End sought to 10-year row

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Koh Kong villagers have been locked in a dispute with Chinese firm Union Development Group. Heng Chivoan

Representatives of villagers locked in a land dispute for more than a decade said they have handed petitions to the EU, US and Chinese embassies and the land management and environment ministries in a bid to bring about a speedy solution to the ongoing case. Continue reading

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Foreign help for construction safety

Source : Khmer Times 

There are moves to make Cambodia’s construction industry safer. Realestate.com.kh

According to the latest semi-annual report from the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), the construction sector is set to be one of the biggest contributors to the Kingdom’s forecasted 7 percent economic growth this year. Sitting neck and neck with both exports and tourism, the building industry is expected to be responsible for 11.5 percent of the yearly growth. By all accounts, the industry is as strong as it has ever been. Continue reading

Siem Reap to clear sidewalks for public

Source : Khmer Times 

Authorities dismantle illegal constructions in the city. Supplied

Authorities in Siem Reap city are looking to take action against illegal constructions built on sidewalks and public property.

The decision came after authorities removed two shops illegally built on a sidewalk in the city last week. Continue reading

Rights group calls for news fixer’s release

Source : Khmer Times 

Human Rights Watch yesterday called on the Thai government to immediately release a news fixer arrested at the behest of Cambodian authorities over his role in the production of a sex trafficking documentary dismissed as fake news. Continue reading

Authorities deny RFA timber smuggling report

Source : Khmer Times

Interior Ministry and Mondulkiri provincial forestry administration cantonment officials have denied a Radio Free Asia report saying that timber is being illegally smuggled from the province to Vietnam.

In October, RFA cited anonymous local sources who said that timber is regularly smuggled using modified SUVs through corridors in Pich Chreada district. Continue reading

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

‘Illegal’ timber seized in Mondulkiri Province

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Police previously seized timber in Ratanakkiri (pictured). Last weekend nearly 30 cubic metres of timber were discovered in Mondulkiri while chainsaws and related machinery were impounded in Ratanakkiri. Photo supplied

On Monday, police reported the discovery of nearly 30 cubic metres of timber in O’Pot Sanctuary, a forest located in Mondulkiri province’s Pech Chreada district.

The Pech Chreada district police chief-of-staff, Tok Yen, told The Post that the timber was discovered by border police on December 7. Experts are now transporting the wood to be impounded at a nearby environmental office to be measured and processed. Continue reading