Articles by author

Lawmaker, NGO Want Gov’t to Probe Dredging

As an environmental NGO held a press conference in Phnom Penh on Monday to present evidence against a company it accuses of illegally extracting sand from an estuary in Koh Kong province, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay called on Prime Minister Hun Sen to order an investigation into the reports of unchecked dredging.

August 4, 2015

After Effigy Burning, Governor Raises Prospect of Arrests

After about 100 villagers on Sunday burned effigies of officials involved in a land dispute in Kompong Chhnang province that has dragged on for nearly a decade, the provincial governor said the protest was “contrary to the law” and gave authorities a reason to arrest the group.

August 3, 2015

(Un)protected Areas

Until recently, Cambodia’s wildlife sanctuaries, conservation areas, protected forests and parks were spared the worst of the country’s rapid deforestation. Now, their forests are falling as fast as anywhere else, and the indigenous communities and endangered species that live there are going with them.

August 1, 2015

Anti-Dredging Protests in Koh Kong Called Off

Representatives of about 100 villagers and activists in Koh Kong province on Wednesday said they decided to temporarily halt their campaign against two sand-dredging companies because a group of suspected agitators had appeared in the area.

July 30, 2015

Interior Ministry to Launch Own TV Station

The Interior Ministry on Wednesday signed an agreement with a Chinese media company to launch its own radio and digital television stations next year, with the firm planning to invest more than $30 million into the joint venture.

July 30, 2015

Environment Ministry to Reduce ELC Terms to 50 Years

The Environment Ministry announced Tuesday that it has slashed the contract periods of 16 companies granted economic land concessions (ELCs) and said that all concession-holders in the country would soon see their lease terms reduced by decades.

July 29, 2015

Activists Board Dredging Barges in Koh Kong

About 80 villagers and activists in Koh Kong province on Monday boarded and attempted to tow away five sand-dredging barges as part of their ongoing campaign against two firms they accuse of polluting a local waterway and causing riverbank collapses, activists and officials said.

July 28, 2015

PM Rebukes Prince Over King Claims

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday warned Prince Norodom Ranariddh against dragging King Norodom Sihamoni into politics following the prince’s claims that the king plans to host a meeting about border issues that have recently broken out between Vietnam and Cambodia.

July 28, 2015

Lawmaker Asks Heng Samrin for Forgiveness; Punishment Stands

Responding to an apology from opposition lawmaker Um Sam An, who was punished last week for a critical Facebook post, National Assembly President Heng Samrin wrote on Saturday that the dispute would end with the decision to sanction the outspoken parliamentarian.

July 27, 2015

King to Hold Border Meet, Prince Says

King Norodom Sihamoni has plans to call Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh to discuss recent border tensions with Vietnam, Prince Norodom Ranariddh said on Saturday.

July 27, 2015
Sign up for our free morning report. Click here.