Cambodia morning news for December 13

Cambodia morning news for December 13

Cambodia morning newsBelt and Road Initiative set to bring opportunity, but comes with risks
The China-backed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project could offer good opportunities for Cambodia to achieve its development goal, but comes with risks. The Kingdom must carefully study the two-sided story of the project, experts said on Tuesday in a dialogue hosted by the UN.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU Ambassador ‘concerned’ over rights situation in Cambodia
On the 70th anniversary of the passing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, Edgar said it was “no secret” that the E.U. was concerned by the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party last year and the jailing of its leader, Kem Sokha, on treason charges.
— Voice of America

Post sportswriter HS Manjunath dies aged 64
The Phnom Penh Post’s chief sports writer Hirisave Srikantaiah “HS” Manjunath passed away on Monday morning following complications after hurting himself falling while covering a story. He was 64.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand sends home Cambodian critic wanted over sex-trafficking film
Thailand sent back to Cambodia on Wednesday a labour activist wanted by authorities at home over his role in making a documentary about sex-trafficking that the government said contained fake news, police said.
— Channel News Asia

1.62 million Chinese tourists visit Cambodia in first 10 months, up 71.5 pct
Cambodia attracted 1.62 million Chinese visitors during the first 10 months of 2018, up 71.5 percent over the same period last year, said a Cambodian Tourism Ministry’s report released on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Police look to question wife of RT news fixer
A National Police official is urging the wife of a Cambodian news fixer for Russia Today, who is currently detained in Thailand after he fled Cambodia, to cooperate with authorities after she claimed that her husband was innocent.
— The Khmer Times

‘Major strides’ to cut child labor in Cambodia’s fashion factories
While the United Nations says child labor has fallen sharply in Cambodia’s garment factories, many informal subcontractors using children are escaping scrutiny, activists said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Punishing Cambodia for its ties with China
Cambodia is in a stand-off with the European Union (EU), a close friend and development partner for decades, but there are signs this fight may have wider implications for Cambodia and for the Southeast Asian (SEA) region.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia’s opposition begins to crack
Cambodia’s merged opposition party teeters on the edge of a damaging split after its self-exiled former leader Sam Rainsy said that he had seized back the party leadership from his successor, Kem Sokha, until his onetime rival-cum-ally is released from house arrest.
— The Diplomat

Corruption puts environmental defenders at risk in Cambodia
“I’m always worried about being arrested,” said environmental defender Lim Kimsor, carrying a resilient smile. “But I’m not afraid. I’m worried that if they arrest me, who will do the work outside jail?”

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen calls for lift of ban on opposition political activities based on ‘individual merit’
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that he will ask for a royal decree to grant permission for more than 100 senior members of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to reenter politics based on “individual merit,” following a ban last year.
— Radio Free Asia

Government: KNLF party move ‘welcomed 100%’
The president of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), Sam Serey, said he expected the “procedure” to receive a royal pardon to begin soon.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Three union leaders were not involved in protests: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday defended three of six unions leaders found guilty of instigating violence over their roles in violent protests dating back to 2013, noting that they were not involved in the violent demonstrations.
— The Khmer Time

Official warns of cyber attacks
An Information Ministry official has warned that the development of new technologies can also have a negative effect on a nation.
— The Khmer Times

Sar Kheng: Illegal surrogacy spreading in Kingdom
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday said that illegal surrogacy is spreading in the Kingdom and the government is committed to combating the scourge which is also linked to human trafficking.
— The Khmer Times

CMAC checking for UXOs buried near provincial police headquarters
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre and Kampong Cham provincial police yesterday started an operation to locate any UXOs left in a former weapons depot which was buried in land near the provincial police headquarters.
— The Khmer Times

‘Cambodia’s 10,000 disabled benefiting from national plan’
The Secretary General of the Disability Action Council announced on Monday that about 10,000 disabled people are currently benefiting from the implementation of Cambodia’s National Disability Strategic Plan.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pursat officials summon protestors
Pursat provincial authorities have summoned representatives of protestors from four villages in Phnom Kravanh district’s Samrong commune to appear on Thursday. They are wanted for questioning in regards to the setting up of a roadblock after authorities confiscated rice tractors loaded with luxury timber on Monday
— The Phnom Penh Post

Authorities on the hunt for Kampong Chhnang forestry crime suspects
Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities are pursuing suspects involved in the clearing of a forest in Teuk Phos district’s Kraing Skear commune. Authorities impounded four vehicles including tractors and rollers after the suspects fled the scene.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Battambang military police arrest illegal loggers
Battambang Military Police arrested six suspects on Monday who is accused of felling a luxury timber tree in O’Samril commune’s O’Romchek Krom village in Samlot district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

End sought to 10-year row
Representatives of villagers locked in a land dispute for more than a decade said they have handed petitions to the EU, US and Chinese embassies and the land management and environment ministries in a bid to bring about a speedy solution to the ongoing case.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police in Poipet raid online gambling operation
Police in Banteay Meanchey on Tuesday arrested 55 foreign nationals over their alleged involvement in running an illegal online gambling operation in Poipet city.
— The Khmer Times

Bavet work docs clampdown
The labor inspectorate team has inspected casinos and other businesses in Bavet and found Chinese passport holders without employment cards, who are thus working illegally.
— Cambodia News English

Refugees convicted of crimes in US set for deportation
The US Department of Homeland Security is set to deport 46 Cambodian refugees convicted of crimes in the United States on Monday, an attorney for the group said yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Brit jailed five years for having sex with minors
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a British man and his Vietnamese wife to five years in prison over the sexual abuse of four young Vietnamese girls in the capital last year.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodian rice sees decline in exports to the international market
Cambodia’s rice exports to the international market fell more than 13 per cent for the first 11 months of the year, compared to the same period last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam’s shipment to Cambodia sets new record
Vietnam’s export turnover to Cambodia reached 332 million USD in October, raising the total figure to 3.06 billion USD in the first ten months, or up 814 million USD against the same period last year
— Vietnam Plus

Digital economy takes centre stage
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Cambodia yesterday launched its latest publication, a compendium of articles by local and international authors that describes Cambodia’s evolution in the last 10 years toward a digital economy.
— The Khmer Times

Experts discuss sustainable agriculture
Experts yesterday said farmers should strive to adopt more sustainable farming practices that are less reliant on pesticides, which will boost their incomes, improve their health and help protect the environment.
— The Khmer Times

Phnom Penh’s Jet’s container night market shuts down
The famous Jet’s Container Night Market in central Phnom Penh has shut down due to the high cost of the land rental, company representatives claim.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia hungry for DDGS for livestock feed
Growing demand for meat – including chicken, pork and beef – in Cambodia has spurred an increase in imports of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) from the United States (US).
— All About Feed

Koh Trong’s pomelos expand
Pimelo farmers in Kratie province’s Koh Trong island have expanded their cultivation after the fruit was awarded Geographical Indication (GI) status, said the Koh Trong Pomelo Producer Association.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UAE eyes more workers from Nepal, Rwanda and Cambodia
UAE’s Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation holds talks to strengthen labour cooperation
— Arabian Business

PM pushes for more minimum wages
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday directed the Labour Ministry, worker representatives, employers and relevant institutions to work together toward setting a minimum wage for workers in the construction, agriculture and service sectors.
— The Khmer Times

It’s time for French museums to return Cambodian artifacts
A new report recommends returning artifacts seized from French colonies in Africa. Cambodia should also be included.
— The Diplomat

Cambodia to officially launch Asian Cultural Council in Siem Reap
Cambodia, with Unesco support, is set to host the launching of the Asian Cultural Council next month, a government official said yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Free rides on ferry extended
The public ferry operating on Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers between Phnom Penh and Takhmao town will continue to be a free service until the end of 2018, with a decision yet to be made on 2019, a Phnom Penh city spokesperson confirmed.
— 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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