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Spanish nature activist court hearing begins

The Koh Kong provincial court on Tuesday heard the case of Spanish environmental activist Alejandro “Alex” Gonzalez-Davidson, who is accused of being an accomplice in “threatening to cause destruction, defacement or damage” and inciting others to do the same. Gonzalez-Davidson’s defence lawyer, Sam Chamroeun, said ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/spanish-nature-activist-court-hearing-begins

Activists launch ‘Rescue Island’ campaign for Koh Kong Krao

Environmental activists have launched the “Rescue Island” campaign to urge the government to preserve Koh Kong province’s Koh Kong Krao island, Cambodia’s largest, as a national park. They are concerned that development could destroy forever the natural beauty of the 103sq km island. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activists-launch-rescue-island-campaign-koh-kong-krao

Koh Rong Sanloem casino ‘is flouting’ closure order

A Preah Sihanouk provincial official said on Thursday that the owner of Jinding Hotel and Casino on Koh Rong Sanloem is flouting the authorities’ order to close the business by March 22. Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesman Kheang Phearum told The Post that the provincial ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-rong-sanloem-casino-flouting-closure-order

Court summons issued to Mother Nature founder

“I have my defence right to a court hearing as stated in an international covenant and Cambodian laws. My defence lawyer has tried for more than two-and-a-half years, since March 2016, to push for a hearing. The court dared not schedule a hearing until several ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-summons-issued-mother-nature-founder

Advocacy group raises questions about Cambodia's gold imports

Cambodia imported about $15 billion worth of gold during five years from Singapore, according to government statistics compiled by nongovernmental organization Mother Nature Cambodia — a figure so large, corruption monitor groups say it raises alarms about potential financial crimes, particularly smuggling. ...

David Boyle and Malis Tum
https://www.voanews.com/a/advocacy-group-raises-questions-about-cambodia-gold-imports/4599968.html

Mother Nature turns to puppets to protect its activists

Environment NGO Mother Nature on Saturday debuted a new video about threatened mangroves in Koh Kong province featuring an unlikely spokesperson, or rather, spokes-puppet. The video is about a plot of mangrove forest inside the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary that was illegally filled in with sand, ...

Yesenia Amaro
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mother-nature-turns-puppets-protect-its-activists

Koh Kong probing filling in of mangrove forest

The illegal filling of a mangrove forest in Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary is being investigated, Koh Kong provincial authorities said yesterday, though officials say they still don’t know who is behind the crime. Sok Sothy, deputy provincial governor, said the sand dredging and filling in of ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-probing-filling-mangrove-forest

Freed Mother Nature activists decry ‘injustice’

Two Mother Nature activists, who were released from prison yesterday, said they had been “robbed” of their freedom for the past five months after being arrested for documenting suspected illegal sand-bearing vessels in Koh Kong without evidence that they had committed a crime.​ ...

Yesenia Amaro and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/freed-mother-nature-activists-decry-injustice

Mother Nature activists due for prison release

Two activists who were convicted of incitement to commit a felony and violation of privacy by Koh Kong Provincial Court may be released today following the completion of their five-month prison terms. The two environmental activists, Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy, are being detained in Prek ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50108261/mother-nature-activists-due-prison-release/

Mothers of jailed environmental activists petition for release

The mothers of two environmental activists, who have languished in prison since their September arrest, yesterday delivered petitions to various ministries in Phnom Penh seeking intervention. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mothers-jailed-environmental-activists-petition-release

Free Mother Nature activists, say NGOs

Twenty-two NGOs released a joint statement yesterday demanding the release of two activists detained by Koh Kong Provincial Court after recording a video of sand dredging. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5090564/free-mother-nature-activists-say-ngos/

Environmental NGO Mother Nature dissolved

The Interior Ministry on Friday announced it had stricken critical environmental NGO Mother Nature from its registry, effective immediately, with the group saying it had requested the move and would continue to investigate sand dredging and export violations in the country’s southwest despite the de-registration. ...

Mech Dara and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environmental-ngo-mother-nature-dissolved

Koh Kong activists charged

Two Mother Nature activists arrested after filming suspected sand-bearing vessels have been charged with incitement and making unauthorised recordings of a person in “a private place” – an offence that drew skepticism yesterday, given they were in their own boat in the open ocean when ...

Phak Seangly and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koh-kong-activists-charged

Fresh sand ‘fraud’, claims NGO Mother Nature, as sand numbers between Taiwan and the government appear to be off by more than 1.5M tonnes

More than $30 million in Cambodian sand exports registered by Taiwan appear to be missing from Cambodia’s customs records, according to data from both governments, marking yet another large-scale discrepancy in the Kingdom’s figures on the trade. ...

Phak Seangly and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fresh-sand-fraud-claims-ngo-mother-nature-sand-numbers-between-taiwan-and-government-appear

Mother Nature activists allege intimidation at sand dredging protest

About 30 villagers escorted two environmental activists from Kandal province’s Sa’ang district to the relative safety of Phnom Penh yesterday after the pair were allegedly harassed by local police for helping coordinate a protest against sand dredging in the area the day before. ...

Phak Seangly and Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mother-nature-activists-allege-intimidation-sand-dredging-protest

‘Anarchist’ activist flees village for UN, alleging harassment

An environmental activist branded an “anarchist” by a government spokesman said he fled to the U.N. human rights office in Phnom Penh on Monday after police harassed him for becoming involved in a dispute between sand dredgers and villagers in Kandal province. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/anarchist-activist-flees-village-un-alleging-harassment-131288/

Questions linger over second accused ship

A second ship accused by the NGO Mother Nature of illegally exporting dredged ocean sand last week is expected to arrive at a port in China today with a cargo of silica sand, which is exempt from the ban, the ship’s owner said yesterday. ...

Yesenia Amaro
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/questions-linger-over-second-accused-ship

Ministry defends sand exports; Mother Nature stands by claims

The Mines and Energy Ministry on Friday defended sand exports reported last week by an environmental NGO, saying Cambodia’s sand ban did not include the type seen in a video being loaded onto vessels off the coast of Sihanoukville. ...

Van Roeun and George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ministry-defends-sand-exports-mother-nature-stands-by-claims-129204/

Mother Nature sentence upheld as activists mull return

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a $25,000 fine for three environmental activists who fled the country after being convicted of threatening to destroy a sand dredging barge in Koh Kong province in 2015. They are now debating returning home, however, after the court ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/mother-nature-sentence-upheld-as-activists-mull-return-125236/

Nearly 50 civil society groups back activists

In a joint statement, 48 civil society organizations have urged the Appeal Court to overturn a ruling by the Koh Kong Provincial Court in a case against three Mother Nature activists. The statement says the three activists are not criminals,but brave environmental protectors who had contributed ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34920/nearly-50-civil-society-groups-back-activists/

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