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Court Charges Official With Corruption Over Pension Scandal

The Kompong Cham Provincial Court on Saturday charged the chief of Srei Santhor district’s social affairs office with corruption following his arrest by the Anti-Corruption Unit on Friday for withholding pensions and other bonuses from retired teachers, a court official said Tuesday.

ELC in Nature Preserve Is Illegal, Government Spokesman Says

An “unofficial” land concession granted earlier this year to an agro-industry firm that has logged luxury hardwood in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary is in violation of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 2012 moratorium on new economic land concessions, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

Little Will Be Learned From Damning Global Fund Scandal

When the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria last week released the damning results of an investigation into the bribes government officials received to manipulate multimillion dollar grants for mosquito nets, it was an unusually comprehensive look into the local culture of corruption.

CNRP Says No Further Negotiations Without Investigation

CNRP leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha said Tuesday that the opposition party will no longer negotiate over the political deadlock with the CPP until the ruling party agrees to a transparent election investigation.

High Rate of HIV Infection Among Intravenous Drug Users

While Cambodia is often touted as a regional success story in terms of HIV/AIDS prevention, the prevalence of the disease among men who have sex with men, sex workers and intravenous drug users remains a concern, according to a report by UNAIDS released Tuesday.

Thirteen Arrested for Illegal Online Gambling

Nine South Koreans and four Cambodian nationals allegedly participating in an illegal gambling operation in Siem Reap City were sent to the provincial court for questioning Monday, police officials said.

Preah Vihear Residents Protest Future Eviction

Fifty-three families in Preah Vihear province’s Kulen district on Sunday protested outside the headquarters of a Malaysian company that is threatening to clear villagers’ farmland to make way for a rubber plantation, rights groups and officials said Monday.

Memorial Stupa at S-21 to Be Rebuilt as Civil Party Reparations

A new $80,000 memorial stupa will be constructed at former Khmer Rouge torture center S-21—now Phnom Penh’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum-—as part of the plan for reparations proposed by civil party lawyers in the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s second case, victim’s rights advocates said Monday.

Phnom Penh’s 5 New Districts Create Fears of Gerrymandering

Phnom Penh City Hall’s plans to undertake the largest redrawing of the city’s administrative boundaries in decades, by creating five new districts before May’s district and city-level council elections, is likely an effort to gerrymander voting constituencies, a senior opposition party member said Monday.

Man Dies in Road Rage Attack After Argument

An 18-year-old man died and two others were seriously injured after a man they had argued with during Water Festival celebrations at a pagoda in Pailin City plowed into their motorcycle with his pickup truck, police said Monday.

CPP Says ACU Will Investigate Global Fund Corruption

The government’s Anti-Corruption Unit will investigate evidence of massive corruption in the health sector uncovered in a two-year audit by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and those found to have committed wrongdoing will be prosecuted, a CPP spokesman said Monday.

ACU Says Provincial Social Affairs Officials Withheld Pensions

Retired teachers living in Kompong Cham province’s Srei Santhor district were deprived of their pensions for the month of March last year due to corruption within the district social affairs office, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) said Monday.

Loss of Forest in Cambodia Among Worst in the World

Cambodia lost more than 7 percent of its forest cover over the past 12 years—the fifth fastest rate in the world—according to a new study of global forest cover change that sharply contradicts the government’s own rosier figures.

Firm Logging in Wildlife Sanctuary Granted ‘Unofficial’ Concession

The Ratanakkiri provincial governor on Monday revealed that a private agro-industry firm accused of logging protected, luxury-grade hardwood on a huge scale inside the province’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary has been granted an “unofficial” land concession inside the protected zone.

Union to Hold 5,000-Strong March During CNRP Protest

The president of the worker’s union that has led a three-month strike at the SL Garment Factory in Phnom Penh said Monday he would lead a march of 5,000 workers through the city on December 10 when the opposition CNRP also plans to hold its next mass demonstration.

SL Management Agrees to Reinstate 19 Fired Union Members

A week after police opened fire on stone-throwing protesters from the SL Garment Factory, the company’s director said Monday he would follow an order from the Council of Ministers to reinstate 19 union activists previously fired by the firm.

Surfers and Smugglers—and the Truth Behind Two Americans’ Deaths in Tuol Sleng

At the end of 1978, two Americans were captured by the Khmer Rouge while sailing in waters off the coast of Sihanoukville.

The Temple at the Heart of a Dying Forest

Among all the beauties contained in Ratanakkiri province, there lies a very special one, which is not a lake, nor a waterfall, nor rapids running beneath the shady trees; this beauty was shaped a long time ago by the hand of man, but the forest had been its shield.

Three Arrested in Kompong Chhnang Gang Rape

Three men were arrested Saturday for the gang rape of a 22-year-old woman in Kompong Chhnang province after a night of heavy drinking, police officials said Sunday.

US Research Institute Exhibits Artworks Reflecting Buddhist Faith

The exhibition “Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting,” which opens Wednesday at the Institute of East Asian Studies in Berkeley, California, is a departure in many respects for this research institution.

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