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Hun Sen Asks UN for 1964 Vietnam Border Map

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday wrote to Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary-General, asking to borrow the official map of Cambodia’s eastern border with Vietnam, a move that opposition leader Sam Rainsy described as an admission that the government has been improperly demarcating the border.

But Buntenh, president of the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice, center, speaks outside the Forestry Administration's headquarters in Phnom Penh on Monday as chainsaws seized from illegal loggers in Prey Lang forest are displayed on a cyclo. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
But Buntenh, president of the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice, center, speaks outside the Forestry Administration's headquarters in Phnom Penh on Monday as chainsaws seized from illegal loggers in Prey Lang forest are displayed on a cyclo. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Monks Petition Gov’t to Protect Prey Lang Forest

More than 100 monks and young activists marched to the Forestry Administration’s headquarters in Phnom Penh on Monday to submit a petition demanding that authorities step up efforts to protect the vast Prey Lang forest from illegal loggers.

Laborers erect a new fence around the perimeter of Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh on Monday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Wat Phnom to Be Renovated by Year’s End

With torn-up cobblestones and mounds of earth, the gardens surrounding Wat Phnom have resembled an unruly construction site for the past few weeks. But by the end of the year, Phnom Penh’s iconic park and hilltop pagoda will have received a major facelift, according to City Hall.

NGO Director Went to VN Border to See Incursions

Phen Bunthoeun, the NGO director who was arrested and detained overnight by Vietnamese authorities for leading about 40 students to visit a disputed border area in Svay Rieng province on Saturday, admitted Monday that he had gone there to inspect alleged border violations.

Gunman Is Official’s Bodyguard, Police Say

The man who gunned down a neighbor at a birthday party Saturday night in Kandal province is a member of the Interior Ministry’s bodyguard department, where he was tasked with guarding a “high-ranking official,” police said Monday.

Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, sits during the first public hearing regarding his case at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on November 20, 2007. (John Vink)
Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, sits during the first public hearing regarding his case at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on November 20, 2007. (John Vink)

Trying Guilt

“The truth is a hard thing to articulate, let alone take responsibility for…” So says Thierry Cruvellier in his book, “The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer,” a depiction of Kaing Guek Eav—better known by the alias Duch—and a gripping account of Duch’s 2009 trial.

Shacking Up

A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)

Perched on stilts 2 meters off the ground, a bamboo hut stands out amid homes of unpainted wood. A sarong, a belt and a pair of boxer shorts hang out to dry over the porch railings. This isn’t your average bachelor pad. In these hills of Ratanakkiri, indigenous Kreung tribes traditionally build a girl or boy their own hut when they come of age.

Dr. Ngor’s Killing Fields

Haing Ngor on the set of ‘The Killing Fields’ (Haing S. Ngor Foundation)

On February 28, 1996, Haing Ngor, a Khmer Rouge survivor who found fame in his Oscar-winning role in “The Killing Fields,” was gunned down behind his house in Los Angeles. Two years later, three members of the “Oriental Lazy Boyz” gang were found guilty of killing the doctor-turned-actor during a botched robbery.

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CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun, left, speaks to a Radio Free Asia reporter at the National Assembly on Wednesday as CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An looks on. (Ren Rortanak)

Spat Between Lawmakers Continues

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun wrote to National Assembly President Heng Samrin on Thursday to complain that CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An broke the parliament’s rules by attempting to be interviewed while Mr. Vun himself was being interviewed.

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Government Denies Using Wrong Border Map

Var Kimhong, chairman of Cambodia’s Joint Border Committee, called a press conference Thursday to counter claims from the opposition that he will not release the government’s maps of the country’s border with Vietnam because they were drawn by the Vietnamese in the 1980s.

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Witness Tells Tribunal of Surviving Massacre

As appeal hearings continued on Friday against the guilty verdicts handed down to Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in the first phase of Case 002, the son of a former Lon Nol soldier told the Khmer Rouge tribunal how he played dead among corpses massacred for their links to the U.S.-backed regime.

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