Construction sector sees 20% fall

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

One Park Condominium, a project developed by Graticity Real Estate Development Co Ltd, is under construction in the capital’s Boeung Kak area in May. Hong Menea

The Kingdom’s construction sector has seen a 20 per cent fall in capital investment this year compared to last year, while the government collected nearly $100 million in national revenue from real estate services, according to the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction’s 2018 annual report released on Monday. Continue reading

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Worldbridge Homes set to bring affordable housing

Source : Phnom Penh Post

Construction of Worldbridge Homes’ affordable residential development project is underway. Photo supplied

The first phase of an affordable-home project by Cambodia-based Worldbridge Homes Co Ltd will be completed in late March next year, with the entire project finished in the first quarter of 2020.

The project, located in Kandal province’s Sa’ang district, is about 18km from Phnom Penh and near Takhmao town. It consists of 2,457 two-storey units and 90 shophouses. Continue reading

Spate of pardons raises eyebrows

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Meach Sovannara (back row, centre) and other opposition activists receive a blessing at a capital pagoda after being released early Tuesday from prison. Heng Chivoan

In a series of unprecedented moves, prime minister-designate Hun Sen brokered royal pardons for a growing list of incarcerated political activists – from Boeung Kak community leader Tep Vanny earlier this month to a group of 14 Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) officials who were freed on Tuesday.

While he has credited the pardon moves to his own “kindness”, many analysts have pointed to Western criticisms of the July 29 national elections, which proceeded without the court-dissolved CNRP and its former president who is in pre-trial detention. Continue reading

Tep Vanny back in court after release

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Land activist Tep Vanny spoke to the presses in front of the court on Friday. Heng Chivoan

Just four days after stepping out of Prey Sar prison thanks to a royal pardon, land activist Tep Vanny was back in court on Friday facing a charge related to a six-year-old case filed by a fellow Boeung Kak resident.

Vanny and five others received six-month suspended sentences over a ‘death threat’ complaint filed by Boeung Kak resident Ly Mom back in 2012. Continue reading

Hun Sen hints at pardons for imprisoned CNRP members

Source : Phnom Penh Post

The CNRP activists arrive at the Appeal Court, where their convictions for ‘insurrection’ were upheld. Pha Lina

Prime Minister-designate Hun Sen on Thursday hinted that he could soon request that a royal pardon is issued for 12 imprisoned members of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). But he was quick to say the move wasn’t a response to international pressure.

Referencing political voices who had recently been released from prison – namely Boeung Kak activist Tep Vanny, analyst Kim Sok and two Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters granted bail – the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) president warned them not to be rude, saying they could be sent back to prison. Continue reading

Royal pardon returns freedom to activist

Source : Khmer Times

Prominent land activist Tep Vanny has been reunited with her family after two years in jail and plans to continue her fight for displaced Boeng Kak villagers.

About six months ago, Tep Vanny wanted to break the bars of her jail cell and run home, not for her own freedom, but to take care of her sick child who had been admitted to hospital with appendicitis. Continue reading

Tep Vanny to continue activism

Source : Khmer Times

Tep Vanny was freed from prison after a pardon from the King. KT/Mom Sophon

Following her release from prison, land activist Tep Vanny vowed to continue fighting for the Boeng Kak community until every displaced family receives a land title.

Ms Vanny also said she will share her experience with other communities locked in land disputes across the country. Continue reading