Cambodia eyes ties with Organization of Islamic Cooperation: FM

November 25th, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said Tuesday that the Southeast Asian nation is willing to create relations with the 57-country Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). …

Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said he was unsure if Cambodia eyed a status of an observer state or a member state at the OIC since it was the first talk on the matter. …

Xinhuanet News Staff

GMAC claims on true wages ‘exaggerated’

November 21st, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) said in a statement this week that under the new minimum wage workers can actually earn up to $250 per month, though others were quick to label the figure exaggerated.

The Ministry of Labour last week approved the new wage in Cambodia’s garment sector, which comes on top of legally required benefits such as transportation, accommodation and meal allowances. The new wage of $128 – up from $100 – will go into effect January 1. …

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan

Fake call leads to wild goose chase

November 10th, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

On Saturday, Banteay Meanchey border police received a desperate call.

More than 80 Cambodian migrants, including women and children, were locked in a house in Thailand. They were being starved and abused. Two boys, begging their captors for food, were kicked to death. So said the voice on the other end of the phone, a self-professed 26-year-old undocumented migrant who had trusted two Thai brokers to lead him to higher paying employment across the border. He pleaded with the police to come and find them.

The call set in motion a joint Cambodian-Thai investigation, and prompted local media reports. A search and rescue party was sent to Samut Prakan province, just south of Bangkok, where the caller said they had been taken.

Police scoured the area, but found nothing. They tried calling the man again, but his number was disconnected.

The problem, they concluded yesterday afternoon, was that the call had been fake.​ …

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Laignee Barron

Cambodians launch fresh rally against Aussie refugee deal

October 17th, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

More than 100 human rights activists, youths and Buddhist monks marched on streets here on Friday in the latest round of protests against a refugee deal that Cambodia signed with Australia last month.

Under the deal, Australia will send refugees, who intend to seek asylum in Australia, and are being held at an offshore detention camp in the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru, to resettle in Cambodia. …

Xinhuanet News Staff

Cambodia will take in Australia’s refugees on voluntary basis: PM

September 29th, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that the country will take in refugees from Australia on a voluntary basis, stressing that accepting asylum seekers is part of an international obligation for Cambodia. …

Hun Sen said a Cambodian working group will interview those refugees and accept them if they want to live in Cambodia; instead, if they don’t want to come, it’s their rights. …

Long Visalo, secretary of state with the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press conference on Monday that a small number of refugees will be resettled in Cambodia later this year or early next year. …

Xinhuanet News Staff

Vietnam requests Cambodia to stop “wrongful actions of protesters”: spokesperson

September 11th, 2014 , Global Post

Vietnam foreign ministry spokesperson on Thursday requests the Cambodian administration to “take effective measures to stop those wrongful actions of protesters, which are not in line with the traditional friendship and sound relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia.”​ …

Global Post News Staff

Thailand arrests 33 Cambodians for illegal logging

September 4th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Thirty-three Cambodian nationals were arrested for illegally logging rare rosewood trees in Thailand, where they are currently awaiting trial, officials said Wednesday.

The arrests marked a long-called-for shift in tactics by Thai authorities: In the past, Thai soldiers and border police have often dealt with illegal Cambodian loggers by shooting them dead. …

Saing Soenthrith and Van Roeun

Talks with Cambodia renew hope for deal on overlapping claims area in gulf, electricity cooperation on the cards

September 3rd, 2014 , The Nation

The Energy Ministry will hold discussions with Cambodia about cooperation in electricity and the overlapping petroleum-claims area in the Gulf of Thailand during the current official visit to Phnom Penh by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn. …

Wartcharapong Thongrung

Cambodia, US share concerns over Lao dam

August 28th, 2014 , The Cambodia Daily

Following a meeting with a visiting U.S. diplomat on Wednesday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Secretary of State Ouch Borith said the U.S. shares Cambodia’s concerns about a controversial hydropower dam Laos is planning to build on the Mekong River.

Cambodia and Vietnam both fear that the 256-MW Don Sahong dam in southern Laos will severely reduce vital fish stocks in the Lower Mekong and its tributaries. …

Eang Mengleng

Japanese parliamentary delegation visits Cambodia to strengthen ties

August 22nd, 2014 , Xinhuanet News

A Japanese parliamentary delegation, led by Azuma Koshiishi, vice president of the House of Councilors, is visiting Cambodia to strengthen and expand bilateral ties and cooperation.

Speaking during a meeting with Heng Samrin, president of the Cambodian National Assembly, on Friday, Koshiishi said it was his first visit to Cambodia to further enhance ties and cooperation between the two legislative bodies. …

Xinhuanet News Staff

Refugee house hunting

August 22nd, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

High-level bureaucrats from Australia have visited several sites in Cambodia over the past two months to view properties where refugees from its overseas detention centre on Nauru could be relocated, the Post has learned.

Separate sources, who cannot be named because of the sensitivity of the ongoing negotiations, have this week confirmed that land in Preah Sihanouk province has been assessed by the officials.

Properties in Phnom Penh have also been visited by the delegation, one source said.

The proposed deal between the two countries has been shrouded in secrecy since it was first made public by Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong after a meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in February. Last week, the Postreported that a deal was expected “imminently”. …

Daniel Pye and Cheang Sokha