Hun Sen calls on officials to update property tax scheme

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Green and blue mesh cover buildings under construction in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday called on officials from the Ministry of Economy and Finance to re-examine the duties on property transfers, saying the current fee system is outdated as it is three years old.

Speaking before more than 15,000 workers in the capital’s Sen Sok district, Hun Sen claimed that political stability and economic growth have resulted in an increase in the price of land. Continue reading

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Kampong Speu lawyer sued for defamation in land case

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Environmental officials talk to neighbours of a plantation owner who may have illegally cleared land in Kampong Speu province. Photo supplied

Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organization director Chea Hean appeared for questioning on Wednesday over a case against Kampong Speu provincial deputy prosecutor Tong Ratana.

Ratana is being sued by Sieng Samen for “defamation, and preventing private land clearing”. Continue reading

Huge timber busts in north

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Authorities in Ratanakkiri province seize over 50 pieces of luxury wook in Pak Nhai commune. National Military police

The Mondulkiri provincial authority on Wednesday refuted claims that it had turned a blind eye to illegal timber trafficking to neighbouring Vietnam.

The denial followed the discovery of over 500 pieces of first-grade timber by the National Military Police in protected areas and local media reports that provincial governor Svay Sam Eang had allowed three tycoons to transport timber from the protected Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary to Vietnam through the Dak Dam checkpoint. Continue reading

Officials dispute money for survey claims

Source : Khmer Times

The group surveys villagers’ land in Koh Kong province. DAP News

A joint-ministerial working group and Koh Kong provincial authorities on Tuesday denied claims that officials have demanded money from people who want to be identified as true land owners in a dispute between villagers and the Union Development Group in the province’s Botum Sakor and Kiri Sakor districts. Continue reading

New Minimum Wage Talks Set to Begin Next Month

Source : VOA 

FILE: Garment workers shout during a protest calling for higher wages in Phnom Penh September 17, 2014.

Last year, in a bid to curry favor with the more than 700,000 garment workers in the country ahead of the election, Hun Sen oversaw the raising of the minimum wage to $170 per month and provided additional benefits such as free transportation and medical care.

The Cambodian government has announced it would hold a new round of minimum wage talks for garment workers starting in September. Continue reading

Water levels rising in two provinces

Source : Khmer Times

Battambang and Ratanakkiri provinces are facing floods. Supplied

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday announced that the provinces of Battambang and Ratanakkiri are facing floods following a rise of water levels in the Sesan river.

Nhem Samoeun, Ratanakkiri provincial spokesman, said that the floods have affected Veun Sai, Andoung Meas and Ta Veng districts. Continue reading

Human Rights Watch urges land rights activist Tep Vanny’s release

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Boeung Kak activist Tep Vanny is escorted by officials into the Supreme Court last year. Hong Menea

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged authorities in the Kingdom to immediately release prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny whom they claim has been imprisoned on “fabricated charges” for the past two years.

HRW deputy Asia director Phil Robertson claimed the charges that have held Vanny in jail for two years are fake, and represent a misuse of the country’s legal system. Continue reading