Rights activists demand more freedom

Source : Khmer Times

People gather yesterday at Freedom Park to mark Human Rights Day. KT/Mai Vireak

During the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day at Freedom Park yesterday, activists urged all governing bodies to pay closer attention to human rights in order to address challenges still being faced.

About 500 people marked the anniversary yesterday at the park, including land activists, farmers, youths, factory workers, civil servants and teachers. Continue reading


JICA holding tax seminars at universities

Source : Khmer Times 

The seminars run until the end of the month. KT/Pav Suy

The General Department of Taxation and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are holding a series of tax seminars in universities across the country to promote the importance of tax revenue.

The series of seminars, which began last month, will run until the end of December.

JICA chief adviser Muto Shizuki said during Tuesday’s seminar at Asia Europe University that education on what taxes can do is key to promoting its importance. Continue reading

Cars damaged following ministry storm warning

Source : Khmer Times 

Officials remove the tree from the road yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

Three cars were damaged after a decades-old Korki tree fell atop of them along Norodom Boulevard in Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon, after which authorities took about an hour to remove the tree from the road.

A security guard who goes by only Meng said that the incident occurred unexpectedly. Continue reading

Land protesters vow capital return

Source : Khmer Times

The protesters in Phnom Penh. Supplied

Representatives of about 400 families locked in a 670-hectare land dispute with NK Venture in Svay Rieng province’s Romeas Haek district have warned that protestors will return to Phnom Penh if negotiations with local authorities fail to yield results.

Negotiations began yesterday between local authorities and eight family representatives at the Romeas Haek District Hall.

Khieu Saron, a family representative, said she was disappointed by the negotiation process after local authorities promised to study the case without confirming when the case will end.

“We will wait for a resolution from the district authority, so we will give them additional time,” Ms Saron said. “However, we would again seek intervention from ministries in Phnom Penh if there’s no solution.”

The negotiations began following the submission of petitions to various ministries in Phnom Penh for intervention.

After yesterday’s negotiations, Hem Piseth, deputy provincial governor, said that officials have been studying the dispute in accordance with legal procedures.

“As the authorities, we are trying to resolve the issue,” Mr Piseth said. “We will work hard to resolve this case as soon as possible.”

Theng Savoeun, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Farmers Community, said local authorities must do more to speed up resolution.

Mr Savoeun said that the dispute, which began in 2010, has prevented residents from cultivating land.

“People need the land to cultivate crops in order to sustain their livelihoods,” he said.

According to the family representatives, the land dispute between the families and NK Venture first began when the company received an Economic Land Concession from the government for agricultural development.


UN Expert Says Drop Charges Against Cambodia Opposition Leader, Barring Speedy Trial

Source : RFA

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, speaks during a press conference in Phnom Penh, Nov. 8, 2018.

Cambodia should quickly and transparently try opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is currently detained at his home on charges of “treason,” or drop the case against him, a United Nations expert said Thursday at the end of her sixth visit to the Southeast Asian nation. Continue reading

Capital’s Tuol Kork district projected to triple in 10 yrs

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A construction in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district. Hong Menea

Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district is projected to see a threefold increase in the supply of apartments for rent, which is predicted to reach a total of 5,000 units in the early 2030s, according to a study. Continue reading

Condos set off ‘golden age’ of real estate

Source : Khmer Times

Cambodian condos offer huge value gains compared to Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. Realestate.com.kh

Cambodia is considered one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Without a doubt, this growth has driven rapid progress in real estate.

Condominiums, which represent a new trend in the Kingdom, are gaining steam and catching the eye of local buyers. There is a unique investment opportunity in buying condos. They can generate a solid revenue stream and increase hugely in value over time. Continue reading