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.”​ …

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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

In China, nowhere to run

August 21st, 2014 , The Phnom Penh Post

In yet another case of Cambodian women facing abuse in China, a 19-year-old told the Post yesterday that she has taken to living on the streets after the consulate in Shanghai refused to pay for her repatriation.

Kim Sophea*, who claims she has been forced into marriage in China three times, said by phone yesterday that she had no intention of entering that country as a bride-to-be. She and her cousin left Kampong Cham together last October with a broker known to them as Neang Vanou, who promised an alluring end to their family’s poverty: $500 a month for factory work in China, five times the pay they could earn in Cambodia. But instead of work, Sophea was stripped of her identity – the broker kept her passport and changed her name and age – and sold her to a stranger in Shanghai. …

Sen David and Laignee Barron

Laos halts construction project of controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam: envoy

August 19th, 2014 , Global Post

Laos has suspended the construction project of controversial 260-megawatt Don Sahong hydropower dam on the lower Mekong River following requests from other countries, newly-designated Laos ambassador to Cambodia Prasith Sayasith said Tuesday. …

Global Post News Staff

Cambodia Orders Halt to Anti-Vietnamese Protests After Flag Burning Incident

August 19th, 2014 , Radio Free Asia

suspend protests against Vietnam over a territorial dispute as Phnom Penh expressed “regret” to Hanoi over the burning of a Vietnamese flag during the demonstrations last week.

Horn Nam Hong met at his office with the head of the Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation, Thach Setha, who agreed to temporarily halt the protest outside the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh following the request from the minister.

“We issued a statement to halt the protests until the end of this month,” Thach Setha told RFA’s Khmer Service following Tuesday’s meeting, though he stressed that the demonstration would continue next month if Hanoi doesn’t apologize over a statement it made on the historical ownership of Khmer Kampuchea Krom provinces. …

Joshua Lipes