Land activists detained by security guards

Source: Khmer Times

Activists said guards interfered with their right to protest. Supplied

Eight land activists were detained by Daun Penh security forces yesterday after they attempted to hand over a petition to the World Bank asking the organization to suspend all aid to Cambodia.
The women were gathered at the World Bank office, in central Phnom Penh, with a petition asking that all external grants to Cambodia be halted until the government Continue reading

Wutty rally broken up

Source: Khmer Times

Activists outside the Royal Palace holding photos of the slain Chut Wutty. KT/Mai Vireak

Scuffles marked a rally in Phnom Penh yesterday to mark the fifth anniversary of the killing of outspoken environmental activist Chut Wutty.
About 100 people gathered outside the Royal Palace, wearing black T-shirts and holding photos of the dead man.
They had been hoping to watch a banned movie “I am Chut Wutty.” but the rally was soon broken up by dozens of Daun Penh security guards.
They confiscated and tore the photos but then struggled to Continue reading

Activists gather near palace to mark Chut Wutty’s death

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Activists watch the Facebook Live streaming of I Am Chut Wutty on their phones as they commemorate the slaying of forestry activist Chut Wutty yesterday in Phnom Penh. Hong Menea

To mark the five-year anniversary of the killing of environmental activist Chut Wutty, several dozen activists peacefully gathered by the Royal Palace yesterday to call for an investigation into his murder.

“Justice has not been delivered for him, so we are Continue reading

‘Adhoc 5’ may face more time

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Adhoc officials Ny Sokha (right) and Yi Soksan are escorted out of the Supreme Court after their bail was denied last month. Pha Lina

After informing two media outlets in separate interviews that the pre-trial detention of the so-called “Adhoc 5” had been extended, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court clerk yesterday retracted his statement, prompting one of the defence lawyers to speculate that the extension of their clients’ detention was a foregone conclusion.

The speculation came just as it was announced that the Continue reading

Storms wreak more havoc across 17 provinces

Source: Khmer Times

The carnage caused by the storms. Supplied

More than 100 homes have been destroyed, another person killed and several people injured as storms continue to cut a swathe through Cambodia.
A woman and two cows were killed by lightning yesterday in a rice field in Kampong Chhnang province’s Veal Veng district.
In Siem Reap province’s Pouk district, 57 houses were torn Continue reading

No White Bldg consensus

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A street view of the White Building from Sothearos Boulevard. Many residents of the building opted to lower their demands for compensation as redevelopment plans for the site move forward. Eliah Lillis

Most residents at the capital’s White Buildingopted on Friday to lower their demands for compensation from more than $2,000 per square metre to around $1,800 per square metre as the dilapidated structure’s redevelopment looms.

The structure will be torn down and rebuilt by Japanese firm Arakawa Continue reading

City Hall to prohibit May Day protests by unions

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A man walks past Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park in 2014, where razor wire and other barricades had been placed to prevent a May Day demonstration and march. Vireak Mai

A city Hall spokesman announced yesterday that the municipality will ban any public gatherings by unions representing many of the garment sector’s 700,000 workers on International Workers’ Day, even as Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reportedly touted the country’s achievements Continue reading