Hun Sen’s Biggest Regret: Land Disputes

“My regret is the lateness of land reform. And solving land disputes. [W]e should have given land titles to the people more speedily, but we delayed for 10 years giving land titles to the people,” he told Lieberman, who conducted the interview for a 2016 ...

Sun Narin

Authorities call for increased surveillance of unions, NGOs

Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Chuon Sovann on Wednesday ordered authorities in Phnom Penh to tighten their grip on a broad cross-section of groups, including civil society organisations and communities with “opposition tendencies”, that attempt to cause “social instability” and “political turmoil”. ...

Mech Dara

Kheng defends plans for new luxury prisons for inmates who can pay up

Interior Minister Sar Kheng defended plans to create “pay-to-stay” luxury prisons yesterday, claiming the scheme would also help poorer prisoners by reducing overcrowding. ...

Mech Dara

Nicer jails for wealthy inmates mulled as fix to Cambodia's prison overcrowding

Cambodia’s prison population swelled to more than 28,000 inmates last year – well over the system’s capacity – with Interior Minister Sar Kheng suggesting yesterday that the construction of more luxurious pay-to-stay prison blocks for wealthy inmates could help alleviate the severe overcrowding. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Sub-decree approval rules amended

From now on, only certain sub-decrees will need to be pored over by the cabinet before they are signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the premier told a session of the cabinet on Friday morning, although failing to specify what the selection criteria would be. Mr. ...

May Titthara

ID cards in kandal thought to be fake

A commission of experts will check nearly 50 new Cambodian national ID cards today amid suspicions the card holders do not hold Cambodian nationality after irregularities were found during voter registration in Kandal province earlier this month. Provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun said yesterday afternoon that ...

May Titthara

Call for better handling of land disputes

Civil society organizations yesterday repeated calls for land disputes to be resolved quickly, peacefully and without authorities using police and the courts to put pressure on communities. Speaking at an event celebrating poor urban communities at the American Intercon School yesterday, more than 200 people, including ...

Pech Sotheary

More protest over land disputes

Nearly 100 people in land disputes with powerful officials and investment companies in Tbong Khmum and Kratie provinces gathered at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction yesterday afternoon to urge the ministry to expedite a land dispute resolution for them. Chan Yong, a ...

Pech Sotheary

After five years, case against Boeung Kak activists has trial date

Four Boeung Kak lake activists, including recently jailed community leader Tep Vanny, will face trial next month for a five-year-old case of insulting and obstructing public officials during a 2011 protest at City Hall. ...

Niem Chheng

NGOs die first if aid cut: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday slammed recent calls for sanctions against Cambodia over what supporters of the measures call a government-level disrespect of democracy, claiming the first to be hurt by sanctions would be NGOs. ...

Ven Rathavong

Officials keep Prey Speu open after PM’s rebuke

Two days after Prime Minister Hun Sen told Phnom Penh municipal authorities to either improve the city’s notorious Prey Speu detention center or shut it down, a spokesman said on Thursday that officials had concluded that the “indispensable” facility would remain open. ...

Kuch Naren

Eight arrested over ‘black Monday’ protests

Eight human rights officers and activists clad in black were arrested on Monday during “Black Monday” protests in Phnom Penh, the first in a campaign to free four fellow rights workers and an election official who were jailed late last month on charges widely believed ...

Ben Sokhean and George Wright

New year pardons delayed to Visak Bochea day

The Ministry of Justice has announced that Royal pardons and reductions of prison sentences have been pushed back to Visak Bochea Day in May, as a result of prisons not offering enough information about potential candidates. ...

Ros Chanveasna

New group set up to tackle land disputes

The newly appointed minister of land management and urban planning, Chea Sophara, has announced a working group to handle petitions and complaints lodged by land dispute victims. ...

Lay Samean

Pardons unlikely for Khmer new year

The Ministry of Justice has announced it is unlikely that any Royal pardons granting inmates amnesty or reductions in prison sentences will be given ahead of the Khmer New Year, according to a ministry spokesman yesterday. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Residents seek legislative intervention in land dispute

About 65 villagers from Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Srouch district handed out petitions yesterday urging the National Assembly to push the provincial court into releasing two of their leaders.​ ...

Ros Chanveasna

Ministry to crack down on illegitimate firearm use by cops

Police officers have been committing crimes using firearms supplied to them by their superior officers, according to Ministry of National Defense spokesman General Chhum Socheath. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Old generals retiring as police end hiring freeze

The government has asked King Norodom Sihamoni to officially retire 49 generals in the police force as it prepares to end a two-year hiring freeze this year. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Forestry crimes decrease by 9 percent in 2015, report says

Forestry crimes fell by around 9 percent last year compared to 2014, according to an annual report released by the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday. ...

Khuon Narim

CPP, police brass promoted

Six senior police officials were last week promoted to the rank of four-star general, the highest possible title bestowed to a member of the security forces by the Ministry of Interior. ...

Mech Dara

Tuk-tuk association to lodge complaint against Licadho

The Cambodia Confederation Development Association (CCDA), a well-known tuk-tuk and moto-taxi association, plans to lodge complaints against local rights group Licadho next week over a statement the NGO co-signed with 33 other civil society groups regarding the association’s involvement in a Saturday protest at the ...

Chea Vannak

Alleged attackers at capitol protest to sue

The president of a tuk-tuk and motodop drivers’ association, whose members were recorded on video brutally beating protesting bus drivers over the weekend, said he would file complaints against prominent union and civil society leaders for sparking the violence his own group was accused of ...

Lay Samean

Interior ministry takes aim at illegal guns

Following a nationwide spate of violent gun crime over the past few months, the government has called on City Hall for help in its crackdown on illegal firearms, a problem one Ministry of Interior official laid at the feet of authorities themselves. ...

Mech Dara

Minister orders governors to end illegal construction

Minister of Urban Planning and Construction Im Chhun Lim ordered all governors to check construction sites in their provinces to ensure that none are encroaching on public land, and to take action against those that do. ...

May Titthara

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