Body dismisses ‘Death Knell for Democracy’ report, suggests Nobel for Hun Sen

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The president of the government’s Human Rights Committee, Keo Remy, speaks to the press about a recent APHR report yesterday in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

A week after a damning report by ASEAN parliamentarians on the government’s attacks on the opposition, the state-run Cambodian Human Rights Committee said the assessment was flawed and failed to acknowledge the prime minister’s record on human rights for which he deserves Continue reading

Eleven Elephants Rescued From US Bomb Crater in Mondolkiri

Source: The Cambodia Daily

Bamboo and branches are laid on the side of a pond in Mondolkiri province’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary to rescue 11 elephants stuck in a muddy water-filled bomb crater. (Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment)

When 11 elephants got stuck in a deep muddy crater created decade ago by a U.S. bomb in what is now Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondolkiri province, the local community rallied around to help.

A rescue operation involving villagers and four wildlife Continue reading

Government Threatens Land Rights Protesters With Legal Action

Source: The Cambodia Daily

The Commerce Ministry has threatened to take unspecified legal “measures” against anyone joining a protest against a sugarcane plantation who does not have a personal claim in the dispute.

The ministry issued the warning on Thursday, two days after villagers from Continue reading

Land Records Tie Military Police General to Timber Racket

Source: The Cambodia Daily

The home of military police Lieutenant General Chheng Long and his warehouse in Kompong Speu Province, where authorities found a cache of unlicensed timber earlier this month. (Zsombor Peter/The Cambodia Daily)

CHBAR MON District, Kompong Speu province – Property records show that a military police general in Kompong Speu province still owns a warehouse where authorities recently seized a cache of unlicensed timber, disproving claims by senior officials attempting to distance their colleague from the alleged crime. Continue reading

Documentary reflects Cambodia’s battle with plastic

Source: Khmer Times

In Phnom Penh, the average citizen uses roughly 2,000 plastic bags per year, 10 times more than someone in China or in the EU. KT/ Fabien Mouret

In celebration of World Water Day on Wednesday, the US embassy held the Cambodian premiere of the US documentary “A Plastic Ocean” – an award-winning documentary on the impact of plastic waste around the world – at Aeon Mall’s Major Cineplex.
The film, shot in more than 20 countries, documents the devastating Continue reading

Villagers urged to swap fishing for ecotourism

Source: Khmer Times

Mekong communities have the chance to attract ecotourists. Supplied

The Tourism Minister has called on riverside communities in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces to avoid fishing in areas where dolphins live to attract visitors who want to see the rare creatures.
Thong Khon’s call came as the government prepared to open the third annual Continue reading

Floating villages to be relocated

Source: Khmer Times

The shoreline of the river which authorities want to clean up. Supplied

Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities have outlined plans to relocate thousands of families living on the Tonle Sap river in an effort to curb water pollution.
Provincial governor Chhour Chan Dern said five floating villages in three different locations along a stretch of the river in his province cause environmental pollution and damaged the river’s ecosystem. Continue reading