Cambodia morning news for December 11

Cambodia morning news for December 11

Cambodia morning newsRights activists demand more freedom
During the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day at Freedom Park yesterday, activists urged all governing bodies to pay closer attention to human rights in order to address challenges still being faced.
— The Khmer Times

China naval base a CNRP myth?
Speculation that Cambodia had ceded military control of a port in Koh Kong province reached a fever pitch in the weeks following Prime Minister Hun Sen’s attendance of the Asean Summit in Singapore earlier this month.
— The Phnom Penh Post (opinion)

News fixer for RT to be deported from Thailand
A news fixer detained in Thailand at the request of Cambodian authorities will soon be deported over his role in the production of a sex trafficking documentary produced by Russia Today.
— The Khmer Times

‘Impossible’ VN inmates’ jail transfer plea rejected
The Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok last week said they could not accept the extradition request of Vietnamese inmates who asked to be moved from Thailand’s prisons to those in the Kingdom, with government spokespersons saying such transfers are “impossible”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KNLF gets ‘green light’ to register new party
After having formed a “government in exile” in 2016, the Khmer National Liberation Front of Sam Serey said it will register as a legitimate political party on Wednesday as it had received the “green light” from the authorities.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KNLF claims a ‘deception’
A government spokesman on Thursday accused an official from the Khmer People’s National Liberation Front (KNLF) – a group claiming to be Cambodia’s “government in exile” – of inventing alleged death threats as a “pretext” for claiming political asylum.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Former Cambodian opposition leader warns easing of tensions a ‘trick’
As Cambodia’s parliament considers a proposed law change that could see more than 100 former opposition officials allowed to return to political life, Sam Rainsy, a founder of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, has labeled the move a “trick.”
— Voice of America

Cambodia’s key role in regional security
Last month, Asia Times, citing unnamed diplomatic sources, reported that China has lobbied Cambodia for a naval base in Koh Kong province on the Gulf of Thailand, prompting the Cambodian government to deny the news.
— The Bangkok Post (opinion)

Rights defender to receive Franco-German prize
Human rights defender Chak Sopheap has been chosen by Germany and France to receive this year’s Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
— The Khmer Times

Authorities deny RFA timber smuggling report
Interior Ministry and Mondulkiri provincial forestry administration cantonment officials have denied a Radio Free Asia report saying that timber is being illegally smuggled from the province to Vietnam.
— The Khmer Times

Union protest verdicts date set
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday heard the case of six trade union leaders who were sued by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) over violent protests demanding increased wages in late 2013 and early 2014, despite GMAC having withdrawn its complaint.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CPP slams ‘double standards’
Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Sok Eysan accused human rights groups on Sunday of practising “double standards” for failing to criticise the “tough crackdown” by French authorities on the “Yellow Vest” protests rocking that country.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Nine foreign nationals arrested over child porn
Siem Reap Provincial Court is set to question nine Chinese nationals who allegedly distributed online porn involving children in Siem Reap city on Saturday, police said yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Waste flowing into the ocean in Sihanoukville
An environmental activist and former employee of Mother Nature Cambodia has claimed that the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration lacks proper control of its sewage systems and waste is flowing directly into the sea.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Direct flight to link Tianjin and Cambodian city
A direct flight will be launched Tuesday between north China’s Tianjin Municipality and Sihanoukville, a coastal city in Cambodia.
— Xinhua

Researchers seek alternatives to Mekong River hydropower dam
The Mekong River, flowing from the Tibetan Plateau through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is a hotbed of ecological diversity.
— Cornell Chronicle

The rise of the second tier of jeans-making countries marks a key sourcing shift
The year is shaping up as the decline of the powerhouses denim hubs and the rise of a new tier of major jeans suppliers.
— Sourcing Journal

Centre concerned over targets
The Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights has found that companies are annually increasing production targets for workers in tandem with the rise in minimum wages.
— The Khmer Times

Is Cambodia the next stop for Grab’s e-wallet?
Following its entry into Cambodia in 2017, Grab seems likely to bring its e-payment app, GrabPay into Cambodia sometime in 2019 as part of the wallet’s Southeast Asian focus.
— Fintech News

This app is pushing Cambodian users into e-commerce
Despite facing an increasingly crowded field of local competitors and the ever-looming threat of regional startups, Maxime Rosburger seems relatively undaunted.
— Forbes

Kampong Speu’s palm sugar to earn GI label in upcoming months
Kampong Speu province’s palm sugar will be recognised as a geographical indication (GI) in the European Union early next year, an official from the Ministry of Commerce said.
— The Khmer Times

Rubber export prices fall
Rubber export prices saw a continuous decrease this year impacted by uncertainties created by the US-China trade war and a surplus of rubber in the international market, insiders said yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Watertight contracts for franchise business a must
Franchise businesses are viable investments in Cambodia as disposable income rises in tandem with Cambodia’s economic growth, but with the absence of laws governing this business segment, investors are urged to draw up watertight contracts.
— The Khmer Times

Water taxi system to expand
The government is considering building more stations in Phnom Penh’s water taxi system to enhance connectivity with Kandal province in the south.
— The Khmer Times

Ministry urges Vietnam, locals to boost investment
In a bid to achieve the $5 billion bilateral trade target, Cambodian Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak called on the private sector from Cambodia and Vietnam to accelerate their investment efforts.
— The Khmer Times

Trade exhibition set to bring more opportunity for Kingdom’s products
A Cambodian trade fair is set to bring more opportunities for local products to access the international market, as well as serving as a platform to attract more foreign investors to Cambodia, says the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Phnom Penh Post

MasterChef star talks entrepreneurship
Trying different recipes at new restaurants is part of Sethavrath’s daily routine and, as a result, she has developed innovative ideas regarding food that she employs at Boat Noodles Restaurant’s three branches across the capital.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen marks Human Rights Day
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day by saying the country fully promoted rights and freedom of expression.
— The Khmer Times

Hun Sen’s violent obsessions finally unmasked
The ink had barely dried on the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal‘s verdict against Pol Pot’s former henchmen when Cambodia’s leader, Hun Sen, shockingly revealed his “regret” over not killing his opponents.
— Asia Times (opinion)

Living near the former Khmer Rouge navy commander
Yea Ran tends to her crops near her home right in front of former Khmer Rouge navy commander Meas Muth’s house in Battambang province’s Samlot district.
— The Khmer Times

‘Nutrition deficiency causes mass fainting’
Sixty-four students at Thma Koul High School in Battambang province passed out over the weekend due to nutrition deficiency – among other reasons – Thma Koul district referral hospital director Kong Pak told The Post on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Leather artist struggles to pursue charity work
For 16 years leather carving artist Nhek Sirey Rattana has been committed to helping orphaned children motivated by his childhood growing up in poor conditions with only his grandmother.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian bride now Korea’s carom sensation
When the daughter of a potato farmer came to Korea from Cambodia in 2010 to start the second chapter of her life as the wife of a Korean man 36 years older, Srong Pheavy, like any other marriage migrant woman here, had no idea what was coming.
— The Korea Times

Cambodia MMA fighters at the double in Kuala Lumpur
Cambodian mixed martial artists (MMA) Em Sovannahry and Chan Rothana both grabbed emphatic victories in front of a packed crowd at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on Friday night as part of ONE Championship’s Destiny of Champions fight card.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Universal Health Coverage Day, December 12.


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A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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