Vietnam-bound trucks full of firewood seized

Source: Phnom Penh Post |Thu, 22 September 2016, by

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Authorities stand next to a truck in Tbong Khmum province yesterday after it was seized for illegal transportation of lumber. Photo supplied

Tbong Khmum provincial military police officers yesterday arrested six people and seized two trucks that were allegedly transporting firewood to Vietnam, according to gendarmerie spokesman Eng Hy.

Hy said the group was busted in the morning in Memot district’s Triek commune while headed for the border.

“[At this stage] we do not know how much wood, but the cars planned to go Vietnam on [September] 21 at about 2am. We have sent [the suspects] and the cars to the provincial Forestry Administration.”

Reached yesterday, Tbong Khmum provincial Forestry Administration chief Kim Chhunly said his office had received a report about the bust, saying it appeared the wood was being transported through the province but had been cut in Kratie province.

“We arrested them because they did not have permission [to transport the wood] . . . They will have to pay a fine and then we will release them.”

While the timber trade to Vietnam generally centres around luxury species that fetch high prices, smaller-scale logging for things like fuel has also been blamed for the Kingdom’s rampant deforestation.

The government announced a blanket ban on timber exports to Vietnam in January in a bid to stop smuggling, however, reports from activists and evidence including import data from Vietnam suggest the trade continues.

Vietnam-bound trucks full of firewood seized

Cambodian rails linked to Thailand’s

Source: Phnom Penh Post |Tue, 20 September 2016, by

The long-awaited railroad between Phnom Penh and Bangkok moved one step closer to completion yesterday after tracks on the Cambodian side were connected to those in Thailand.

The Poipet-Phnom Penh rail line was joined to the Bangkok-Sa Kaeo line during a ceremony at the international border checkpoint, said Sun Chanthol, minister of public works and transportation.

“Now we have connected our railway with Thailand’s railway and we will continue to renovate our railway as soon as possible in order to open the line between Cambodia and Thailand at the end of this year or early next year,” he said. Continue reading “Cambodian rails linked to Thailand’s”

Cambodian rails linked to Thailand’s

Boeung Kak activists found guilty

Source: Phnom Penh Post |Tue, 20 September 2016, by and

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A supporter holds an image of Boeung Kak lake activist Tep Vanny during a protest at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday. Hong Menea

Four Boeung Kak lake activists were convicted and sentenced to six months in jail yesterday for their roles in a 2011 scuffle with security personnel outside City Hall, a ruling defence attorneys insisted was accompanied by a glaring lack of evidence.

The four – Tep Vanny, Bo Chhorvy, Heng Mom and Kong Chantha – were found guilty of insulting and obstructing public officials as the “ringleaders” of the nearly five-year-long protest. Chantha was found guilty in absentia. Continue reading “Boeung Kak activists found guilty”

Boeung Kak activists found guilty

Two Months to Claim Land Certificates

Source: Khmer Times | Mon, 19 September 2016, by Pech Sotheary

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Residents of Chroy Changvar stage a protest over the OCIC development. Supplied

City Hall said villagers affected by the development project of the Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district would have two months to claim the certificate of land policy before it would stop assuming responsibility for losses, according to a statement released yesterday. Continue reading “Two Months to Claim Land Certificates”

Two Months to Claim Land Certificates

Gov’t awards medals for environmental activism

Source: Phnom Penh Post | Mon, 19 September 2016, Touch Sokha

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But Buntenh talks during an environmental forum overseen by Prime Minister Hun Sen last month at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

Outspoken activist monk But Buntenh and one-time opposition darling Thy Sovantha are among several individuals to be recognised with “honour medals” from the government for their environmental protection work, according to official documents. Continue reading “Gov’t awards medals for environmental activism”

Gov’t awards medals for environmental activism

Clock ticks on city’s offer to Chroy Changvar protesters

Source: Phnom Penh Post |Mon, 19 September 2016, by

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A Chroy Changvar community representative speaks through a megaphone earlier this month during a protest against OCIC at the Ministry of Land Management. Hong Menea

Chroy Changvar residents affected by the development of a planned satellite city project must accept a City Hall proposal that would see them retain just 10 percent of the land they claim or risk losing everything, according to a letter issued last week.

A September 14 missive informed villagers they had two months to collect cards from authorities showing they had land on the peninsula and giving them claim to retain one-tenth of it. Continue reading “Clock ticks on city’s offer to Chroy Changvar protesters”

Clock ticks on city’s offer to Chroy Changvar protesters

Flooding hits Phnom Penh following heavy weekend rains

Source: Phnom Penh Post |Mon, 19 September 2016, by

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People wade through flooded streets in the capital’s Meanchey district yesterday. Hong Menea

Heavy rains descended on Phnom Penh on Saturday night, flooding many streets and even some homes throughout the capital.

Chan Yutha, spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, called the water level “immense” yesterday. Continue reading “Flooding hits Phnom Penh following heavy weekend rains”

Flooding hits Phnom Penh following heavy weekend rains