Thursday, August 22, 2019

Today’s Top News

Leaked Cambodia memo shows Hun Sen tightening grip on dissent

Government document details increased surveillance of critics and opposition.

Youk Chhang Part 4: A New Life — And a Pledge to Remember

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In this final installment of a four part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium.

Cambodian Government Critic Kim Sok Arrives Safely in Finland

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok arrived safely in Finland with his daughter on Friday after gaining political asylum following weeks of hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest in Cambodia for his criticism of Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen.

Youk Chhang, Part 3: The Long Trek to an Uncertain Future

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In the third installment of a four-part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium.

Critic of Cambodian Strongman Hun Sen Flies to Finland After Getting Political Asylum

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok flew to Helsinki with his daughter on Thursday after gaining political asylum in Finland, following weeks of being in hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest for his criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Youk Chhang, Part 2: The Khmer Rouge Nightmare

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In the second installment of a four-part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium. 

Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing economic pressure to reverse a recent crackdown on opposition groups and basic freedoms in his country.

Youk Chhang, Part 1: The Long Journey to Asia’s Most Respected Award

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In this four part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium. 

New US Agency Offers Asian Countries Development Finance Alternative to China: Experts

The $60-billion overseas investment agency could counterbalance surging Chinese investment and loans across Asia, though China will likely continue to dominate large infrastructure finance.

Cambodians in Japan lodge protest with Hun Sen

Cambodian residents of Japan have taken to the streets in Tokyo to protest the results of July's general election in their home country. Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party won all 125 seats in the National Assembly.

Hun Sen views Japan’s democracy as a model for Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he regards Japan as a model for his country with respect to strengthening democracy and national development.

Cambodia to Lose Preferential Trade Status With EU Amid Worsening Rights Record

The European Union on Friday informed Cambodia that it will lose preferential trade status unless it makes “clear and demonstrable improvements” to its rights record, as dictated by a tariff-free export scheme the country benefits from when sending goods to the bloc, according to media reports.

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.

Despite Growth, Economic Woes Loom in Cambodia

While Cambodia has enjoyed strong growth and an influx of foreign investment in recent years, a toxic combination of rising wages and low-skilled labor presents a looming threat to the country’s two-dimensional economy.

Former CNRP Lawmaker Calls For Release of Party Members Still Held in Jail

Former Cambodian opposition party lawmaker Ou Chanrath called on the government on Wednesday to free all members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party still held in the country’s jails, saying their release will pose no threat to national security.

UN Urges Asean to ‘Make Every Effort Towards Transparent and Fair Elections’

António Guterres comments on Friday came after several members of Asean held elections that were widely criticized by the international community.

384 Dead, Hundreds Injured in Indonesia Quake-Tsunami

Indonesian officials say at least 384 people died and 540 were injured following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake Friday and a subsequent tsunami that hit two cities - Palu and Donggala - in central Sulawesi province.

Jesuit center gives new future to Cambodia’s disabled

Banteay Prieb training center offers a fresh start to people who face discrimination and isolation.

Uphold UN Charter, reject unilateralism, declares Cambodia’s Prime Minister

Addressing world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly’s general debate on Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia described the world as a fragile, unpredictable, and complicated place where countries “big and small must respect one another.”

Interview: ‘Primary School Rectors Play Political Role’

Thida Kheang, a teacher at the Graduate School of Education, recently co-authored a book titled “Primary School Leadership in Cambodia."

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Cambodia’s Military to Arrest Acting CNRP Chief Sam Rainsy Upon Return:...

Acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy will be arrested by the military upon setting foot inside Cambodia, Minister of Defense Tea Banh said Tuesday, prompting the exiled opposition chief to appeal to security forces to “turn their rifles” on their superiors in revolt.