PM sees red over embassy post

Source: Khmer Times

Mr Hun Sen said the US has still not solved issues around the 2.7 million tonnes of bombs it dropped on Cambodia. KT/Mai Vireak

Prime Minister Hun Sen took the US Embassy to task yesterday for posting an image of a red herring on its Facebook page while it pointed to American contributions to saving temples and protecting forests.

In his latest broadside against the US, he asked a graduation ceremony yesterday: “Why did they post a fish, and then go on to talk about other things?”

Mr Hun Sen accused the US of acting as if it believed it was Cambodia’s parents, but did not expand on his comments about the embassy post.

On Friday, the embassy posted a picture of the fish with a caption “Red Herrings KH” without saying anything else.

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Assembly OKs Sokha case while Hun Sen doubles down on condemnation of ‘treasonous’ opposition leader

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Cordons of Military Police and soldiers yesterday block the entrance to Tbong Khmum’s Correctional Centre 3, where opposition leader Kem Sokha is detained on charges of ‘treason’ for his alleged collusion with the US to topple the CPP-led government. Hong Menea

The credibility of next year’s election was thrown further into doubt yesterday, as ruling party lawmakers approved the “treason” case against opposition leader Kem Sokha, the prime minister doubled down on threats to dissolve the opposition and a CNRP lawmaker threatened to boycott the ballot.
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UN urges government to protect rights

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian representative Keo Remy (second left) speaks at the 36th regular session of the Human Rights Council at the UN’s office in Geneva yesterday. Facebook

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights yesterday urged the Cambodian government to guarantee all political and civil rights ahead of next year’s election, while the government’s Human Rights Committee dismissed allegations of wrongdoing.

During the 36th regular session of the Human Rights Council, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was “seriously concerned at the recent arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha, which appears to have been undertaken without respect for due process guarantees or his parliamentary immunity”.
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Students blocked from dam

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Officials stop students from entering areas affected by the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam on Saturday in Stung Treng province. Photo supplied

More than 30 university students from Phnom Penh were blocked by police on Saturday from visiting communities affected by the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam project in Stung Treng.

Meng Heng, an activist with conservation NGO Mother Nature, said that the students were on their way to visit villagers in Srekor and Kbal Romea who are refusing to relocate. The students were denied entry by about 20 police and Military Police who claimed the area was unsafe.
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Threatened species of deer discovered in trap

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Environmental rangers inspect the carcass of a dead male sambar deer on Friday in Pailin’s Samlot protected area. Photo supplied

Environmental rangers patrolling in Pailin province’s Samlot protected area yesterday recovered the remains of a male sambar deer, which died after being caught in a snare likely set up by local villagers, a NGO worker said.
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Homes destroyed in eviction

Source: Phnom Penh Post

People gather yesterday morning to demand Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention to resolve a land dispute in Kandal province. Mech Dara

Security forces on Friday dismantled and burned three homes in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district after forcibly evicting the families, enforcing a Supreme Court decision from last year that ruled against the households’ claims to the land.
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Son Chhay request on Sesan dam passed on

Source: Phnom Penh Post

CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay meets with villagers affected by the Lower Sesan II hydropower dam last month. Photo supplied

After blocking several letters from opposition lawmaker Son Chhay to Mines Minister Suy Sem in recent months, National Assembly President Heng Samrin has forwarded a new missive asking the minister to find solutions for villagers affected by Stung Treng’s Lower Sesan II hydropower dam project.
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