International laws and treaties
PM says sanctions hinder progress
Prime Minister Hun Sen is due on Saturday to emphasise the key role of “multilateralism for global peace” as well as the emerging “unilateral sanction” being a threat to international law at the United Nations General Assembly. ...
National Assembly approves UN Convention on Sea Law
A total of 110 National Assembly members on Monday convened to review and unanimously approve seven draft laws in a historic session that saw the Kingdom ratify the UN’s Convention on Sea Law (Unclos). The Unclos, dated December 10, 1982, “lays down a comprehensive regime ...
Experts from Asean gather to discuss upcoming Competition Law
The Competition Law, a piece of legislation deemed crucial in the digital economy, will be completed early next year, Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak said yesterday. ...
After meet, UN rep mum on politics
Keep out of Cambodia’s internal affairs.This was the message delivered yesterday by Cambodia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn to country director for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Wan-Hea Lee at a meeting to discuss cooperation. ...
UN backs local OHCHR office in dispute
The United Nations is standing behind Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) country representative Wan-Hea Lee after a letter signed by Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon accused her of failing to respect Cambodia’s sovereignty. ...
Minister warns UN over criticism
Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn on Friday warned the UN’s Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Cambodia against criticizing government decisions, deeming it disrespectful to the nation’s sovereignty. ...
Youth to protest Vietnam land grabs
The Cambodian Youth Party (CYP) is urging the public to join a mass demonstration on October 10 against Vietnam, due to what they say is a continued encroachment by the neighboring country on Cambodian territory through two settlements currently under construction. In an announcement sent out ...
ICC move fuels debate on Cambodian case
A new paper from the International Criminal Court laying out a shift in focus to crimes linked to environmental destruction and the unlawful dispossession of land has rekindled the debate over whether the court will launch an investigation into a case highlighting land-grabbing in Cambodia. ...
South China Sea likely to feature at ASEAN Summit in Laos
Prime Minister Hun Sen today leads a delegation of high-level officials to Laos for the start of the 29th ASEAN Summit. The event is considered of special import as it comes in the wake of a July international court ruling that determined the so-called “nine-dash line” ...
Russia claims Cambodia failed to notify of embezzler’s arrest
Cambodian officials have not informed Russian authorities about the arrest of a wanted embezzler in Sihanoukville last month, despite apprehending him at their request, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. ...
Khy Sovuthy and Sonia Kohlbacher
Cambodia, Singapore ratify ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons
Cambodia and Singapore have deposited their respective instruments of ratification for the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, it was learned. ...
3,000 women, children allegedly trafficked to Laos, Cambodia
Some 3,000 Vietnamese women and children were suspected to have been trafficked to Laos and Cambodia in 2015, the Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper reported.The women were sold into prostitution and children were forced into hard physical labor. ...
Viet Nam News Staff
Seventeen montagnards seeking asylum in Cambodia return to Vietnam
Seventeen ethnic Montagnard Christians who fled Vietnam earlier this year to seek refuge from alleged persecution voluntarily returned home on Tuesday, discouraged after waiting for more than three months to be granted refugee status, a rights advocate and United Nations spokesperson said. ...
World leaders head to Paris for climate deal
Heads of state from nearly 80 countries are heading to Paris (November 30-December 11) to craft a global climate change agreement. The new accord will replace the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change that expired in 2012. ...
International Criminal Court discusses role of civil society in investigations
The International Criminal Court in the Hague has issued a statement acknowledging the work of civil society organizations in helping maintain international standards of justice. In 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, some 60,000 people were affected by land grabs, according to a report ...
Cambodia extends deportation deadline for asylum-seeking montagnards
The Cambodian government has extended the deadline for the deportation of 13 ethnic Montagnard Christians who have obtained refugee status in the Southeast Asian nation if they do not find a third country in which to permanently settle by next January, prompting criticism from a ...
Montagnards elect to return to Vietnam, despite quest for asylum in Cambodia
Two dozen ethnic Montagnard Christians who fled Vietnam earlier this year to seek refuge in Cambodia from alleged persecution have volunteered to return home, frustrated with long waits and the dim prospects of being granted asylum, a police official and rights activist in northeastern Cambodia ...
Ratha Visal and Samean Yun
Nine Vietnamese montagnards fear deportation by Cambodian authorities
Nine Vietnamese Montagnards who are seeking the protection of the United Nations refugee office in Cambodia’s capital said Monday that they fled their homeland last month because of political persecution, and expressed concern about possible deportation by Cambodian authorities. ...
Group proposes signing UN water pact
Environmental groups yesterday urged the government to seek greater legal clarity among the Mekong River countries about how they should share its resources. ...
Cambodian government claims montagnards are trafficked economic refugees
Cambodia declared Tuesday that the Montagnards who have entered the country illegally, claiming to flee repression in Vietnam are economic, not political, refugees, because they were trafficked into the nation, a government spokesman said. ...