Report says forestry crime decreasing

Park rangers across th country cracked down on 5,376 cases of illegal timber trade, confiscating more than 1,000 cubic metres of wood, and 2,100 chainsaws, a senior Environment Ministry official said. Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said the total number of case showed a marked decrease ...

Tith Kongnov

Government urged to pursue corrupt oknhas

Following the release of the Ministry of Environment’s annual report, eco-activists have urged it to crack down on influential oknhas who allegedly flouted the Kingdom’s environmental protection laws. A total of 278 cases of natural resource crimes were sent to Cambodian courts in the first ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Interactive: Few arrests in timber smuggling crackdown

Suspected timber smugglers have gotten off the hook in the vast majority of busts that have followed Prime Minister Hun Sen’s January call for a crackdown on the illegal timber trade, a Post analysis has revealed. In the wake of the prime minister’s creation of ...

Daniel Nass

Firms’ Timber Trade Decried

Two firms holding concessions in rapidly disappearing northern forests are amassing stockpiles of tens of thousands of luxury logs cut both within and outside their leases and trucking them on to Vietnam, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights has alleged. CCHR investigators that tracked logging operations ...

Rosewood trade must stop: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos to help curb the illegal trade in rosewood after Cambodia’s bloodiest year yet for logging-related border shootings. Speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport after the premier returned from a two-day meeting ...

Logging Reporter Arrested

Cambodian authorities arrest a journalist who exposed the illegal smuggling of timber. Taing Try, a reporter affiliated with the Khmer Democratic Journalists’ Association, was taken into custody on Friday, police in Kratie’s Snoul district told RFA on Sunday. But Ing Savoeun, a representative from the ...

More questioned in journo slaying

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has summonsed for questioning Kim Seanglay, a military policeman who was the subject of one of slain journalist Hang Serei Oudom’s articles on the illegal timber trade, Chhay Thi, an investigator for the rights group Adhoc, said yesterday. According to their ...

Report Shows Advanced Illegal Timber Trade

Cambodia is among the tropical countries whose forests are being cleared using increasingly advanced methods to feed a growing global trade in illegal timber worth at least $30 billion a year, according to a new report. The report, Green carbon, black trade, a joint effort by ...

More R'kiri Journalists Threatened Amid Illegal Timber Trade

Just two weeks after a journalist’s bludgeoned corpse was discovered in Ratanakkiri province, a human rights group yesterday identified two more recent cases of violence or intimidation against reporters in the northeastern province. The report from Adhoc said the pressure from local journalists has occurred alongside an increase ...

'Threats' follow Prey Lang patrol

The Prey Lang community patrol network faced threats from illegal loggers after reporting the loggers’ names to authorities, along with the discovery of more than 120 cubic metres of illegally felled timber and seven chainsaws, a patrol representative said yesterday. Chheang Vuthy, a community representative from Kampong ...

Prey Long Forest Patrol Ends With Huge Illegal Wood Haul

The Prey Long People’s Network yesterday said it found 121 cubic meters of cut wood and seven chainsaws belonging to illegal loggers after a coordinated patrol across four provinces that was prematurely aborted due to heavy rains. In a statement, the community group said it discovered ...

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