Threat follows Interior directive

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Battambang’s O’Char Commune Chief Sin Rozeth (front) who is seen inspecting an area in her commune where she is developing a drainage system, was stated as one of the opposition commune chiefs to report to their provincial authorities for commune hall developments in the order issued yesterday by the Interior Ministry. Photo supplied

A Ministry of Interior directive requiring provincial approval for work done on commune halls prompted a thinly veiled threat from a ministry spokesman yesterday that a popular opposition commune chief could be arrested if she didn’t comply.
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Kampong Kong activists charged

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Two Mother Nature activists who were arrested for taking photos of two suspected sand-bearing vessels are taken into the Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday. Photo supplied

Two Mother Nature activists arrested after filming suspected sand-bearing vessels have been charged with incitement and making unauthorised recordings of a person in “a private place” – an offence that drew scepticism yesterday, given they were in their own boat in the open ocean when capturing the footage.
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More Modulkiri officials scrutinised over alleged ties to timber trade

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Officials seize a car loaded with luxury timber yesterday on its way to Pailin from the Samlot protected area. Photo supplied

Modulkiri authorities are investigating the potential involvement of a policeman and soldier in smuggling timber to Vietnam, the latest of several similar allegations involving officials to surface in the border province.
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Families in land dispute repaid

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A young girl wearing a CPP shirt cries as her family is evicted out of their home on Monday in Kandal province. Photo supplied

Three families in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district were offered compensation and new land after having been forcibly evicted last Friday following a Supreme Court ruling.

Provincial Governor Mao Phearun said yesterday he had decided to compensate the families of Pon Thorn, Sae Kim Oun and Orn Yien, who lost a land dispute to a woman referred to in court documents as Her Excellency Mei Kalyan.
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US envoy calls government claims ‘absurd’

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US Ambassador to Cambodia William A Heidt speaks to members of the press at the US Embassy yesterday morning in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

United States Ambassador William Heidt yesterday said allegations of US interference in Cambodia’s internal affairs were “absurd” and made without a “shred of serious or credible evidence”, but stopped short of speculating on any potential repercussions from the superpower.
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Rainsy announces plan to create overseas NGO

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Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy speaks during an interview with France 24 on Monday in France. Photo supplied

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy announced yesterday that he plans to create a France-based NGO called the Association for Democracy in Cambodia, though he declined to give a detailed account of the structure and goals of the organisation.

“I believe it is my duty . . . to rally Cambodians towards the goal of national unity based on democracy,” Rainsy wrote in a Facebook statement yesterday.
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Fresh sand ‘fraud’, claims NGO Mother Nature, as sand numbers between Taiwan and the government appear to be off by more than 1.5M tonnes

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Silica sand-dredging activity spotted earlier this year in Sihanoukville. Trade data show a more than $30 million discrepancy in silica sand exports to Taiwan. Mother Nature

More than $30 million in Cambodian sand exports registered by Taiwan appear to be missing from Cambodia’s customs records, according to data from both governments, marking yet another large-scale discrepancy in the Kingdom’s figures on the trade.
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