Monks and their supporters marching to Phnom Penh on a 10-day “Peace Walk,” as part of International Human Rights Day, said Wednesday that pagodas along the way have repeatedly tried to shut them out, and they have scuffled with police on at least one occasion. About 100 monks are leading the marchers, who set out on Sunday from various points along... continue
Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter
An official at the Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) said Wednesday that the body plans to review and possibly lower the current minimum price per call after it recently ordered the country’s seven mobile phone operators to abide by a law that sets minimum call prices. “We are going to start now and begin studying the market prices. We really have... continue
Joshua Wilwohl and Hul Reaksmey
Local and international organizations on Tuesday marked International Day of Persons With Disabilities by calling on the government to extend its efforts to employ more disabled people beyond Phnom Penh’s environs. A sub-decree attached to the government’s Disability Law, enacted in July 2009, states that the staff of all government agencies must include a quota of at least 2 percent disabled... continue
Matt Blomberg and Ben Sokhean
In a remote part of Ratanakkiri, Lan Yorn ekes out an existence mining for gems. In his quest to provide for his family, Yorn engages in highly dangerous work illegally digging mines as deep as 12 metres with only the most basic of equipment. ... Government officials say that unlicensed mining in search of minerals is a problem among rural villagers desperate... continue
Shane Worrell and May Titthara
The opposition CNRP has written to the embassies of Singapore and Malaysia requesting copies of draft agreements with the Cambodian government on sending migrant workers to the countries that they say they were not privy to. A Ministry of Labor official last month said the government was in talks with Malaysia to resume sending maids to the country after Prime Minister... continue
Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
Japan-based UD Trucks Corporation is planning on selling its new heavy duty transport vehicle, the 2013 UD Quester, in Cambodia.
Volvo Group-owned UD Trucks also launched the latest versions of the UD Quon, UD Fuel Demonstrator, UD Quester and Volvo FH at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 last month.... continue
Prime Minister Hun Sen and the visiting president of the China-Cambodia Friendship Association (CCFA) each planted a tree inside the Peace Palace compound in Phnom Penh on Wednesday to celebrate the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Gu Xiulian, president of the CCFA, planted an Osmanthus Fragrans sapling, the mature version of which has culinary and medicinal value,... continue
A ruling party lawmaker and parliamentary spokesman said yesterday that the National Assembly will consider invoking an internal rule that could force the opposition party to replace its elected lawmakers with lower-ranked candidates from within the party if their boycott continues beyond a deadline.
Principle 83 of the assembly’s internal regulations states that “the seat of an... continue
Kevin Ponniah and Chhay Channyda
The government in May held back on implementing widely unpopular rules that would have raised the price of mobile phone calls so as to not upset consumers – and potential voters – just months ahead of the national election, according to Cambodia’s independent telecommunications regulator.
“Before the election this happened, but the government and the minister of... continue
Daniel de Carteret
Cambodia's General Department of Taxation had collected 800 million U.S. dollars of taxes in the first 11 months of the year, a 17 percent rise compared with the same period last year, a press release said Wednesday. The revenues came from tax on profit, withholding tax, tax on salary, value added tax (VAT), special tax on certain merchandises and services, turnover... continue
The long-awaited resumption of international adoptions may finally occur in the new year, officials from the ministries of Justice and Social Affairs said yesterday, though no time table is yet in place.
While the freeze on adoptions – put in place in 2009 with the passage of the Inter-Country Adoption Law – was lifted in January of... continue
Amelia Woodside and Sen David
Cambodia could soon get its first Chinese-run digital television station, the latest local project hailing from a country that represents one of the Kingdom's largest foreign investors.
Yu Hua, deputy director of Yunnan Mobile Digital TV Corporation, based in China’s Yunnan province, met with Cambodia’s Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith on Monday to discuss the venture, according... continue
In an epic, six-hour address in September, Prime Minister Hun Sen apologized for the government’s many “problems” and promised a more reformist government over the next five years of his rule. Targeting corruption, deforestation and the lack of transparency across government sectors, the prime minister made clear that the CPP’s continued grip on power would depend on whether his ruling party... continue
Representatives from civil society and the opposition gathered yesterday to push for the adoption of an access to information law – a move that comes less than a month after Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the Ministry of Information to hasten its development.
Two laws dealing with freedom of information – proposed by what was then the... continue
Two people who were quoted in a report implicating tycoon Try Pheap in illegal logging have been issued fresh summonses to appear in Kandal Provincial Court on defamation charges. Sen San and Ouk Sambo were originally scheduled to appear in the court last Friday, but San was granted a postponement until Tuesday because his lawyer could not attend proceedings.... continue
A semiannual study of defendants’ rights in Cambodian courts released this week found an alarming prevalence of pre-trial detention in cases involving juvenile suspects, who are routinely blended with adult prison populations.
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights’ sixth semiannual report of trial rights, which cited 354 criminal cases in Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey and Ratanakkiri courts... continue
Political turmoil in Thailand, where protesters have overtaken government buildings and called for the premier there to step down, have sparked concerns in Cambodia that its diplomatic relations with its neighbor could again deteriorate. ... “The governments of Yingluck and Thaksin are close to Hun Sen,” said Lao Mong Hay, an independent political analyst in Phnom Penh. “If the [Thai] opposition... continue
Cambodia is now ranked as being perceived by investors as Southeast Asia’s most corrupt country, surpassing Laos and Burma on Transparency International’s annual corruption index. Cambodia ranked 160 of 175 countries in the report, with its index score a mere 20 out of 100. That’s two points lower than last year, marking the first year Cambodia has fared worse than its... continue
Swedish clothing giant H&M recently announced a program to boost wages for garment workers in its sub-contractor factories around the world, including in Cambodia, where the company is a leading buyer. H&M's announcement comes at the end of a turbulent year in the garment sector in Cambodia and elsewhere. In the coming weeks, the Cambodian government will announce a rise... continue
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that the country's development in all fields could not be detached from China's aid and vowed to further deepen ties between the two countries. ... According to the figures recorded by the Cambodian Finance Ministry, to date, China has provided a total of 2.89 billion US dollars in the forms of grants, interest-free loans,... continue
Global Times News Staff