Delegates from 21 countries on Monday discussed the fate of endangered World Heritage sites during the first full day of meetings at the World Heritage Committee’s 37th session in Phnom Penh.
A court official at the Kompong Speu Provincial Court said Monday that a total of 16 union representatives have been charged with damaging property and inciting violence during a protest outside a garment factory earlier this month, twice the number of arrests previously confirmed.
The opposition has asked its supporters to sign a petition that calls on the CPP-led National Assembly to reinstate 27 of its lawmakers who were stripped of their positions earlier this month, or face consequences.
A local association for survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime has decided to wait until after the July 28 national election to hold a meeting on ousting its president, Chum Mey, over his overt political support for the government.
National energy supplier Electricite du Cambodge (EdC) on Monday announced that a 50-MW coal-fired power plant in Preah Sihanouk province is ready to come online this week and will solve Phnom Penh’s chronic blackouts.
Disgraced former Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Hun Hean, who was sentenced to four years in prison in 2011 on four counts of taking bribes from drug dealers, has received an early release from jail courtesy of a royal pardon. He left Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison a free man last month.
Despite efforts by NGOs and civil society organizations to create a platform for Cambodia’s major political parties to discuss their policies prior to the national election on July 28, the CPP, which currently holds 90 of 123 seats in the National Assembly, has thus far declined to participate.
Digging up old animosities over contested land with Vietnam that has previously landed him in jail, government critic and union leader Rong Chhun yesterday presented what he said is new evidence supporting Cambodia’s ownership to the island known as Phu Quoc in Vietnamese, and Koh Tral in Khmer.
“Civil war” has become something of an electioneering catchphrase in the past weeks, but it comes with varying levels of gravity. One warning comes from Prime Minister Hun Sen, who rules with an iron fist and commands power over the army, judiciary and government. The other is from Sam Rainsy, the self-exiled opposition leader whose party members were recently ousted from the National Assembly and whose deputy, Kem Sokha, is facing a rash of lawsuits.
State broadcaster Radio National Kampuchea (RNK) pulled the program “Women’s Voices, Women’s Choices” from Saturday’s schedule because the CPP, which along with seven other political parties was invited to take part in the panel discussion, declined to participate, according to the program’s producers.