Cambodia Morning News For April 28

Cambodia Morning News For April 28
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CNRP Asks Government to Investigate Angkor Bribe Claims
Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona said on Thursday that she would
investigate allegations by a senior opposition lawmaker that the authority managing the world famous Angkor Archeological Park is extorting villagers and making sweetheart land lease deals.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

NGOs Decry ‘Chilling Effects’ Of Rights Workers’ Jailings
When a sex scandal involving then-deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha broke in March last year, it led within weeks to the jailing of five of Cambodia’s foremost current and former rights advocates on bribery-related charges.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Press freedom declines: RSF report
Cambodia’s press freedom ranking has fallen four spots compared to last year, to 132 out of 180 countries, according to Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) latest World Press Freedom Index.
The Phnom Penh Post

Prince Central Plaza completes construction
Recently, Neak Ouknha Chen Zhi, board director of Prince Real Estate (Cambodia) Group, accompanied by Mr. Qiu Guo Xing, Vice President of Board Executive of engineering ,and team contractor representatives made an eight-day visit to the construction site to supervise projects such as Prince Plaza Center, Modern Plaza , Prince Club Project, Prince Time Hotel, and Koh Takev in Sihanoukville province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘HUMAN RIGHTS NOBEL’ NOMINATION FOR JAILED CAMBODIANS SHINES LIGHT ON STIFLING OF DISSENT
If Cambodian human rights worker Lim Mony wants to sleep at night, she must pay: up to US$200 a month to secure half a metre of space in the jail cell she shares with 39 other women.
South China Morning Post

China, Cambodia vow to further enhance ties
China and Cambodia agreed on Thursday to push forward their comprehensive, strategic partnership of cooperation.
– Xinhua

Pig farmers form taskforce to curb illicit smuggling
Cambodia’s pig farmers created a new taskforce yesterday to combat pig smuggling along Cambodia’s borders that is leading to falling prices for domestic producers.
– The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen Defends Spotty Record on Cambodians Working Abroad
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday defended his government’s often-criticized record on trying to find work for Cambodian citizens overseas, claiming he was working hard to find jobs in the Middle East for the country’s Muslims.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Dispute Over Support for Iconic Khmer Rouge Site Prompts Funding Rethink
The head of the Documentation Center of Cambodia has called on the Khmer Rouge tribunal to include one of the regime’s most iconic sites in its list of reparations.
VOA

Farmers Told to Increase Vegetable Production to Cut Imports
Farmers must increase organic vegetable production in order to meet local demand, agriculture officials said.
VOA

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc sends thanks to Cambodian counterpart
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a letter to his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen, expressing thanks to the Prime Minister, leaders and people of Cambodia for their warm welcome during his successful visit to Cambodia from April 24-26.
– VIETNAMNET Bridge

Lawmaker Long Ry Probed; RFA Issues Defiant Statement
Opposition lawmaker Long Ry became the first witness to be questioned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday morning over accusations that Radio Free Asia journalist Huot Khin Vuthy falsely identified himself while accompanying Mr. Ry and CNRP Vice President Mu Sochua on a prison visit last week.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

In Former Khmer Rouge Stronghold, a Lack of Basic Utilities Raises Doubts Over Support for CPP
Kandal Krom is a small village in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Anlong Veng near Cambodia’s border with Thailand.
VOA

Hun Sen Tells US to Stop Deporting Ethnic Cambodian Felons to His Country
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States Thursday to end its practice of forcibly deporting convicts with Cambodian heritage to the Southeast Asian nation, a policy he said “splits up families.”
Radio Free Asia

Cambodia’s Hun Sen asks US to stop deporting criminals
Cambodian leader Hun Sen has called on the United States to stop forcibly deporting convicts with Cambodian heritage to the Southeast Asian nation, saying they should revise a policy that splits up families.
— SBS

The rise of millennials and implications for Phnom Penh’s real estate sector
Phnom Penh is currently preparing to host The World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017. It is the first time Cambodia will have hosted the group, which is made up of some of the world’s most influential leaders from the world of politics and business.
The Phnom Penh Post

Youk Chhang: A Cambodian National Treasure
It is no coincidence that Youk Chhang is Cambodia’s most trusted civic leader. Leading by example, he taught a nation how to forgive without forgetting. Like Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake, Chhang is nothing less than a Cambodian national treasure.
— The Diplomat

No immediate plan to change returnee policy
Despite the Foreign Ministry reiterating its request to suspend and
renegotiate its repatriation agreement with the US – which allows for the deportation of Cambodians with criminal convictions living in the States back to the Kingdom – the timetable for such a plan remains uncertain.
The Phnom Penh Post

 

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Vat Vin graduated from the University of Cambodia with a major in Economics. He previously worked as a business writer and journalist at Business Cambodia and as a copy writer at The Source and Solution Group before joining AEC News Today.
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