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  1. Despite restrictions imposed by the authorities, the Khmer Rise Party (KRP) has collected nearly 3,000 thumbprints to push its agenda to reclaim the Koh Tral island from Vietnam, said a party official. The campaign was declared on August 8, but the Phnom Penh Municipal authority did not allow the party to collect thumbprints until August 17, and the drive was only restricted to the party’s headquarters. In addition, the KRP was not allowed to use loudspeakers to inform the people about its campaign. The restrictions were to prevent any social or security disorder. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/krp-gets-3000-sign-petition-reclaim-koh-tral-island -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 22/08
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    Chinese top foreign criminals

    The Chinese rank top among 25 foreign nationals who committed the most crimes in the Kingdom, said a National Police report released over the weekend. During the first six months of this year, there were a total of 88 criminal cases, 17 of which were drug-related. Police arrested 378 people from 25 nationalities, with the Chinese outnumbering others at 257. This was followed by Nigerians at 37, Vietnamese (14), Thais (12) and South Koreans, eight. Most of the crimes were committed in the capital. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/chinese-top-foreign-criminals -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 22/08
  3. Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday met with representatives of various political parties that contested the national election to forge the Supreme Consultative Council, a forum he initiated to gather input from opposition parties to move the nation forward. Representatives of sixteen out of 20 political parties that contested the election yesterday attended the first consultation forum with the government. The council, composed of two representatives of each political party, will produce ideas that bring positive national development and will be tasked with giving feedback on draft laws, said government spokesman Phay Siphan. Mr Hun Sen speaks with Kong Monika. KT/Chor Sokunthea Mr Siphan said that the council will be able to submit petitions to the Senate over draft laws passed by the National Assembly. Mr Siphan said that the council will also provide comments to the Prime Minister over injustice, or abuse by officials. Each political party had to nominate two representatives to be council members with the approval of the Prime Minister, said Chhim Phal Virun, an advisor to Mr Hun Sen. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50525119/opposition-parties-meet-with-hun-sen/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 22/08
  4. Phnom Penh Municipal Court today released on bail two former RFA reporters who were jailed on espionage charges last tear. According to court spokesman Y Rin, the court decided to release Oun Chhin and Yieng Sotherin. “The investigating judge has decided to release them on bail and they are now free from prison,” Mr Rin said, declining to comment further. Mr Chhin and Mr Sothearin were arrested in Phnom Penh’s Marady Hotel on November 14 and accused of espionage for sending reports to the United States. Multiple bail requests were previously shot down by the courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In May, Phnom Penh Municipal Court extended the pre-trial detention of the pair for six months for investigations to continue. They were being detained at Prey Sar prison awaiting trial. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50524999/jailed-rfa-reporters-released-on-bail/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 22/08
  5. Cambodia frees leading land rights activist after royal pardon BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Cambodian land rights activist has been released from prison after receiving a royal pardon, having spent more than two years in detention in a case that came to symbolize the struggle by local communities against evictions. Tep Vanny had for years led a campaign fighting the forced removal of thousands of residents to make way for a luxury real estate project in the Boeung Kak lake area of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. The mother of two was found guilty of inciting violence and assaulting security guards while trying to deliver a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen outside his residence in 2013, and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Vanny’s return home on Monday night was broadcast live on a colleague’s Facebook page, and showed a crowd of people cheering her. She thanked them and hugged her children. Rights groups welcomed the release of Vanny and three other women activists who were also pardoned by King Norodom Sihamoni at Hun Sen’s request. “Tep Vanny symbolizes human rights in Cambodia. She was imprisoned for simply trying to exercise her rights and protect those of others,” said Sopheap Chak, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “Her release is very welcome, and will send a signal of hope amidst an increasingly repressive context for human rights defenders,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The impoverished Southeast Asian country has been riven with conflict over land since the Khmer Rouge destroyed the nation’s property records to establish a form of communism in the 1970s. Between 2000 and 2014, about 770,000 Cambodians - more than 6 percent of the population - were affected by land conflicts, according to human rights lawyers who filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court in 2014. They were forced from farmland for mining and agriculture, and neighborhoods in urban areas for real estate projects, according to rights groups. Communities that protest come up against authorities and corporations who respond with intimidation, violence and judicial persecution, said a report by non-profit Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights (LICADHO). Vanny is the most prominent activist from the Boeung Kak area, where local neighborhoods and backpacker hostels were strung around the scenic lake before it was filled in with sand for construction. “Tep Vanny should never have been imprisoned in the first place,” Minar Pimple, a senior director at Amnesty International, said in a statement. “As well as allowing her to resume her activism without fear of further reprisals, authorities must quash all convictions against her and halt any investigations into any other pending charges,” he said. The royal pardon came just days after a sweeping election victory by Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party, in a poll that rights groups say was neither free nor fair. Reporting by Rina Chandran @rinachandran. Editing by Jared Ferrie. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit news.trust.org to see more stories. source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-landrights-crime/cambodia-frees-leading-land-rights-activist-after-royal-pardon-idUSKCN1L60J9 -- © Copyright Reuters 22/08
  6. Kong Meta Police on Sunday arrested a Cambodian woman and are searching for her six Nigerian accomplices in connection with the kidnapping and torture of a Nigerian man in the capital’s Sen Sok district. District police chief Hour Mengvang said Iroegbu Vche Andrew, 46, sustained injuries to his back and cheek after he was confined and tortured with an iron on Saturday. The victim managed to escape while two of the suspects were smoking and left him unattended at the house. “The Cambodian woman was the victim’s girlfriend. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cops-searching-six-over-kidnapping-torture -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 21/08
  7. The commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit (BGU) Hing Bun Heang on Sunday dismissed a short video clip that went viral on social media in which he says he is preparing for a war with the United States over its aggressiveness towards the Kingdom. “If the US does anything aggressive and illegal [against Cambodia], our forces are also prepared to fight back. There’s nothing to be afraid of the US. Why believe a small opposition group and freeze Cambodian officials’ assets and mine? “It [the US] is the father of democracy. And if it really is a democracy, it must determine if it’s justified to put sanctions on a person like me. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pms-bodyguard-commander-hits-back-us -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 21/08
  8. Activists, opposition welcome royal pardon of award-winning land rights defender Tep Vanny after two years in prison. by Leonie Kijewski Phnom Penh, Cambodia - An award-winning Cambodian land rights defender has been freed after spending two years in prison on charges many viewed as politically motivated. Surrounded by her two children and hundreds of supporters in the capital, Phnom Penh, on Monday, a visibly exhausted Tep Vanny said she was released without warning. "The authorities called me out. I did not know [what was happening] and I was not sure whether I would believe them or not," she said. "I have been in prison for so long and I didn't believe that they would release me so suddenly." read more https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/cambodia-rights-activist-freed-jail-pardon-180820163915085.html
  9. A CAMBODIAN court has heard that an Australian filmmaker facing espionage charges “helps the poor” and is “not involved” in politics. AN Australian filmmaker in Cambodia facing a possible five to 10 years in prison on a charge of endangering national security testified on Monday that he wants to buy land to resettle poor local families. James Ricketson, 69, was arrested in June last year for flying a camera-equipped drone over a political rally held by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The party was dissolved as part of a sweeping crackdown on the opposition and media critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, ahead of last month’s general election, in which the ruling party won all 125 National Assembly seats. read more https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson-tells-a-cambodian-court-he-is-not-a-spy/news-story/777fef1314b171ae066eabbc728c00ac
  10. Amru Rice, a major rice miller and exporter, said international demand for its organic rice paper is strong, with the company exporting more than 50 tonnes of the product in the last 12 months. Song Saran, CEO of Amru Rice, told Khmer Times his company started exporting the product in August last year, and only this year started selling it locally. Rice paper is normally used in dishes to wrap fresh vegetables and cooked meat. A common dish that uses the product is spring rolls. He said Amru Rice can only produce about 200 to 250 kilograms a day because of the strict requirements that must be met to send the product abroad. “Almost 100 percent of our organic rice paper was sent to international markets, particularly the Netherlands, France and Denmark. We will soon export to Australia too. “There is a lot of interest for our product from international markets, but we cannot produce enough,” Mr Saran said. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50523717/overseas-demand-for-local-rice-paper-on-the-rise/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 20/08
  11. King Norodom Sihamoni on Friday appointed Hun Sen as prime minister with the duty of organising a government for approval by the National Assembly. On his re-appointment, Mr Hun Sen pledged to do his best to serve the whole nation for another five-year term after his Cambodian People’s Party won a sweeping victory in the general election. He must form a cabinet for the sixth mandate to seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly at its opening session on September 5. The new government will be formed on September 6 and the first Council of Ministers will meet the next day. In a bid to develop the country under multi-party democracy, Mr Hun Sen has invited representatives of all parties that contested the election to join a consultation forum with the government tomorrow to hear their input before the new government is formed, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said. “It will be the first meeting for representatives of each political party to be given the chance to offer their ideas and contributions to the country’s development,” he said. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50524420/hun-sen-formally-appointed-as-pm/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 20/08
  12. A fire ripped through several Cambodian-run stalls at the Rong Kluea market on the Thai side of the border near Poipet city on Saturday evening, according to an official. City deputy fire chief Ly Vibol said yesterday that the fire at the market in Thailand’s Sakeo province was caused by a short circuit and destroyed 10 stalls but there are no reports of any injury. “To the best of my knowledge and information I gathered, no one was injured,” Mr Vibol said. “Only property was destroyed and authorities in Thailand concluded that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunctioning in the market and damage is said to be about $30,000.” He said that Thai firemen in 10 trucks went to the scene and quickly brought the blaze under control before more stalls were destroyed. “The fire happened at about 5.50pm and embers were still burning with firemen still at scene yesterday,” Mr Vibol added. A Cambodian vendor, who only identified herself as Ey, said the fire happened away from her stall and she had heard that there were some injuries. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50524364/fire-destroys-cambodian-run-stalls-in-thai-border-market/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 20/08
  13. Seven underprivileged Cambodian children were selected on Friday to receive congenital heart disease treatment at no cost at the Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand. The programme is part of the Cambodia Healing Hearts Charity Project in collaboration with Bumrungrad Hospital Foundation and Bumrungrad International Hospital and backed by the Royal Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh, Samdech Techo Young Doctor Association (TYDA), Calmette Hospital and Thai Air Asia. The project was established with the objectives of using the expertise and resources of Bumrungrad Hospital, to provide surgeries for underprivileged children in neighbouring countries. Napas Paorohitaya, the representative of Bumrungrad Hospital Foundation and chief marketing officer of Bumrungrad International Hospital said the project was initiated with the objective to help children from poor families who are in real need of heart surgery. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50524098/bumrungrad-brings-life-changing-treatment-to-underprivileged-cambodian-kids/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 20/08
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    Chinese charged with murder

    Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a Chinese businesswoman with murder for ramming her luxury car into a motorbike, killing its driver and seriously injuring the passenger in Phnom Penh’s Chamkamon district. Court documents identified the accused as Yuan Tang, 26, a constructions materials vendor living at a rental house in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune. The court charged Ms Yuan with intentional murder and she faces up to 15 years if convicted. She was arrested on Monday and is now in prison pending her trial. Third Lieutenant Sok Pheng, a district police officer, said at about 11.30pm on Monday, Ms Yuan was driving with a friend and went to park her car along Street 244 in Tuol Tumpoung II commune. He said that while parking, she noticed two Cambodian men, Sarun Piseth, 28, and Be Sophea David, 24, on a motorbike heading toward the car and suspected that they were snatch thieves out to steal phones from her and her friend. Third Lt Pheng added that to protect themselves from being robbed, Ms Yuan drove her car and hit the motorbike, seriously injuring both men. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50523768/chinese-charged-with-murder/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 17/08
  15. Cambodia and the United Kingdom will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on opening a communication channel to discuss issues of interest to both countries. The commitment to sign the MoU was made yesterday during a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and newly-appointed British Ambassador to Cambodia Tina Susan Redshaw. In a press conference after the meeting, newly-appointed ministry spokesman Ket Sophann said that both countries will sign the MoU on consultation between both foreign ministries at a date yet to be determined. He added that the MoU is aimed at providing a channel to discuss any problem that crops up on issues of mutual interest to both countries. Mr Sophann noted that Britain is also committed to continued bilateral cooperation and helping Cambodia on education and demining. He said that Mr Sokhonn expressed his profound respect for Britain for its help on demining, and that he asked the British government to contribute to the Asean Regional Mine Action Centre which will help share its experience and knowledge on demining in the region. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50523771/communication-mou-discussed/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 17/08