EU Ambassador ‘Concerned’ Over Rights Situation in Cambodia

Source : VOA

European Union’s ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar speaks to the press at the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Institute of Technology Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, December 10, 2018. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer

The European Union’s ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar, has expressed concern over the deterioration of human rights in Cambodia.

On the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, Edgar said it was “no secret” that the E.U. was concerned by the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party last year and the jailing of its leader, Kem Sokha, on treason charges. Continue reading

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Listed real-estate companies on rise

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Several on-going construction projects fill the Phnom Penh skyline. Hong Menea

The number of listed real-estate companies in Cambodia continues to increase due to the sector’s growth in the Kingdom, data from the Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agents Association (CVEA) said.

CVEA figures show that its membership has increased from 96 companies early this year to 107, 18 of which are foreign-owned. Continue reading

Belt and Road Initiative set to bring opportunity, but comes with risks

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

The Belt and Road Initiative could offer good opportunities for Cambodia to achieve its development goal, but it is not without risks. Heng Chivoan

The China-backed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project could offer good opportunities for Cambodia to achieve its development goal, but comes with risks. The Kingdom must carefully study the two-sided story of the project, experts said on Tuesday in a dialogue hosted by the UN. Continue reading

Order requested to arrest logger

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Authorities inspect land in Kampot province which has been cleared by a villager. Photo supplied

Kampot provincial authorities and the Forestry Administration will ask for an urgent court order to arrest a villager for clearing land at Dangkov mountain in La’ang commune’s Damnak Ampil village, Dang Tong district, after discovering the fact on Tuesday.

Dang Tong district governor Siv Pheng, who put a stop to the land clearance with a joint task force of provincial Forestry Administration officials, identified the suspect as Sah Vanna of Damnak Ampil village. Continue reading

Preah Vihear court takes legal action against three illegal loggers

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Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries, though kilometres apart, see constant forestry crimes. Heng Chivoan

Preah Vihear provincial court is taking action against three suspects for illegal forest clearing in Prey Lang and Boeung Per Wildlife Sanctuaries and death threats following a complaint from a team of park rangers and the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) on Tuesday, according to Preah Vihear provincial prosecutor spokesperson Phy Sithorng. Continue reading

Kampong Thom authority impounds timber

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

A man stands on a tree trunk in Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2014 and watches a fire destroy pieces of lumber. Heng Chivoan

A large haul of timber believed to have been illegally logged from the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Thom province has been impounded after being discovered by authorities after a tip-off by local media.

Some 114 large logs were discovered in Kampong Thom’s Santuk district by local authorities on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading

Human Rights Watch Calls for Repeal of ‘Repressive’ Laws

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Civil Society groups, unionists, activists, and Cambodian citizens joined the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of of Human Rights, in Phnom Penh, in Phnom Penh, on December 10, 2018. (VOA Khmer)

The statement by HRW published this week focused on a law regulating non-governmental groups and two other laws that it said restricted the functioning of civil society groups.

Human Rights Watch, the international advocacy group, has called on the Cambodian government to repeal a series of laws it says “repress” independent groups in the country.

The statement by HRW published this week focused on a law regulating non-governmental groups and two other laws that it said restricted the functioning of civil society groups. Continue reading