The international watchdog Global Witnesses received an award February 7 from Foreign Policy Magazine and the Center for Global Development for its investigations into resource exploitation around the world. The NGO was exiled from Cambodia following its release of “Cambodia’s Family Tree,” a report outlining allegations of extensive involvement by government officials in illegal logging. Global Witness grew out of the efforts of three people fighting to end the logging trade around the Thai-Cambodia border in the early 1990s, which was financing the war between the Khmer Rouge and government, according to co-founder Patrick Alley.
Global watchdog receives pat on back
- Prince injured, wife dies after accident
THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec
- Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child
Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed
- We’re going to Wisney World!
More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and
- Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident
THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,