Ministries and other national bodies

Ministry of Cult and Religion

Religion ministry plans to sue activist monk But Buntenh under lèse majesté

The Ministry of Cults and Religion has said it will consider lodging a complaint against activist monk But Buntenh following his remarks that Cambodians, including the King, drink contaminated water. Cambodian Youth Party President Pich Sros, who initially had said he was thinking about lodging ...

Leonie Kijewski and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/religion-ministry-plans-sue-activist-monk-buntenh-under-lese-majeste

State President welcomes Cambodian Senior Minister

President Trần Đại Quang hosted a reception in Hà Nội yesterday for Cambodia’s Senior Minister and Minister of Cults and Religion, Him Chhem, during which he stressed the need for the two countries to boost religious cooperation in bilateral and multilateral frameworks. ...

Viet Nam News
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/300579/state-president-welcomes-cambodian-senior-minister.html#WEOSRtzhVAbORK3O.97

Naga to mend fences with National Buddhist Institute

The owners of NagaWorld have agreed to replace the fences and gate of the National Buddhist Institute that were destroyed by the casino last year during the construction of an underground walkway. Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the casino to make the repairs and in ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/22353/naga-to-mend-fences-with-national-buddhist-institute/

Religion ministry to hold wedding rituals seminar

In an effort to standardise wedding rituals, Cambodia’s achars, or laymen who carry out Buddhist rites of passage, have been invited to a 10-day training course next month in the capital, the Ministry of Cults and Religion announced last week. ...

Lay Samean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/religion-ministry-hold-wedding-rituals-seminar

Increase in conservation work planned for Angkorian temple

Banteay Chhmar, the expansive Angkorian temple in Banteay Meanchey province noted for its elaborate bas-reliefs, is set to see a significant increase in conservation work over the next five years following an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and the London-based School of Oriental and ...

Anthony Jensen
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/increase-in-conservation-work-planned-for-angkorian-temple-103583/

Viet Nam, Cambodia boost religious ties

Viet Nam and Cambodia, at a high-ranking meeting in Phnom Penh yesterday, agreed to co-operate further to implement the co-operation agreements they signed in the field of religion and belief. Dung said the implementation of bilateral agreements signed in February this year would help to ...

Viet Nam News Staff
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/274915/viet-nam-cambodia-boost--religious-ties.html

Effort to curb violence against children gaining speed

The effort to reduce violence against children in Cambodia is gaining speed, with a boost from the Religion Ministry, which will highlight the Buddhist value of nonviolence as well as the practice of meditation in the country’s schools, according to ministry officials. ...

Srey Kumneth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/13762/effort-to-curb-violence-against-children-gaining-speed/

Minister called over SR statues

The National Assembly’s Seventh Commission is to summon the minister of cult and religion for questioning regarding “illegal” religious statues erected last week and subsequently destroyed by authorities in Siem Reap’s Svay Leu district. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net/news/minister-called-over-sr-statues/

NA commission calls ministers over Bokor

The National Assembly’s Seventh Commission, which oversees tourism and culture, summoned four government ministers to answer questions yesterday regarding the development and future of Kampot province’s Bokor Mountain. ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/na-commission-calls-ministers-over-bokor

Gov’t to discuss Bokor mountain management

Two government ministers will meet with a National Assembly commission on Monday to discuss a tourism management plan for Bo­kor Mountain, according to CNRP lawmaker Yem Ponhea­rith, who last month visited the mountain to inspect burial sites popular with Vietnamese tourists. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-to-discuss-bokor-mountain-management-79257/

CNRP seeks to supplant vietnamese prayer sites

CNRP spokesman Yem Ponhearith said on Monday that he plans to summon four government ministers to parliament to determine whether a remote area of Kampot province’s Bokor Mountain used for prayer ceremonies by Vietnamese tourists could be turned into a Cambodian cultural site. ...

Khuon Narim and Alex Willemyns
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-seeks-to-supplant-vietnamese-prayer-sites-78107/

Structure removed from Buddhist Institute land

A temporary structure built on the Buddhist Institute’s land by Na­gaCorp, which added to swirling rumors late last year that the growing casino empire was planning to develop the land and prompted hundreds of monks to march in protest, has been removed. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/structure-removed-from-buddhist-institute-land-75808/

Monks overcome obstacles to march on Cambodian capital

Hundreds of monks are marching to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh to mark International Human Rights Day, defying the orders of their own leaders and police and military roadblocks, local media reported Monday. Accompanied by rights campaigners, some of the monks have been walking towards the city ...

World Bulletin News Staff
http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/150189/monks-overcome-obstacles-to-march-on-cambodian-capital

Buddha statue not wanted

Ethnic Tumpoun residents from Ratanakkiri’s Banlung district sent petitions to authorities yesterday to protest plans to erect a Buddha statue at Yeak Loam Lake, saying it will bring bad luck to their villages. ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/buddha-statue-not-wanted

Races raise excitement for return of water festival

Thousands of competitors and spectators headed to Phnom Penh’s riverside on Sunday as preliminary races got underway for the upcoming Water Festival, which begins Wednesday. Hundreds of competitors sat under trees or wandered along the waterfront with oars over their shoulders as crowds and anticipation built ...

Mech Dara and George Wright
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/races-raise-excitement-for-return-of-water-festival-71616/

Hun Sen tells King Buddhist Institute’s land not for sale

Government denials over the rumored development of the Buddhist Institute have reached the highest levels, with the prime minister penning a letter to the king to assure him the land is not for sale. In a letter addressed to King Norodom Sihamoni dated October 6 and ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-tells-king-buddhist-institutes-land-not-for-sale-69609/

Buddhist Institute is safe, minister tells National Assembly

Despite being hemmed in by construction on all sides as NagaWorld expands its casino empire in Phnom Penh, the Buddhist Institute will not be sold off or rented out, Cults and Religion Minister Min Khin told a National Assembly commission on Thursday. In May, the institute’s ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/buddhist-institute-is-safe-minister-tells-national-assembly-69526/

Controversial pagoda closed

Kandal province’s Tuol Reachea pagoda has been ordered shut for a week after authorities yesterday broke into the living quarters of Thean Vuthy, a man who claims to be the next Buddha, and found jewellery and other “irregular” items. The joint force from the Ministry of ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/controversial-pagoda-closed

Cults Ministry seizes discs from self-proclaimed ‘god’

Staff from the Ministry of Cults and Religion seized promotional material from a man claiming to be a Buddhist “god” on Sunday in Kandal province, officials said yesterday. The operation was conducted at Reachea pagoda, where Thean Vuthy had been promoting himself as the fifth and ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cults-ministry-seizes-discs-self-proclaimed-%E2%80%98god%E2%80%99

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