuters reported: "The Cambodian government has hit back at

critics who accuse it of a broad range of failures, from poor policies on timber

to curbing individual freedoms. In a statement the government listed its achievements

in the past two years and accused the press and some non-governmental organizations

of slander by 'wrongly interpreting fact...in a bid to tarnish the reputation of

the Royal Government and the Cambodian people.' The government has been accused of

corruption, inconsistent timber policies, violation of human rights and stifling

the democratic process... The government's five-page statement claimed success in

establishing political stability and said the police and military had established

peace in 95 percent of the country. It noted that Cambodia had this year become an

observer in ASEAN as a step towards full membership. The free market economy had

attracted investment pledges of more than $2 billion this year, the statement said."

Dec 7: Reuters reported: "King Norodom Sihanouk left for a state visit

to Laos, despite fatigue brought on by diabetes... Travelling with the King is a

29-member delegation, including Foreign Minister Ung Huot, co-Interior Minister You

Hokry and Public Works and Transport Minister Ing Kieth."

Dec 8: Reuters reported: "The United Nations has decided to retain

Cambodia's magnificant Angkor temples on the World Heritage list despite the government's

failure to fully implement conditions, a U.N. official said. The decision was taken

in Berlin on Dec 5 during the annual meeting of the body, which is part of UNESCO."

Dec 8: Reuters reported: "Germany has granted 15 million marks towards

laying a telephone land line that will link the Cambodian capital to Thailand, a

diplomat said. The grant agreement worth about $10 million at present exchange rates,

was signed in Phnom Penh. The diplomat did not know when work would begin and said

further details needed to be ironed out, but she expected some involvement by German

companies. The planned line will link Phnom Penh to the northwest border with Thailand

via Cambodia's second largest city, Battambang, and can be expected to cut phone

costs."

Dec 8: The opening ceremony for the National Pediatric Hospital Dental

Clinic was held with Shigenobu Kato, Minister, embassy of Japan in attendance. The

clinic was renovated and equipped using $18,539 in funds from the Japanese Grant

Assistance for Grass-Roots Projects.

Dec 9: The Federation of Ponleu Khmer sponsored a "Dat Bat" Celebration

Supporting Human Rights in Cambodia in front of the Royal Palace. More than 600 monks,

nuns and lay persons attended the traditional food offering to monks as a means of

showing support for the respect of human rights in Cambodia.

Dec 10: Reuters reported: "The Cambodian government has told opposition

leader Sam Rainsy that his Khmer Nation Party (KNP) is barred from opening offices

anywhere in the Kingdom... Sar Kheng and You Hokry told Rainsy of the ban in a Dec.

7 letter which was seen in Phnom Penh on Sunday. They told Rainsy the order applied

so long as his party was not 'oficially recognised by the Royal Government of the

Kingdom of Cambodia.' They urged the KNP to stop using on its party logo the image

of 12th century ruler Jayavarman VII, the last great king of the Angkor empire, a

forerunner of the present kingdom. This was a symbol of the entire nation, they said."

Dec 12: UNICEF began a three-day "Regional Workshop on the Trafficking

of Children for Sexual Exploitation" at the Juliana Hotel. The purpose was to

gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the situation; analyze policy

and programming experience; formulate a set of recommendations, policy framework

and programme guidelines for prevention and intervention; and to recommend short

and long term measures for effective regional/international coordination and cooperation.

Dec 12: The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

began a two-day seminar entitled "Election Monitoring, Voter Education and the

Role of Cambodian NGOs in the Election Process" at the Cambodiana Hotel. The

seminar included speakers from NAMFREL in the Philippines, the Movement for Free

and Fair Elections (MFRE) in Sri Lanka and PollWatch in Thailand.

Dec 12: The Cambodia Communication Institute hosted a seminar entitled

"UNICEF in Cambodia" to mark the 50th anniversary of UNICEF.

Dec 12: UNDP issued a press release stating: "The United Nations Industrial

Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced on 9 October l995 that the Kingdom

of Cambodia has joined the organization as the 169th Member State. 'The people of

the Kingdom of Cambodia have demonstrated phenomenal resilience since the 1970s',

said Mauricio de Maria y Campos, UNIDO Director-General. 'The relatively strong economic

performance from small and medium-sized enterprises in industrial sectors, suggests

that an increase in investment and in the development of the public sector infrastructure

would result in a substantial rise in economic growth. UNIDO is committed to working

with the Kingdom of Cambodia to strengthen its core industries and therefore improve

the overall quality of life for the people.'"

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