The Cambodia Daily

Sugar dispute resolution leaves some communities out

The Land Management Ministry on Wednesday announced a plan to resolve a yearslong land dispute between thousands of villagers and well-connected sugar barons by early next month, though not all affected communities were included. ...

Aun Pheap and Brendan O’Byrne
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sugar-dispute-resolution-leaves-some-communities-out-134179/

Hun Sen promises free hospital treatment, checkups for workers

In yet another potentially major new benefit to Cambodian workers ahead of next year’s national election, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday announced that employees in some of the country’s key industries would soon be able to receive free checkups and treatment at state hospitals. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-promises-free-hospital-treatment-checkups-for-workers-134079/

Sesan Dam Holdout Families Petition Ministry for Intervention

Representatives of holdout families who are refusing to evacuate two Stung Treng province villages that will be flooded by the Lower Sesan II dam traveled to Phnom Penh to petition the Mines and Energy Ministry for help on Friday. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sesan-dam-holdout-families-petition-ministry-for-intervention-134087/

CNRP seminar blocked by Kompong Chhnang governor

The CNRP was forced to hold a downsized version of a seminar for incoming elected officials led by party president Kem Sokha at its headquarters in Kompong Chhnang province on Monday after provincial authorities refused to allow a larger gathering. ...

Ouch Sony
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-seminar-blocked-by-kompong-chhnang-governor-133878/

Overseas voting amendments sent to Assembly Committee

The National Assembly’s permanent committee on Monday approved further study of amendments to Cambodia’s election law that would allow more than 1 million migrant workers to vote from outside the country’s borders. ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.cambodiadailykhmer.com/38590

Exam reform subtracts poor from equation

The education minister’s message for students finishing high school has been heard loud and clear since the reform of the national completion exam four years ago: Merit will buy you a pass grade—not money. ...

Leng Len, Janelle Retka and Thim Rachna
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/exam-reform-subtracts-poor-from-equation-133882/

UN: Cambodia ‘approaching a precipice’ amid threats, fear

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia condemned the government’s recent violent rhetoric, court action against politicians and attacks against NGOs that have ramped up ahead of a key national election next year, arguing that the country appeared to be “approaching a precipice.” ...

Janelle Retka
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-cambodia-approaching-a-precipice-amid-threats-fear-133853/

US businesses give Cambodia mixed marks

U.S. companies doing business in Cambodia are optimistic about the country’s overall investment environment, but remain dissatisfied with the supply of cheap and skilled labor, corruption, tax structure, and attitudes toward the U.S., according to a new survey. ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/us-businesses-give-cambodia-mixed-marks-133739/

Party HQ searched amid terror allegations

The saga involving the arrest of a politically-irrelevant opposition party’s leader took another twist on Tuesday when the party’s Phnom Penh offices were searched by anti-terrorism police, with a party official claiming it was due to links with a government-branded terrorist. ...

Van Roeun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/party-hq-searched-amid-terror-allegations-133677/

Government rebuts political motive for tax investigations

An Economy and Finance Ministry spokesman denied any political motive for investigating NGOs and media outlets over tax payments on Tuesday, saying private enterprises were also under scrutiny. ...

Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-rebuts-political-motive-for-tax-investigations-133668/

Activists reject tv boss’s apology for rape remark

Activists rejected an apology on Monday from a prominent television news host for remarks he made that a rapist and murderer should have kept his victim alive to “keep her for using again,” saying he was not genuinely sorry. ...

Julia-grace Sanders and Ouch Sony
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/activists-reject-tv-bosss-apology-for-rape-remark-133628/

Japanese expert to study possible airport skytrain routes

Japanese officials will begin studying possible routes for a skytrain connecting Central Market to Phnom Penh International Airport, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Monday after securing a loan agreement with Japan last week. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/japanese-expert-to-study-possible-airport-skytrain-routes-133624/

Prime Minister gives Laos troops 6 days to leave border area

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday said troops from neighboring Laos that entered the country in April near a patch of border area must retreat by Wednesday. ...

Chhorn Phearun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/breakingnews/prime-minister-gives-laos-troops-6-days-leave-border-area-133547/

Ministry vows to stop illegal Thai border crossings

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Wednesday that 100 to 200 Cambodians illegally cross the border with Thailand every day, well under an estimate from a U.N. agency that puts the figure at 3,000 to 4,000. ...

Leng Len
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-vows-to-stop-illegal-thai-border-crossings-133461/

Cambodia urges patience in making Asean, N Korea statements

During Asean’s 50-year anniversary, the Cambodian government encouraged members of the regional bloc to exercise patience in drafting statements against North Korean missile use in order to minimize regional tensions, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn said at a briefing following his return from Manila. ...

Chhorn Phearun and Janelle Retka
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-urges-patience-in-making-asean-n-korea-statements-133452/

Kem Sokha tours country gathering post-election feedback

Taking stock of his party’s June commune elections losses, CNRP president Kem Sokha has embarked on a countrywide tour to gather feedback and intelligence the party can use to steer its national election campaign, party officials said on Tuesday. ...

Ben Paviour and Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kem-sokha-tours-country-gathering-post-election-feedback-133383/

Sesan residents searched over fears of ‘Terrorism’

Villagers living near the Lower Sesan II dam in Stung Treng province are being stopped and searched at a road checkpoint by officials fearing possible “terrorism” attacks on the controversial dam. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sesan-residents-searched-over-fears-of-terrorism-133331/

Ministry says most NGOs ignore tax requirements

Only 200 of some 5,000 domestic NGOs have submitted required banking details to the Interior Ministry, its spokesman said on Monday, as the government steps up enforcement of tax requirements on organizations that may have racked up huge unpaid bills. ...

Hang Sokunthea and Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-says-most-ngos-ignore-tax-requirements-133324/

Anti-protest police train with live rounds

A Phnom Penh police unit responsible for intervening during protests and demonstrations publicized a training exercise featuring the use of live rounds on Monday, in what one opposition lawmaker labeled an intimidation tactic. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/anti-protest-police-train-with-live-rounds-133335/

US answers citizenship threat by PM

The U.S. Embassy has responded to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s threat to revoke his grandchild’s citizenship, saying it could not confirm whether any of his grandchildren in fact held U.S. citizenship, but directed him to the U.S. State Department website for help in case he ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/us-answers-citizenship-threat-by-pm-133291/

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