Interior ministry official charged over land grab

Source : Khmer Times 

The accused Moeung Lida, 34. Pic Fresh News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged a government official who allegedly tried to grab state land by fraudulently using Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s wife’s name to threaten a commune chief in Preah Sihanouk province. Continue reading

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PM orders restoration of S’ville beach

Source : Phnom Penh Post

A landfill dumped into the beach had yet to excavate. Photo CNRO

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara to personally inspect claims of landfilling at Praek Treng beach.

He also ordered a private company to dredge the beach and restore it to its previous condition. Continue reading

Ministry defends sand dredging in Kampong Cham

Source : Khmer Times 

Residents fear the collapse of riverbanks. Supplied

The Mines and Energy Ministry yesterday held a public forum with residents living in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas and Srey Santhor districts in order to address their concerns over riverbank collapses. Continue reading

Working group to address complaints

Source : Khmer Times

Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced the creation of a working group to handle petitions over injustices addressed to him by protesters.

On Tuesday, Mr Hun Sen said he will appoint 22 officials to the working group, including General Hing Bun Hieng, commander of his bodyguard unit, Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng and Kandal Provincial Governor Mao Phirun. Continue reading

Global Lawmakers Condemn ‘Blatant’ Rights Violations of Cambodia’s Opposition MPs

Source : RFA

The Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Human Rights Commission debates human rights violations in Geneva, Oct. 16, 2018.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” about rights violations against lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and called for a meeting with CNRP chief Kem Sokha, who is currently held under house arrest. Continue reading

Activist asks UN to review EU-Vietnam timber deal

Source : Khmer Times

NGOs claim timber is looted from Cambodia and sent to Vietnam. Supplied

A prominent environmental activist has reached out to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in a bid to have him oppose a timber trade deal set to be inked between the European Union and Vietnam. Continue reading

Property investments take dive

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Workers at a construction project funded by Chinese investment in Preah Sihanouk province. Heng Chivoan

Cambodia’s construction investment value dropped more than 14 per cent in the first nine months of the year compared with the same period last year, a report released on Wednesday by the Ministry of Land Management said.

It said in the period from January to end-September, the government approved a total of 2,541 construction projects valued at just over $4.8 billion – a fall of 14.47 per cent from more than $5.6 billion in the same period last year. Continue reading