Phnom Penh court issues six to eight years jail sentence on Mother Nature activists, four arrested outside

On Tuesday morning, four out of 10 Mother Nature activists were arrested shortly after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court dropped its verdict on them for insulting the King and plotting to overthrow the government. ...

CamboJA News

Mother Nature activists produce live podcast before hearing, urge court to summon founder to trial

Five environmental activists, charged with insulting the King and plotting against the government, produced a 30-minute podcast live on Facebook just before their third hearing to prove their innocence. ...

Khuon Narim and Seoung Nimol

Phnom Penh Court hears Mother Nature activists’ case on plotting, insulting the king

Phnom Penh Municipal Court heard the case involving 10 environmental activists, including co-founder of Mother Nature Spanish national Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, who were charged for plotting to overthrow the government and insulting the King. ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan

Battambang denies encroachment on Sangke River

The Battambang Provincial Administration has rebuffed claims made by environmental NGO Mother Nature Cambodia that the historic Sangke River was being encroached upon by influential individuals who dumped soil into the river for personal gain.​ ...

Kim Yutharo

Environment ministry condemns Mother Nature activists after receiving petition

The Ministry of Environment condemned the environmental group Mother Nature Cambodia after its youth activists delivered a petition Monday to halt state land grants to private companies in Kirirom national park, according to a statement. ...

Eung Sea

Environmental activists align with government, launch new mother nature NGO

A former member of the prominent environmental group Mother Nature apologized to the government, denounced his former organization and announced he would start a new NGO with the same name in a video on February 28. ...

Khuon Narim and Sovann Sreypich

Eco-activist youth group plans Feb 14 capital event

The Mother Nature youth group is planning to hold an event called “Love for Koh Kong Krao” on February 14 to show youth their love for the island, with the Ministry of Environment telling the group to stop conducting political activity under the guise of ...

Chea Sokny

Fleets of sand barges cross border as exports quietly restarted

Just a few years after U.N. trade data showed evidence of a massive discrepancy in sand exports to Singapore, the Cambodian government has quietly resumed selling the commodity overseas. ...

Andrew Haffner

Environmental activists march to the Ministry of Environment to demand an end forest patrols restrictions

A group of 30 environmental activists dressed in white marched to the Ministry of Environment to petition for an end to restrictions on civil liberties in forest protection activities in Cambodia. ...

Khan Leakhena

NGO wants Koh Kong Krao study made public

A petition requesting the report of a study on the Koh Kong Krao area and progress made in designating the area as a national marine park to be made public was submitted by the Mother Nature Movement to the Ministry of Environment. ...

Torn Vibol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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