Monk congress won’t tackle child abuse

Despite recent high-profile cases of monastic child sex abuse, the organisers of a national conference for monks have left the issue off of the agenda, a move met with criticism yesterday by child protection advocates.At a press conference to launch the 24th congress of Buddhist ...

Jamie Elliott and Lay Samean

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

‘Fake’ Buddha must be monitored, Hun Sen says

Prime Minister Hun Sen has waded into the case of a man claiming to be a reincarnation of Buddha, ordering Cults and Religion Minister Min Khin to keep a close eye on the situation. Authorities say that Thean Vuthy, who dresses in white robes and sits ...

Khy Sovuthy

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

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

Cambodia urges religious leaders to help stop violence against children

Cambodia on Monday called on all religious leaders to help stop violence against children by making their followers fully aware of children’s rights, officials said. “We urge all religious leaders to use their religious texts and teachings to stop parents from using violence against children and ...

Global Times News Staff

A Hard Road To Phnom Penh For Marching Monks

Monks and their supporters marching to Phnom Penh on a 10-day “Peace Walk,” as part of International Human Rights Day, said Wednesday that pagodas along the way have repeatedly tried to shut them out, and they have scuffled with police on at least one occasion. About ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter

Wealthy Splurge on 'Lucky' License Plates, Phone Numbers

Duong Tech, the owner of an import-export company, spent $150,000 on his chrome-rimmed Cadillac Escalade SUV. Then he shelled out an additional $10,000 at the Phnom Penh municipal transportation department for a license plate ending with the numbers “9999.” In Phnom Penh, custom-numbered license plates ...

Court Accuses Advocate Monk of Incitement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has accused the well-known monk and human rights advocate Loun Sovath of incitement for unspecified actions committed in Cambodia and abroad, according to court documents obtained Friday. The court documents, signed by Investigating Judge Duch Kim on Feb. 14, were sent ...

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